Things To Do In Rockford

Snow Tubing and Ski Pass for Two or Four, or Season Pass at Gateway Parks at Alpine Hills (Up to 50% Off)

Alpine Hills Park

Rockford

Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy an all-day snow tubing and ski pass or a season pass

$30 $16

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One- or Two-Hour Wakeboarding Pass with Basic Rentals for Two at West Rock Wake Park (50% Off)

West Rock Wake Park

Rockford

Cable-controlled wakeboard experience allows guests to soar across the water sans boat

$40 $20

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$30 for $60 Worth of Services at Pape Conservatory of Music

Pape Conservatory of Music

Northeast

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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$12 for Visit for Two Adults and Two Kids and One $5 Gift Voucher to Klehm Arboretum ($23 Value)

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Get access to the 155-acre living museum’s floral exhibits, forested paths, and children’s gardens, plus a gift-shop voucher

$23 $12

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Three or Six Weeks of Total Body Spring Kickoff Bootcamp at Maximum Performance Training (Up to 75% Off)

Maximum Performance Training

Multiple Locations

Three different boot-camp training sessions each week kickstart fitness with 21-day fat-loss meal plan and initial body fat analysis

$230 $59

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One or Two Hours of Billiards and Nonalcoholic Drinks for Four at Rockford Billiard Cafe (50% Off)

Rockford Billiard Cafe

Signal Hill

Players wash down Pepsi products during one- or two-hour sessions of billiards at a café with 17 tables

$10 $5

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Six or Eight Arcade-Center Admissions to NickelWorld (Up to 50% Off)

NickelWorld

Northwest

Customers can choose from more than 100 video games and redemption games, all of which are either free or cost just a nickel per play

$13.50 $7

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Complimentary Glasses and Cheese Plate at Hailey's Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Hailey's Winery

Byron

Sample a variety of handcrafted red and white wines

$35 $18

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$8 for $20 Worth of Arcade Games and Pinball at Spare Time

Spare Time

Southeast

Play modern arcade games as well as classics such as skee-ball and Ms. Pac-Man—many of which dispense tickets redeemable for prizes

$20 $8

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Little Big Town at BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Little Big Town

BMO Harris Bank Center

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Grammy-winning country quartet behind hits “Little White Church,” “Boondocks,” and “Day Drinking” sugars audiences in sweet harmonies

$53.75 $32

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"Sesame Street Live Let’s Dance!" at BMO Harris Bank Center on January 6 or 7 (Up to 40% Off)

"Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!"

BMO Harris Bank Center

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Fuzzy friends—including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and Ernie—lead an interactive dance party with energetic tunes

$24.95 $15

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Third Day at Coronado Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 6 (Up to 30% Off)

Third Day

Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Award-winning Christian rock band unleashes music with southern-rock infused licks and inspiring lyrics

$33.85 $23.70

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$52 for a Harlem Globetrotters Game at BMO Harris Bank Center on December 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. ($87.45 Value)

Harlem Globetrotters

BMO Harris Bank Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$87.45 $52

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Paintball with Equipment Rental for Two or Four at Wyldside Paintball (Up to 81% Off)

Wyldside Paintball

Rockford

Referees set up scenarios and games to play across Wild West–style outdoor field, with street obstacles and 13 buildings

$100 $20

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On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.

Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci prot?g?s study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.

5485 East State Street
Rockford,
IL
US

Though Larsen's Landing Outfitters has always been family owned, the stretch of wilderness under its care has two additional overseers: a pair of eagles. The birds patrol 30 acres of sheltered trails, two open fields, and miles of marshes, watching visitors as they paddle rental canoes and kayaks down the pristine Kishwaukee River, which has been rated as one of the three cleanest rivers in the state. Visitors aren't alone, though. Beavers, turtles, otters, and sandhill cranes make their homes on the bank, sharing the shore with endangered black terns and mulberry wing butterflies. They move amidst towering trees, including the sycamores that gave the river its name, a Potawatomi word for river of the sycamore.

Like a grumpy scorpion, the river's flourishing ecosystem benefits from minimal and respectful human contact. Larsen's Landing Outfitters preserves this status while still permitting visitors to explore the environment. The staff plans canoe, kayak, and camping trips with package options, from tutorials on steering a boat to picnic buffets. Travelers can park their vessels at any point to indulge in a swim, go fishing, or relax on a sandbar?and at overnight sites, campfires and pig roasts imbue the air with nostalgic, smoky aromas.

1951 New Milford School Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

The Rockford Art Museum has more than a century of creativity hanging from the walls in its galleries. It acquired its first piece in 1913 and has since collected more than 1600 pieces from local and international artists. Glass sculptures, 20th century American photography, and impressionist paintings vie for attention alongside the dynamic images of the American southwest from the Taos Society of New Mexico. The collection houses the detailed work of regional artists trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Arts and the earthy, meaningful paintings of outsider art, such as Richard Burnside’s untitled painting of a cat made from paint and pinecone pieces.

Standing apart from the main collection, the museum’s RAM Art Annex houses educational programs and the museum store stocks an inventory of jewelry and glass pieces by local artists. The annual Greenwich Village Art Fair also shares art appreciation with the community. The fair gathers more than 100 artists in an atmosphere filled with live music.

711 N Main St Ste 3
Rockford,
IL
US

Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.

4007 East State Street
Rockford,
Illinois
US

  • 16: how many hours it takes to set up The Greatest Show on Earth
  • 10: how many hours it takes to tear it down
  • 2,500: average pounds of popcorn consumed in between
  • 100: the number of performers, including a nine-piece band
  • 500: the number of costumes
  • 3,140,000: the number of rhinestones and sequins on those costumes
  • 85: the number of animals, which include Asian elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, and llamas; all receive superlative animal care
  • 61: the number of cars in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that carries the show from city to city; that?s more than a mile long
  • 20,000: the number of miles that train will cover in one year
  • 3: the miles the train master walks each day as he tends to the animals (all seated at the front of the train for the smoothest ride) and gives them regular water and exercise stops

300 Elm Street
Rockford,
Illinois
US

Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

7326 N Cherry Vale Mall Dr
Rockford,
IL
US