Things To Do In Rockford

46% Off Canoe Trip for Four

Canoe the Kish

$140 $75

After learning basic paddling techniques, duos take canoes on leisurely drifts past the Kishwaukee River's scenery and abundant wildlife

Up to 51% Off Dance Lessons at McNulty School of Irish Dance

Allegro Academy Dance Room

$42 $21

Youth or preschool classes held Saturdays teach youngsters the movements and techniques of Irish dance

50% Off Services

Northeast

$60 $30

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

76% Off at Wyldside Paintball

Wyld Side Paintball

$120 $29

Referees set up scenarios and games to play across outdoor fields filled with dense forests, manmade structures, and inflatable cover

Up to 85% Off Paintball for Four, Six, or Twelve

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

50% Off Children's Yoga at Nspired Yoga

Northeast Rockford

$40 $20

On Saturday mornings, children learn the importance of exercise during age-appropriate yoga classes

Up to 75% Off Spring Kickoff Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$230 $59

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

Up to 54% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Rockton

$40 $20

Instructor with more than 15 years of teaching experience leads kids and adults around an indoor arena during 60-minute riding lessons

$8 for Arcade Games and Pinball

Southeast

$20 $8

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

51% Off a Kids' Birthday Party at Sapora Playworld

Loves Park

$192 $95

Sock-footed kids play safely on the soft surfaces at an indoor playground with a separate area for toddlers

49% Off Five or Six Weeks of Ice-Skating Lessons

Loves Park

$55 $28

17,000 ft. indoor rink hosts ice-skating lessons for adults and kids

79% Off Children's Mixed Martial Arts Classes

Loves Park

$239 $55

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Martial arts classes enstill confidence, humility, self discipline, and patience in kids

Up to 91% Off MMA and Women's Boot-Camp Classes

Loves Park

$340 $30

MMA classes pull from jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, & boxing & boot camp helps women reach their fitness goals in a supportive group environment

55% Off at B & B Park Bowl

Loves Park

$58 $26

Groups of up to six take to one of B & B's eight lanes, at a family-friendly bowling alley open since the 1950s

Up to 60% Off Boot Camp

Machesney Park

$97 $39

Instructors lead small groups through high-intensity fitness routines tailor-made to strengthen cores and boost endurance

50% Off at Classics and Chrome Indoor Car Show

At the Corner of Route 251 and 173 in Machesney Park

$16 $8

Auto show highlights classic and custom such as hot rods, pre- and postwar cars, muscle and sports cars, and motorcycles

55% Off Personal Training at The Gym

Roscoe

$100 $45

Certified personal trainers tailor workouts to each client and employ a mix of weight lifting, cardio work, and resistance training

78% Off CrossFit Program at CrossFit Roscoe

Roscoe

$270 $59

Trainers introduce students to CrossFit’s philosophy and teach them proper techniques for lifts and exercises

45% Off

Roscoe

$75 $41

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

Up to 67% Off Belvidere Family YMCA Membership

Belvidere

$180 $59

Community center helps improve individuals' well-being with fitness center and indoor pool and entertains families with free event nights

50% Off Tandem Skydiving Jumps

Beloit

$299.99 $149

While strapped to an experienced instructor, guests experience a 60-second freefall followed by a leisurely 6- to 9-minute parachute ride

35% Off from Great Lakes Skydiving

Beloit

$229 $149

Glide down to earth from up to 14,000 feet in the air while attached to the certified instructor for the entire jump

67% Off Kids' Swim Lessons

South Beloit

$106.50 $35

Instructors teach water safety, breathing, and stroke techniques to kids of all abilities

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Up to 55% Off Small Group Training Sessions

Janesville

$500 $250

Total body workouts include kickboxing, boot camp and tabata sessions; exercise with BOSU, battle ropes or kettle bells

Up to 73% Off at CrossFit 608

Janesville

$120 $39

CrossFit classes feature a new workout each day, blending aspects of running, weightlifting, and gymnastics

Up to 65% Off Classes at Touch of Pilates

Janesville

$50 $19.99

Gain long, lean muscles in these classical Pilates group classes

Up to 76% Off Kids' Yoga Classes

Sycamore

$78 $19

A yoga instructor encourages fitness and imagination in children aged 5–12, blending yoga with songs, games, and storytelling

Up to 53% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

DeKalb

$55 $27

Instructors teach women to master kick-and-punch combos in 90-minute kickboxing-and-conditioning classes

56% Off Horseback Riding

Woodstock

$45 $20

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Up to 55% Off Riding Lessons at John White Stables

Woodstock

$175 $79

Year-round stable builds confident and knowledgeable horseback riders within its spacious indoor arena

Up to 60% Off Fitness, Martial-Arts, or Tai Chi Classes

Woodstock

$70 $35

Fitness classes such as yoga and TRX; calming tai chi; self-defense from karate and tae kwon do classes

Up to 50% Off Coffee Bar at 4th Fridays

Harvard

$20 $11

Open-house event exhibits the works of regional artists while attendees sip beer, wine, mixed drinks, or premium coffee

Up to Half Off Horseback-Riding Lessons 

Woodstock

$40 $19.99

Private riding lessons teach brushing, tacking, and riding instruction for all skill levels

Up to 56% Off at Mayer School of Irish Dance

Gilberts

$60 $27

Instructors teach beginners aged 5-19 traditional Irish step dance techniques and routines

Half Off Driving-Range Practice

Marengo

$30 $15

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20-stall practice range features target greens at 100, 150, and 200 yards

Up to 52% Off Private Horseback Riding Lessons

Hampshire

$60 $29

In a one-on-one setting, a horseback riding instructor teaches students the basic fundamentals of steering and controlling a horse

Half Off Tour at Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

$20 $10

Follow a distillery guide behind the scenes, sample handcrafted spirits, and head out with a 750mL bottle of vodka and branded sampler glass

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 80% Off CrossFit Classes at K-Star Fitness

Lake in the Hills

$150 $39

Exercisers sweat their way through intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 8,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

Up to 74% Off Unlimited Kettlebell Classes at MMA Underground

Lake in the Hills

$100 $29

Kettlebell workouts focus on strength training for definition in the upper arms and core; cage fighting builds muscle and increases agility

Up to 70% Off at FitChick Boot Camp

Lake in the Hills

$149 $49

Trainers challenge gals with indoor and outdoor fitness boot camps designed to build functional strength

Up to 55% Off Adult Krav Maga Classes

Lake in the Hills

$94 $45

Instructors teach adults real-life self-defense techniques such as groin kicks, elbow strikes, and head butts

55% Off Lessons at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$88 $40

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

Up to 63% Off Running Training Program

Sunset Park

$180 $72

Certified running coach develops personalized program with weekly tips, email and phone support, and Wednesday-night group runs at 6:30 p.m.

Up to 50% Off "Barefoot in the Park"

Raue Center for the Arts

$35 $17.50

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Theatre company with nearly 4 years of performances performs a Neil Simon classic about two newlyweds learning the value of compromise

57% Off at Yoga Seva Studio

Crystal Lake

$115 $49

Yoga studio offers classes such as multilevel, beginner, and Level 1 for students who have begun training and will advance at their own pace

55% Off Roller Skating

Crystal Lake

$22 $10

Skaters of all ages circle the gleaming 17,000 sq. ft. rink at family-centric fun center

Up to 61% Off Music Classes at Kindermusik By Lisa

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Seasoned instructors lead parents and children up to 7 years of age through play activities incorporating music and movement

Up to 61% Off Instrument or Voice Lessons

Crystal Lake

$63 $29

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30-minute instrument or voice lessons for all ages

Up to 65% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Superior Healthclub

Crystal Lake

$100 $40

Shed fat and build lean muscle in challenging indoor boot-camp classes

Up to 49% Off Alshon Jeffery Signing Event

McHenry West High School

$169 $109

Meet breakout wide receiver Alshon Jeffery as he signs a print, football, or canvas; photo ops available to fans who bring their own cameras

Up to 51% Off Hunter-Jumper Riding Lessons

Richmond

$40 $20

Riding lessons teach burgeoning equestrians how to handle riding obstacle courses in the hunter and jumper styles

42% Off Tandem Hang Gliding

Delavan Lake

$259 $149

A tandem hang-gliding flight with a certified instructor affords novices the chance to take the controls safely

52% Off from Great Lakes Hang Gliding

Great Lakes Hang Gliding

$309.99 $149

Give the gift of flight as students learn basic hang glider controls, safety, and take their first jump strapped to a seasoned instructor

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

Santa's Village Azoosment Park – Up to 49% Off

East Dundee

$39.50 $20

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Nostalgia-filled theme park delights families with Santa-themed village, extensive zoo, and thrilling rides

Up to 59% Off Bowling with Drinks and Shoes

Carpentersville

$141.50 $59

Retro-style bowling alley; includes shoe rental and pitcher of soda or beer

Half Off at Ballistic Martial Arts and Fitness

Carpentersville

$50 $25

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Martial-arts and fitness center hosts fast-paced Zumba classes and cardio kickboxing that uses actual boxing technique

51% off Cemetery Ghost Hunt from Haunted Hometowns

Elgin

$90 $45

Ghost-seekers walk through moon-lit cemeteries in the dead of night during tour as guides relate tales of local specters

Up to 81% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Southwest Elgin

$150 $29

Kickboxing and muay thai classes both employ punching and kicking techniques while teaching students discipline and fitness

Up to 55% Off Belly-Dancing Classes

Elgin

$60 $29

Students of all ages, sizes, and abilities learn to shimmy and sway during bellydancing classes that are also challenging workouts

Up to 65% Off Bowling

Multiple Locations

$55 $19

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Bowling balls crash through pins on modern bowling lanes while cooks grill entrees at the in-house restaurant with a full bar

84% Off Kickboxing Classes

Stoughton

$314 $49

Students burn calories, boost their strength, and learn hard-hitting kickboxing techniques with a month of fitness kickboxing classes

Up to 76% Off Tae Kwon Do Classes

South Elgin

$200 $49

Experienced instructors teach students the Korean martial art of tae kwon do, focusing on self-defense, fitness, and self-confidence

Up to 76% Off Fitness Classes at Postursizer, Inc.

Family Chiropractic and Posture Center

$120 $34

Workouts use the Postursizer bar to target posture, flexibility, core muscles, cardio fitness, and bone density

Up to 47% Off Golf at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club

Koshkonong Mounds CC

$92 $55

Opened in 1870 as a club for huntsmen, the converted golf facility undulates across rolling pastureland with mature tree-lined fairways

Up to 51% Off Roller Skating at Skate on Grand

Fox Lake

$43 $21

Splashes of color brighten the roller rink, arcade, and snack bar

Up to 56% Off Skate-Park Visits

Lake Bluff

$100 $49

Skaters test out new tricks and master old ones on ramps, bowls, and half-pipes

Up to 46% Off Sporting-Clay Outing for Two or Four

Richmond

$215 $118

Shooters take aim at clay pigeons and clay rabbits at 25 stations throughout three courses situated on 850 acres of wooded hunting terrain

Up to 63% Off Boat or Jet Ski Rentals

St. Charles

$250 $99

Pontoon, jet ski, or speedboat rental with high-quality equipment

Up to 86% Off at Synergy Kettlebell Training

Multiple Locations

$200 $29

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Low-impact lifting exercises force the arms, core, and legs to work in concert, building strength throughout the body

50% Off

St. Charles

$80 $40

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Up to 56% Off Weekly Private Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Weekly one-on-one music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

Up to 89% Off Women's Indoor Boot Camp

St. Charles/Fox Valley

$299 $39

Knowledgeable trainer leads indoor boot camp that uses a three-pillared approach to wellness: conditioning, nutrition, and mental health

74% Off Yoga Classes

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

Instructors help students bolster flexibility, strength, and mind-body unity with breathing and core work followed by relaxing teatime

45% Off Services

St. Charles

$500 $275

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

52% Off Personal Training

St. Charles

$208 $99

Personal trainers work with clients according to their schedule, leading effective workouts into 30-minute windows

Up to 81% Off Fitness Challenge Package

St. Charles

$200 $40

Instructors guide small groups through workouts that encourage toned physiques & sharp minds; convenient class times for different schedules

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The caring staff at the YMCA of Rock River Valley fosters healthy habits with personalized fitness programs, family-centric recreation, and more than 50 group exercise classes at both Rockford-area locations. Equipment orientation helps new members feel at home by helping them set workout goals and meet other members with similar goals. After teaming with a certified coach to build a full-fledged fitness plan, guests may follow up with an electronic advisor that suggests changes to the plan based on input from the Y’s human fitness experts. Unlimited access to group classes such as yoga and pool-based aqua Pilates challenges muscles under water. Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves get heart rates delightfully elevated, and cardio madness continues the trend with weighted bars and free weights. The Y also sets aside time for families to connect over basketball, movie showing in the pool, or competing in an inflatable obstacle course

In addition to showering members with classes and coaching, the Y bathes them in discounts when they sign up for specialized classes such as triathlon training. Complimentary childcare allows parents to focus their mental energy on physical feats, and a handful of free guest passes lets members show their friends where they climb the climbing wall.

3333 N Marshfield Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

After traveling to Japan in 1966 and to the Portland Japanese Garden soon thereafter, John Anderson found himself inspired by the country's lush landscape and tranquil gardens. In 1978, after returning to his home in Rockford, he partnered with expert designer Hoichi Kurisu to begin constructing Anderson Japanese Gardens—12 acres of paths, plants, and streams, as soothing as those John visited in Japan.

The gardens still encourage a sense of calm and thoughtful reflection, as guided and self-guided tours stroll past undulating waterfalls, trickling across colorful flowers, beneath arched bridges, and over lily pads. Fruit blossoms on trees and bushes, sculptures stand very still, and koi fish flit about in a pond. On Thursdays, participants read from scripture, listen to music, and meditate during worship services, and a series of classes held onsite, such as origami and tai chi, impart Japanese traditions.

318 Spring Creek 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

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

While strolling through the 155 acres of woods and gardens at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, visitors may notice a few odd specimens. Many of these experimental plants have been growing since 1910 and stand as the legacy of founder and landscape architect William Lincoln Taylor. Budding botanists will find speciality gardens dedicated to Peonies, Hostas, and Rhododendrons, as well as, woodland wildflowers and unique grasses. The Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden welcomes members and guests to explore these gardens but also learn about the environment during tours and educational programs. Members help to keep the arboretum thriving with annual contributions, which they are rewarded for with benefits such as discounts at the Magnolia Garden store and invitations to the spring member-shrub dance.

2715 S Main St
Rockford,
IL
US

Each facility in the family of Rockford-Area Bowling Centers enlivens the classic game of bowling with its own signature amenities. On Friday evenings, the staff at Don Carter Lanes temporarily extinguishes its warm, vintagey glow and replaces it with a dimly lit club atmosphere as DJs from 97 ZOK descend upon the alley, pumping out beats that mingle in the air along with a light and fog show. For supplementary entertainment, the Don Carter location also offers a gaming center, and the Park Lanes alley recharges guests with beer and deep-fried fuel at its onsite pub. The Cherry Bowl location keeps serious bowlers properly outfitted with a pro shop, saving them the hassle of paper-mâchéing their own heads to form makeshift bowling balls.

7171 Cherryvale North Boulevard
Rockford,
IL
US