Activities in Washington

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

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

$120 $19

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

Up to 66% Off Taekwondo Classes

Soo Kim Martial Arts

Peoria

$140 $49

Instructor tailors lessons to each age group; no-pressure classes are designed to build confidence and self-defense skills

Up to 51% Off at McNulty School of Irish Dance

McNulty School of Irish Dance

Multiple Locations

$72 $35

Kids and adults learn the techniques of Irish dance at a school that's been teaching the art form since 1971

Up to 61% Off Circus

Loomis Bros. Circus

Multiple Locations

$22.09 $12

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Traveling circus delights audiences with clowns and acrobats, as well as trained tigers and elephants

Up to 56% Off Jet Ski or Pontoon Boat Rental

Starved Rock Adventures

Ottawa

$180 $79

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24 ft., pet-friendly pontoons with training, safety equipment, gas grill, and private-beach access included; jet skis zip across the water

Up to 65% Off Chicago Spartan Sprint or Spartan Super

Spartan Races

Marseilles

$110 $39

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to muddy landscapes

Up to 30% Off a Training Day Mud Run at Dirt Runner

Dirt Runner

Marseilles

$25 $18

Runners train for larger events by scrabbling through 4 miles of mud pools, tunnels, and ravines, working to beat their time or friends

25% Off Martial Arts

Smith Institute Of Martial Arts

Decatur

$200 $150

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

Up to 53% Off Kayak Rentals and Lesson from Kayak Morris

Kayak Morris

William G. Stratton State Park

$80 $39

On-land lesson covers safety and essential strokes before students pilot craft on 1 of 3 nearby beginner waterways for the rest of the day

53% Off at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Dixon

$20 $10

Visitors explore the fully restored home of Ronald Reagan, where he lived from 1920–1923 before moving to Hollywood and then the White House

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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 67% Off Group Fitness Classes and Personal Training

Beyond Fitness

Minooka

$190 $79

Instructors help students build tighter, healthier physiques through personal training and group fitness classes

50% Off Horseback-Riding Lesson for Two or Four

Ashley Woods Equestrian Center

Minooka

$80 $40

Students learn horsemanship skills during classes available at both a heated indoor arena and a lighted outdoor arena

Up to 59% Off Fitness Classes

Metabolic Fitness Management

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

Group workout classes build core strength with use of dangling TRX straps; schedule also includes boot camp and kettlebell sessions

Quad City Rockfest – Up to 61% Off Festival

Quad City Rockfest

I WIRELESS CENTER

$35.65 $14

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Festival features headlining performances from Night Ranger, FireHouse, and hard rock supergroup Cheap Thrill

Up to 56% Off Whitewater Tubing and Kayaking

Geneva Kayak Center

Yorkville

$60 $29

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Tubers bob over whitewater on the Fox River; kayaking courses teach paddlers how to handle the rapids

Up to 73% Off Boot Camp Classes at Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Heaven & Hell Bootcamp

Yorkville

$74.99 $20

Work out as a team during functional and intense boot camp classes

50% Irish Dancing Classes

Mayer School of Irish Dancing

Davenport

$60 $30

Learn the basic footwork of traditional Irish dance at a school with more than three decades of teaching experience

53% Off Yoga Classes at Essence of Life

Essence of Life

Shorewood

$75 $35

Regular and hot yoga classes encourage students of all abilities to develop strength, flexibility, and overall well-being

75% Off at World Champion Taekwondo

World Champion Taekwondo

Multiple Locations

$199 $49

Sixth-degree black belt and former Olympic coach helps students build strength, flexibility, discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills

Up to 51% Off Open-Bounce Visits at Bounce Town

Bounce Town

Oswego

$45 $22

Kids clamber through a 50-foot obstacle course, glide down slides, and jump about inside 20,000-square-foot facility

Up to 71% Off Martial Arts Classes

Flash Martial Arts Academy

Oswego

$119 $39

Students gain discipline, confidence, self-defense skills, and winning attitudes under the tutelage of expert instructors

51% Off Pro Wrestling Event

Wrestlefest 5

Joliet Park District

$47.22 $23

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WrestleFest 5 barrels into Joliet with a fight card featuring Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle, Booker T., and other wrestling icons

Up to 49% Off Scott Stapp Rock Concert

Mojoes

Mojoes

$29.50 $15

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Powerhouse vocalist from the late '90s and beyond unleashes his primal voice in a set of new solo hits and Creed classics

Up to 60% Off Super-Speedway Racing Experiences

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Chicagoland Speedway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 74% Off Paintball Packages

CPX Sports

Joliet

$95 $25

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Combatants wage a paintball war on 15 themed fields with new Low Impact markers, 250 paintballs per person, and protective face masks

Up to 78% Off Boxing Training Sessions

Round One Boxing and Fitness Center

Joliet

$180 $49

Boxing Trainer helps clients beef up their skills in the ring with personal training sessions

Up to 51% Off at Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

$12 $6

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

54% Off Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie

Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

$90 $41

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

53% Off Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four

Haunted Trails Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

$57 $27

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to two attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, plus laser tag at Joliet

Up to 51% Off Exotic-Car Driving Adventure

Adventure Supercars

Autobahn Country Club

$99 $49

Customers experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, BMW, or McLaren themselves around a track

Chicagoland Speedway—45% Off Races and Concert

2014 July NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Racing with Collective Soul & Switchfoot Concert

Chicagoland Speedway

$55 $30

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Friday concert features Switchfoot and Collective Soul; Saturday racing starts at 1:30 p.m. and finishes with the featured race at 7:30 p.m.

50% Off Waterpark Visit in Joliet

Splash Station Waterpark

Joliet

$13 $6.50

In railroad-themed waterpark, patrons shuttle down five twisting slides, a lazy river, and zero-depth pool

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

Xtreme Xperience

Autobahn Country Club

$239 $99

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

Up to 58% Off Pilates at RebL Fit

RebL Fit

Wheatland

$72 $35

Students challenge themselves with reformer Pilates bootcamp, or build impeccable posture and physique with chair and flexibility classes

75% Off at David's Personal Training

David's Personal Training

Wheatland

$180 $45

Personal trainer develops individualized exercise programs and dietary suggestions for clients to help them achieve their fitness goals

Up to 79% Off Gym Membership

MPG Fitness LLC

Plainfield

$185 $39

Personal trainers lead new members through workouts to prepare them for solo sessions inside a fully equipped gym

Up to 60% Off Classes at Chikara Martial Arts Academy

Chikara Martial Arts Academy

Plainfield

$50 $25

Martial arts classes burn calories and teach self-defense skills while boosting confidence and self-esteem

Up to 71% Off at Family Fun Zone

Family Fun Zone

Crest Hill

$36 $15

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Visitors conquer arcade games, storm the laser-tag arena, and roll around the skating rink under colorful lights

Up to 57% Off at Chicagoland Bowling

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Hour-long game at your choice of 10 Chicagoland Bowling member centers

50% Off Tour at Ellwood House Museum

Ellwood House Museum

DeKalb

$16 $8

Tours of the estate of Isaac Ellwood, one of the wealthiest men in Illinois in the late 1800s, feature a barbed-wire exhibit and a playhouse

Up to 53% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

United Elite MMA

DeKalb

$55 $27

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

Fox Valley Irish Festival – Up to 50% Off

Fox Valley Irish Festival

RiverEdge Park

$40 $20

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Irish cultural festival features family-friendly events, live music, and Jameson tastings and Irish beer for adults

44% Off a Live-Action Zombie Experience

Zombie Outbreak

Aurora

$45 $25

Zombie Outbreak provides replica weapons that recoil like the real thing to hunt down zombies with high-tech targets that record each shot

$10 for Live Comedy at The Comedy Shrine Theater

The Comedy Shrine Theater

The Comedy Shrine Theater

$20 $10

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Comics and resident improvisers fill standup showcases and a Whose Line Is It Anyway? tribute

Up to 86% Off at Synergy Kettlebell Training

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

55% Off Services

Forever Fitness

Aurora

$270 $121

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

72% Off Yoga Classes

Aranya Yoga

Aurora

$100 $28

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

Up to 51% Off Cake-Decorating Class

Knightsbridge PME

Aurora

$40 $20

English- and Spanish-language classes teach students of all experience levels how to decorate desserts

44% Off Martial Arts

Midwest School Of Isshinryu Karate

Aurora

$90 $50

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

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

TrySelfDefense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

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

Up to 51% Off Roller-Skating Outing in Aurora

Aurora Roller Skate Center

Aurora

$24 $12

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Roller skates orbit polished wood rink at open skate, theme nights & DJ events

Up to 71% Off Classes at My Dance Hub

My Dance Hub

Naperville/Aurora

$75 $29

Ballroom and Latin dance studio staffed by passionate instructors

50% Off Birthday Party for up to 20 Kids at Kidz Funland

Kidz Funland

Aurora

$320 $160

Kids shed their shoes to scramble to the tops of slides and climb into an upper-level ball pit or shoot through obstacle courses

MattyB – Up to 40% Off Rap Concert

MattyB

The Paramount Theatre

$23.52 $14

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Internet rap sensation, who happens to be 11 years old, floors audiences with G-rated swagger and age-defying skills

Up to 75% Off Golf Lessons

Michael Camastro Golf Academy

Multiple Locations

$285 $70

PGA teaching pro and his staff of aces groom untidy swings in private lessons with video swing analysis

Up to 60% Off 10 or 20 Drop-In Fitness Classes

Elixir Group Fitness Clubs

New Lenox

$120 $48

Get fit in fun, upbeat group fitness classes that includes Les Mills Pump, Combat, Attack, TRX, Boot Camps, and Zumba Dance!

47% Off Skateboarding

Drop In Skatepark

New Lenox

$15 $8

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

75% Off Personal Fitness Program

Pulse Training Systems

New Lenox

$40 $10

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

Up to 50% Off Batting-Cage Sessions

Pastime Sports Academy

New Lenox

$20 $10

Iron Mike pitching machines can be controlled to throw different speeds at different angles for baseball and softball players all all levels

55% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids Classes

University Of Ground Fighting

New Lenox

$85 $38

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

42% Off a Two-Day Celebrity Youth Sports Camp

Dwyane Wade & Brandon Marshall Sports Academy

Lincoln-Way Central High School

$300 $175

Sports camps include appearances by NBA star Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall, and WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne

Half Off Private Pilot Course

Chicagoland Aviation

Romeoville

$299 $149

Learn the process to become a professional pilot and get hands-on experience in the cockpit of a Cessna aircraft

Up to 48% Off at USA Skate Center

USA Skate Center

Romeoville

$23 $12

Family-friendly rink rents out skates and rollerblades to groups of up to 10

Up to 57% Off Flight Simulator

Chicago Premier Flight Training

Lewis University Airport

$45 $22

Redbird TD2 simulator recreates realistic flying conditions, and an FAA-certified instructor imparts aviation wisdom

Up to 45% Off a Boys' Basketball Camp

Five-Star Basketball

Lewis University

$99 $59

Elite basketball camp with notable alumni like Kevin Durant teaches boys aged 10–18 technical skills and includes athletic conditioning

Up to 63% Of Round of Golf for Two or Four

Sycamore Golf Club

Sycamore

$176 $65

Built in 1923, immaculately maintained course beckons golfers down emerald alleyways nestled along the Kishwaukee River

Up to 76% Off Kids' Yoga Classes

Katerpillar Kids Yoga

Sycamore

$78 $19

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

Up to 76% Off Martial Arts Classes

Family Martial Arts

Mokena

$204 $49

Instructors professionally trained in styles such as Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido teach kids and adults during classes

61% Off 10 Yoga and Pilates Classes

Mindful Movements Health & Fitness Studio

Mokena

$100 $39

Inviting studio’s Pilates classes tone cores, yoga classes quiet minds, and total-body-toning classes build full-body strength and endurance

71% Off Women’s Kickboxing Classes

Randori Jiu-Jitsu

Randori Jiu-Jitsu

$99 $29

Women learn muay Thai moves and other techniques during kickboxing classes that integrate self-defense tactics into intense workouts

Up to 51% Off Mini Golf or Kids’ Party

Wilderness Falls

Bolingbrook

$24 $12

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Two mini-golf courses feature rugged obstacles and a 35 ft. waterfall; kids’ party also includes arcade tokens and food

Up to 66% Off at Rabito Golf Academy at Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook Golf Club

Bolingbrook

$175 $59

PGA professionals lead group clinics on a variety of topics, getting players ready for rounds on 7,104 yd. course with a true-island green

60% Off at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

Up to 58% Off Ice Skating

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

$18 $8

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Skaters of all levels hone their moves during open skates while supporters cheer them on from lodge with fireplace, free WiFi & café

68% Off Yoga Classes

Breathe, The Art of Yoga

Bolingbrook

$120 $39

Passionate instructor guides students of all experience levels through basic yoga, Vinyasa Flow & meditation classes

Up to 63% Off CrossFit

Crossfit Rua

Frankfort

$48 $20

Instructors aid others in burning calories with a system of intense functional exercises designed to prep for all physical activities

KidsWork Children's Museum – Up to 47% Off Visit

KidsWork Children's Museum

Frankfort

$24 $14

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Programs such as music classes and story time as well as exhibits including a floor piano and instruments made from recycled materials

Up to 49% Off Golf at Wahkonsa Country Club

Wahkonsa Country Club

Durant

$37 $19

Golf course has been challenging players since 1967 with great length at almost 7,000 yards from the tips, ponds in play, and large trees

Select Local Merchants

Since launching their flagship 10-week program in 2001, the instructors at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping have spurred more than 35,000 trainees across 42 locations toward their weight-loss goals. Classes burn fat and build lean muscle with fitness kickboxing and muscle-building with anaerobic bands. Coaches support trainees with a nutrition plan that breaks up food intake into six daily meals, increasing sustaining bodily energy and a sense of déjà vu. The founders of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodybuilding are so confident in their program that they offer a money-back guarantee for those dissatisfied with their results.

5832 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria,
IL
US

Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.

Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.

1304 W Washington St
Bloomington,
IL
US

A public course complete with tree-lined fairways and pristine greens, Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course challenges paired players with a set of 18 holes as well-rounded as the dimpled spheres that speckle its ridges. Captain your cart over an expansive range of well-manicured landscapes dotted with majestic woodlands and enough sand and water hazards to evoke a horror-movie set at an island resort. This par 72 course strikes an exceptionally balanced level of difficulty, appealing to seasoned swingers as well as active younger players with freshly acquired driver's licenses.

12927 Il Highway 26
Princeton,
IL
US

Dirt Runner races don't just challenge athletes—they push them to their limits. Set on rough terrain with a more than 1,200-foot change in elevation, the roughly 5K course is rife with agility and strength-testing obstacles. Those range from complex military-style structures to towering fences that require scaling. After completing the course, participants unwind at post-race festivities with food and music.

2724 E 2625th Rd.
Marseilles,
IL
US

Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.

112 N 6th St
Springfield,
IL
US

Janée Matteson is a little wary of technology. The more ubiquitous it becomes, she finds, it has more potential to keep kids indoors (a trend she has dubbed “acute nature deficit disorder”). Janée, whose family’s roots have been growing in Morris for nearly 200 years, basically spent her entire childhood outside, learning fur trapping and duck hunting with her father on the banks of the Illinois River. So in addition to her deep passion for the outdoors, founding Kayak Morris was largely inspired by doing whatever she could to help kids, their families, and domesticated teddy bears spend more time in nature.

Kayak Morris offers kayak and canoe lessons, and in addition, patrons can borrow their largely new fleet for leisurely trips along the Illinois River, Mazon River, or Illinois and Michigan Canal, which are home to wildlife such as great-blue herons, bald eagles, coyotes and red-tailed hawks. The staff also lead guided ecotours, which teach kids and adults about natural resources and what they can do to preserve and protect them for future generations. Family-focused private campgrounds is adjacent to the State Park along the rivers’ sandy shores invite groups to stay for monthly Glampouts (glamorous campouts) and spend their days taking advantage of potluck dinners, hiking, fishing, bike rentals, or guided kayak tours and to spend their nights watching a movie on Morris’ outdoor projection screen as campfires crackle nearby.

110 Pine St
Morris,
IL
US