Kids Activities in Washington

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

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 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

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 60% Off at Family Fun Zone

Family Fun Zone

Crest Hill

$129 $64

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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 46% Off Simulated Combat at iCombat Aurora

iCombat Aurora

Aurora

$45 $25

With replica weapons that flash and recoil, teams square off against each other

Up to 76% Off at My Gym Aurora

My Gym Aurora

Aurora

$145 $35

Kids aged 6 weeks to 13 years gain coordination and confidence at children's fitness center, which offers classes and play sessions

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

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

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 53% Off at Family Fun Center

Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center

Batavia

$38 $19

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Wagon-trail-themed miniature-golf course, black-light mini golf, laser tag, roller-skating rink, & bowling alley offers indoor & outdoor fun

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

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 $30.01 Off Bowling and Billiards at Kings

Kings

Rosemont

$40 $19.99

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20 bowling lanes and 5 billiards tables; retro decor updated with colored lights and more than 50 high-def TVs and projectors

52% Off Celebrity Pro Bowler Tournament

Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation

Kings Bowl

$25 $12

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman brings his celebrity friends together for a night of bowling, which raises funds for sick kids

Up to 47% Off Kids' Indoor Play in Naperville

Cafe N Play

Naperville

$17 $9

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Day passes give unlimited access to play structures, toys, and an intricately detailed play town

Up to 50% Off Indoor Play at Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe

Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe

Naperville

$28 $18

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Play pass grants kids access to mazes, slides, and ball pits for the whole day; party includes pizza, drinks, invitations, and private room

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Wind whistles and engines roar as custom go-karts zip around Jet Karting's outdoor race track at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Rented – along with all necessary safety equipment – to guests of all experience levels, the low-riding vehicles cruise the course in 15-minute bouts, during which up to 15 riders race each other. Speed School classes tailored to three different age groups prep more experienced racers to take laps in powerful spec racers and Rotax karts. The staff recommends guests bring long pants, close-toed shoes, and a desire to move quickly while basically in the fetal position.

3674 E 2603rd Rd
Sheridan,
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

Costumed actors hide inside Heaps Haunted Corn Maze, ready to scare all those who dare enter. Alternatively, the flashlight maze is completely unhaunted and challenges visitors instead with a series of dead ends, switchbacks, and branching paths that they must navigate armed only with a flashlight. After walking through the maze of their choice, guests can unwind during a half-hour moonlight tractor ride, staying in the mood by singing the Scooby-Doo theme song under their breath.

4853 US Highway 52
Minooka,
IL
US

Perky’s Pizza rustles up a variety of traditional and imaginative pizzas for famished families. With the family combo meal, banqueting broods choose one large signature pizza from Perky's Pizza's doughy roster, relieving a meat-masticating hankering with the double-cheeseburger deluxe, loaded with crispy bacon, hearty beef, and zesty barbecue sauce, or floating away on the Maui Wowie, which features chicken and sweet pineapple basking in a beach of red sauce. Choosy chowhounds point their noses toward the also-included one-topping pizza, selecting a meat, vegetable, or fat-free mineral to add sustenance. Six breadsticks take a dip in garlic or cinnamon before joining the culinary crew, and a troop of 12 chicken wings marches into position while chanting fight songs before being defeated by mercenary molars. Like bookends, a family-sized garden salad and dessert support the meal on either end.

70 Ken Hayes Dr
Bourbonnais,
IL
US

Kellers Farmstand was established only 21 years ago, but its roots run all the way back to the 19th century. Since emigrating from Bavaria in the mid-1800s, the Kellers have produced four generations of green-thumbed farmers, most of whom answered to the name Frank. It was during the reign of Franks I and II that the Kellers' first roadside produce stand opened, and the family's crop of grapes, raspberries, and potatoes helped their homestead survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s, brothers Frank III and Ray took over their father's farm and expanded the scope with corn, soybeans, oats, and hay grown on fields in Plainfield and Oswego. In 1991, Frank IV opened his first vegetable kiosk, and Kellers Farmstand was officially inaugurated.

These days, the three farmstands are open during the spring, summer, and fall, welcoming guests with fresh-picked seasonal offerings and annual harvest festivals. Depending on the location and the time of year, guests might find heirloom-tomato plants and flowers in finely wrought hanging baskets, ears of the family's specialty sweet corn, or homegrown pumpkins, gourds, and winter squashes. Their news page keeps shoppers up-to-date on the latest goings-on, with regular updates on flower sales, rain delays, and the farm’s ongoing battle with the mole men.

2500 Johnson Road
Oswego,
IL
US

Huddled within a 20,000-square-foot facility, Bounce Town's private and semiprivate play arenas encourage sock-clad youngsters to bound, glide, and frolic atop abundant inflatables. Air-filled mazes and 50-foot obstacle courses challenge participants to traverse hurdles and twists, while frog- and Batman-themed bounce houses accommodate leaping youths. Kids who have conquered their brief bounds into midair and gained an understanding of how physics works can also find new challenges scaling the rock-climbing wall. When gathering a group for play time or birthdays, throw parties overseen by personal attendants or bring the celebration home with a bounce-house rental or a Bounce Town photo-booth rental.

126 Kirkland Cir
Oswego,
IL
US