In addition to providing recreational enjoyment, riding in go-karts and playing miniature golf are excellent ways to prepare children for a future filled with high-speed car chases and malevolent windmills. Properly equip offspring for tomorrow with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a three-day pass to Odyssey Fun World, located in Tinley Park (a $78 value). This Groupon is valid only for Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27, to Sunday, May 29.
The plethora of games, rides, and attractions at Odyssey Fun World fills families and gaggles of friends with cheek-melting exhilaration. This Groupon grants access to the park's indoor and outdoor facilities, which are capable of entertaining up to 7,500 visitors or four de-toothed Tyrannosaurus rexes. Guests and mini guests explore 11 acres of Odyssey Fun World's endorphin-pumping outdoor area housing two go-kart tracks, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, bumper boats, inflatable kid-sized attractions, and more. Indoor excursions such as the Exploration Adventure offers four stories of malleable play space for kids ages 10 and under, and the Himalaya Coaster and gamers lounge with Xbox and Wii let growing seedlings absorb adrenaline-fueled chloroplast. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, fledgling wingspans can execute vise-like hugs around the fuzzy frame of Southpaw, the baseball mascot, or visit from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday for music and dancing with Radio Disney.
At the end of each adventurous day, Chipper's Café can fill internal vacuoles with pizzas and burgers to silence growling stomachs longing for nourishment and warm belly rubs.
Three-day passes do not grant access to the park's speedboats or token-operated arcade games. Age and height restrictions apply depending on the attraction, so be sure to check the website for more information.
Odyssey Fun Farm
Odyssey Fun World's attractions aren't confined to its 45,000 square feet of indoor games and rides—they also sprawl across 11 acres in the fresh air. Inside, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a roller coaster host both kids and adults, and more than 250 arcade games and a laser-tag arena foster friendly competition. The indoor Gamers Lounge allows youngsters to practice their PS4 and XBox One skills, while kids up to 10 years old fling themselves into ball pits, slip down slides, or dispute the physics behind make-believe-ore extraction in tunnels at the four-story Exploration Adventure play structure.
The Tinley Park location also boasts the fall-activities hub known as Odyssey Fun Farm. The farm, which is located across the street from the main park, includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and a 5-acre courtyard filled with activities such as pig races and a petting zoo.
Outside, at the Naperville location, the staff keeps the Kidz Adventure Park's inflatable bounce houses and slides properly puffed. At the Tinley Park location, they pretend to manicure the faux turfs of two 18-hole mini-golf courses, including one that's wheelchair accessible. Their bumper boats encourage friendly jostling, but the speedboats—limited to drivers aged 16 and older with a driver's license—are all about crossing the finish line first. As trips down the zipline peak adrenaline and appetites, Chipper's Cafe counters hunger with pizza, wings, and burgers.