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Things To Do With Kids in Crystal Lake

What is now known as Crystal Lake actually started as two separate towns. The city coined its name from its predecessor, Crystal Ville, but the area where downtown is today was originally called the Village of Dearborn. The two towns became one in 1874. With such old roots, it’s no surprise that Crystal Lake is loaded with tons of historical landmarks and other educational family activities. Today, Crystal Lake is part of the Chicago-metro area and reps their long-time city motto “a good place to live”. Fortunately, a good place to live often means a great place to visit. Explore popular and fun experiences for kids during your next family visit to Crystal Lake.

The best kids activities in Crystal Lake range from touring locally-sourced farms to hanging out at the public swimming pool. Browse a collection of fun activities in Crystal Lake for kids below:

  • Visit the Farmyard and Attractions Experience at Lambs Farm half off
  • Save on admission to Santa’s Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee
  • Lay in the sun or swim and play at the Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center
  • Walk around, catch special events, and enjoy locally-owned shops and restaurants in historic Downtown Crystal Lake
  • Practice your skating or play a game of hockey at the Crystal Ice House

Crystal Lake has family activities you won’t want to miss. Score discounted climbing packages from North Wall with a Groupon or seek outdoor adventure at the Kishwaukee Fen Nature Preserve. For more kid-approved family fun, try the following:

  • Buy local fruits and veggies or catch a special event at TOM’s Farm Market
  • Visit the Lakeside Arts Park for 1st Friday Art Shows in the Dole Mansion
  • Sit down for a family dinner at The Village Squire Restaurant
  • Find fresh, local food at a great price in the Crystal Lake Farmers Market
  • Spend the afternoon at Fox River Forest Preserves just 15 minutes from downtown
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Famous for its establishment as the first park in Crystal Lake, Main Beach features a bath house, fishing pier, boat launch, picnic areas, a band stage, boat rentals, basketball courts, and groomed ice skating rinks in the winter. Explore other sightseeing deals and cheap kids activities in Crystal Lake:

  • Enjoy forest views and channel your love for early American history on the Prairie Trail
  • Learn about WWII through famous exhibits at The Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Save half off on admission to the Illinois Railway Museum
  • Check out the barn-based zoo in West Dundee, Randall Oaks Zoo
  • Visit the Volo Auto Museum, established in 1960
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Keep the kids happy with a variety of children’s activities in Crystal Lake. The city boasts play centers and amusement parks, local ice cream shops, toy stores, and much more. Find more excitement for the kids in Crystal Lake:

  • Stop and shop at Marvin’s Toy Store, voted Crystal Lake’s best toy store two years running
  • Save on admission at the TreeHouse play center in Lake Zurich just 30 minutes away
  • Bring the kids to Kristof's Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach
  • Stop for a sweet treat at Kaleidoscoops for supreme hand-dipped ice cream
  • Spend an afternoon or plan an event at Pump It Up amusement center

Parents will enjoy throwing it back and kids will never forget a night of skating at Xtreme Wheels Skating Center. Or put your teamwork and puzzle solving skills to the test at Escape Quest, the Crystal Lake escape room. For more activities for the whole family in Crystal Lake, try the following:

  • Battle it out at Laser Tag Explosion with a group of two, four, or eight in Dundee
  • Save on Paintball USA tickets for two to twelve with safety gear included
  • Plan 2 hours of discounted bowling for four or eight at Glo-Bowl in Marengo
  • Satisfy your need for speed at K1 Speed in Itasca, just 45 minutes away
  • Rent paddle boards at Alpine Accessories Board House and paddle around the lake at the Three Oaks Recreation Area

Crystal Lake offers fun things to do for kids who want to learn too! Book educational fun at summer camps, cooking classes, math tutoring, and more in the category below:

  • Indulge in healthy snacks, light meals, and pastry decorating at Vestal Culinary Studio
  • Register for a camp or classes, book an event, learn about technology, and play with LEGO® bricks at Snapology of McHenry
  • Sign up for summer day or overnight camps with YMCA
  • Schedule time at Mathnasium of Crystal Lake, a math learning center
  • Learn about natural history at the Elgin Public Museum just 30 minutes away

This Chicago suburb is no stranger to the arts either. Find deals on music lessons, art classes, and photography or try sculpting at a pottery studio. Browse other creative and performing arts classes for kids in Crystal Lake:

  • Save on piano lessons with the Piano Trends Music Company
  • Take theater or music classes at Raue Center for the Arts
  • Sign up for piano, guitar, and more at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons
  • Paint your own ceramics at Color Me Mine
  • Try your hand at pottery in Creative Arts Inc., a non-profit organization

Keep the family indoors today with deals on popular kids activities like the Urban Air Adventure Park Crystal Lake and other fun amusement centers. Choose from indoor games and entertainment for kids like the following:

  • Jump around at the Epic Air Trampoline Park in South Elgin
  • Score over half off on all-day game passes at GameWorks in Schaumburg
  • Let the kids run around at Bumblebee Play Café and try tasty meal options in the family dining area
  • See new kids movies at the Regal Crystal Lake Showplace
  • Save on child or adult annual passes at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg