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Things To Do With Kids in Joliet

Despite its nickname of The Prairie State, Illinois is bustling with excitement that draws in visitors across the country. Just 30 miles Southwest of Chicago you will find The City of Excitement, or Joliet, Illinois. Joliet boasts an array of attractions for kids, vibrant art scene and an educational history that will enrich your family’s vacation. Make the most of your trip to Joliet with these family fun activities.

The City of Excitement lives up to its name with race tracks, trampoline adventures and nature trails to enjoy. Whether you have an artist, an entertainer, a scholar or a nature buff on your hands, your kids will surely enjoy Joliet. Fill up on joy and wonderment with some of Joliet’s best attractions for kids:

  • See a show at historic Rialto Square Theater
  • Catch cars in action at Chicago Speedway
  • Bounce as high as you can at FunFlatables
  • Watch an outdoor concert at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park
  • Treat the family to burgers and shakes at Culver’s

As the parent, you deserve some fun too! What better way to make memories with the family than by finding activities everyone will love. To start off the fun times, check out the following:

  • Mini golf and go-kart at Haunted Trails
  • Dine at Champions Park at Chicago Speedway
  • Enjoy dinner and a show at Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Dinner Theater
  • Go back-to-school shopping at Westwood Louise Joliet Mall
  • Get ready to strike out at Joliet Town and Country Lanes
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See the sites that make Joliet, Illinois unique. Visit historic sites throughout the city, stop by unique landmarks and make the most of free and affordable activities your kids will love. Check out these top sights to see during your time in Joliet:

  • Visit the Jacob Henry Mansion which was built in the 1800’s
  • Spend a day at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
  • Hear the stories of inmates at Old Joliet Prison
  • Visit Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
  • Salute the highway at Route 66 Park
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Have fun with your kids doing the things they love to do! Make memories playing, relaxing and enjoying the sights of Joliet. Scope out their favorite animals, enjoy tasty treats and see who can win at arcade games. For fun ideas you and your kids will love, try the following:

  • See elephants, tigers and snakes at Summerfield Zoo
  • Spend your quarters playing games at Chicago Street Pinball Arcade
  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center has all the fun you could imagine
  • Fill up on America’s favorite breakfast at the Old Fashioned Pancake House
  • Swim and play all day at Splash Station
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Grab all your friends and family and prepare to have fun. There are tons of things your group can do even with kids on board. From water parks to raceways, find what your group loves. For more ideas for family-friendly activities, check out the following:

  • Joliet’s Splash Station Water Park will excite the whole group
  • See who can bounce the highest at Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Compete in a friendly game of paintball at CPX Sports
  • Joliet Town and Country Bowling is a Joliet favorite
  • Watch as cars zoom around 66 Raceway

With art, history and nature a plenty in Joliet, the opportunities for education are endless. Get your little one’s mind churning with curiosity. Let the learning begin with these educational activities:

  • Joliet Area Historical Museum showcases the unique history of the area
  • Learn about different bird and plant species at Nature Center at Pilcher Park
  • Go on a Friends of Community Public Art tour
  • Sit down for family storytime at Joliet Library
  • Learn about art history at Art of Breath Galleria

Encourage your kid’s creativity by getting them set up in a class that interests them. Let them explore art, learn to dance or tumble and roll with gymnastics. Sign them up for the following creative classes:

  • Master the art of ballet at Beth’s Dance Academy
  • Explore art forms at Painting Faces and Spaces
  • Revolution Dance Studio will teach your kid various dance styles
  • Aspire Gymnastics Academy will teach your tot how to tumble
  • Learn to draw at Dottie’s Art Studio and School

Who says you have to get outside to have fun? Find ways to entertain your kids from the comfort of indoors. Spend time bonding over family favorites like bowling or get active with a family exercise class. For more ways to stay active indoors, check out the following:

  • Sign up for a family dance class at Smith Family YMCA
  • Play at Hartman Recreation Center
  • Dare to fly high at iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Stop in at every kids favorite fun palace, Chuck E. Cheese’s
  • Lace up and get ready to bowl at Crest Hill Lanes