From Medieval Times to GameWorks, kids in Schaumburg seem to be spoiled for choice when it comes to kid-friendly activities. Here are some of our favorite Schaumburg kids’ activities, plus a few extra recommendations for things to do in the surrounding suburbs.
Medieval Times is not just unique in Schaumburg, but in all of the Midwest. The immersive dinner-theater show tells the tale of the Middle Ages and features live horses and knights, jousting, swordplay, and a four-course feast you eat with your hands. It teaches kids about the Medieval period in Europe, but mostly, it’s a really fun show.
In 2017, Medieval Times underwent a few major changes. Here’s what you’ll find there now:
A queen in charge—A king has ruled over Medieval Times since it was founded in Spain in the 1970s, but after guest feedback that they would prefer to see some women in lead roles, the company created a new storyline with a queen in charge.
The queen riding an Andalusian stallion—It reportedly takes two months to train an actress to ride.
New costumes and armor—The period outfits are created by a costume shop in Dallas. The suits of armor, shields, and helmets are created by a real armory in Florida.
New music—A composer who has worked with Sting created the film-like score, which is synchronized to the show’s action.
Groupon: What's the most surprising thing about your job?
Robert: A lot of people assume we're all actors or stuntmen or horsemen, but most of the knights who work here have no previous experience whatsoever. We have to train them from the ground up.
Groupon: Do you think you'd survive as a knight in Medieval England?
Robert: Certainly. I wouldn't go as far as to say we're real knights because we're not really fighting to the death. But we've got skills that would definitely let us compete. We know how to ride horses, we know how to use a shield, we're strong enough to swing a weapon, and we're physically conditioned to do the sword fighting. So yeah, I think we would be able to hold our own.
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Vegas. Seattle. Denver. Schaumburg. All of these places have something in common—a GameWorks entertainment complex. At the 36,000-square-foot Schaumburg location, families play more than 200 games, both video and prize. They also watch sports on giant screens and dig into gourmet pub food. Here’s a taste of what else you’ll find at GameWorks:
At LEGOLANDs across the country, Master Model Builders create giant Lego sculptures using hundreds of thousands of bricks. The Schaumburg location is home to Miniland, a mini Chicago built with more than 1.5 million bricks! It features such famed landmarks as Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building.
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Since it opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo has been a pioneer in the zoo world. It was even one of the first zoos in the world to create more natural-looking enclosures for its animals, eschewing cages in favor of moats and ditches. Everyone who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago has visited this zoo at some point. Here are a few reasons why Brookfield Zoo is so beloved: