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~ Summer fun starts right here! ~

With children now retiring their school backpacks for bathing suits, families are looking for exciting, yet enriching, summer activities. Summer is definitely a time for kicking back, and you probably don’t want your kid to spend all three months glued to a screen. To ensure that he or she doesn’t we’ve rounded up lots of experiences that you’ll love when you’re in search of an adventure. You don’t have to go broke to have fun with kids in and around the Chicago suburbs. Plan ahead and live it up!


Funtopia Naperville
Have fun and be active this summer at Funtopia Naperville, Adventure park! Tons of amazing attractions and awesome challenges for all skills and levels: more than 50 fun climbing walls, ropes course, ninja course, toddler area, giant slide and many more. We guarantee you will have a blast! Funtopia Naperville also hosts birthday parties and all kinds of group outings. Located at 2639 Aurora Ave., Unit 103, Naperville. For more information and reservations, please visit or call 630-718-4327.

Kohl Children’s Museum
With 17 hands-on interactive exhibits, come see for yourself why we’re the Place Where Awesome Lives! This summer, learn where chipmunks sleep, how bats communicate, and how different animals eat in our Animal Secrets exhibit, through August 26. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit

Kids Adventure Games
The most… zip lining, cargo netting, biking, hiking, climbing, rappelling, slip-sliding, wet, muddy, fun a kid can have! Designed exclusively for kids ages 6-14, the Kids Adventure Games is a multi-discipline adventure race. Kids, in teams of 2, compete together on bike, in water and on foot through a challenging 3.5-5 mile adventure course. Kids learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, problem solving, the importance of an active lifestyle and an appreciation for the outdoors. Join us Aug 3-4 at Wilmot Mountain. 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192. Register and learn more at

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers. In honor of the zoo’s 150th anniversary, visit the special exhibition, “From Swans to Science: 150 Years of Lincoln Park Zoo” and enter to win a prize package from sponsor Wendella Tours & Cruises. To learn more, visit

Naper Nights at Naper Settlement
Naper Nights Community Concert Series will kick off this summer with an exciting line-up covering the best in rock n’ roll history. Visitors will relax under the stars while enjoying cold drinks, delicious food and amazing music. Naper Nights will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights on July 20-21 and Aug. 17-18 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Tickets are on sale now. Visit

Cantigny Park
Affordable family fun awaits your visit to Cantigny in Wheaton! Come experience the new Red Oaks Farm playground in our shady Picnic Grove, and enjoy an outdoor movie every Friday night this summer! Family Fun Nights are set for July 20 and August 17—live music, activities and food trucks! Most events are free with paid parking ($5 weekdays; $10 Sat-Sun) and admission to the museums and gardens is always complimentary. Visit for event details, plus movie and concert listings.

DuPage & Fox Valley
Starting services as early as possible is key to a child’s development. Serving more than 3,200 infants, children and adults, Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley offers a wide range of services from locations in Villa Park, Naperville and Elgin to help children and their families build skills and access resources they need to live, learn, work and play. More information at or call 630.620.4433 to schedule an evaluation.

Go Ape!
At Go Ape, it is our mission to inspire everyone to live life adventurously! Our courses feature multiple zip lines and treetop obstacles and are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. We have an adventure for all ages and are perfect for families, parties, and even company outings. Located in Bemis Woods Forest Preserve: 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs, IL. Visit us online at for more info.

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Don’t miss TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on July 19-22, 2018. Why attend the JF&A Show? So you can SEE IT, FEEL IT, TOUCH IT, COMPARE IT, then bring it home to enjoy.  Find jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, gourmet foods, housewares, and more, from more than 200 leading vendors from around the world. FUN IN THE SUMMER is always happening at the JF&A Shows.  Better deals than the malls and you get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show.  NEW FOR SUNDAY, JULY 22nd:  You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show.  Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE Keychain as a gift from us.  For complete details, visit our website at: to register.

2018 Wauconda Rodeo
Howdy partners!  Come join us for the 55th Annual IPRA Championship Rodeo Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th.   Watch the cowboys and cowgirls compete in six traditional rodeo events and enjoy great food and drink.  Live band Saturday and  Sunday is Family Day with a petting zoo, pony rides, mechanical bull, bouncy house and climbing wall.    Gates open 5pm Saturday and noon Sunday.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-11.   Buy your tickets online at  Type in coupon code SL2018 for a $3 discount on adult rodeo tickets or take advantage of the ONLINE only family pass.

Zurko Promotions
Treasures abound at the ANTIQUE FLEA Market on July 7 & 8. Hours: Sat. 9-4 & Sun. 9-3 / $7. On hand for sale will be an eclectic treasure trove of antiques, collectibles, old & new toys, primitives, estate jewelry, coins, sports items, bargains, close-outs and lots of fun stuff to buy!Lake County Fairgrounds,  1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL. It’s more treasure-hunting at its finest, as dealers gather for the ALL-NIGHT FLEA MARKET on Sat. Aug. 18 •(3PM-3AM)/$7. DuPage County Fairgrounds , (county Farm * Manchester), Wheaton, IL. For more info call 715-526-9769 or visit

Congregation Etz Chaim, Open House
Are you searching for a warm and welcoming Jewish community? Look no further for Congregation Etz Chaim has had a long tradition of being an inclusive community welcoming everyone: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQ, and people of all ages and abilities. Join us at our Open House + Brunch on Sunday, August 19th from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Tour our synagogue. Meet the Rabbis. Meet our new school Principal. Meet our Inclusion Specialist. Meet congregants and you will discover why we are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership. 1710 S. Highland Avenue, Lombard (630) 627-3912 OR  visit,

Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
Maxson’s Restaurant, “Venue with Views” has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
Join us for the following events taking place in the suburbs this summer. July 20th: Club Meeting, Topic: Buying Fish from Breeders in Japan at White Fence Farm in Romeoville. July 21st:  Central Region Pond Tour, July 22nd: Southwest / West Region Pond Tour, July 28th:  South Region Pond Tour, July 29th:  North / Northwest Region Pond Tour. A self-guided tour of ponds in the Chicago and Suburb area. August 18th, Club Outing, Tour of the Ball Gardens at Ball Gardens, West Chicago. For more information call 312-409-2081 or visit

Holes & Knolls, Glen Ellyn Park District
“Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

Reed’s Canoe
Reed’s Canoe Trips  are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL  Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit:

Mountain View Adventure Center
Des Plaines Park District
This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX park. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL  847-391-5733.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Come camping in Kane County! You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping, plus tent and equestrian camp sites. Both campgrounds are within beautiful Kane County forest preserves where you’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Call 630-444-1200 or visit

DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour on Saturday, August 11 is a unique opportunity to tour eight barns on hog, cattle, and grain farms in southern DeKalb County. The self-driving tour includes a guided tour of each barn, demonstrations, displays, family activities, and more! Tickets are $25 per carload and include a souvenir Guide Book with map. Advance tickets at, or at the door. Details at; email; or call 815-756-8737.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.

Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview Park District
After a visit to Historic Wagner Farm, stop by Sweets & Treats, an old fashioned soda fountain and ice cream parlor located inside the Heritage Center. Cool off with hand-dipped cones, sundaes, floats and shakes! Open daily, 11 am-5 pm, through August 17. 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview. For more information, visit or call 847-657-1506.

Plainfield Park District
Let’s celebrate the end of summer with a Shindig! Build memories, fun and friendship and End of Summer Shindig at Village Green Park, 24121 W. Chicago St., Plainfield, IL, August 3 from 6-8pm. For more information, call (815) 436-8812 or visit Follow us on social media and watch the progress of the new Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC), 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.

Entertainment Cruises
Bring the whole family on deck for a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago! Enjoy delicious food, refreshing summer drinks, outdoor games and onboard entertainment, plus unbeatable skyline views you won’t find on land. Docked at Navy Pier, Spirit cruises daily with lunch, brunch and dinner options available. Now through August 31, take 20% off all Signature dining cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago. Use code SUBFAM20 when you book online or by phone. Some restrictions apply.

Summer Fun
Village of Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights is the perfect summer family destination to shop, dine, and play!  Discover our unique Downtown ambiance with great shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.  Take in live outdoor music at the Sounds of Summer concert series every Thursday and Friday night in Harmony Park.  Check out Frontier Days, June 29-July 4 at Recreation Park, featuring one of the largest Fourth of July parades in the area, along with great entertainment, rides, and games!  Come back Downtown on August 3-4 for the Mane Event/Taste of Arlington Heights, offering block after block of the best cuisine in Arlington Heights.  For more great experiences, visit

Gray Line
Since 1926, Gray Line has operated professional sightseeing tours in Chicago — sharing the city’s warm culture and attractions.  Join us this summer as we introduce new tour offerings, state-of-the-art “Stadium Trolleys” and an expanded team of knowledgeable professional guides.  Whether you live in the Windy City or you plan to visit, Gray Line makes Chicago sightseeing better with enjoyable, clean, and cool experiences. Book your tour today:

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”
July 13 – Aug 4, 2018
Based on the MGM film and The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet. A rollicking adventure, set in 1850s Oregon, bursting with rambunctious energy, fun and romance.  Milly, a new bride, attempts to civilize her husband Adam’s six slovenly brothers at their wilderness ranch. The enthusiastic brothers soon take matters in their own hands as boisterous fun turns into desire, by kidnapping gloriously beautiful, cultured women. A musical clash of wits and refinement begins! The tunes ring with Oregon, mountain fun….and oohhhh the dancing! Don’t miss this delightful wedding! Performing at 900 Foster Rd., Medinah, IL. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit the website at

Music By The Lake, “Ralph’s World”
Sunday, July 29

Get ready to visit the pop rock planet radiating with high-energy tunes and the silliest atmosphere. Join indie rocker Ralph Covert on a musical adventure that will have the kids dancing and laughing all afternoon. 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at Children three and under are FREE. Performing at 350 Constance Blvd. Williams Bay, Wisconsin. 262-245-8501.

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