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School’s almost out and summertime fun is heating up! With three months of hot weather, vacations, and lots of free time coming up, there is a high demand for activities to keep the kiddos entertained at home and on-the-go. You will find all of that and more in this edition of Suburban Family Magazine.


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.

Miner Mike’s Adventure Golf
Downers Grove Park District
Visit Miner Mike’s Adventure Golf for outdoor fun through Oct. 9. The 18-hole course features a water wheel, logs, rocks and a mining car. Course contours provide mini golf challenges for players of all ages and abilities. Enjoy daily specials for discounts on golf and special events throughout the season. Affordable birthday party packages and group rentals are also available! L:ocated at 6801 S. Main St., Downers Grove. For more information, visit or call 630-960-7500.

Camp Local with the
Preserve District of Kane County
Come can get away from it all — without spending it all. Big Rock Campground in Big Rock and Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin offer camp sites with electric and water hook-ups for RVs or tents. Both campgrounds are within beautiful forest preserves where you’ll enjoy hiking trails, fishing and more. Sites range from $10 to $25 per day.  Come ‘Camp Local’ with us!  Call 630-444-1200 or see

Kohl Children’s Museum
of Greater Chicago
At Kohl Children’s Museum, we know that birthday parties are a big deal. Packages include 90 minutes of private room rental in the Museum and free full-day admission for all your guests. With built-in entertainment, your guests can enjoy the 17 hands-on interactive exhibits, and leave the clean-up to us.  Find out why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information call 847-832-6600 or visit

Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park
Elk Grove Park District
Pirates’ Cove stimulates the imagination of children as they explore the attractions. A pirate ship is the center piece of the park, along with a merry-go-round, carousel and the Soarin’ Schooner ride. There’s a train ride, paddle boats, a plunge slide and more. The park serves ages one to nine, the admission charge is only $12 for children. Adults are always free. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food. It’s a great deal for the whole family. 901 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. 847-439-COVE.

Kane County Cougars
Now in their 27th season in nearby Geneva, the Kane County Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable and family-friendly fun while providing Major League affiliated baseball. Now, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, over 150 former Cougars have worn a Major League jersey. Every Cougars game is packed with fun, delicious food, between inning on field events as well as great baseball. Select games feature post-game fireworks and live music. The Cougars regular season schedule runs through Labor Day. For information on Weekly Specials, game tickets and Group outings visit or call 630-232-8811.

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
The 2017 Season at Santa’s Village Promises Something for Everyone!  Now featuring and new to the lineup this year is The All New Super Cyclone!

From the moment you pass through the front gates, it is apparent that Santa’s Village is a special place for creating memories.  Now with 23 rides, attractions, animals, live entertainment, all your favorite fun foods, plus plenty of chances to win Big in Game Alley.

From Picnics to Parties, toddlers to tweens, and thrill seekers to party goers … Santa’s Village is the perfect place for a day of play for your next family or group outing. Visit for further details. Located at 601 E. Dundee Ave., East Dundee.

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.

Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta
Glen Ellyn Park District
Ya Gotta Regatta! Teams will race boats made (almost) entirely of cardboard at the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta on July 1st. Join the fun by entering either the Youth, Adult or Family categories. Awards will be presented to the fastest boats in each class, as well as a host of other awards based on creativity, enthusiasm, and more. Free for spectators. Register at; just $50 per team of up to 8! Races begin at noon at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

Naper Settlement
This summer, Naper Settlement is pleased to offer a season full of exciting events and programs. Become a blacksmith at our two-session class in May or July. Take a look at how Americans have traditionally handled death at Victorian Memory and Mourning on May 13. Experience a Civil War encampment at Civil War Days on May 20 & 21, and join us in June, July or August for our Naper Nights Summer Concert Series.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Burpee Museum of Natural History is where families can experience four floors of engaging exhibits! Jane and Homer, our two fully assembled T-rex and Triceratops. Windows to Wilderness focuses on the nature of the Rockford area, Pennsylvanian coal forest, Native American exhibit, Geoscience, and a viewing lab where visitors can watch Burpee Museum staff work on specimens from the museum’s collections and recent dinosaur discoveries. For more information call 815-965-3433 or visit

Summer in the Park
Town of Cicero
Come out to Cicero and enjoy ‘summer in the park’ on Mondays 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cicero Municipal Center, 50th & Cermak. Sundays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in June, July and August at the Cicero Community Center, 34th & Laramie. You’ll find a variety of family friendly things to enjoy, such as: extreme machines, circus, rodeo, wresting, BMX Stunt, western, sports and much more. For more info call Special Events at 708-656-3600 x288.

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 parks. Concessions and picnic shelter.  A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines. 847-391-5733.

Lake Park Marina
Des Plaines Park District
In beautiful Lake Park, the marina offers paddle boat, kayak, and fishing boat rentals April through October. Lake Opeka is well stocked with a wide variety of fish. Boating can be added to birthday parties and outings, and sailing lessons are available. Enjoy lunch and snacks in the clubhouse overlooking the lake and golf course.1015 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines. 847-391-5730.

Zurko Promotions
The best antique & vintage markets, auctions, flea markets, pop culture & special events in the midwest. Lake County & Boone County Fairgrounds. 715-526-9769.

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