So what’s a parent to do? Now I love going into the City as much as the next gal. But with gas prices and parking prices and museum prices and all that construction, studying multiplication tables with the little munchkins might be more enjoyable. Here’s what my families been up to right here in the Northwest suburbs.
Laser Quest: We visited the recently remodeled Arlington Heights location and had a blast. It’s pretty big and easy to get lost in with its labyrinth of levels and hiding spots. My kids smoked me, primarily because I made the rookie mistake of wearing a white and pastel checked shirt that stood out like a bulls-eye in the black light filled room. Also, because I was laughing so loudly they could easily find me from across the room.
Dave and Busters: This is like Vegas for kids in Addison, Illinois. It’s one of the more upscale arcades you will visit and it’s fun for both kids and adults. Hello?! They have a bar! A pretty nice bar; two pretty nice bars actually and a restaurant with lots of flat screens and dark wood décor but really, it’s all about the games. The four person Pacman challenge had our family trash talking one another all night. I consistently ate the most pellets and yet, one of my kids would always end up eating me. Loser! And, definitely check out the Dance Heads where you can make your own very silly music video on dvd to bring home with you. And on Wednesdays all games are half-off.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: See how they did it in the 14th Century! During each live performance in the castle at I-90 and Roselle Road, castle guests enjoy a darn good chicken dinner with a starter of dragon’s blood soup – even my picky eaters loved it! And then the centuries-old tournament comes to life. Lots of equestrian skill and daring are performed by the brave knights hailing from every corner of King Phillipe’s realm. Jousting, sword fighting, pageantry and special effects. A good time will be had by all. A limited number of 25% off coupons are available at the CVB office.
Pirate’s Cove: Now we haven’t been here in a few years as my grade schoolers are a bit old. But oh, when they were little, this place was simply enchanting. In Elk Grove Village and part of the Park District, this hidden away little gem of a mini-theme park is a real treasure; Castle of Camelot playground, 18th Century Pirate Ship with arts and craft area, paddle boats, bounce house, carousel, train ride and more. Definite must visit for the toddlers.