Don’t get caught climbing the walls with cabin fever
By JENNIFER BURKLOW Kid Zone January 2, 2013 5:22PM
The bowling room at Kings Lanes, Lounge and Sports at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:17AM
With three solid months of winter stretching out before us, cabin fever is sure to strike. When it does, find the cure by visiting some of the indoor play venues and classic Chicago institutions that follow.
The Chicago Park District has indoor ranges at Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd (312-747-6174), and Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk (312-742-7559). (It also has an outdoor range at Lincoln Park that’s closed until spring.)
CPD teamed up with World Sport Chicago (312-861-4850) to offer archery at Pulaski. Winter CPD programs (free for kids 9 to 12; watch the CPD website for spring registration) are full, but World Sport offers classes for archers 8 and older ($20 per class, $72 for four or $128 for eight; equipment provided). Call Pulaski Park for open range hours and fees.
Hamilton’s range is scheduled to be open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 10. Cost is $10, and archers must be 18 and older; CPD classes also are available at Hamilton (winter classes are full).
For more information, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com or worldsportchicago.com.
Two newer additions to the local bowling scene put a new spin on the sport: Pinstripes offers a triple threat of bowling, bocce ball and bistro fare in three locations: 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook (630-575-8700); 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook (847-480-2323); and 100 W. Higgins Road, Barrington (847-844-9300). The family-friendly venues also boast year-round patios with fire pits; find out more at pinstripes.com.
King’s Lanes, Lounge & Sports in MB Financial Park in Rosemont offers bowling, billiards and dining with a retro vibe. The lanes are open to all ages before 6 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends (kids 6 and older must be accompanied by an adult); in the evening it’s a hot spot for the 21-and-older crowd only. Game prices vary; shoe rental is $4 per person. Find it at 5501 Park Place (847-233-0099); kingsrosemont.com.
In addition, Brunswick Zone has 14 Chicago area locations offering bowling, billiards, video games and food; visit bowlbrunswick.com for the location nearest you.
Ice skating/roller skating
There are outdoor ice rinks throughout the area, including one at Millennium Park (cityofchicago.org). If you want to skate, no matter the weather, there are several indoor options.
The ice rink at CPD’s McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California, offers open skate hours throughout the week. Cost is $4 for kids 12 and younger, $5 for 13 and older, $2 for 60 and older; skate rental is $3. Call (773) 478-2609 or visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.
In the suburbs, check out Seven Bridges Ice Arena, 6090 S. Illinois 53, Woodridge (630-271-4400; sevenbridgesicearena.com); Oak Lawn Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton, Oak Lawn (708-857-5173, olparks.com); Franklin Park Ice Arena, 9711 Waveland Ave., Franklin Park (847-671-4268, www.fpice ); and Centennial Ice Rink, 2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette (847-256-9666, wilmettepark.org/ice).
The Chicago Park District offers open roller-skating to the public at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Family Entertainment Center, 1919 W. 76th St. Cost is $3 to $7 depending on day and time; skate rental is $3. The center also offers bowling and arcade games. Call (312) 747-2602 or visit usa-skating.com.
Also in the city, check out the Rink, 1122 E. 87th St. (773-221-1232, therinkchicago.com); in the suburbs roll to Fleetwood Roller Rink, 7231 W. Archer Ave., Summit (708-458-0300, fleetwoodrollerrink.com), Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St., Lombard (630-953-2400, lombardrollerrink.com) and Orbit Skate Center, 615 S. Consumers Ave., Palatine (847-394-9199, orbitskate.net).
Indoor water parks
Splashing in water is a great way to escape winter. Immerse yourself at Key Lime Cove, 1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, where guests can enjoy 65,000 square feet of aquatic fun. Slides, rides and lazy rivers comprise Lost Paradise Waterpark. Family getaway packages and discounts are available. (877) 360-0403 or keylimecove.com.
In the suburbs, splash down for day outings at Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark, 624 N. York, Elmhurst (630-279-1100, ext. 7150, thewavertonhotel.com; day passes are $20 for half day, $30 for a full day); Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park, 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook (630-739-0272, bolingbrookparks.com; daily passes, $8 nonresidents, $6 residents with ID); and Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth, Schaumburg (847-490-2505, parkfun.com; daily passes, $7 nonresident youth, $5 resident youth; $9 nonresident adults, $7 resident adults).
Indoor inflatable play spaces have popped up all over the landscape. Pump It Up, which offers structured play, open play and “Jump N Art” camps, has five Chicago area locations: 821 W. Eastman, Chicago (312-664-7867); 684 W. Lake St., Elmhurst (630-941-7867); 1857 Elmdale Ave., Glenview (847-904-7867); 4995 Varsity Drive, Lisle (630-310-5700); and 11411 W. 183rd St., Orland Park (708-479-2220). Some locations have climbing walls. Cost and hours vary with location; visit pumpitupparty.com for more information.
Jump!Zone is another inflatable play chain with six suburban locations; visit jumpzoneparty.com.
With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, museums are the perfect destination for a daylong getaway. Two off-the-beaten track museums worth a visit are the Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood on the University of Chicago Campus, and the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo.
The Smart Museum hosts monthly Family Days the first Saturday of each month. The programs run 1 to 4 p.m. and are designed for kids 4 to 12 accompanied by an adult. They feature hands-on art activities and tours of the museum. The winter schedule features “Woven Colors” (Jan. 5), “Mixed Media Madness” (Feb. 2) and “Books for a Better World” (March 2). Smart Museum admission is free. Call (773) 702-2362 or visit smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
Volo is the place for car buffs; exhibits include a Hollywood car collection, a bizarre car collection, vintage cars and military vehicles. Winter admission of $11.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids 5 to 12 and $9.95 for seniors 65 and older applies through May 15. Call (815) 385-3644 or visit volocars.com.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the city’s Museum Campus trio, nearby Museum of Science and Industry, and area children’s museums. A visit to any one of them is sure to shake cabin fever.
The details: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-922-7827, adlerplanetarium.org);, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-939-2438, sheddaquarium.org); Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-992-9410, fieldmuseum.org); Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive (773-684-1414, msichicago.org); Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand (312-527-1000, chicagochildrensmuseum.org); DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington, Naperville (630-637-8000, dupagechildrensmuseum.org); Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview (847-832-6600, kohlchildrensmuseum.org); and Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn (708-423-6709, cmoaklawn.org).
A sport unto itself, WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars. Anyone 12 and older who is 4 feet 6 inches or taller can play. Give it a try at 1880 W. Fullerton in Chicago, 800 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard, or 285 Center Drive in Vernon Hills. Call (800) 894-4759 or visit whirlyball.com for hours, fees and more information.
Jennifer Burklow is a local free-lance writer.