Things to do in ROCHELLE with kids

Illinois is a state seeped in history, excitement and adventure. It was also the state that Abraham Lincoln chose to call home, so that makes it pretty special! (You can even visit his home at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site!) 

The Prairie State has thrills and spills ahoy with Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park, and that classic Six Flags Great America!  There are animals a-plenty with attractions like Brookfield Zoo, Summerfield Zoo and Wildlife Prairie Park, and great adventures perfect for those little kids with Safariland!

Museums are never far away featuring an incredible range of exhibits from the Geology Museum and the Chanute Aerospace Museum, to the Monticello Railway Museum and the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

Active kids - you will have a field day with attractions such as American Obstacle adventure park, and the very exciting K1 Speed racing!

Illinois has small towns with charm, and big cities with excitement.  It’s the heart of America with endless places to visit with kids. Enjoy it, and don’t forget to get your kicks because Illinois is the start of Route 66!

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  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (22 miles) Rockford

    Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (23 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Messy Palette Art Studio

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    (23 miles) Rockford

    Fun and creative art classes for kids aged 18 months all the way to 13 years, as well as kids birthday parties and kids gallery nights!

  • Magic Waters Waterpark

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    (23 miles) Cherry Valley

    Cool off in summer at this family water park, with great attractions for the whole family including slides, rivers, and the largest wave pool in Illinois!

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (24 miles) Rockford

    A step back in time at one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the USA from the 1800s. Filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, it also has a fascinating Indian Burial ...

  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (24 miles) Rockford

    The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, ...

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

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    (24 miles) Rockford

    Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.

  • CoCo Key Indoor Water Park

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    (24 miles) Rockford

    CoCo Key is Northern Illinois' ONLY all indoor water park! Splash-tastic attractions, a fun arcade with redemption prizes, birthday party rooms, private cabanas, snack bars…get ready to cool down!

  • Midway Village Museum

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    (25 miles) Rockford

    Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life in authentic Midway Village and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities--from rope making to ...

  • Midway Drive In Theatre

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    (29 miles) Sterling

    Sterling, Illinois brings you that classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a playground for the little ones, and full service concession stand - have a 1950s movie experience with the family!

  • Donleys Wild West Town

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    (33 miles) Union

    The excitement and charm of the Old West come alive at Donley's Wild West Town in Union, Illinois. Here you can experience life in the style of the Wild West where gunslingers have showdowns, and a ...

  • Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

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    (34 miles) Rock Falls

    Take a look into the history of Rock Falls Firefighting at this fun fire museum in Illinois - great for kids who love big trucks and learning!

  • Illinois Railway Museum

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    (35 miles) Union

    The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here ...

  • Raging Waves

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    (37 miles) Yorkville

    7 major slides, wave pool, lazy river, 2 shallow interactive play areas for kids, giant sandbox, family shows PLUS zip line adventure course and Outback Road Rally!

  • Blackberry Farm

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    (37 miles) Aurora

    A surprisingly entertaining historical attraction including museums and exhibits but also rides, traditional craft demonstrations and a great deal of scenic open space to run about in.

  • Never Grow Up Play Place

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    (38 miles) South Elgin

    From indoor play to art classes, this fun and creative space in Illinois is perfect for kids to use their imagination and play until their heart's content! A great way to spend the day learning, ...

  • Clarion Amana Colonies & Wasserbahn Resort

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    (38 miles) Williamsburg

    Get soaked and stoked on our frontier-themed custom rides and attractions! Make The Wasserbahn your personal family playground!

  • All Seasons Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze

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    (38 miles) Woodstock

    Farm fun with pick your own apples and pumpkins, with seasonal fun including a corn maze, petting zoo and farm market!

  • Steel Beam Childrens Theatre

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    (39 miles) St Charles

    Daily children's and main stage shows, plus participation theatre in the form of classes, summer camps, workshops and audition-based theatrical productions for children ages 6 to 16.

  • Funway

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    (40 miles) Batavia

    Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family with 5 acres of games and activities!

  • Fox River Trolley Museum

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    (40 miles) South Elgin

    The Fox River Trolley Museum is a great place for the whole family - EDUCATION THROUGH DEMONSTRATION and FUN! There are now two destinations - The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve and Castlemuir ...

  • SciTech Museum

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    (40 miles) Aurora

    SciTech "hands-on" museum boasts over 200 interative exhibits, daily shows, special events and activities. Hours of fun for kids in Aurora!

  • Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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    (42 miles) Utica

    Great indoor water fun at this resort, with day passes available. 24,000 square feet of play zones, slides and lazy rivers! Great Illinois water fun all year round!

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    (43 miles) East Dundee

    Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!

  • Odyssey Fun World Naperville

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    (45 miles) Naperville

    Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages.

  • Airtastic Play Land

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    (45 miles) Aurora

    Airtastic is a Play Land that offers a fun and exciting play experience where children can increase their physical activity with family and friends.

  • My Gym Aurora

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    (45 miles) Aurora

    My Gym Kids grow by leaps and bounds. Physical benefits include increased strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. My Gym Kids develop a greater level of confidence and self-esteem ...

  • Sky High Sports Naperville

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    (46 miles) Naperville

    Trampoline fun in Illinois, with open bounce, foam pits, dodgeball court and area just for those little ones! A family day out that's sky high!

  • Gymboree Play and Music of Naperville

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    (46 miles) Naperville

    A fun, special and creative selection of classes for kids up to 5 years of age to play, learn, and develop.

  • Cafe N Play

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    (47 miles) Naperville

    Cafe N Play is a community hub where parents and caregivers can enjoy coffee and snacks while their toddlers play in our safe, closed in play area. At Cafe N Play you can set up a playdate, host ...

  • Vertical Endeavors Warrenville

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    (47 miles) Warrenville

    Our facility offers 18,000 sq. ft. of climbing on 3 different wall types. Our facility offers everything from auto-belay to top rope to lead on vertical to vastly overhanging walls. We even have a ...

  • Kline Creek Farm

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    (47 miles) West Chicago

    A fascinating look back in time at an 1890s DuPage Country Farmstead. Costumed interpreters and cute animals ready for those kids!

  • Coral Cove Water Park

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    (47 miles) Carol stream

    A fun, beach-themed water park with multiple pools and water play features: Two awesome tube waterslides, A deep-water plunge pool with a drop-slide and diving board, large walk-in swimming pool, ...

  • DuPage Childrens Museum

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    (48 miles) Naperville

    DuPage Children’s Museum is more than a Museum…we’re a force for early learning! Via interactive exhibits and programs that make learning fun for children and adults playing together, DuPage ...

  • Cosley Zoo

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    (49 miles) Wheaton

    Under 200 animals at this sweet Illinois zoo - AND all kids under 17s get in FREE!