If you are traveling to DuPage County this season with your kiddos in tow, there are plenty of things to keep them entertained. Here are a few “out of the box ideas” on how to have a fun-filled family weekend.

1. DuPage Children’s Museum

One of Chicagoland and the Western Suburbs’ favorite places, where play allows kids to make new discoveries, explore new spaces, share experiences, and see themselves and their world in new and exciting ways.

2. Main Event

Eat, bowl and play! Every occasion is a celebration and its family fun made easy at Main Event. This is a go-to destination with billiards, laser tag, arcade games, gravity ropes course and more. Enjoy tasty bites and refreshments in the restaurant that will please any appetite.

3. Enchanted Castle

Here is where you will find magical fun! From indoor go karts, laser tag, bumper cars, miniature golf, singing dragons, a two-story play land with games and prizes and more, this is the place to experience the royal touch on KING-size fun. Plan your next family outing or birthday party at Enchanted Castle.

4. Portillo’s Restaurant

Step inside this iconic Chicagoland restaurant that first opened in a trailer with no bathrooms or running water on North Avenue in Villa Park here in DuPage County! Order up some famous hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, French fries, shakes and malts. Rumor has it that the chocolate cake is the best!

5. Laser Quest

Ready for a serious game of hide-and-seek and tag with a high-tech twist? This entertainment venue features multi-level arenas with special lighting, swirling fog and energetic music. Ready for suspense? Stay a little longer and experience Laser Quest’s escape room – Key Quest. This destination is suitable for ages five and above.

6. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

Designed for kids ages three to ten years old, step into the ultimate LEGO playground with rides, build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more! See Chicago’s top attractions at LEGOLAND’s MINILAND® - made from over 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

7. Dave & Buster's 

Eat, drink and play at Dave & Buster’s in Addison. Guests of all ages can enjoy hundreds of state-of-the-art games ranging from classic video games to all new exclusive arrivals. Be sure to take advantage of the “Eat & Play” combo where you can get an appetizer or entrée plus a $10 power card starting at only $18.99! The destination is suitable for all ages and 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult 25+.

8. Stardust Bowl

This is one of the largest bowling centers in Illinois and in the country. Stardust Bowl in Addison has been serving Chicagoland bowlers for over 50 years. It features 84 lanes, boasts four lounges, live entertainment, pool, darts, bags and shuffleboard along with multiple HD TVs.

9. Tivoli Theatre 

Take in a show at the very first Classic Cinemas theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1928 in Downers Grove. It was one of the first theatres with sound. The theatre has been restored to its historic ambiance but with modern amenities. Enjoy the beauty of this restored French Renaissance movie theatre, offering current movies at bargain prices.

10. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

The museum features eight beautiful and exquisitely detailed stone collections, each telling a story about the many cultures throughout the world. The Rock & Mineral Experience exhibits are hands-on and children’s favorites. They learn how a tree turns to stone, how hard jade is, what minerals make up granite and can see fossils through geologic time. Kids can play video games with Rocky the Rock Hound in Mineral Match. A must see and experience museum for all ages!

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