Top Five Family Things to Do in Bloomington-Normal

January 23rd, 2019 by

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Whether you’re raising kids in the area or simply driving into the region for the holidays, there’s a good chance that you’ll spend time searching for fun family things to do in Bloomington-Normal. Even if you’ve had trouble planning family-friendly events in the past, don’t fret: the community-focused experts at Sam Leman Ford have your back! Plan your next day out with our list of the best family activities in our neck of the woods. Want to learn a bit about Bloomington’s history? Explore the storied past of the Castle Theatre, a community gem.

Grady’s Family Fun Park

1501 Morrissey Dr, Bloomington, IL

Batting cages, bumper cars, miniature golf, and go karts are just a few of the fun things to do at Grady’s Family Fun Park in Bloomington, and since they make and sell their own pizza, it’s easy to spend a whole evening or afternoon on site! Families who visit will also encounter a selection of activities for smaller children — including a “Dragon Wagon,” a “Super Fun Slide,” and a “Jr. Ferris Wheel,”– and that makes Grady’s a great place to bring youngsters, teens, and adults!

Miller Park Zoo

1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL

Spending time at the zoo is one of those family-friendly activities that never really goes out of style! There’s always something new to see when you visit the Miller Park Zoo to check out their celebrated reindeer, tiger, wolf, and bald eagle enclosures. The zoo’s upcoming events include Active Senior Tours as well as Parents’ Night Out adventures, and families can even rent the space out for unforgettable birthday parties!

Children’s Discovery Museum

101 E Beaufort Street, Normal, IL

Families who want to maximize their children’s potential love the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal, Illinois. Their standing exhibits can provide stimulation and exciting learning experiences to kids of all ages, and families will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s day camps, Innovation Station platform, and accessible art studio. A new exhibit exploring the cause and effect dynamics of the air around us opened on November 23rd of last year, so if you haven’t been in a while, it’s definitely time to plan another visit.

Constitution Trail

Runs from Bloomington to Normal

Spring is only a few short months away, and when the snow stops falling, we’re sure that kids and adults alike will be eager to spend some time outdoors. In the Bloomington-Normal area, the Constitution Trail is one of the best places to go when you’re looking for space to walk, run, or ride your bike. Since it runs all the way from the Bloomington to Normal, his accessible trail can be entered from almost any point when you’re out enjoying your day. After a tiring day of exercise on the trails, treat yourself to a bite to eat at one of our favorite restaurants in Normal, IL.

Rader Family Farms

1312 Ropp Rd. Normal, IL

Each year, from September 7th to October 30th, Rader Family Farms opens its gates to kids and adults from all over our local community. Five different shops provide guests with everyone’s favorite fall and fairground fare, and with several dozen different activities to choose from, the whole family will be able to find something fun to do when you visit this Normal destination. The corn maze, the apple blasters, pony rides, and U-pick pumpkin patch are just a few of our perennial favorites.

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