Things to Do with Kids in Tazewell Co.


Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer


Experience the endless fun in Tazewell County and create memories with those you love most! Whether you want to eat, play, create, learn or try something new, there is something for every family. Check out these options to get the most out of your time with little ones!

Ackerman Family Farms {Morton} // Learn about how Morton earned the title, “Pumpkin Capital of the World,” at Ackerman Family Farms. Once you’ve seen the pumpkin patch and fed the farm animals, try to find your way through the corn maze, it changes every year!

Art at the Bodega {Washington} // Let your creativity shine in this laid back social DIY studio! Choose from over 600 pottery options during walk-in painting hours or sign up for a themed art class or kids Summer Camp.

AMC Classic Pekin 14 {Pekin} // Catch the newest movies straight from Hollywood or introduce your family to a nostalgic favorite. With 14 different auditoriums there will always be something available for every movie-goer.

Aunt Dena’s Bakery {Washington} // Offering seasonal breads, cakes, cookies, and more, Aunt Dena’s Bakery is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Celebrating a birthday, gathering with family, or simply enjoying a midmorning snack will taste better with Aunt Dena’s.

Blazin’ A Horseback Riding + Boarding {Pekin} // Giddy-up and explore McNaughton Park’s 800+ acres atop a horse that’s perfectly suited for you! Kids and adults can test out their inner equestrian with 1-hour guided trail tours that take you through woods, creeks, and wide-open spaces.

The Cookery {Morton} // Teach the kids to cook you dinner! At The Cookery, anyone can learn how to cook in fun and creative culinary classes. All ages and skill levels are welcome at classes like World of Wizardry, Homemade Pasta, Princess Tea Party and much more!

DragonLand Water Park {Pekin} // With two water slides and a zero-depth play area, kids are guaranteed to make a splash at DragonLand Water Park. Take a dip in the water, then snack on something delicious from the concession stand.

Elevate Trampoline Park {East Peoria} // Looking for somewhere to burn off all that energy? Get your adrenaline fix and exercise with trampoline basketball, jousting, rock climbing and more bouncing fun. Your kids will be jumping for joy!

Fon du Lac Farm Park {East Peoria} // Go back in time and experience a day on a Central Illinois farm in the 1920s. Enjoy a glimpse into the simple life with antique farm equipment, farm animals to feed, a silo slide, and other fun farm staples.

Fon du Lac Golf Course {East Peoria} // Beginners and experienced players come together at this gorgeous nine-hole golf course. Your odds of getting a hole in one are high as each hole is par three!

Mineral Springs Park {Pekin} // You won’t run out of fun outdoor activities at Mineral Springs Park. Play a round of mini golf at the Magic Dragon, learn a new trick at the skatepark, play at the Kiddie Korral Playground or rent a paddle boat to go out on the lagoon.

Morton Arboretum {Morton} // Explore and connect with nature in the 4-acre Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum. Splash through secret streams, climb onto colossal acorns, and slide down huge tree root slides in this larger than life play area.

Morton Public Swimming Pool {Morton} // Spend your summer in the sun at the Morton Public Swimming Pool, in Idlewood Park. Jump off the diving boards, race down the water slides, and wade into the zero-depth entry pool!

Pekin Paintball Park {Pekin} // With multiple games and packages to choose from, it won’t matter if you’re new to paintball or an experienced player. Play on one of six different fields for a new experience each time.

Potter’s Alley {Morton} // Head over to Potter’s Alley and get ready to have a ball! Learn more about the sport with youth leagues and bowling coaches or grab something delicious to eat while you bowl as a family. Kids bowl free on Mondays!

Roc Mini Golf + Ice Cream {East Peoria} // One scoop won’t be enough of the world-famous Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream at ROC Ice Cream and Mini Golf. Play a round of mini golf and then cool off with ice cream afterwards, perfect for any celebration or warm day.

Sunset Lanes {Pekin} // Sunset Lanes is more than just bowling. In addition to the 36 bowling lanes, your family can battle it out in laser tag or introduce them to some classic games in the arcade.

Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer
Amelia Owdom, Guest Writer

Amelia has lived in the Peoria area for most of her life. After going to school in Urbana-Champaign, she came back to the area where she now works as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Chillicothe Public Library. When she isn’t recommending books for others, she spends time reading romance and fantasy novels, looking for unique finds at thrift stores and going to the movies with her friends and family.