TripBuzz found 59 things to do with kids in or near Rockford, Illinois, including 39 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Beloit, Loves Park, Cherry Valley and Belvidere.
From Discovery Center Museum to Skateland, the Rockford area offers 82 different types of family activities, including: Theaters, History Museums, Gardens and Parks.
Located on the banks of the Rock River, the city of Rockford, Illinois is the states third largest city. Settled in the mid-1800's, the area was once an industrial area and is now a thriving commercial and residential community that also offers many tourist attractions. The most popular attractions being those of cultural and historical importance such as the local museums and historic theatres.
Featuring designated public skating hours, Carlson Artic Ice Arena offers visitors a 185 foot long ice arena that hosts both youth and adult hockey programs. The arena also hosts freestyle figure skating sessions.
Home to the Rockford IceHogs, BMO Harris Bank Center provides an ice arena to watch competitive hockey games. The arenas also hosts events from circuses, live music, auto sports activities, and comedians.
Any time of the year is perfect for the CoCo Key Water Resort, a 60,000 square feet indoor water park. Perfect for birthday parties or family getaway, the park features rides on the lazy river, water slides, cabanas, and large arcade.
Burpee Museum of Natural History exhibits over 70,000 specimens from the Paleontology, Anthropology, Geology and Biology domains. The children's favorite attractions are, of course, the dinosaurs, with Jane the T-Rex and Homer the Triceratops in the lead.
Sinnissippi Park is located on the banks of the Rock River and features hiking, biking or walking paths among beautiful gardens. Spend the day exploring sculptures, having a picnic or enjoying a concert at the band shell.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens is a veritable time capsule of life in the Victorian era. Worth a visit to see one of the few remaining Swiss-style homes left in the United States and a leisurely stroll through the gardens.