Attractions for Kids in Schaumburg, IL

by Jay Leone

The village of Schaumburg is in northeast Illinois, approximately 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. This village was incorporated in March 1956. The Schaumburg area was known as "Sarah's Grove" until 1850 when the name of the area was officially dubbed "Schaumburg." The first inhabitants of the area now known as Schaumburg were from Indian tribes such as the Pottawatomie and Sauk tribes. In its early days, farming and cattle were Schaumburg's main businesses.

Woodfield Mall

Woodfield Mall (shopwoodfield.com) has more than 300 stores, including several large department stores. Toy and hobby shops at Woodfield Mall include Games Workshop, the Disney Store and Yu Kids Island. Kid-friendly dining venues include the Cheesecake Factory, A&W; All American Food and Red Robin.

LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND (legolanddiscoverycenter.com) is a Schaumburg attraction geared to children. Families can take tours of the factory where LEGOs are made. Kids can ride on Dragon Quest, which takes passengers through the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Castle. The Princess Palace offers everything needed to design and create a palace out of specially designed LEGOs. Other rides and attractions at LEGOLAND include the Jungle Adventure, Technicycle and Duplo Village. LEGOLAND can accommodate schools and large groups with enough advanced notice.

Aquatics

The Schaumburg Park District maintains Atcher Island (no website; 730 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193; 847-985-2135), a water park with a tropical theme. A children's playground, a circular drop slide and a tall water slide are all available at Atcher Island waterpark. Kids must be at least 48 inches tall to use the water rides. Buck Pool (no website; 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60193; 847-985-2141) has a wading pool with a slide as well as a diving area. Meinke Pool (no website; 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg, IL 60193; 847-985-2133) has a wading pool, diving well, water slide and Olympic-sized main pool.

Dining

Medieval Times (www.medievaltimes.com) is a Schaumburg's dining and entertainment venue. The show features many characters, including several knights, a king, princesses and lords. Knights don authentic armor and weapons from medieval times and battle in a medieval jousting tournament. Live horses are also incorporated into this show. Patrons dine in seats around the arena where the knights joust and battle. Tickets for dinner shows at Medieval Times must be purchased in advance. Medieval Times can accommodate larger groups for events such as birthday parties and company outings.