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5 Great Winter Outings for Kids in Bloomington-Normal

It’s sometimes difficult during the harsh, cold winter months to keep kids cooped up in the house.
Whether you’re visiting our area or are a local resident in need of something to do,
here are five great winter outings for kids in Bloomington-Normal:

1 / Pepsi Ice Center

201 S. Roosevelt Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701

Rent a pair of skates and skate the day away! If you need to refuel during the day, stop by the snack bar. Need a pair of gloves or socks? They’ve got you covered at their skating accessories station. If you’re looking for more than just one day of fun, the Pepsi Ice Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year and is available to host birthday parties.

2 / Children’s Discovery Museum

101 E. Beaufort Street
Normal, IL 61761

Since 1994, the Children’s Discovery Museum has been a must-visit place for kids. The Museum exhibits are a celebration of exploration and discovery – filled with innovative and richly layered cognitive experiences for toddlers through pre-teens. The Museum also hosts a multitude of programs and events throughout the year.

3 / Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center

804 N. Hershey Road
Bloomington, IL 61704

With 32 bowling lanes, the Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center has plenty of room for your kids to bowl a strike. They provide bumpers and have a delicious snack bar for when your kids need a break. On certain days, glow bowling is the main event. Kids will love bowling by the light of a disco ball!

4 / Normal Theater

209 North Street
Normal, IL 61761

This one-screen movie theater located in Uptown Normal will provide kids with the ultimate time capsule movie-going experience. Originally opened in 1937 and restored in 1994, the theater shows old Hollywood blockbusters as well as classic children’s favorites. Upcoming shows include Clue, based on the board game, and Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly as a girl trying to rescue her brother who was captured by the Goblin King, played by David Bowie.

5 / Grossinger Motors Arena

101 S. Madison Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

The Grossinger Motors Arena is the coolest place to be in Bloomington-Normal during the Bloomington Thundery Hockey Team’s season! The Thunder are currently ranked #4 in the 2015-2016 season for the United States Hockey League. Its themed nights, including Military Appreciation and Adopt a Dog Night, create a fun, family friendly atmosphere.

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