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5 Family-Friendly Winter Activities in BN

This past year, it’s been sometimes difficult to keep kids cooped up in the house, and it will only get harder with the harsh, cold winter months now here. Luckily, these five places are taking the necessary safety precautions so you and your family can have tons of safe fun this winter and get out of the house!

Here are five great winter outings for families in Bloomington-Normal:

  1. Bloomington Ice Center

    201 S. Roosevelt Avenue
    Bloomington, IL 61701

    Rent a pair of skates and skate the day away! Bring your family and friends to the Bloomington Ice Center’s Open Skate days for a fun free skate. Pre-registration is required as they are limiting capacity. Find more information here.

  2. Miller Park Zoo

    1020 S. Morris Avenue
    Bloomington, IL 61701

    Did you know the Zoo is open all year round? Rain, snow or shine, Miller Park Zoo is open with many excited animals awaiting your arrival. Bundle up and explore the Zoo this winter! The concession stand and Zootique are also open for visitors to check out. Find the Zoo’s guidelines and more information here.

  3. Iron Coyote Challenge Park

    4113 Oakland Avenue
    Bloomington, IL 61701

    If you’re up for a challenge, Iron Coyote puts the entire family’s ninja skills to the test. Kids and adults alike can take on obstacle courses, a bouldering wall, zip line, and more. All passes must be purchased online before arriving. Learn more about Iron Coyote’s safety guidelines here.

  4. Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym

    1304 W. Washington Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701

    Upper Limits has more than 20,000 square feet of climbing space, including routes up to 110 feet tall, a wave-wall, bi-level cave and a unique outdoor bouldering area! It accommodates all ages and skill levels. Reservations are required for all climbers. Find out how to reserve a spot for your family here.

  5. The Proving Ground Bouldering Gym

    1503 E. College Avenue
    Normal, IL 61761

    Climb new heights at the Proving Ground! This gym features almost 150 bouldering routes plus auto-belays for children. Climb up to 18 feet high over a foot of Olympic-quality padding. They have great routes set for climbers of ALL experience levels! Visitors will have to call the Proving Ground prior to going. Learn more about their guidelines here.


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