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5 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

While most summer activities are meant to be enjoyed outside, sometimes the warm weather can be too hot to handle.  Take a look at our suggestions for fun inside activities in the Bloomington-Normal Area!

  1. Catch a Classic Film

The Normal Theatre in Uptown Normal shows classic, independent and world cinema films on the big screen. It also has a delicious snack bar! To see their screening schedule, click Here.

  1. Bring Out Your Inner Ninja

Iron Coyote Challenge Park is a 20,000 sq/ft challenge park offering a high ropes course with over 35 elements, 4 ninja warrior-style obstacle courses, harnessed climbing walls, a 60 ft. zip line, party rooms, a full-service cafe serving snacks, smoothies, and adult beverages, with an observation mezzanine to enjoy it all!

  1. Become A History Buff

The Bloomington-Normal area has the museum for you. From Abraham Lincoln to the power of play to Route 66, there are many chapters in Bloomington-Normal’s history book. The McLean County Museum of History, Prairie Aviation Museum, David Davis Mansion, Funk Prairie Home and Gem & Mineral Museum and many more are waiting to be explored.

  1. Listen to Your Art

Look deeper into Bloomington-Normal’s culture scene and you’ll find a thriving, vibrant arts community. From studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art, textiles and jewelry, Bloomington-Normal has something for any type of art enthusiast. Immerse yourself in our 20 galleries and learn about the richness of BN art. Most of the art galleries in town are within walking distance from each other in Downtown Bloomington. There is also University Galleries located in Uptown Normal that is definitely worth a visit.

  1. Learn While You Play

Play is the name of the game at the Children’s Discovery Museum! There’s three stories worth of fun and adventure that you won’t find anywhere else. The array of exhibits is enough to keep curious children and playful grown-ups busy and happy for hours on end. CDM recently added a brand new 1,000-square foot exhibit called ‘Healthy Me’! Kids can role-play in an ambulance, health clinic, and hospital setting. This exhibit is the perfect combination of education and fun! Explore, imagine, create and play at the Children’s Discovery Museum while you’re here!

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