Kids love carousels. Whether inside or out, double-deckered or
just one level, the music and animals appeal to kids of all ages.
Chicago Parent readers share their favorite carousels in the
Our favorite carousel is
the one at the
Lincoln Park Zoo. My kids love picking out what animal they are
going to ride.
Without a doubt, our family will miss the timeless tradition of
riding the carousel at Kiddieland (located in Melrose Park). Sigh.
So many childhood memories for myself as well. The end of an
My 6½-year-old's favorite carousel happens to be the one at Fox
Valley Mall. If she is good, she gets to take a carousel ride
before we leave. She's trying to ride a new animal each time she
rides, which is probably at least half of them by now.
We always ride the carousel at Great America. It's always been
such a beautiful sight, especially at night.
My kids love riding the carousels at Orland Park Mall and Chicago
Ridge Mall. We take them there during the winter months to play in
the play areas and burn off some steam.
Our family's favorite carousel is the one inside the
Westfield-Southlake Mall in Merrillville, Ind. (only 45 minutes
away if traffic's not bad). It's an indoor, double-decker, $2,
multi-animal ride with seatbelts on each of them. It's also great
because the mall is home to a FunFlatables location, which only has
open jump (which means it's not closed for private parties-ever!)!
Not to mention the free play area close to the carousel that gives
a little bit of variety and a moment for the adults to sit down and
catch their breath. All in all, totally worth the trip every
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