Thrill seekers and animal lovers alike will have more to do this
summer thanks to the new additions at three of the area's largest
Stella, Rose and Han will be the new stars at Illinois' largest
Raging Waves, this summer. The three sea lions will perform
three times a day June 1-Aug. 11. The show, with two 30,000 gallon
pools, a stage and some behind-the-scenes fun for visitors, will be
free with admission.
"It's going to be a really neat show," says Raging Waves' Dan
Also new this year is the Case New Holland Outback Road Rally, a
430-foot pedal bike cart track where up to eight people can race
against each other. It also is free with admission. One event not
to miss is the Father's Day 500 time trial, Mulka says.
This year will be a big year for
Six Flags Great America, which will see its 100 millionth guest
come through its gates. It also is going high tech with a new
finale show. Using six HD projectors on a 50-foot stage, along with
pyrotechnics, lasers and about a dozen performers, igNight tells
the story of the Great Chicago Fire and modern day Chicago, says
Katy Enrique, communications manager at Six Flags. Premiering June
14, it will be the largest show of its kind in the world, she
Plus, fan favorite Batman the Ride gets a different spin for a
limited time. Backwards. There might be other surprises throughout
the summer, Enrique hints.
The Wildcat Roller Coaster is just what
Santa's Village Azoosment Park had on its wish list. The
four-story-tall, 2,000-foot lime green, yellow and purple steel
roller coaster in the Country Grove area of the park will appeal to
slightly older kids and parents, says Jill Mengo, director of
Marketing & Public Relations at the amusement park. The park
also is adding a new bumper car pavilion nearby.
"The park is looking really spectacular," Mengo says. "It's a
labor of love to get this park back in shape and welcoming
everyone." The park will stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays
in July for wildcat weekends to celebrate the new coaster.
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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