All three are located at
601 Dundee Ave. in East Dundee
AZoosment Park at
Northern Illinois Inline
Hockey League at the Polar Dome
Back in 2006, after delighting Chicagolanders during the
holidays for 47 years, Santa's Village in East Dundee closed its
doors. Now, after a four-year hiatus, the adventure park is back,
this time with three new areas geared for families.
Its AZoosment Park has a petting zoo filled with llamas, sheep,
goats and other animals kids can pet and feed. Exotic animal shows
feature wallabies, African-crested porcupines and even Santa's main
mode of transportation, the reindeer.
AZoosment also has magic shows, stilt walkers and a straw maze.
Park owner Jason Sierpien says the park is currently planning
special Christmas events. Kids age 3-12 are $13.50, adults are
$9.50 and kids under 2 are free. Visit the park's Web site
azoosmentpark.com for a coupon of $3 off one child admission.
Also new and geared toward older kids, the Paintball Explosion
is set to open.
Designed for beginners and advanced players, Paintball Explosion
has five paintball fields, each with a different theme, including
one modeled after the upcoming movie "Transformers 3". This field
will feature props from the actual movie, which was partially
filmed in Chicago. And paying homage to its original amusement park
setting, one of the fields features old roller coaster rides
players will have to navigate around.
"Most parents are worried, but paintball is statistically safer
than most sports, including golf," says co-partner Romeo Kapudija.
"Our goal is to have a fun game and also a safe game."
Paintball is recommended for children 12 and up, although
Kapudija says with parental consent, children as young as 10 may be
admitted. The entry fee is $18.95 per day, which includes unlimited
play on all five fields and free air refills. Equipment is provided
or players can bring their own.
Lastly, the historic Santa's Village Polar Dome is set to
reopen. Now the home of the Northern Illinois Inline Hockey League,
NIHL Founder Tony Borrico says it is the largest inline facility in
the Chicago area.
Families can watch high-impact hockey games year-round. Best of
all, entry is free. Kids will enjoy an exciting sport, and mom and
dad can enjoy the newly refashioned bar and grill.
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