A Chicago family’s day at Arlington International Racecourse

Summer is officially winding down and the back-to-school rush is right around the corner. We managed to do a lot of fun things this summer and crossed a lot of items off my son’s summer bucket list.

We went to Wisconsin Dells, swam, went down waterslides and rode go-karts. We went to the park and collected rocks. The kids went on playdates and had fun with their friends. We visited Chuck E. Cheese and ate a little too much pizza. We ate tons of frozen yogurt piled high with every topping imaginable.

Overall the kids had a great summer, but with a few weeks left before school starts, we still wanted to do one more fun activity that was a little bit different.

Last weekend, we went to Arlington Park. Yes, as in the race track. Normally, when I think of the race track, I think of it as more as an adult affair, but this year Arlington Park has some wonderful activities for children.

My children loved every minute of it. From seeing the horses to watching the races and going on pony rides, it was fun for kids and adults.

Every Sunday during the summer, Arlington Park has Family Days, with a different sponsor and different activities for the kids.. They have a Junior Jockey Zone set up which includes pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a magician, a caricaturist, a juggler, a bounce house and lots of hand-on activities.

Also on Sundays, winning jockeys give out two pairs of signed goggles after every race. They also have retired horses out for the kids to pet and feed.

The best news is that there’s still three Sundays left to go!

This was the perfect end-of-summer activity because my kids had already done all the normal summer stuff that we usually do. This gave them the opportunity to have fun doing something new that was still fun for the adults.

The only problem is, now my son wants to know when he can get a horse.

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