I’ve lived in Tinley Park most of my life and after coming back to live here with my own family, I’ve grown a newfound appreciation for the town with all its family-friendly amenities. Interested in checking it out for yourself? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Playtime at the park
Tinley Park has plenty of parks for your kiddos. One of our favorites is Centennial Park, which has a great trail around the lake, fishing and a playground. My toddlers and preschooler also think Community Park at the Bettenhausen Recreation Center with soft artificial grass and musical-themed equipment is tops. Our family always has fun exploring the area by bike as there are plenty of bike trails throughout the town.
Every Friday during the summer, you’ll find free entertainment such as themed nights in Downtown Tinley Park (Tropical on July 15 and Country on August 12).
You can also take a free trolley from the 80th Avenue train station, pack a picnic and blanket and enjoy free Concerts in the Park hosted by the park district and then save the date for Sunday, July 17 for the town’s free Caribbean Block Party. Fun features include a sand sculptor, a kids zone, rides and more.
That’s not all. You can scope out cars at Cruise Nights every Tuesday or pick your favorite fruits and veggies at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. Lastly, mark your calendars for August 18 for a ScribbleMonster concert.
Any steamy day warrants a trip to White Water Canyon Water Park, the five-acre park complete with lazy river, spray ground, play area with zero depth entry and slides.
Mini-golf, batting cages, and roller skating
Mini-golf is always fun. But how about mini-golfing surrounded by a garden model railroad? The Tinley Junction not only offers mini-golf but a chance to hit a few at the batting cages. For some old-fashioned fun, grab your skates and head to the Tinley Park Roller Rink which has been serving the community for nearly 50 years.
Take a selfie
Take a stroll downtown and pop a squat on any one of the 20 themed benches. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time … Favorite Children’s Storybooks” where you’ll find fun characters such as Clifford, Willy Wonka and the Lorax.
The Rock Island Metra line offers two stops at Tinley. The second stop at 80 Avenue is just a short walk to the Tinley Park Library. Afterwards, spend time at the sports-themed park next to the library. Have a train fanatic? Don’t forget to take a photo at the red caboose.
After a day exploring town, everyone will be starved. Luckily, there are no shortage of places to eat.
Our favorite place to grab coffee, a sandwich or treat is at Creative Cakes Bakery and Café. The trendy café’s black and white tile invite you in, but the real stars are the delectable treats behind the glass counter. Don’t forget to take your tasty treat to the back of the café where you can sit and watch the cookie and cakes being decorated by the bakers. Check out their calendar for the daily special.
In the mood for popcorn? Stop by Kernel Sweetooth for gourmet popcorn. And the authentic Italian food at Isabella’s Italian Café should satisfy any dinner craving. Save room for dessert at Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe. The homemade ice cream will be calling your name. With more than 60 ice cream flavors, the hard part will be choosing which one to enjoy!
Find more fun things to do in the Southwest suburbs this summer on O the Places We Go.