Orland Park playspace offers plenty for active families

My family of four, which includes two preteen boys, is always on the lookout for something new to do. When we heard about Gizmos Fun Factory, we couldn’t wait to visit.

We weren’t disappointed.

Armed with four-hour unlimited play wristbands, the boys headed to Gizmos Junkyard Motors, a 14,000-square-foot indoor track for racing. From the track, they hit the bumper cars at Widget Whirl—think bumper car-meets-Tilt-a-Whirl. These bumper cars look more like a space craft commander’s chair with crazy fun spinning action.

We were all excited about Ratchets & Ropes, a skytrail system with a zipline. It offers a choice of paths, some all-rope and some with wooden balance beams. The zipline makes this skytrail unique, and being a thrillseeker, I had to give it a try. Confession: It took me a few seconds to build up courage.

Then we battled in the Juke-N-Box laser tag arena. We take our laser tag pretty seriously and this arena is huge. Even though I didn’t score many points, this place scored big points with me.

Gizmos Fun Factory also has a climbing wall and Tinker Tot Toyland, a two-level climbing structure for smaller kids with obstacles, slides, foam ball shooters and a foam ball “fountain” in the middle.

With 15 minutes left on our wristbands, we ascended up the skyline trail ropes for one last zipline, a perfect way to end our afternoon at Gizmos.

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