Retro Style Family Fun
Many parents who grew up in the Chicago area remember visiting The Plush Horse Ice Cream Parlor as a kid, and it is still in business today. The air of nostalgia greets you as you enter the old fashioned storefront with the tin ceiling, antique carousel horse, and a huge standing plush horse. There are many delicious flavors of ice cream to choose from, and the portion sizes are enormous -- beware that a single scoop can easily feed two!12301 South 86th Avenue, Palos Park.
Roller skating was all the rage when we were kids. To see and be seen, all you had to do was show up at your local roller rink. Roller skating is still great fun, and something you can share with your kids as a fun family outing. The kidwinks website lists several area roller rinks, and the one that we're highlighting today is the Dr. Martin Luther King Family Entertainment Center. This center has 50 Cent Fridays, when admission is only 50 cents per person from 3:30 - 6:00PM. There are many other specials throughout the week too.
Video games have evolved quite a bit since they were first introduced, and if parents are interested in introducing their kids to some of the games they grew up with (and playing a few rounds themselves -- for old time's sake!), the Galloping Ghost Arcade is the place to go. It is Illinois' LARGEST video arcade, with over 200+ games to play, including all of the classics like Space Invaders, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Frogger, Centipede, Q*Bert, Dig Dug and more! All of the games are set to FREE PLAY, so no quarters or tokens are needed. There is a $15 admission, which allows you to play ALL the games for as long as you want!9415 Ogden Avenue, Brookfield.
You may remember the legendary ice cream creations from Colonial Café & Ice Cream if you grew up in the Chicago area. This family run business began with a milk route in 1901, evolved into a dairy that produced ice cream, and eventually launched its first full service family dining restaurant in 1959. Today it is run by the fourth generation and has 7 locations. Families looking to save money in this tough economy will be happy to know that kids eat free every Monday night at each of the 7 different locations, and there's a balloon entertainer the first Monday of each month. The kids menu is extensive, with lots of healthy side dishes and breakfast offered all day.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun