Recreation and Entertainment

Looking for an escape? Like the idea of carousel ride, sliding into a pool or taking a spin around an indoor ice rink? All roads to fun lead to Bloomingdale where opportunities for recreation and entertainment abound and there is a wide range of indoor and outdoor options.

For family fun, there’s no better place to be than Stratford Square Mall, which features a magical carousel operated by Islands Carousel, Fun Flatables play area, the Jolly Express children’s train and Kids Town 2, which presents themed indoor play areas designed to spark children’s imaginations, and is available for birthdays, baby showers and other special occasions.

The Skate Room, touted as the largest synthetic skate rink in the U.S., is another popular attraction at Stratford Square. It is geared to beginners as well as skilled skaters who can use their own skates or rent them. After skating, catching a flick at Cinemark Century Stratford Square movie theater or at Picture Show at Bloomindale Court is an ideal way to wind down.

Of course, getting out of a tight squeeze can always be exciting. Gather friends, test your skills and race against the clock to work your way out of any of the eight rooms at the Challenge Accepted Escape Room.

For a cultural experience, head to Peace of Art Gallery, a unique space where artists submit their works for display and are encouraged and mentored. Want to remember the fun you had at Stratford Square? Then snap a selfie at Club Photo Booth, which also offers photo booth rentals.

Another business that puts the focus on fun is the Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park at 140 E. Lake St. Known for its trampolines, the park bills itself as the ultimate indoor adventure park. It offers weekly events and birthday parties for all ages and fitness levels.

If being in the outdoors is your preferred setting for fun, then get into the swing at The Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Rd. It boasts a meticulously landscaped 18-hole golf course, leagues, golf clinics and times set aside for family golf. It also offers a banquet room that can seat up to 220 guests and can host golf outings.

Starting in early June, the Oasis Water Park, 170 Circle Ave., is the place to cool down. It is home to an eight-lane competitive pool, a zero-depth leisure pool with sprayers, buckets and water slides, and the Coconut Café. New enhancements are coming in 2019: a family changing space in both locker rooms, a new canvas shade on the pool deck, a new slide and additional water features in the spray pad.