Recreation and Entertainment

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Bloomingdale is a recreation and entertainment destination – with multiple indoor and outdoor options to choose from.

One of the most talked-about new businesses in town with an emphasis on fun and fitness is Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park at 140 E. Lake St. Opened in early 2018, the facility provides weekly events and birthday parties for all ages and fitness levels. It touts itself as a safe, fun, affordable activity for the whole family and was voted “best gym in America for kids” by Shape magazine.

Other indoor options include Stratford Square, which strives to remain competitive by broadening its focus beyond department stores to create an “experience” that includes expanded entertainment options.

Popular stops at Stratford Square include the Challenge Accepted escape room and “To Play VR” – a virtual reality center with 7D cinema and gaming options for little ones and adults alike. Other family fun includes a carousel, an indoor play area, the Fun Flatables play center and the Jolly Express children’s train.

Adults seek out the Cinemark Century Stratford Square movie theater as well as the Round1 Bowling and Amusement, which offers – you guessed it – bowling, as well as billiards, karaoke, darts, ping-pong and games.

If it’s the outdoors you prefer, try your hand at a round of golf. Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Rd., is designed to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. As an added bonus, residents of Bloomingdale can take advantage of discounted green fees.

Plenty of folks who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey visit the club for other reasons, namely weddings and special events. The on-site banquet facility has hosted casual BBQ dinners as well as elegant, formal events – and everything in between. The banquet room can fit up to 220 guests and boasts a scenic view of the lush, meticulously landscaped grounds.

Other outdoor activities include one of Bloomingdale’s hottest attractions in the summer months: Oasis Water Park, a welcome reprieve from the heat with three main feature areas: ‘Cuda Cove, Mango Bay and Otter Island. ‘Cuda Cove is an eight-lane competitive pool with a drop slide and one- and three-meter diving boards. Mango Bay is a zero-depth leisure pool with geysers, spilling buckets, sprayers and water slides. Otter Island is an interactive water playground. The Oasis also features Coconut Cafe and a state-of-the-art bathhouse. The water park opens on June 2 this year.

Also on June 2, this year, is Bike Bloomingdale where bike enthusiasts young and old can enjoy a bevy of bike activities at Circle Park and the Homola Picnic Shelter. Planned activities include a bike rodeo and safety lessons as well as a 1.7 mile family-friendly ride on nearby park trails manageable for even beginner riders. The main event beckons bike enthusiasts to take a 4- or 6.5-mile ride led by the mayor and other local officials.