Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Christmas Break, I Live South of I80, Now What? {Top 10 List}

What to do, what to do?

Already, my 10 year old is bouncing off of the walls.

Here are my suggestions of fun, economical and geographically close activities if you live in or around Frankfort Illinois (one is not, you're gonna have to drive).

I know - very specific.

And...likely only appealing to boys (sorry).

Here is the list, by date (of course).

Monday, December 22nd
Chef Klaus' Bier Stube

Here is the deal, my family of origin would travel from the south suburbs to "German Town" (Lincoln Square) when the German shops took up more than one single block.  This was a Christmas time tradition, every year, for as long as I can remember.
But...only one shop still exists from my childhood and I can't navigate it with my three kids right now.
I still want to honor my German roots, but I don't want to travel to Lincoln Square during this time of year.
Enter Chef Klaus' Bier Stube.  Located at 20827 S. LaGrange Rd in Frankfort it's my personal go to for authentic German food.  To be quite honest, I think it's a whole lot better than The Brauhaus (I think that my "German Card" may be taken away for admitting to that). With it being only a five minute drive for us, this really is a no brainer.
Decorated with authentic German artifacts and other memorabilia, the Bier Stube gives its customers  the warmth, charm and friendly feeling of a German "landgasthaus" - country inn.  
You can find out more about Chef Klaus' Bier Stube by visiting their website which has menu and entertainment information in addition to photos and their hours.  Prost!

Tuesday, December 23rd
Main Park Ice Rink

So, I'm only guessing that it will freeze and there will be snow...likely not, but here is the information regardless.
Located at Main Park (Nebraska & Locust, just east of LaGrange) in Frankfort the park offers two ice rinks.  One for hockey and the other for open skating.  Skate rentals are available at the north concession stand should you need them.
You can find out more information about the Ice Rinks at Main Park by checking out the Frankfort Park Districts website.  Hours & concession stand information is listed there, in addition to up to the minute reports on ice conditions for skating.
*think freeze!*

Wednesday, December 24th 
Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 25th
Christmas Day

Friday, December 26th
Down Home Guitars - Open Mic

My husband plays guitar

My oldest son plays guitar and bass

My middle son plays drums

I'm pretty sure that my youngest son is some sort of maraca pro

Down Home Guitars, located at 11 S. White Street in Frankfort will be hosting it's monthly Open Mic on Friday, December 26th from 7-9pm.  Interested in participating in the open mic?  Sign ups start at 6:30pm and all ages and skill levels are encouraged to come out.  There is a suggested donation of $3 which supports the non-profit Frankfort Bluegrass Festival.
You can find out more information about Down Home Guitars and their Open Mic Events by visiting their website.

Saturday, December 27th
History Museum & House Walk

Yep, we are history geeks in this house.  We truly believe that you cannot have an appreciation of world history unless you understand local history.  We are quite fortunate to have such a wonderful local history museum within walking distance of where we live.
The History Museum, located at 132 Kansas Street in Frankfort has an amazing collection of local artifacts on display.  You can also pick up a self guided walking tour map of the historic homes in the area surrounding the museum.
You can find out more information about the History Museum by visiting the Village Of Frankfort's website.  

Sunday, December 28th
Frankfort Bowl

Six lanes, on the second floor, circa 1947 fun!  This is a really neat place to bowl at.  Be prepared to keep score manually.  This is old time bowling, remember you are going for fun, not to smoke your kids at bowling (you likely won't win anyways as the lanes are a little warped).
Located at 15 Ash Street in Frankfort this unique bowling alley is perfect for family fun.  There is a possibility that the alley is rented out for private events, so call first before going.
You can find out more information about Frankfort Bowl by visiting their website.

Monday, December 29th
CMP Laser Tag

Now, I have to be honest...this is one of maybe two things listed that I will not go to, only because our 1 year old can't enjoy it.  This is really a Dad and older kids kind of thing.
Located at 10315 Vans Drive in Frankfort, this is a more price-y option with 1.5 hours costing $25 per person.  BUT, this could definitely get rolled into a last minute Christmas gift as they do offer gift certificated.  Be sure to book your times early as they fill up fast!
You can find out more information about CMP Laser Tag by visiting their website.

Tuesday, December 30th
Galloping Ghost Arcade

Again, not something that I will be attending as the 1 year old will not enjoy it.  This is something that my husband and two older boys really, REALLY enjoy, though.
This is also a little bit of a drive.
Located at 9415 Ogden Ave in Brookfield, this arcade is coin-less gaming, you pay for a day pass - and this place is HUGE!  $15 per person gets you in all day (and you can come and go, so you can go out to eat and come back).  They currently have over 440 games to play with all of them set to free play.  They are open until 2am, daily.
You can find out a whole lot more about the Galloping Ghost by visiting their website.

Wednesday, December 31st
KidsWork Children's Museum

We are actually members to the museum.  And, to be honest, my 15 year old and 10 year old are entertained here just as much as the 1 year old.
On New Year's Eve they are hosting a Noon Years Eve event at the museum from 9-3pm, with a balloon drop at 12pm.
It's a fun kid friendly, family focused event if the late night party thing isn't your gig anymore.
Located at 11 S. White Street in Frankfort, this is also a walkable outing for us.
You can find out more information about KidsWorks and their Noon Years Eve event by visiting their website.

Thursday, January 1st
All Aboard Family Dinning & Entertainment

This is a train themed family restaurant where a model train runs a track with your order and stops right in front of you.
A fricking train delivers your meal!
I remember going to a place like this when I was a kid...possibly in Evergreen Park or Beverly.  I remember taking my 15 year old to the one in Evergreen Park when he was younger.  My 10 year old has been to this place (he was a HUGE Thomas fan when he was little).
This place is just a fun little dinner.
If that isn't cool enough, there is a special playroom designed for kids up to age 7.
Located at 20831 S. LaGrange in Frankfort this fun restaurant is a great stop for lunch for kids of all ages.
You can find out more about All Aboard Family Dinning & Entertainment by checking out their website.

Friday, January 2nd
Commissioners Park Sledding Hill

Again, we are assuming that not only will it get cold enough to freeze the ice rinks at Main Park, but it will be cold enough to produce enough snow to go sledding at Commissioners Park as well.
Located at 22108 S. 80th Ave in Frankfort this sled hill is lighted and open until 9pm, daily.
It is a popular stop for area kids.  Be prepared for it to be packed!  We like to go later in the evening, after dinner, to avoid the crowds.
You can find out more information about the sledding hill by checking out the Frankfort Park District website.

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