Family. Reunion. Fun. These three words might as well be synonyms, especially for those looking to plan a reunion in the Rockford region. Our third Reunite in Rockford blog installment takes reunion and event planners on a journey through Winnebago County, with the kids and parents at top of mind! Oh, the places we’ll go…

Dr. Seuss allusions aside, you’ve found the right place and a good starting point at Volcano Falls Adventure Park in Loves Park, where all ages are sure to find their game. Think go-karts, batting cages, laser tag, arcade games, mini-golf and much more!

Discovery Center Museum

If you’re looking to beat the rain of late, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment in downtown Rockford at the Riverfront Museum Park, where the award-winning Discovery Center Museum is located. The museum features more than 300 interactive exhibits indoors, and an exterior playpark on the banks of the Rock River. Did you know it is one of the top-ranked children’s museums in the country?

Riverview Ice House ice skating

As the weather will surely warm up again, head east across the river to cool off while ice skating at the Riverview Ice House, one of the Rockford Park District’s many recreational offerings throughout the region. The Ice House features two sheets of ice surfaces, including a full size rink and the studio rink—or “the dinky rink”, as the locals call it. The facility’s spacious lobby with a  concession counter and community meeting room makes for a great place to reconvene.

After skating through downtown, other area staples include 815 Escape and Laser Quest. The 815 Escape room features a variety of thematic elements and suspenseful mystery, all geared towards teamwork, creativity and critical thinking that is perfect for families.

Laser Quest brings out the competitor in all of us through its riff on the all-ages classic game of hide and seek. Up to 32 people can play per game, but only one player or team can be the winner. Talk about a great way to establish memories and family pride!

Thanks in part to our region’s tradition at hosting youth sports tournaments, we’ve long been a destination for family-oriented travel and events—and that naturally aligns with tourism’s recent shift toward road trips, day-trippers, staycations and reunions. Now is indeed a fantastic time to reunite in the Rockford area.

And, don’t forget, if you need more ideas about things to do as a family for your next reunion, head to today!