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Family Days presented by Lipton Iced Tea & Daily Herald

Sunday Family Days

Pack up the kids and join us for some fun in the sun!  Every Family Day features the Junior Jockey Zone - an area packed with family entertainment!

Junior Jockey Zone Entertainment:

  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Magician
  • Caricaturist
  • Juggler
  • Hands On Activities
  • Educational Content from Chicagoland partners 

Plus every Sunday, our winning jockeys will be giving out two pairs of signed goggles after every race! Guests are welcome to cheer for goggles outside of the Winner’s Circle.

Pony Express Pass

 Get your kids in the fast lane with the Pony Express Pass! Unlimited access to the Junior Jockey Zone BEFORE it opens to the public! 12:30pm-1:00pm. Only a limited number of Pony Express Passes will be sold each Sunday – get yours today!

Bring your Pony Express Pass to The Park to begin the fun! Valid one per child – date of use must match ticket date.

Design Your Own Silks

Don't miss this awesome opportunity for a child's drawing to come to life in a race!  Every Sunday in the Junior Jockey Zone, kids are encouraged to color and design what their jockey silks would look like and enter into the contest.  Three winners will be chosen and the winners will receive their own silks designed by them PLUS a jockey will wear the silks in an actual race!  Click here for 2016 rules.

Themed Family Days

NEW!  The last Sunday May-August, Arlington will host a speciality themed Family Day.  Plus, Family Day activities and a live kid’s concert.

May 29 State Fair
Ben Tater & The Tater Tots
June 26
Little Super Heroes
Istvan & His Imaginary Band
July 31
Christmas in July
Chuck-A-Roo & The Fabulous Memories
August 28 Luau Chuck-A-Roo & The Fabulous Memories
Family Day Partners/Schedule
May 8
Chicago Bandits, Schaumburg Boomers
May 29
Mane in Heaven, Santa's Village Azoosment Park
May 30 (Monday) Chicago Wolves    
June 5
Brookfield Zoo
June 12
Chicago Wolves, Chicago Bandits, Santa's Village Azoosment Park, FireZone
June 19
Schaumburg Boomers, Windy City Bulls
June 26
Schaumburg Boomers, Language Stars, FireZone
July 4 (Monday)  Windy City Bulls
July 10
Language Stars
July 17
Chicago Bandits, Brookfield Zoo, Schaumburg Boomers, FireZone
July 24
Santa's Village Azoosment Park    
July 31
Chicago Wolves, Mane in Heaven
August 7
Legoland Discovery Center, Language Stars
August 14
Santa's Village Azoosment Park, FireZone
August 21
Brookfield Zoo, Language Stars
August 28
Chicago Bandits
September 4
Windy City Bulls
September 5 (Monday) Chicago Wolves    

Daily Herald

Daily Herald: Daily Herald continues as the presenting sponsor of Family Days at Arlington International. Providing entertainment for the entire family for a memorable day at the track. 

Brookfield Zoo:  The Chicago Zoological Society provides fun and education as guests learn about animals not normally encountered at Arlington International.   

Chicago Bandits: Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team.

         FireZone: Climb aboard fire trucks or speed through the kids' firefighter challenge course with the FireZone, the firehouse adventure for kids, at various Arlington International events! Don't miss the fire department bagpipers performing during each FireZone family day.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Don’t miss LEGOLAND Discovery center at Arlington International for fun-filled LEGO activities. Test your creative building skills and participate in LEGO creative challenges and see if you have what it takes to complete the LEGO Brick Toss Game! Plus, prizes and giveaways and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win 4 annual Passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center!


Language Stars: Langauge Stars offers a variety of foreign language programs for kids from 12 months to 10 years of age. Our teachers, each a native speaker of the target language, come from more than 20 countries around the world. Join Language Stars in 12 Chicago centers for programs in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German and Italian. 



Santa's Village Azoosment Park

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park: Combining the FUN of an amusement park and a zoo, Santa’s Village AZoosment Park has created a unique “azoosment park” experience in Dundee, IL, that features 3 parks in 1... rides for all ages, animals to interact with and learn about, and entertaining shows....all for one price!  It will be a once in a lifetime experience when we bring our hands-on, fun filled & educational LIVE Exotic Animal Show to Arlington International, featuring numerous species from reptiles to mammals. Exotic Animal Shows are from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Chicago Wolves: The Chicago Wolves professional hockey team are going into their 23rd season - winning four championships and without any losing seasons along the way. The Wolves play at the conveniently-located Allstate Arena in Rosemont, and offer an exciting hockey entertainment experience. The Wolves play host to audiences ranging from die-hard hockey fanatics to first-timers, and everyone in between.

Shedd Aquarium: Play, laugh and pretend with Shedd Aquarium! At Shedd Aquarium's interactive booth, take part in a bean bag toss game, make an aquatic-themed craft, and pick up coloring sheets, stickers and other fun giveaways!

Mane in Heaven:  Mane in Heaven provides therapeutic benefits to disabled and able-bodied children and adults through animal-assisted activity and therapy visits with miniature horses.


Schaumburg Boomers: The Schaumburg Boomers are a professional baseball team, based in Schaumburg, Illinois. They are 2 time Frontier league champions and this will be their 5th season! They offer a family-friendly environment and will be bringing that type of energy to Arlington International all summer long!

Windy City Bulls:  The Windy City Bulls are the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. 2016-17 will mark the inaugural season and the team will host 24 home games at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The Windy City Bulls will provide an entertaining environment to all families and basketball fans in the Northern Chicago Suburbs. Call 847-396-7070 to lock in your season tickets today!

*Junior Jockey Zone activities are weather permitting.

* No Family Day July 3.

* Special Family Days May 30, July 4, September 5