Family Days presented by Lipton Iced Tea & Daily Herald

Make family memories that will last a lifetime with special activities geared towards family fun.  All Family Days include a free petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, face painters, and much more in the Junior Jockey Zone in The Park. 

Get your children in the fast lane with the Pony Express Pass, featuring unlimited access to the Junior Jockey Zone BEFORE it opens to the public. 

Children ages 3 and under are admitted FREE to Arlington International Racecourse when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Admission for children ages 4-17 is $4.  The Junior Jockey Zone is open 1pm-5pm.

Petting Zoo:  1pm-5pm; Junior Jockey Zone (The Park East)
Family Day Appearances: Educational Content from Chicagoland Partners; 1pm-5pm; The Park
Pony Rides: 1pm-5pm; Junior Jockey Zone (The Park East)
Games & Activities: Designed with kids and families in mind; 1pm-5pm; Junior Jockey Zone (The Park East); Hands On Activities; Face Painting, Bounce House, Carnival Games, Outdoor Tic Tac Toe, Life Size Connect Four
Design Your Own Silks: Don't miss this aweesome opportunity for a child's drawing to come to life in a race; 1pm-5pm (season long contest); Kids 12 & Under; Junior Jockey Zone (The Park East); 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 them in an actual race!
Jockey Goggle Giveaway: Winning jockeys will give out two pairs of signed goggles after every race; 2 Lucky Fans; Outside Winner's Circle
Food & Beverage Specials: Snow Cones, Dip N' Dots, Cotton Candy; The Park

*Special Family Days on May 12, May 27, and September 2.
*Junior Jockey Zone activities are weather permitting.
*Breaks will be given to all ponies when needed and for the safety of the animals, there is an 80 pound weight limit per pony.
*Arlington or Azoosment Officials will cut the back of the pony ride line at 4:30pm to ensure a 5:00pm close for the animals.

Family Day Sunday Schedule

Date Partner Special Event Tickets
May 26 (Family Day +)
TBD Underwater Utopia Family Day Buy Now
June 2 TBD Northwestern University Day Buy Now
June 9 TBD Fiesta de Arlington
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June 16 TBD Father's Day Buy Now
June 23 TBD Chicago White Sox Day
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June 30 (Family Day +) TBD Renaissance Faire Family Day Buy Now
July 7 TBD First Responders' Day Buy Now
July 14 TBD Chicago Bears Day Buy Now
July 21 TBD Mascot Day
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July 28 (Family Day +) TBD Outer Space Family Day Buy Now
August 4 TBD   Buy Now
August 11 TBD   Buy Now
August 18 TBD Arlington's Got Talent Buy Now
August 25 (Family Day +) TBD Super Safari Quest Family Day Buy Now
September 1 TBD Arli Goes Back to School Buy Now

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 inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature at Brookfield Zoo and through partnerships with organizations such as 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.

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!

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.

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 the local minor league baseball team and we pride ourselves on providing the ultimate destination for summer family-friendly fun in the Chicagoland area. This season will feature over 20 fireworks nights, many different theme nights, and many on-field interactive opportunities perfect for all of your summer fun! The Boomers' visit to Arlington will be bring the team’s official mascot and Chicken Dance Extraordinaire, Coop the Boomer, plus many other fun including the Chicken Toss and opportunities for fans to bring home great Boomers prizes!

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!

Joliet Slammers:  The Joliet Slammers Baseball Team provides affordable family fun, with a wide variety of theme nights throughout the summer. Come visit Spikes or J.L. Bird at the racetrack for a chance to win a variety of prizes! They are more than happy to take pictures and give lots of hugs! 


Chicago Sky:  The Chicago Sky, led by Head Coach & General Manager Amber Stocks, will begin its twelfth season as a member of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference on May 14, 2017. The Sky earned its fourth consecutive WNBA Playoff berth and finished the 2016 season with an 18-16 record, the third-best record in franchise history. Don’t miss a minute of the action in 2017! Single-game tickets start as low as $18. To see the Sky play at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, call 866.SKY.WNBA or visit Join us on Family Days at Arlington Park and meet Sky Guy at the Chicago Sky table! Spin the Sky Wheel for your chance to take home prizes, and enter to win tickets to a Sky game!

Chicago Red Stars: The Chicago Red Stars are the longest tenured women’s professional soccer team in the United States.  The Red Stars compete in the National Women’s Soccer League and play at Toyota Park from April – September. Tickets to see USA and international superstars Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Sam Kerr are available for as low as $ 15 per person.  Visit or call 773.697.8699 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Medieval Times:  All hail the Queen! Travel back to the 11th century at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Schaumburg, Illinois. At the castle you will enjoy a four-course feast, sword fighting, jousting, falconry, beautiful Andalusian stallions and a brand NEW SHOW!