Sub-Zero Specials January 8th: School’s Closed, They’re Open


Area schools are closed again today. Last night the National Weather Service issued another Winter Chill Advisory in effect until Noon today.  Wind Chill values from -25 to -30 below in the early morning. If you MUST venture outdoors, remember frost bite can occur in minutes on exposed skin – HATS AND GLOVES people!

With that being said, your kids (and YOU) may be experiencing a little cabin fever… You were all set to send them back to school after Winter Break and then…. WHAMMO, they’re stuck at home again.   If you’re telecommuting now and finding it difficult to get work done, Cheryl has a great round-up of indoor play places that have Free Wi-Fi so you can work while the kids play.   Call ahead to make sure they will be open today before you head out.

Many area businesses that cater to kids are feeling your pain, so they’re staying open, offering extended hours or even specials to help you keep the kids occupied.  If you’ve got to get out of the house, bundle up, and check out these open hours and/or available specials:

Vernon Hills Park District: Thursday, January 8th – FREE GYM AND SWIM. Free Open Gym at Sullivan Center from 11am-3pm and Free Open Swim at Lakeview Fitness Center from 12pm-3pm.  For more information visit or call Sullivan Community Center at (847) 996-6800 or Lakeview Fitness Center at (847) 996-6330.


Rink Side Entertainment Center {Gurnee}: Thursday, January 8th ONLY – Unlimited Video Game Play and Attractions for $15 including public skate admission from 11am-2pm.  Free skate does not include skate or helmet rental.  Call (847) 856-1064, ext. 502 or visit for more information.

Libertyville Gymnastics Academy: Thursday, January 8th ONLY – Special Open Gym from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. $10 per child for open gym only, $15 per child for open gym with inflatables.  Cash at door, no registration required. Call (847) 816-6618 or visit for more information. Read Melissa’s review.


Bella’s Bouncies Indoors {Lake Villa}: Thursday, January 8th – Open All Day from 9:30am-5:30 pm $8 per child. Call (847) 546-7000 for more information or visit Read Melissa’s Review.

Bella’s Bouncies Skate on Grand {Fox Lake}: Thursday, January 8th – Open 11am-4pm for $5, Skate Rental is extra. Call (847) 546-7000 for more information or visit


Jump Zone {Volo}: Thursday, January 8th 10am-2pm, Friday, January 9th 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm, Saturday January 10th & Sun January 11th 12pm-5pm. Free Wi-Fi available. For more information call (847) 388-0369 or visit



Jump America {Gurnee}: Thursday, January 8th 11am-9pm – Jump all day for $14. For more information call (224) 325-5867 or visit

Gym Spot {Mundelein}: Thursday, January 8th – Open Gym for All Ages 12pm-1pm. Inflatable available. Call (837) 949-7768 for more information or visit

Artist @ Heart {Grayslake, Libertyville}: Thursday, January 8th – FREE Hot Chocolate. Mention this Facebook post  and buy one art craft and get the second 50% off. Open in Libertyville from 10am-6pm and in Grayslake 2-7pm. For more info call (847) 816-4865 or visit

Did we miss anything? Probably. I’m exhausted.  

If you know of any other facility that is open or offering a special today due to school closures, be a friend and post the info in the comments. Thanks!


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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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