Winter Fun in Decatur

It is officially cold in Decatur!  Here are our favorite winter activities for you and your little ones!  We have 15 different activities, there is no time to be bored in Decatur!











Next of Kiln

Next of Kiln is a open pottery studio for the public to enjoy and experience painting a variety of pottery pieces.  Tue:12:00 pm-6:00 pm Wed – Thu:12:00 pm-8:00 pm Fri – Sat:12:00 pm-6:00 pm.  Don’t forget to use your Decatur IL Moms loyalty card for 10% off your purchase!







Hickory Point Bank Ice Arena

Have some fine while getting some exercise at the Decatur Civic Center’s Ice Skating Arena!  They are open during school breaks and have good student rewards for bringing in your report card.

All sessions $6.00 for admission and $2.00 for skate rental (unless otherwise specified).   Don’t forget to use your Decatur IL Moms loyalty card for BOGO Admission!

Public Skating Sessions

 Day:  Time:  Admission:
Wednesday  4-6 PM  $6.00
Friday  4-6 PM/7:30-9:30 PM  $6.00
Saturday 3:30-5:30PM / 7:30-9:30PM $6.00
Sunday  1-3 PM  $6.00






The Children’s Museum of Illinois

The Children’s Museum of Illinois offers hands-on exhibits that encourage children of all ages to touch and interact. Focusing on people and cultures, the arts, physics/physical science, the ecosystem and health sciences, the
Children’s Museum of Illinois is so much fun for everyone, you tend to forget it’s actually educational!

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Special weekend activities take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday (times may vary). Closed major holidays. Admission is charged. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t forget to use your Decatur IL Moms loyalty card for $1 off admission (with purchase of adult admission).






The Main Hangar at the Decatur Airport

Discover the best kept secret in Decatur, IL. Dining at the Main Hangar Restaurant inside the Decatur Airport is unique. This comfortable, family-operated restaurant with big picture windows, that overlook the runways and taxiways, give you a panoramic view of the arriving and departing aircraft and the well-kept airport grounds.




Toddler Open Gyms

Decatur IL Moms has partnered with the Decatur Indoor Sports Center and the Decatur Family YMCA to bring you indoor play all winter long!

Gym Fusion on Mondays from 9-10am.  Registration is required.
DISC on Wednesdays from 9:30am-11am.  $2 admission, Free for Members.
YMCA on Thursdays from 9:30am-12pm, $2 non members, free for members.






Indoor Play Places

Dairy Queen in Mount Zion-

Grab lunch and let the kids burn off some energy!  Lots of area to climb, large slide to go down and two airplanes to fly in!


First Christian Church Mosaic Cafe – off Monroe near Target

Visit the Mosaic Cafe at First Christian church M-F from 7am-11am.  Grab coffee for you and watch your little ones play in this cute play area.  There is a helicopter to climb in and fly, a twisty slide and some tunnels to crawl through!



Hickory Point Mall DMH Play Area-  mall

We have an entire mall routine.  We go to the play place, throw pennies in the fountain by the center stage, play at the VonMaur train table and end with either a Annie’s pretzel or ice cream from Baskin Robbins!





Visit our local Libraries!


Decatur Public Library has so many things to do than just check out books and DVDs!  Large building blocks, trains, puzzles, Doll Houses, and even more!


Forsyth Public Library has tons of things to do, plus GREAT activities for all ages.  Check their calendar of events for things going on!


Mt. Zion Library always has something going on.  Story Times and special events galore!






Rock Springs Nature Center

Rock Springs EcoCenter – Visit this fascinating and fun museum located inside Rock Springs Nature Center.  Exhibits are designed to help you explore the natural history of Macon County, you will hear the sounds of native wildlife and learn how animals cope with surviving in our ever-changing environment.  Other rooms have live animals to visit, native fish and amphibians from Illinois streams, lakes and rivers.  There is also a birdwatching window located in the back of the center.  Open Monday-Wednesdays and Friday 8am-5pm.  Thursday has extended hours from 8am-

Skiing on Saturdays & Sundays, January & February, 4 p.m. Cross country skiing for one hour can burn between 400-800 calories! This activity is a great way to observe wildlife and explore the outdoors. Sign up for this workshop to learn the basics of cross-country skiing. Fee $12, includes skis, boots, poles and one hour of instruction ($4 with your own skis). At least 4 inches of snow and reservations required.

Rock Springs Camps and Mini-Camps-
  There are camps every weekend at Rock Springs Nature Center!  Check their website for details on upcoming events!

Decatur Area Arts Council


The Anne Lloyd Gallery, the crown jewel of the Madden Arts Center, hosts exhibits featuring fine local talent to outstanding regional artists and art from cultures around the world.  There is a new exhibit almost every month offering an ever-changing array of media, styles and genre. Find information on the current exhibit as well as archives from the past.  Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.


They also have great special events for all ages!  Check out their current programs here!  From Learning to Draw, to Lego Parties, Shopkins Parties, to even Star War adventures…. there is something for everyone!




Go Bowling!


Spare Time Lanes Bowling, Arcade, and Food!   12311157_876142095826970_3340104568287109525_n

Hours of operation

Sunday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday – 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM




Pla-Mor Lanes


4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
8:00 am – 10:00 pm
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm