Are there any fun places for toddlers in Springfield, Illinois?

Question by daniko: Are there any fun places for toddlers in Springfield, Illinois?
I am driving from St. Louis, MO to Watseka, IL. I am going to stop halfway there in Springfield, IL for lunch and to let my daughter get out of the car and have some fun. Any suggestions on where to take her? She is 13 months old, walking, and very active. I would like a place where she can see other kids her age and get some exercise. Something like a children’s museum or even just a nice playground near a good restaurant. Please help!

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  1. I love Springfield IL there is a ton of stuff to do there here are some suggestions for you and your daughter:

    Lil Princess Wishes, Inc.
    2205 Wabash Ave
    Montvale Plaza
    217-787-8814
    Springfield’s Coolest Place for GIRLS!!! Glam Makeovers, Themed Parties, Gifts, Home Decor and an all New Kids Furniture Line, Jewelry and Princess Dresses make this store a destination for girls of all ages. Walk in Glam Makeovers are welcome and our 1000 ft party room is always a hit for your next party or get together.
    http://www.lilprincesswishes.com/

    Cozy Dog Drive In – This traditional Route 66 diner became a part of the history of the Road…and the history of Springfield…when inventor Ed Waldmire introduced the Cozy Dog…the famous “hot dog on a stick” in 1946. The Waldmire family still makes the delicacy daily, Monday – Saturday. Inside the diner, located on Old Route 66 since 1949…you’ll find an amusing selection of Route 66 memorabilia, souvenirs, and delightful taste treats.
    2935 S. Sixth Street. Springfield. (217) 525-1992
    I love this place!!!! They have the best food, cheap and kids have fun here. The place has lots of things for them to look at!!! If you daughter likes corn dogs this is the home of them!!!

    Dreamland Park
    2400 Taylor Avenue.
    Picnic shelters, playground, fishing pier & pedestrian trail.

    Henson Robinson Zoo
    1100 E. Lake Dr.
    Phone: (217) 753-6217
    Hours: Open: Mar.-Oct. Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am
    The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year and provide many hands-on experiences for children and adults alike. Also, take a Zooper Edventure with the zoo’s education programs for children ages 5 to 17. Facilities include a gift shop, concessions and a petting area.
    Your daughter will like the zoo, it is not the STL zoo but it is really nice! We always have a great time when we go!!!

    Lake Victoria Park
    Normandy Road & Victoria Drive.
    Fishing, picnic area & shelter.

    Lincoln Park
    1601 N. 5th Street
    Nelson Center outdoor pool, indoor skating rink, bike path, ball diamonds, fishing, horseshoe courts, pavilion, picnic area, shelter, playground, shuffleboard courts, soccer field, Disc Golf, tennis courts & restrooms.

    Westchester
    Westchester Blvd. & Concord Drive
    Very nice playground at this parks

    There are tons of other parks in the area that are really nice and have great playgrounds. Great for the kids to get their energy out! Here is their website for more:
    http://www.springfieldparks.org/

    I would check out this site for more, we use it to plan our trips from STL to Springfield. There is no science center or “Magic” House type place. The little princess place is a lot of fun, we have taken girls of all ages there! When in doubt find a playground and let her run! Have a great trip!
    http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Route66/

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