The madcap designers behind family favorites Wilderness Resorts, LEGOLAND, Cabela’s and more brought their signature brand of fun to the south ‘burbs with their 47,000 square-foot entertainment center in Orland Park, Gizmos Fun Factory. Read on to hear how Gizmos introduces family fun to sophistication and completed the almost impossible mission: creating entertainment for all ages that’ll have you returning again and again — from the tots to their young-at-heart parents.

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Game time! Here’s what you’ll find . . .
Along with more than 75 arcade and redemption-style games, Gizmos offers laser tag, zip lines, go-karts, bumper cars, climbing walls and more. We dug into the attractions so you know what to expect.

Robot Laser Tag Revolt – We’re pretty sure you’ve never played laser tag this way. You’ll find a mammoth, two-story arena where players are immersed in a fast-paced game of strategy.

Tinker Tot Toyland (Ballocity) – Here’s a climbing experience for the pint-sized crew! Guests under 54 inches can climb tubes, slide to their heart’s desire, launch foam balls and stealthily navigate four-stories and multilevel platforms of fun!

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Junkyard Motors (Go-Karts) – Rev up those engines for the coolest set of wheels on the go-kart circuit. Show off your mad skills careening through a 14,000-square-foot track with exhilarating hairpin turns.

Widget Whirl (Bumper Cars) – We don’t believe there’s anyone who doesn’t love ramming their friends and family in a bumper car. Bump, bang and maneuver your way around Gizmos.

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Ratchets & Ropes (Sky Trail with Zip Line) – Attention adrenaline junkies! This three-story climbing and ropes course lets you soar through the air with a bird’s eye view of Orland Park. An array of platforms enables adventurers to climb, leap, and fly!

Juke N Box (Laser Maze) – This isn’t your grandma’s laser maze.  Wait . . . does grandma have a laser maze? Doesn’t matter — to succeed in Juke N Box, you gotta demonstrate some real skill, speed and agility. Navigate an interactive floor while dodging lasers that just won’t stop following you. The energy, music and heart-pumping action, makes this a great team-building activity.

Off the Wall (Climbing Walls) – Leave your fear of heights at home, because you’ll be climbing the walls and begging for more! You’ll find not one, not two, but three climbing walls that vary in difficulty and test speed and agility.

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Treat your buds . . .tastebuds, that is!
All this playing hard will definitely require a refueling at some point. Kids can dig into burgers, chicken tenders, corn dog nuggets or classic mac n’ cheese while parents grab an adult beverage to go along with their Chicago-style pizza, salad or burger (just to name a few). Enjoy your grub at a table or if you’d prefer not to interrupt playtime, request gameside service.

Can you put a price on this much fun?
Yep! The Gizmos Basic WristBand allows fun-seekers four hours packed with unlimited play on everything except Laser Tag and Sky Trail, plus a $5 game card for $22.99 (Mon.-Thurs.), $27.99 (Fri.-Sun.). Upgrade to the Plus Band for unlimited play on everything, plus a $10 game card for $29.99 (Mon.-Thurs.), $34.99 (Fri.-Sun.).

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Special hours to fill those no-school days
Got a day off school and not a thing in sight to do? No worries, friends! Gizmos has you covered! They adjust their weekday hours to open at 10 a.m. for summer, school breaks and school holidays.

Sounds fun! But, can they throw a party?
Birthdays, incomparable corporate retreats, reunions . . . you dream it – Gizmos builds it in one of their 7 party rooms. A basic 3-hour party package which includes unlimited access to specific attractions starts at $324 for up to 13 participants. The best part? You don’t have to worry about the pizza, soda, cupcakes, invites, thank you notes or favors.  They do the work for you. Except for actually writing the thank you notes – you gotta pull your weight somewhere!

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Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Gizmos Fun Factory
66 Orland Square Dr., Ste. D
Orland Park
Online: gizmosfunfactory.com

Have you had a chance to check out Gizmos? We’d love to hear about in the Comments below!

—Maria Chambers