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TIPITAKA
TIPITAKA   AND   TWELVE   DIVISIONS
    Brief historical background
   Sutta Pitaka
   Vinaya Pitaka
   Abhidhamma Pitaka
     Twelve Divisions of Buddhist Canons
Nine Divisions of Buddhist Canons
Sutta Piṭaka

— The basket of discourses —Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta (DN 22) {excerpt} - all infobubbles— Attendance on awareness —Kāyānupassanā
IV. சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளின் கூர்ந்த கவனிப்பு


B. Khandhas பற்பல தனிமங்களின் கூட்டுகளை ஐக்கியப்படுத்தும் மீதான பகுதி

  Dhammapada Verse 282 Potthilatthera Vatthu - Way To Increase Wisdom

ALL ABOUT AWAKEN ONES WITH AWARENESS USA
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    •    Deer Park Buddhist Center and Monastery, Oregon
    •    Sotekizan Korinzenji, Madison


DN 22 - (D ii 290)

Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta

— Attendance on awareness —
[ mahā+satipaṭṭhāna ]

This sutta is widely considered as a the main reference for meditation practice.




Note: infobubbles on all Pali words


Pāḷi



Uddesa

I. Kāyānupassanā


   A. Ānāpāna Pabba
   B. Iriyāpatha Pabba
   C. Sampajāna Pabba
   D. Paṭikūlamanasikāra Pabba
   E. Dhātumanasikāra Pabba
   F. Navasivathika Pabba

II. Vedanānupassanā

III. Cittānupassanā

IV. Dhammānupassanā


   A. Nīvaraṇa Pabba
   B. Khandha Pabba
   C. Āyatana Pabba
   D. Bojjhaṅga Pabba



English



Introduction

I. Observation of Kāya


   A. Section on ānāpāna
   B. Section on postures
   C. Section on sampajañña
   D. Section on repulsiveness
   E. Section on the Elements
   F. Section on the nine charnel grounds

II. Observation of Vedanā

III. Observation of Citta

IV. Observation of Dhammas


   A. Section on the Nīvaraṇas
   B. Section on the Khandhas
   C. Section on the Sense Spheres
   
D. Section on the Bojjhaṅgas

B. Khandha Pabba

Puna ca·paraṃ, bhikkhave, bhikkhu dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati pañcasu upādānakkhandhesu. Kathaṃ ca pana, bhikkhave, bhikkhu dhammesu cittānupassī viharati, pañcasu upādānakkhandhesu?

B. Section on the Khandhas

And furthermore, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells observing dhammas in dhammas with reference to the five khandhas. And furthermore, bhikkhus, how does a bhikkhu dwell observing dhammas in dhammas with reference to the five khandhas?

Idha, bhikkhave, bhikkhu, ‘iti rūpaṃ, iti rūpassa samudayo, iti rūpassa atthaṅgamo; iti vedanā, iti vedanāya samudayo, iti vedanāya atthaṅgamo; iti saññā, iti saññāya samudayo, iti saññāya atthaṅgamo; iti saṅkhārā, iti saṅkhārānaṃ samudayo, iti saṅkhārānaṃ atthaṅgamo; iti viññāṇaṃ, iti viññāṇassa samudayo, iti viññāṇassa atthaṅgamoti.

Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu [discerns]: “such is rūpa, such is the samudaya of rūpa, such is the passing away of rūpa; such is vedanā, such is the samudaya of vedanā, such is the passing away of vedanā; such is saññā, such is the samudaya of saññā, such is the passing away of saññā; such is saṅkhāra, such is the samudaya of saṅkhāra, such is the passing away of saṅkhāra; such is viññāṇa, such is the samudaya of viññāṇa, such is the passing away of viññāṇa“.

Iti ajjhattaṃ dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati, bahiddhā dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati, ajjhatta-bahiddhā dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati; samudaya-dhamm·ānupassī dhammesu viharati, vaya-dhamm·ānupassī dhammesu viharati, samudaya-vaya-dhamm·ānupassī dhammesu viharati; ‘atthi dhammāti pan·assa sati paccupaṭṭhitā hoti, yāvadeva ñāṇa·mattāya paṭissati·mattāya, a·nissito ca viharati, na ca kiñci loke upādiyati. Evam·pi kho, bhikkhave, bhikkhu dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati, pañcasu upādānakkhandhesu.

Thus he dwells observing dhammas in dhammas internally, or he dwells observing dhammas in dhammas externally, or he dwells observing dhammas in dhammas internally and externally; he dwells observing the samudaya of phenomena in dhammas, or he dwells observing the passing away of phenomena in dhammas, or he dwells observing the samudaya and passing away of phenomena in dhammas; or else, [realizing:] “these are dhammas!” sati is present in him, just to the extent of mere ñāṇa and mere paṭissati, he dwells detached, and does not cling to anything in the world. Thus, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu dwells observing dhammas in dhammas, with reference to the five khandhas.



தமிழ்

IV. சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளின் கூர்ந்த கவனிப்பு

B. Khandhas பற்பல தனிமங்களின் கூட்டுகளை ஐக்கியப்படுத்தும் மீதான பகுதி


மற்றும் அதற்கு அப்பால், எவ்வாறு பிக்குக்களுக்களே, ஒரு பிக்கு, dhammas in dhammas சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளில் சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளூடன் ஐந்து Khandhas பற்பல தனிமங்களின் கூட்டுகளை ஐக்கியப்படுத்தும் பற்றிய வகையில் கூர்ந்த கவனிப்புடன் வாசம் செய்கிரார்? 



இங்கு, பிக்குக்களுக்களே, ஒரு பிக்கு,[தெளிவாக உய்த்துணர்கிரார்]:”   அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் rūpa ரூபம்/சடப்பொருள், அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of rūpa ரூபம்/சடப்பொருளின் தோற்றம் அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of rūpa ரூபம்/சடப்பொருளின் கழிதல்; அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் vedanā,வேதனை/உறுதலுணர்ச்சி, அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of vedanā,வேதனை/உறுதலுணர்ச்சியின் தோற்றம் அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of  vedanā,வேதனை/உறுதலுணர்ச்சியின் கழிதல்; அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் saññā ஞானம்/விழிப்புணர்வுநிலை, அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of saññā,ஞானம்/விழிப்புணர்வுநிலையின் தோற்றம் அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of  saññā,ஞானம்/விழிப்புணர்வுநிலையின் கழிதல்; அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான்  saṅkhāra வரையறுக்கப்பட்ட புலனுணர்வாதம், அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of  saṅkhāra,புலனுணர்வாதத்தின் தோற்றம் அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of  saṅkhāra,புலனுணர்வாதத்தின் கழிதல்; அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் viññāṇa விஞானம்/மனத்தின் விழிப்பு நிலை, அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of  viññāṇa,விஞானம்/மனத்தின் விழிப்பு நிலையின் தோற்றம் அப்படிப்பட்டதுதான் samudaya of viññāṇa,ஞானம்/மனத்தின் விழிப்பு நிலையின் கழிதல்.

இவ்வாறு அவர்  dhammas சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளில் சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளூடன்  கூர்ந்து  கவனித்து  வாசம் செய்கிரார், அல்லது சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளில் சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளூடன்  வெளியே கூர்ந்த கவனித்து  வாசம் செய்கிரார்;samudaya of phenomena புலன்களால் உணரத்தக்க தோற்றம் அதனுடைய அகநிலையில் கூர்ந்து  கவனித்து  வாசம் செய்கிரார், புலன்களால் உணரத்தக்க கழிதல் அதனுடைய அகநிலையில் கூர்ந்து  கவனித்து  வாசம் செய்கிரார், samudaya and passing away of phenomena புலன்களால் உணரத்தக்க தோற்றம் மற்றும் கழிதல் அதனுடைய அகநிலையில் கூர்ந்து  கவனித்து  வாசம் செய்கிரார், இல்லாவிடில் “இது  dhammas சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளில் சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளூடன் ” என உணர்ந்து,  sati விழிப்பு நிலை அவருக்குள் வந்திருக்கிறது, சும்மா வெறும் ñāṇa  ஓர்அளவு ஞானம் மற்றும் ஓர்அளவு paṭissati என எண்ணி பற்றறு வாசம் செய்கிரார். மற்றும் உலகத்தில் சிறிதளவாவது பற்றிக்கொள்ளாது,அவ்வாறாக பிக்குக்களுக்களே, ஒரு பிக்கு, dhammas சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளில் சட்டத்துக்கு அடிப்படையான அற முறைகளூடன் ஐந்து Khandhas பற்பல தனிமங்களின் கூட்டுகளை ஐக்கியப்படுத்தும் பற்றிய வகையில் கூர்ந்த கவனிப்புடன் வாசம் செய்கிரார்.


Verse 282. Way To Increase Wisdom

From endeavour wisdom springs,
lacking effort wisdom wanes:
having known this two-fold path
either to progress or decline
so should one exhort oneself
that wisdom may increase.

Explanation: From reflection and concentrated meditation refined
wisdom arises. Through the non-practice of concentrated wisdom erodes.
Once these two paths - one leading to progress and the other to decline
- are recognized, one must conduct one’s self to increased wisdom.



Dhammapada Verse 282
Potthilatthera Vatthu

Yoga ve jayati bhuri
ayoga bhurisankhayo
etam dvedhapatham natva
bhavaya vibhavaya ca
tatha ttanam niveseyya
yatha bhuri pavaddhati.

Verse 282: Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation; without meditation wisdom is
lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain and loss of wisdom, one should conduct
oneself so that wisdom may increase.


The Story of Thera Potthila

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (282) of
this book, with reference to Thera Potthila.

Potthila was a senior bhikkhu who knew the Pitaka well and was actually
teaching the Dhamma to five hundred bhikkhus. Because he knew the Pitaka, he was
also very conceited. The Buddha knew his weakness and wanted him to mend his
ways and put him on the right path. So, whenever Potthila came to pay obeisance,
the Buddha would address him as ‘Useless Potthila‘. When Potthila heard
these remarks, he pondered over those words of the Buddha and came to realize
that the Buddha had made those unkind remarks because he, Potthila, had not made
any serious effort to practise meditation and had not achieved any of the Maggas
or even any level of mental absorption (jhana).

Thus, without telling anyone Thera Potthila left for a monastery at a place
twenty yojanas away from the Jetavana monastery. At that monastery there were
thirty bhikkhus. First, he went to the most senior bhikkhu and humbly requested
him to be his mentor; but the thera, wishing to humble him, asked him to go to
the next senior bhikkhu, who in his turn sent him on to the next. In this way,
he was sent from one to the other until he came to a seven year old arahat
samanera. The young samanera accepted him as a pupil only after ascertaining
that Potthila would obediently follow his instructions. As instructed by the
samanera, Thera Potthila kept his mind firmly fixed on the true nature of the
body; he was very ardent and vigilant in his meditation.

The Buddha saw Potthila in his vision and through supernormal power made
Potthila feel his presence and encouraged him to be steadfast and ardent.

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 282: Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation;
without meditation wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain
and loss of wisdom, one should conduct oneself so that wisdom may
increase.

At the end of the discourse Potthila attained arahatship.


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    •    Deer Park Buddhist Center and Monastery, Oregon

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The Deer Park Buddhist Center and Monastery in Oregon, Wisconsin is headed by Geshe Lhundub Sopa,[1] the first Tibetan tenured professor in an American University who taught Buddhist philosophy, language and culture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison[2]
for 30 years. During that time, Geshe Sopa trained many of this
country’s first generation of respected Buddhist scholars and
translators, including Jeffrey Hopkins, José Ignacio Cabezón, and John Makransky.

The Deer Park Corp. is in the process of building a new $2.7M Temple Project [3] to house an extensive collection of Tibetan art and artifacts, provide greater capacity for group meetings and educational sessions, continue the expansion of Tibetan Buddhism
in the New World by training a successive string of new Monks, and to
continue the promotion of the cause of Tibetan freedom from China.
Part of the project also includes restoration work that will be done on
the current temple, which was originally an open-air pavilion erected
to house the first Kalachakra Initiation performed by the Dalai Lama in the western world. That event, performed in 1981, is commemorated by the stupa that was erected the following year near the current temple.

Geshe Sopa founded Deer Park Buddhist Center in 1975, after students
began requesting instruction outside the formal academic setting. Deer
Park today remains the only full-scale monastic and teaching center
upholding the Dalai Lama’s tradition in the Midwest, attracting students
from around the world to its annual programs.

Geshe Sopa has facilitated an ongoing relationship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which His Holiness has visited five times, and from which he has received an honorary doctoral degree.

http://www.deerparkcenter.org/NewFiles/facilities.html


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Website http://www.korinji.org

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Sotekizan Korinzenji (祖的山光林禅寺), Korinji for short, is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery (sodo) being constructed in the Upper Midwest region of the United States near Madison, Wisconsin.
The Korinji Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization, was
founded in 2005 to fund Korinji’s construction and to support its future
residents. 17 acres (69,000 m2) of forested land were
purchased by the Foundation for this purpose in 2008. Groundbreaking
occurred in June, 2009 according to the Korinji website. Korinji and Daiyuzenji, a sister temple in Chicago, together anchor a network of associated Zen practice groups called the Rinzai Zen Community (RZC).

The Zen teachers involved with Korinji are in the line of Omori Sogen Roshi, a well-known Japanese Zen master who was a successor of the Tenryu-ji line of Zen.

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Bread for Korinji



Rich Bryant, a Chicago Aikido student, has started a new fundraiser baking and selling bread for Korinji. Here’s his report…


I recently started baking loaves
of bread when I became disappointed with what I was getting from the
store and it’s rising cost. I got tired of spending so much money on
something I knew I could do better. There was also the satisfaction
that what I was eating was a more organic food because I knew what I
was putting into it. Soon I began to look into a various recipes and
recipe books and the seed for my idea was born. After a few unexpected
results and a lot of course corrections, I finally started to see and
taste the results of my efforts.


That’s
why I’m here. I’m hoping to be able to share those results with you.
On Facebook, I set up a small group page called “AI KI Dough”. On
this page, I’ve posted pictures of some of the breads I’ve made
recently and how to contact me in case you might want to order some
(hint, hint). I am donating a portion of the money from each sale to
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THE WOODPECKER AND THE LION

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O

NE day while a Lion was eating his dinner
a bone stuck in his throat.
It hurt so that he could not finish his dinner.
He walked up and down, up and down, roaring with pain.

A Woodpecker lit on a branch of a tree near-by,
and hearing the Lion, she said, “Friend, what ails you?”
The Lion told the Woodpecker what the matter was,
and the Woodpecker said: “I would take the bone
out of your throat, friend, but I do not dare
to put my head into your mouth,
for fear I might never get it out again.
I am afraid you might eat me.”

“O Woodpecker, do not be afraid,” the Lion said.
“I will not eat you. Save my life if you can!”

“I will see what I can do for you,” said the Woodpecker.
“Open your mouth wide.” The Lion did as he was told,
but the Woodpecker said to himself.
“Who knows what this Lion will do? I think I will be careful.”

[37] So the Woodpecker put a stick between the Lion’s upper and lower jaws
so that he could not shut his mouth.

Then the Woodpecker hopped into the Lion’s mouth
and hit the end of the bone with his beak.
The second time he hit it, the bone fell out.

The woodpecker hopped out of the Lion’s mouth
and hit the stick so that it too fell out.
Then the Lion could shut his mouth.

[Illustration]

At once the Lion felt very much better,
but not one word of thanks did he say to the Woodpecker.

[38] One day later in the summer, the Woodpecker said to the Lion,
“I want you to do something for me.”

“Do something for you?” said the Lion.
“You mean you want me to do something more for you.
I have already done a great deal for you.
You cannot expect me to do anything more for you.
Do not forget that once I had you in my mouth,
and I let you go. That is all that you can ever expect me to do for you.”

The Woodpecker said no more,
but he kept away from the Lion from that day on.

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With
kids in mind we have highlighted many of the places and things to do in
the greater Madison area. However, you will soon find that all of these
are as engaging for teens and adults, as they are for kids. Within
these activities and attractions visitors will find enriching themes
such as culture, heritage, environment, historical significance,
leadership, progressiveness and community. Always fun, always memorable -
Madison ensures that these authentic experiences for kids and their
families will be engaging and meaningful as well.

Enjoy the kid friendly options below or view the printable version.  For more family fun take a look at this Kid Friendly Itinerary

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Henry Vilas Zoo

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One of the nation’s only free zoos, Vilas Park Zoo is open year-round
and is celebrating its 100th year anniversary all summer long.
>>>702 S. Randall Ave., 608.266.4732, Admission: Free

Madison Parks and Beaches

 Park
The City of Madison has 13 beaches and a public pool for tons of water fun for the family.  There are also over 200 parks
were you can take walks, play on the jungle gyms, play a number of
sports or go sledding and ice skating in the winter. Madison also boasts
their new dog parks which will get plenty of tails wagging.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

 Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens offer an indoor tropical conservatory, and
outdoor gardens complete with exotic plants, flowers, birds, and a
waterfall.
>>> 3330 Atwood Ave., 608.246.4550
Admission: $1 Adults; Children under 5 are free

UW Geology Museum

 UW Geology Museum

On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were
volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures
that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks
of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the Ice Age.
>>>1215 West Dayton Street, 608.262.2399
Admission: Free 

Vitense Golfland

 Vitense_Golfland

Have fun playing the most interactive, educational and fun miniature
golf course around!  Vitense also offers batting cages, a climbing wall,
junior golf, an arcade, water wars and The Green Tree Grill!
>>>5501 W. Beltline Hwy, 608.271.1411

Wisconsin State Capitol

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Completed in 1917, the Wisconsin State Capitol features the only
granite dome in the nation. The interior contains 43 varieties of stone
from around the world, decorative murals, glass mosaics and hand-carved
furniture.
>>>2 East Main Street, 608.266.0382, Admission: Free

Fireside Dinner Theater

 Fireside Dinner Theatre

The Fireside Dinner Theatre is one of the Midwest’s most popular
professional theatres and a favorite destination for couples, families
and tour groups alike.
>>>Hwy 26 S, Fort Atkinson.
1.800.477.9505

The UW Arboretum

 Arboretum

Feel free to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and walk or
bike along miles of nature trails on your own or with the one of many
knowledgeable guides.
>>>1207 Seminole Hwy., 608.263.7888, Admission: Free

Madison Children’s Museum

 Madison Childrens Museum
The Museum offers extraordinary exhibits featuring interactive learning activities for children and adults of all ages.
>>>100 N. Hamilton St., Madison, 608.256.6445
Admission: $5; $4 for seniors; Children under one free.

International Crane Foundation

 Baby Crane

At the International Crane Foundation you can take a tour, walk the
nature trails, or enjoy the art exhibit in the only place in the world
where you can see all 15 crane species during their visitor season
(April 15 - October 31).
>>>E11376 Shady Lane Rd., Baraboo, 608.356.9462

Cave of the Mounds

 Cave of the Mounds

For more than 60 years, visitors have discovered why this is one of
the best one day trips in the Midwest! Guided tours on paved, lighted
walkways lead visitors past an unforgettable array of crystal
formations.
>>>2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mound, 608.437.3038  

Overture Center for the Arts

 Kids in the Rotunda
Every Saturday from fall through spring, Overture Center offers free arts programs called Kids in the Rotunda,
designed for children and families at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00
p.m. Performances feature storytellers, jugglers, magicians, puppeteers,
theater troupes, and multicultural artists.  The 1:00 p.m. performances
are sign language interpreted.
>>>201 State Street, 608.258.4177
Admission: Free

Crawdaddy Cove Water Park

 Crawdaddy Cove Water Park

Even if you are not staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Madison West you can enjoy the Kiddie Waterslides and Adventure Pool!
>>>1109 Fourier Drive, 608.826.0500 (please call ahead for day pass availability)
Admission: 11 years old and under $10,Ages 12 and up $15

Little Americka  

 Little Americka

Little Amerricka offers fun rides for the whole family! With kids’
rides, bumper boats, go-karts, rollercoasters and so much more, this
amusement park is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
>>> 700 East Main Street, Marshall, 608.655.3181

 

Family days out in
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wizard Quest
(19 Miles)
Wisconsin Dells
Wizard Quest is the
leader in computer interactive games played in a live setting. The
setting is a 13000 square foot fantasy, themed labrynth (called the
quadrasphere).
Wisconsin Dells
Are you afraid of the
Dark?? Have you ever been hunted by a man-eating rat? Do you know how it
feels to be trapped in a maze with twisted torture victims? In the
Ghost Out-Post Haunted House you will be forced to face your fears!!
Great Scott
(70 Miles)
Mukwonago
An amazing and
entertaining magic show with kid-sized fun and suitable for the entire
family.

Great Scott is not a destination. He makes your home or any location THE
destination. How? By bringing his wonderfully fun and amazing magic
show to you….

Waukesha
Half Twisted- Half Knot
is complete family friendly fun for the family that does not want to go
out (or for larger venues where they want added excitement). With shows
all over the State, under our belt, we know how to help families have
fun.
Sterling
From the classic retro
“spaceship” ticket booth, to the Playground for the kiddies in front of
the screen, to the full service concession stand, a trip to the Midway
is like entering a time capsule to the 1950’s.
UP Comedy Club
(147 Miles)
Chicago
UP Comedy Club features
hilarious kids and teen shows all year long. We recommend The Improv
Extravaganza Explosion for kids and The History of Chicago for teens.
Lunch and dinner are available at UP as well. For the full show schedule
check out our …
Extreme World
(17 Miles)
Wisconsin Dells
Welcome to Extreme World
in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Located in the heart of Wisconsin Dells, Extreme
World is the largest extreme sports park of it’s kind in the Midwest.
Wisconsin Dells
No matter the weather,
the time of year nor your taste in water and theme park attractions, Mt.
Olympus beckons as a land of myth and adventure where the only thing
you will never be, is bored.
Wisconsin Dells
We measure fun in SCREAMS
PER SECOND. Find us at the intersection of Stand Rock Road and
Broadway at the Wisconsin River Bridge in beautiful
Wisconsin Dells.
Milwaukee
Experience a desert
oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens , all in one
afternoon . . . and an amazing lighting display in the evening!
The incredible diversity of plantlife you will encounter reminds us all
of the Earth’s unique divers…
Gurnee
Of course, we have
record-breaking thrill rides at Six Flags Great America. But the fact
is, we have just about every kind of ride for every kind of rider. We
have seven miles of intense coaster tracks, in addition to
family-pleasers like our classic…
Schaumburg
Step inside and you’ll
feel as though you’ve just jumped in to the world’s biggest box of LEGO
bricks! With over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, what will you
discover? Don’t miss the 4D cinema!
Cook
Pirates Cove Children’s
Theme Park is a buried treasure of fun for kids. Hands on amusements are
great for developing motor skills and independence.
Wisconsin Dells
Indoor surfing, huge wave
pool, magnificent lazy river, tube slides, body slides, family raft
rides, zero depth entry interactive play areas and so much more!
Wisconsin Dell
Welcome to Riverview Park
and Waterworld — a Wisconsin Dells Vacation destination since 1968!

Riverview Park features wet and dry rides in the summer: water parks,
jumping pillow, Ferris wheel, go-carts, night pass and so much more.

Situate…

Wisconsin Dells
Here at Mt. Olympus in
Wisconsin Dells you will find 37 steep and slippery slides, 6
hair-raising roller coasters and 8 curve-hugging go-kart tracks, all
sitting on 156 acres of adventure. Mt. Olympus is more than just
another waterpark it’s the bi…
Wisconsin Dells
Noah’s Ark boasts
America’s Longest Watercoaster, “Black Anaconda”, The Worlds Largest
Bowl Ride “Time Warp” and the ONLY 4D Dive-In Theater in the world,
featuring the SpongeBob SquarePants 4D Movie. Noah’s Ark features, 49
waterslides, 2 huge wave …
Wisconsin Dells
OVER 200,000 Sq. Ft. and nearly 500,000 Gallons
of Indoor & Outdoor Water Park FUN!

YEAR ROUND enjoy our 38,000 sq .ft. Indoor Waterpark Areas.

Rain Tree Resort
(19 Miles)
Wisconsin Dells
With our indoor and
outdoor waterparks, huge arcade, lounge and cafe. The RainTree Resort is
the perfect Wisconsin Dells getaway for parents and children.
Wisconsin Dells
From the extreme to the
sublime, the indoor and outdoor waterparks at Chula Vista Resort have
been designed to meet the needs for everyone. With state of the art
slides, relaxing lazy river, private pool side cabanas and Magnificent
mega arcade
Wisconsin Dells
With 125,000 square feet
of wet & wild indoor fun, no matter what the weather is like
outside, you can splish splash all day long at Kalahari. Stand up surf
or boogie board 365 days a year on the FlowRider®! Experience the thrill
of the Master Blast…
Cherry Valley
Magic Waters Waterpark is
WAVES OF FUN!

Rockford Park District operates this family-friendly waterpark with high
standards for safety, cleanliness, and friendly customer service. We’re
close by and a good value, so you can spend an enjoyable day t…

Dubuque
Located in the Port of
Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is the perfect spot for
enjoying this beautiful and exciting destination area. Gather with
friends for a relaxed conversation in our Riverwalk Restaurant &
Lounge, or slide into …
Paradise Landing
(85 Miles)
Milwaukee
Paradise Landing - the
first urban indoor waterpark of its kind in America. Located in the
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Paradise Landing offers you and your
family a unique tropical getaway year-round.
Prairie du Chien
Come check out our body
slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children’s
pool with water geysers, kids’ slide, prehistoric fish and much more!
Enjoy Bear Foot Bay any day of the week. Great for birthday parties,
family getaways a…
Waukegan
105 acre parkland with
plenty of sporting opportunities and play areas. Within it is a small
waterpark, including fun features, toddlers’ wading pool and multi level
diving boards.
The Water Works
(125 Miles)
Schaumburg
This splashtastic indoor
water park offers fun and excitement for the entire family! Features
include Water Slidea, a Rapid Water Channel and a Water Playground!
Elk Grove Village
Sure to be a big hit for
all ages, the South Sea Lagoon Pool features a 72-foot waterslide set
amid the ambiance of grassy huts and palm trees. Also, you’ll find a:
25-yard Indoor Pool, Dry Sauna, Whirlpool/Steamroom, 25-yard Outdoor
Pool, Outdoor Sp…
Elk Grove Village
Rainbow Falls Waterpark, a
tropical paradise of thrills and excitement. Fun house, giant water
slides, tot pool, lazy river and more. Concessions and picnic areas.
Raging Waves
(140 Miles)
Yorkville
Raging Waves,
Chicagoland’s newest and largest waterpark, is located in suburban
Yorkville, Illinois, on Highway 47 - just 45 minutes west of the Chicago
Loop.
Utica
Come enjoy skin-drenching
fun in Illinois favorite year-round indoor water park! Your familys
vacation starts at Grand Bear Falls, our 24,000 square foot indoor
waterpark. Splash all day in the wave pool, slide down a water slide,
float down the lazy…
Elmhurst
Join us at the MAYAN
ADVENTURE INDOOR WATERPARK at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Elmhurst. 24,000
square feet of wet and wild fun for all ages awaits you! Picture
yourself zipping down the Grand Mayan Falls tube slide or Howling Monkey
body slide and la…
Woodridge
The exciting water
attractions and green open space of Cypress Cove offer thrills and
relaxation for all ages. Morning and evening swim lessons are offered.
Skokie
Adjacent to the Oakton
Community Center at the corner of Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard,
Skokie Water Playground is the ideal place to cool off in the summer!
The facility features 5 slides, a fully-accessible sprayground, an
interactive multi-le…
Eau Claire
Comic Book themed indoor
water park (located inside the Metropolis Resort) features multiple
slides, activity pools, a lazy river, a double hot tub, a ropes course,
and a kids wading activity pool area.
Joliet Splash Station
(158 Miles)
Joliet
Splash Station enjoyed
its first full season of fun in 2003. Joliet’s Splash Station Waterpark
includes fun for the whole family.
Splash Valley
(188 Miles)
Kankakee
Splash Valley Aquatic
Park’s attractions range from Rip-Roaring waters, to a zero-depth play
ground, to a tropical sand pit. With all this and more, Splash Valley
promises to be the hottest place this summer.
Deep River Waterpark
(183 Miles)
Crown Point
In the 12 seasons Deep
River waterpark has been operating we have bough SPLASHtacular Fun to
millions!
Williamsburg
Get soaked & stoked
on our frontier-themed custom rides & attractions! Make The Clarion
Inn Amana Colonies & Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort your personal
family playground. Call for reservations now. 800.633.9244
Splash Down Dunes
(182 Miles)
Chesterton
Splash Down Dunes is
Northwest Indiana
The Lost Island
(166 Miles)
Waterloo
The Lost Island Waterpark
is just minutes away from everything you need if your just visiting for
the day, or planning to stay a week!

This waterpark features a huge pool, five water slides, Lazy River,
go-cart track, 18-hole mini course and a lot…

Story Book Gardens
(19 Miles)
Wisconsin Dells
Built in the early
1950’s, Storybook Gardens was one of the first tourist attractions in
the Wisconsin Dells Area and has brought wonderful memories to
generations after generations.
Wisconsin Dells
Experience an up close
and personal encounter with a variety of animals guaranteed to give you
memories for a lifetime. Enjoy the new Camel Ride or a take stroll
around the Storybook Gardens, this will be an experience you and your
family will be sur…
Sherwood
Learning is fun on the
farm! We provide hands-on experience to educate children and adults
about farm animals.

Enjoy a guided farm tour where you will learn things you never knew
about farm animals! Touch, feed and experience these incredible anim…

Summerfield Zoo
(95 Miles)
Boone
Summerfield Zoo has
everything from Alligators to Zebra! We are located just a few minutes
outside of Rockford and provide family fun, entertainment, and
education.
Milwaukee
The Milwaukee County Zoo
is a serene home to more than 2,275 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and
reptiles with more than 330 species represented. However, the Zoo has
become more than that to visitors. It is a site for workshops, holiday
celebration…
New Zoo
(101 Miles)
Green Bay
Your NEW Zoo is an always
new natural adventure that promotes recreation, education, and
conservation through encounters with live animals.
Green Bay
The Bay Beach Wildlife
Sanctuary is a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge. We are one of
the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites in Wisconsin. We are also
Green Bay’s largest city park. The Sanctuary is open to the public year
’round with no…
Kline Creek Farm
(132 Miles)
West Chicago
Step back in time and
experience what life was like on a DuPage County Farm in the 1890s, with
historically-costumed interpreters operating this living-history farm
using the tools and techniques of the past. There is always something to
see, do and …
Cosley Zoo
(135 Miles)
Wheaton
Maintains 20 exhibits,
housing more than 200 animals that represent more than 70 species.
Visitors can enjoy watching the activities of the curious red fox,
playful raccoons, intriguing turkey vultures, adorable goats and much
more. Free for under 17…
Minocqua
Looking for an
unforgettable family adventure? Visit the one and only northwoods zoo.
Everyone from tots and teens to couples and seniors, WILDWOOD WILDLIFE
PARK guarantees the best entertainment value by all there is to see and
do. Come see why gene…
Niabi Zoo
(155 Miles)
Coal Valley
900 animals representing
160 species on 40 acres. Includes children’s zoo, carousel, playground
and miniature train.
Brookfield Zoo
(145 Miles)
Brookfield
- is located on 216 acres
of beautifully landscaped grounds, and is only 12m west of downtown
Chicago-close to everything, but a world away! The animals are waiting,
so come visit today! One of the many fun places to go if you’re looking
for things t…
Lincoln Park Zoo
(145 Miles)
Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo is a
world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant
park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free
oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a lion’s roar
echo off nearby…
Shedd Aquarium
(149 Miles)
Chicago
Strap a mask and flippers
onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you
ever sailed the Pacific Northwest on a whale-watching cruise? Gotten
eye-to-eye with a shark? Or followed a sea turtle as she soared through
the Caribbean?…
Glen Oak Zoo
(196 Miles)
Peoria
The zoo aims enhance the
greater Peoria area and its appeal by providing environments for people
to discover, explore, preserve and enjoy the wonders of our natural
world.
House on the Rock
(42 Miles)
Spring Green
The House on the Rock is
the grand vision of Alex Jordan, who believed that sights and sounds
were the most effective means of stimulating the senses. He wanted
guests to question his creation, to come to their own conclusions and to
turn his world o…
Warrens
Visit the Cranberry
Discovery Center where you can learn all about this “berry” unique crop.
Through storyboards, video, sound recordings, static and interactive
displays. One of the many fun family places to visit if you’re looking
for things to…
Green Bay
Relive the most exciting
moments in Packers and football history at the Green Bay Packers Hall of
Fame. Pure Packers adrenaline fills this 25,000-square-foot area where
you can see, touch and feel over 80 years of riveting history. There are
nearly 8…
Crystal Lake Cave
(99 Miles)
Dubuque
A living natural cave.
You are invited to visit and witness the ongoing miracle that created
this natural masterpiece of underground panorama. One of the many fun
family places to visit if you’re looking for things to do with kids in
Iowa
Dyersville
Is this Heaven? No, it’s
Iowa. A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure.
And in Dyersville, Iowa, at the century-old Lansing family farm with its
quaint, and oh so recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a
favorite pastime …
Chicago
Located in the heart of
downtown Chicago, John Hancock Observatory is oh so close to the jazz
and theater communities, world class shopping, restaurants and
nightlife.Feel why Chicago\’s called the windy city! Our unique open-air
Skywalk takes you to…
Niagara Cave
(129 Miles)
Harmony
Niagara Cave is one of
the most fascinating and unique geological attractions in the Midwest.
During the one-hour guided tour, visitors will witness a waterfall,
nearly 60 feet high, stalactites both delicate and massive, calcite
flowstone, fossils t…
Wisconsin Dells
Knuckleheads Bowling
& Indoor Amusement Park
80,000 square feet of indoor fun with XD Theatre Ride and Rope Course!
24 lane bowling facility with Classic or Cosmic lighting! Whether it’s
just a day of fun for your family or a special event or party,…
Kids Unleashed
(65 Miles)
Neenah
An imaginative and well
equipped indoor play facility offering age appropriate zones packed full
of soft play, ride ons, sports and much more.
Delafield
At the heart of the
Gallery are interactive exhibits for your child to encourage learning
and development opportunities through hands-on, creative and interactive
play.
Green Bay
A fun family amusement
park with inexpensive rides. One of the many fun family places to go if
you’re looking for things to do with kids in Wisconsin
My Town Playground
(109 Miles)
Island Lake
Indoor playground for
children 6 years and under.
Jump America
(112 Miles)
Gurnee
Dodgeball, foam pits, and
over 16,000 feet of trampoline! Bring the kids and walk in during open
hours for jumping fun for everyone 4 and up!
Gurnee
Rink Side Family
Entertainment Center is an indoor facility that has SOMETHING FUN FOR
EVERYONE-all under one roof! Along with the Ice Rink we have: Mini Golf!
A Laser Tag Arena! Hundreds of Video & Prize Ticket Games! Rides!A
Snack Bar!And we are i…
Stay 2 Play
(113 Miles)
Gurnee
We are an indoor play
space and café perfect for your child’s next play date, birthday party,
or bout with boredom.

TreeHouse
(118 Miles)
Lake Zurich
The TreeHouse is
pioneering a new concept called “unplugged” indoor play for children. At
the TreeHouse kids don’t need noisy arcade games, electronics or
flashing lights to have fun. You can expect a fun, active,
imagination-filled play experience f…
The Blast Zone
(119 Miles)
Vernon Hills
Gear up and drive the
Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills and shoot the Bazooka Ball Blasters or
jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit! At the
Blast Zone there is something fun for everyone.
Jump Zone
(128 Miles)
St Charles
We are the largest indoor
play arena in the Fox Valley, offering 8 GIANT INFLATABLES in an
indoor, climate-controlled arena. We specialize in children’s birthday
parties from ages 1 to 10.

We have Open!Play schedules to accommodate individual fun …

FireZone
(126 Miles)
Schaumburg
FireZone is an
interactive indoor play center, allowing a uniquely fun, hands-on look
into the world of firefighting.
There are so many fun places to go with kids in Illinois - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks,
water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of
interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look
below, lots of the best things to do with children in IL

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