Fun Things for Kids to Do in the Quincy / Hannibal Area
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Here are a few ideas of fun things for kids to do in the Quincy/Hannibal area. What are the activities that your family enjoys? Did we miss anything that should be included on the list? Add to it by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page!
Scotties Fun Spot is open year-round. It started as a roller skating rink, and over the years has expanded to include laser tag, bumper cars, mini bowling, and an arcade. Most recently, Fun Spot Speedway was added, featuring go-karts and the area's largest track. Scotties Fun Spot now covers "over 2 acres of fun!"
Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Going Bonkers is fun for kids and their parents! If you feel acrobatic enough, you're welcome to join your kids in the giant play center, where you can climb, jump, swing on ropes, and go down slides. There's also a designated area for younger children, ages 2 and under. In addition, Going Bonkers also has an arcade and grill that serves food for kids and adults.
Hours are Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Sawyer's Creek is on Highway 79, just south of Hannibal. It's across from the Mark Twain Cave complex, and features mini golf, bumper boats, water wars, an arcade room, Tom Sawyer's Wild Adventure laser-based adventure, and the newest ride for kids and adults: Tubs of Fun! There's also a gift shop and wine shop for the adults.
Hours are seasonal, visit the Sawyer's Creek website for more details.
Season passes are always a popular item, and there's a big discount offered if you purchase yours before Memorial Day.
The Y is a part of nearly every community, including Quincy and Hannibal. Raise your hand if you've ever participated in a Y activity. See? Almost every hand went up. Youth sports are a huge part of what the Y offers, and there's an activity or game for nearly every interest.
The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Quincy offers all sorts of fun activities for kids (and adults). There's the popular aquatics center, complete with pools and water slides; the Ledge, the Kroc Center's state-of-the-art game room; a rock wall; sports leagues; and the Kroc Center offers several workshops, classes and camps.
Kroc Center hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.
Quincy Community Theatre not only produces several terrific shows throughout the year, but they also have an annual schedule of Family/Student Theatre productions.
In addition, Quincy Community Theatre offers a variety of fun classes for kids as young as kindergartners.
Both the Quincy Public Library and Hannibal Public Library have children's programming year-round. From summer reading programs to puppet shows and special story time events, the libraries are particularly good places to find activities for very young children. The libraries also sponsor teen and young adult activities.
The Hannibal Arts Council hosts a monthly kids-based activity on the first Friday of each month. First Friday Art Adventures are hands-on workshops for ages 6 to 12
The Hannibal Arts Council also sponsors the summertime Wild and Wacky Art Adventure, a free art festival for children ages 3 - 12 in Hannibal's Central Park.
Some kids enjoy shopping. Some kids despise it. Aladdin's Castle has been making kids that don't like shopping want to come to the Quincy Mall for years. Lots of games are available, and tickets can be redeemed for a variety of prizes.
There's nothing like taking kids to a ball game. Quincy Gems games are great for a variety of reasons. The one that parents probably like the most is affordability. Between-inning activities specially designed for kids are a highlight of games, and children love seeing Gem Bird.
A few years ago, the Hannibal Cavemen brought local baseball back to historic Clemens Field. Just like Quincy Gems tickets, ticket prices in Hannibal are kept low so that families can enjoy America's Pastime together. It's even becoming very common for Quincy fans to travel to Hannibal, and Hannibal fans to travel to Quincy, when the two teams are playing one another.
There are all sorts of annual events all around the Tri-States that have great, kid-friendly activities. The Dogwood Festival, Midsummer Arts Faire, National Tom Sawyer Days, Folklife Festival and the K of C BBQ come to mind immediately, as do all of the local county fairs.
Remember the ad campaign "there's an app for that?" Between Quincy and Hannibal, there's probably a park for that. Whether your kids are into fishing, swimming, skateboarding, tennis, baseball, softball, batting cages, disc golf, mini golf, paddle boats or basketball...or if they just want to play on a playground, there are facilities of all types available in our local parks.