For the Younger Kids
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Before starting your day in the Western Region, you have to try The Egg & I for breakfast. We highly recommend getting one of their versions of an Eggs Benedict. You will need your fuel for the full day of activities. The next stop is going to be mini golfing at Centerfield Park. You can also do the batting cages, go karts, and more while you are there. For lunchtime, be sure to check out Peel Wood Fired Pizza. They have great selections of pizza and also have delicious beers brewed on site for those over 21.
To give the grandparents a little break after lunch, the next stop is Monkey Joe's. This will give the kids a chance to burn off some energy before heading home for the day. If you are looking for a little pick me up before you leave ILLINOISouth, visit Sweet Katie Bee's Cupcake & Coffee Bar.
For the History Buffs
Fresh Strawberry Scones from Jubelt's Bakery in Litchfield
ILLINOISouth is home to part of the Historic Route 66. What a better way to spend the day in Litchfield learning about Route 66 and experiencing some nostalgia for the grandparents. The morning starts off with a quick breakfast at Jubelt's Bakery. They have a great selection of hot breakfast but you can't leave without getting some sweets from the bakery case.
After finishing your breakfast (and treats) you have 2 options. You can head over to the Route 66 Trail to walk off some of your sweets or you can get some shopping in at the gorgeous downtown area. If you choose the shopping you will have to check out Whiskey River Dry Goods Co. for their ecentric style clothing or Phyllbena's Antiques for a new hidden treasure. There are plenty more shops to check out too.
Lunch takes us to the Ariston Cafe which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Make sure you save room for dessert so you can select something from the dessert tray. The last stop is just across the street. The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center gives you a glimpse into what life was like in Litchfield long ago. They also have Route 66 memorabilia and a full-size car inside! If you are sticking around even longer, you have to catch a film at Skyview Drive In.