Looking for a place to introduce your kids to the good old days where electronics were a rarity and family time was a priority? Then look no further than Dads Slot Cars in Des Plaines. It is truly a step back in time where you and your family can bond over slot car racing and soda fountains… they even give out freebies for A’s on report cards, just like your grandparents used to do!
Haven’t heard of slot racing before? I hadn’t either before our visit…and I was a bit embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. I mean, I AM the “queen” of all things boys, from construction equipment to insects, and I am happy to report that I mastered slot cars after a few trips around the track.
Basically, slot cars are connected to electric tracks that are guided by a controller. What makes slot car racing so fun is the track, and figuring out how to slow down around the corners and speed up on the straightaways.
We rent the cars and controllers since we don’t visit Dads slot cars enough to make an investment in our own personal slot cars and it ends up being more affordable. We also stick to racing for a half hour session, which is more than enough time to experience all of the fun that slot car racing has to offer.
If you are racing cards with the under 6 set, use the track in the back of the room since it has less complicated turns and only use the track in front if you are up for a challenge. Just heed my one warning: slot cars tend to fall off course a ton while racing (especially when you have little ones who don’t understand what it means to “ease up” around the corners), so be prepared to pick up and readjust the cars often.
Lastly, don’t leave without enjoying some treats from the traditional soda fountain. If you ask me, there is nothing better than a hot fudge sundae after a day of family fun…am I right?
If you are looking for other ways to take your kids back in time, be sure to check out my upcoming article in Chicago Parent’s “Going Places” magazine where the focus will be how to have an old fashioned summer.
Also, be sure to add these other suburban spots to your “must try” list!