The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition into big-kid fun!

Things to Do with Kids Ages 6–8 in the West Suburbs

Indoor Hot Spots for Elementary Schoolers

Indoor play areas and spots for active fun are still plenty of fun for this age range:

Classic Fun for Kids and Parents

You probably enjoyed these activities as a kid! These are great family activities that offer a chance for everyone to bond:

Water Parks and Pools for Ages 6–8

With elementary-aged children showing more independence in the water, you’ve got a lot more options.

  • Indoor water parks are full of water slides, lazy rivers and wet-and-wild fun. Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook is a great local choice.
  • For a longer trip, Grizzly Jack’s in Utica just reopened; get all the details about the renovations from Annie’s review.
  • Consider a membership to these pools to maximize your summer fun.

Ideas for Quality Time with Early Elementary Kids

No matter the age, parents and kids love quality one-on-one time together. Check out this list for kid-parent date ideas to enjoy a night out for just you two!

Pair an afternoon tea with a kid-friendly salon for a girls’ day out full of pampering. We loved the cute butterfly chairs at LA Nails and Spa in Villa Park.

Learning Fun for Ages 6–8

As your child moves into elementary school, their passions really start to come alive. As a toddler, my daughter wanted to do everything. She’s starting to realize there are things she enjoys more than others, and wants to embrace her interests:

Playgrounds for Elementary-Aged Children

After spending so much time in the classroom, these kids are ready to get outside! Our list of the best playgrounds for elementary school-aged kids is a great resource; it features bigger parks like Harvester Park in Burr Ridge and Berens Park in Elmhurst that have plenty to do for school-age kids.

Our lists of best playgrounds and new and improved playgrounds will be great to check as well.

If you’re headed to downtown Chicago, but don’t forget a stop at the beautiful Maggie Daley park. Talk about an incredible playground for big kids!

More Outdoor Activities for Elementary Schoolers

Looking for more outdoor fun? School-age kids need time to run around more than ever!

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About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 6, 4, and 1). A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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