The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

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Raising elementary kids may be my favorite phase of parenting so far (don’t tell my toddler!). They’re old enough to understand my corny jokes, I don’t have to carry a diaper bag around anymore, and they aren’t too cool to spend time with me. Your child’s interests are really starting to develop at these ages, it’s exciting to explore new interests, learn new facts, and test new skills, all while having fun together. Our list of local activities is filled with indoor, outdoor, sporty, creative, and everything in between.

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

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:

Mini golfing during Katie’s visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee.

More Indoor Activities for Elementary Schoolers

  • Get all that energy out at places to bounce or indoor rock climbing facilities. Don’t forget to add yourself as a participant. Nothing excites my kids more than to see me out there having fun, too.
  • Relax and enjoy a visit at kid-friendly nail salons, or an afternoon tea with kids.
  • Select escape rooms are offering kid-friendly themes that will get all of your brains moving. Work together to solve the puzzles.
  • 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!
  • Looking for something new? We are constantly updating our list of new exhibits and immersive experiences. Your kids will love to be the first of their friends to check out these places.
  • Don’t pack away those bathing suits yet. Keep the summer fun going indoor water parks. Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee was great for my elementary-aged kids, but the Wisconsin Dells are always a family-favorite vacation, too.
Color Factory Chicago is one of our favorite immersive experiences for the young elementary school set.

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 Kids

After spending so much time in the classroom, these kids are ready to get outside!

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park in Naperville is one of our favorites for younger elementary schoolers with its zipline, plentiful climbing structures, and adjacent splash pad.

More Outdoor Activities for Elementary Schoolers

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

  • Stretch those legs and get out for a walk at a park with a walking path, or a tree-lined trail. Lyman Woods and Waterfall Glen are both great options.
  • Make a weekend enjoying the great outdoors. Since our winters can be rough, the summer and fall are the time to be outside, so go bike riding, camping, horseback riding and fishing. This age is perfect, as they can help carry gear and have a longer attention span to enjoy the wilderness. Nicole’s family loved their time at Mallard Lake in Hanover Park.
  • Kayaks, paddleboats, boats, and canoes are a lot more fun with this age, since they can start to help with everything involved! Herrick Lake and Blackwell are both popular spots.
  • The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a full outdoor adventure park, including ropes courses, biking, water fun, and more. Check out Annie’s insider tips before going to maximize your fun.
  • Go on a treasure hunt! Explore your neighborhood or another one across town by hunting for geocaches.
Paddleboating at Blackeberry Farm in Aurora.

Looking for ideas for another age group?

Head to the main Activities by Age page so you can find local places to go for every age range.

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