Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars 2018
Get the details for free ice cream bars at the Burr Ridge ice cream plant on weekdays in July, compliments of Mars Chocolate North America.

Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Don't belong to a pool? No problem! You can still enjoy the pool with a day pass at these locations in the near western suburbs of Chicago.

Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in the Southwest Suburbs
Drop in at a local pool with our list of spots that offer day passes! No membership required to come and swim at these family-friendly places.

2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs
All of the schedules, locations, and details for the 2018 4th of July fireworks and parades in the western suburbs of Chicago.

2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Southwest Suburbs
The southwest suburbs have parades and fireworks in nearly every town. Use our guide to find the best opportunity for your family!

Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks
Chicagoland has a great variety of outdoor amusement parks and our guide has features of each along with age recommendations!

Camping with Kids (and Printable Camping Checklist for Packing!)
Get ideas for great places to go camping with kids and also get the free printable camping checklist for things to pack for a successful trip!

Strawberry Picking: Farms With U-Pick Strawberries (Plus Map!)
Find a strawberry picking farm a short ride from the suburbs of Chicago and get some great tips for u-pick strawberries! Picking start dates included.

2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs
We're excited about all the fun activities and events happening for free locally! Find some free summer fun for every age group.

Free Summer Fun for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2018
Free summer fun can be had all over the suburbs. We have compiled events and locations that will keep your summer schedule packed and inexpensive!

Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs
Grab a picnic blanket and see some outdoor movies in one of our great parks or outdoor venues. A great summertime tradition!

Classic Car Shows for Summer 2018
Classic car shows are happening all over the area this summer, including Downers Grove, Berwyn, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Westmont, Naperville, and more!