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.

Drive-In Movie Theaters and Events in Chicagoland

A Mom’s Review of Shalom Wildlife Zoo in Wisconsin

Insider’s Guide to Taking Kids to the Drive-Thru Safari in Lake Geneva
Read all about Safari Lake Geneva, an interactive drive-thru safari within driving distance from the western suburbs!

There’s Still Time to Hunt for Trolls! The Morton Arboretum Plans Reopening

2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets and the New Rules You Should Know
Farmers markets in the western suburbs are opening in 2020! Skip the grocery store and support local farmers and artisans.

Planned Openings, Closings, and Reschedulings for Summer 2020
Some events and venues are waiting to see, some have plans to move ahead, and others have proactively rescheduled . . . or cancelled.

Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions
Fishing spots are open again to take your kids fishing! We have locations suggestions, new guidelines, and a guide for fishing basics.

“Cruise for the Kids” to Roll Through West Chicago and Carol Stream on May 3
The DuPage County Sheriff's Office is leading a vehicle parade through the neighborhood! Come out to cheer on trucks, police cars, and more.

2020 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Extensions and Opening Days
Check out which pools have extended their 2020 early bird pricing in light of COVID-19, plus planned opening days for all the summer fun!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites
Kite flying might be the perfect socially distant outdoor activity -- and it's got plenty of fun, smiles, and laughter to go around.

Get Outside at Parks with Paved Paths
We scoped out parks with the some of the best paved trails in the western suburbs so you can enjoy a walk and get some fresh air!

Suburban Chicagoans Putting Their Christmas Lights Back Up to Spread Joy
Check out local neighbors in the Chicago suburbs spreading joy and hope with lights during the coronavirus pandemic.