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.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 5–7 and Beyond
We did the work so you don't have to! Get the details about all the family-friendly weekend events going on in your community.

Tips for Visiting Blackberry Farm in Aurora (and 2021 Free Days!)
Aurora's Blackberry Farm treats kids to rides, historical sites with live demonstrations, farm animals, a hatchery, a train, and more!

Winter Activities for Families in the Western Suburbs
Find the best winter activities near you in our guide full of ideas to make your wintery days fun and memorable for the whole family!

Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During Winter 2021
Outdoor fun and exploration is more important than ever right now! Check out our map to discover new destinations for safer, healthier fun.

Where to Go Snow Tubing and Tobogganing in Chicagoland
Snow tubing and tobogganing make for family thrills! Find hills like Mount Hoy in Warrenville, Villa Olivia in Bartlett, and more.

Start 2021 Right with Free January Fun
Slow down after the busyness of the holidays with these free activities all around Chicago's west suburbs (or online!).

Glide Through Winter at Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
These indoor, outdoor, and refrigerated ice rinks across Chicagoland offer families plenty of chances to go for a twirl!

Winter Hikes, Snowshoe Rentals, and Cross-Country Skiing
Explore your favorite trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing! We've got you covered with equipment rentals in the western suburbs.

Dress Your Kids for Outdoor Winter Play with This Nature-Based Preschool’s Tips
Beth Wilson, the director of local play- and nature-based Hobson School preschool, gave us some amazing tips for playing outside in winter!

Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs
Outdoor fun doesn't stop in the winter! Head to one of these sledding hills in the western suburbs. We have inside info on the hills!

January 2021 Family-Friendly Events
Check out our roundup of January 2021 events. Register for some indoor and outdoor fun at these family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Check out these unique outdoor dining igloos, domes, shanties, and greenhouses at restaurants in Chicago's western suburbs!