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.

Storybook Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Stretch your brain and legs! Read a new book posted along the path as you walk these storybook trails in Chicago's suburbs.

2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs
We've rounded up a list of the 2020 trick-or-treat hours in the west and far west suburbs. Don't forget your mask!

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 23–25 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.

A Picture-Perfect Trip to Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva
Fabyan Forest Preserve is a gorgeous spot for an outdoor family adventure. Enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and great photo ops.

Free Halloween Bash in Western Springs
Western Springs Park District is hosting a free Halloween Bash. Get the details and register because it's already filling up!

Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago
Put on your snowpants and hit the slopes at these family-friendly skiing and snowboarding spots. Here's all the details on lift tickets, rentals, and more.

Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You
Hop in the car to see these best decorated Halloween houses in the suburbs. Many have moving parts and some feature live actors! Spooky!

The Accessible Tree House is Open at the Sensory Garden Playground
Find out about the newest addition to the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle as well as all the fun from the first phase of the project!

Everything You Need to Know About Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
If you are looking for an affordable pumpkin farm experience with an incredible number of attractions, Siegel's is your place!

All the Local 2020 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-Through Events
Trunk-or-treat and drive-through Halloween events add all the candy-filled fun to your 2020 Halloween plans.

2020 Drive-in, Virtual, and Live Theater and Holiday Performances for Kids
Holiday theater makes magical memories! We have found a drive-in event, livestreamed performances, and holiday classics to engage all ages.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch and Pick Apples Near Chicago in One Fantastic Day
Find an apple orchard that also has a pumpkin patch and combine all of your fall picking in one fun trip. We have all the details!