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.

Join Us for the Next Park Playdate in Hinsdale
We can't wait to see you at the Kidlist Park Playdate Series! Join us for free entertainment, snacks, and tons of fun.

August Bucket List: 31 Ways to Celebrate the Last Month of Summer
Kidlist has you covered with kid-friendly fun during the month of August! Make the most of the last days of summer.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 30–August 1 and Beyond
There's fun for families all over Chicagoland! Get the details about all the kid-friendly weekend events going on in our community.

Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line
Hop on board at these kid-friendly stops along the BNSF Metra line. Visit toy stores, parks, ice cream shops, and more.

Horseback Riding Stables and Farms Where Kids Can Saddle Up
These farms offering horseback riding lessons, pony rides, and trail rides while spending a beautiful day outside.

Deicke Park Discovery Zone in Huntley: a Colorful, Inclusive Playground
Deicke Park Discovery Zone is in Huntley is an inclusive, gated playground that provides safe play for toddlers and preschoolers.

The Kidlist Guide to Family Bike Rides: Bike Trails, Shops, and More!
The western suburbs are full of great places for families to head out on a bike ride together! Find bike shops, great trails, and more here.

The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs is Bigger and Better!
Not sure where to go? Our map will help you find the best things to do with kids nearby. We've got zoos, trampoline parks, and much more!

Storybook Walk Displays and Events in Chicago’s Suburbs
Park visitors can stretch their legs and practice their reading skills at these Storybook Walks throughout the Chicago suburbs.

10 Sunflower Fields Near Chicago to Brighten Your Day
Amazing fields full of sunflowers, all within a short drive of Chicagoland! Check out what to expect, opening days, and more.

Summer 2021: Water Parks and Beaches are Back!
Your local water park and/or beach is back in action! We've got the scoop on what's open, what's not, and what to expect when you go.

Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: U-Pick Blueberries + Tips for Your Trip
July is time for u-pick blueberries! We have the best spots for blueberry picking near Chicago, along with tips for sweet success!