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.

2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!
Get the full live music schedule for the summer in this handy guide to summer music concerts for the western suburbs of Chicago.

Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs
Soak in a beautiful summer evening while watching these family-friendly favorites at outdoor movies in the park. Don't forget your popcorn!

Go Retro With These Summertime Drive-In Movies in Chicagoland
Pack the pillows, pop open your trunk, and enjoy the show at these drive-in movie theaters throughout the western suburbs.

Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs
Be in the know about all the new playgrounds in the westerrn suburbs! We scoped them out and took photographs so you can get a preview.

15 Best Playgrounds brought to you by Battistoni | Beam | Polivka Orthodontics
The best playgrounds with photographs and descriptions so you can visit some new ones, schedule a playdate, or do a playground tour. Have fun!

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 7–9 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.

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Waterfalls, bridges and nature centers! Forest preserve trails for kids to enjoy, along with ideas, suggestions and highlights of each.

20 Best Walking Paths: Parks with Paved Trails
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!

15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids
Top playgrounds for elementary school kids in the western suburbs, including photos and tips to help you scope out new spots for your family!

Human+Nature Opens Soon
Get inside info on the latest happenings at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle! We have all the details and features so you can be in-the-know.

Inclusive Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs
We are thrilled that so many inclusive playgrounds have been built in the Chicago suburbs! Get info on each one so you can check them out.

15 Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds