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.

2018 Best Decorated Halloween Houses: Drive By and Walk Through
Hop in the car to see these incredible Halloween decorations in Chicago's suburbs. Many have moving parts, and some feature live actors on special nights!

2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Southwest Suburbs
A detailed listing of Halloween trunk-or-treat events in the southwest suburbs. Walk from car to car in a parking lot to get lots of candy in half the time!

2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Western Suburbs
Find a trunk-or-treat event near you as an alternative (or in addition!) to trick-or-treating door to door in your neighborhood.

Pumpkin Patches + Apple Orchards with Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago
Local pumpkin patches with features, hours, and admission prices. Also apple orchards with pumpkin patches so you get the best of both worlds!

Get Your Spook On! Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the West Suburbs
Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events and activities! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

Find Spooky Fun at Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the Southwest Suburbs
Tons of Halloween fun for the whole family in this guide to kid-friendly Halloween events in your area. Dates, times, and descriptions are included.

Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Chicago's western suburbs are home to tons of spooky forest walks, including some with family-friendly options. Check out Chicagoland haunted houses, too!

Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs
Whether you're looking for a haunted walk, slightly spooky history tour, or all-out paintball battle against zombies, we've got Halloween events covered!

Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area
There are so many pumpkin patches and farms to explore now that fall is here! Get the scoop on where to go, what to do — and who has donuts.

2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs
All of the Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy some fall fun with your family this season!

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs
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Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs
Apple picking near Chicago with u-pick dates, hours, admission fees, and descriptions of each, along with an interactive map to determine where to go.