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.

New Playgrounds
Find out about the new playgrounds in the west and southwest suburbs! We scoped them out and took photographs so you can get a preview of all the fun there.

Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops
Want to take your kids fishing? We have locations suggestions and a step by step guide on how to set up fishing poles, cast, and where to buy bait.

Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

Get Ready for Summer with a Swimming Pool Membership!
Early bird rates are here! Find pools offering summer 2019 memberships, discounts, and opening days. Berywn, Darien, Lisle, Wheaton and more.

2019 Pool Memberships (and Early Bird Discounts!) in the Southwest Suburbs
Find on who's offering summer 2019 pool memberships and how to score an early bird discount! Pools in Alsip, Joliet, Orland Park, and beyond.

2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs
Ready to run? Check out our full list of spring and summer family races and fun runs in the western suburbs for April through September 2019.

2019 Fun Runs and Races in the Southwest Suburbs
Get your family excited about fitness by registering for one of the many fun runs and races in the southwest suburbs!

Hop on Over to Easter Egg Hunts in the Southwest Suburbs
Easter egg hunts are popping up all over the southwest suburbs. There's no better way to get out and enjoy the spring than an egg hunt!

2019 Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland
It's National Kite Month! Check out this year's kite flying festivals and events in Chicago, Frankfort, Wheaton, Naperville, Alsip, and more.

2019 Spring Break Camps in the Southwest Suburbs
From drop-in fun to camps with extended care, we've got all the spring break camps from Joliet to Orland Park and beyond.

Kiss Me, I’m Going to These St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Southwest Suburbs
2019 St. Patrick's Day events in Orland Park, Bolingbrook, Mokena, Frankfort, and across the Southwest suburbs. Enjoy Irish fun as a family!

28 Things to Do When School Is Closed in the Western Suburbs
Looking for fun things to do when school is closed in Chicago's west suburbs? Check out our round-up of kid-friendly places to go and things to do at home.