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.

Family-Friendly Events This Weekend: June 21-23

Find Family Thrills at Chicagoland’s Outdoor Amusement Parks
Six Flags, Santa's Village, Haunted Trails, Sugar Grove Family Fun Center and more . . . find all of the local amusement parks here!

The Best Water Parks and Beaches in Chicagoland!
Enjoy your staycation with a day at the beach or an outdoor water park! We've got all the local spots for summer fun.

Rotary GroveFest in Downers Grove Brings Carnival, Live Music, Craft Beer Tasting, and More
The Rotary GroveFest bring a carnival, midway games, extensive live music line-up, craft beer tasting without a cover, and car show to Downers Grove.

Tips and Discounts for Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville
Raging Waves Waterpark should definitely be on your summer bucket list. Get the inside scoop on the rides, discounts, and tips for your day!

DuPage County Fair: New Additions and Fan Favorites

The Chicago Dogs Hit it Out of the Park with Family Sundays: Our Review + Your Guide to Game Day
Chicago's newest team might be the easiest place to take your kids to a ballgame! Find our tips for a trip to see the Chicago Dogs here.

2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs
We've got the scoop on 4th of July celebrations, from changes to this year's Taste of Oak Brook to parades and fireworks all over the 'burbs.

2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Southwest Suburbs
The southwest suburbs always go big for the Fourth! Use our guide to find festivals, parades, and, of COURSE... fireworks!

Strawberry Picking: Farms With U-Pick Strawberries (Plus Map!)
Find a strawberry picking farm a short ride from the suburbs of Chicago and get some great tips for u-pick strawberries! Picking start dates included.

Gathering on the Green Summer Festival in Western Springs
Pony rides, petting zoo, pop-a-shot, climbing wall, mega slide, bounce houses, food, drinks and more at Gathering on the Green!

Classic Car Shows for Summer 2019
Enjoy a gorgeous evening checking out all the classic rides that flock to summer car shows! Berwyn, Downers Grove, Naperville, and many more.