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.

Santa Claus

Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2017
Santa sightings in the western suburbs of Chicago! A comprehensive list of where to see Santa, including dates, times and calendar listings with more info.

Where to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs
There are many events all over the southwest suburbs to see the jolly man in red. Check the list below for ideas of where to see Santa!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Western Suburbs
All of the kid-friendly Halloween events, activities, costumes ideas, kids eat free, books, crafts, and more in one place!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Southwest Suburbs

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

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events

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

Best Decorated Halloween Houses
We asked Kidlist fans for the best Halloween houses! Check out this great list with addresses and some even have photographs and descriptions.

Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks
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
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!

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

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.