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.

What You Will Find at St. James Farm in Warrenville
Race beneath passages made of trees, check out antique horse buggies, spot sculptures and fountains, and more at this historic retreat.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events and More
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.

Ninja Warrior Course and More at Meineke Park in Schaumburg
Meineke Park in Schuamburg the coolest ninja warrior course, 40 yard dash, basketball courts, tennis courts, and playground!

Fun in the Sun at Schaumburg’s Sculpture Park
Schaumburg's Scupture Park is a great walking path and art exhibit for families to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and enjoy the art.

Horseback Riding for Kids
These farms offering horseback riding classes will deepen your child's love of horses while spending a beautiful summer day outside.

6 Sunflower Fields Near Chicago to Brighten Your Day
If you are looking for a sunflower field, you found the perfect list! Features, hours, and opening dates for sunflower fields near Chicago.

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is Open! Here’s What to Expect
Climb tanks, play on the playground, enjoy gardens, make a museum reservation, and more! Here's what to expect at Cantigny in summer 2020.

The Coolest Spots to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe!
Up a creek without a paddle... or paddleboard? These rental spots get you in the water with canoes, kayaks, and more.

Cosley Zoo is Open! Here’s What It’s Like to Visit
Everything you need to know for a trip to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, including what animals you can expect to see and information on food, events, and parking.

New Playground and Splash Pad at 95th Street Community Plaza in Naperville
An amazing new playground, splash pad, and bandshell at the 95th Street Community Plaza in Naperville, right next to the 95th Street library.

July 2020 Family-Friendly Events
July is full of summer-time fun! Here's our 2020 calendar round-up of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

Western Springs Drive-In Movie at Spring Rock Park
Western Springs Park District is hosting a drive-in movie at Spring Rock Park this July with limited parking spots!