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.

Holiday Fun Guide: Christmas Events and More
Kidlist is the headquarters for holiday fun! Find Christmas activities, where to celebrate New Year's Eve with kids, the best Christmas lights and more.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids in the Western Suburbs
You don't have to wait until midnight to celebrate the new year... these local places host fun events to celebrate New Year's Eve with Kids during the day!

Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Get the inside scoop on what you will find at Holiday Magic. The best zoo lights, entertainment, free exhibits, parking, light up necklaces, and more.

Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun
Places to find a horse drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley ride in the southwest and western suburbs. Enjoy the holiday season with some festive rides!

8 Most Unique Holiday Experiences in Chicago and the Suburbs
What are the most unique experiences for a memorable December? Get the details on these one-of-a-kind family, friendly events and activities!

Top 15 (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2018
Check out our giant round-up of family-friendly things to do with kids in December! There's more going on than just holiday events.

Grab Your Sled and Head for These Sledding Hills in the Western Suburbs
Snow is on the way, and it's time to go sledding! Here is a comprehensive list of places to sled in the western suburbs.

Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2018
Find a 2018 live nativity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. There are many local options so you can find one near you!

2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs
All of the best Christmas lights in the western suburbs with addresses, photos and a map. Take a drive or walk through the beautiful light displays!

Best Christmas Lights in the Southwest Suburbs
We scope out the best Christmas lights to bring you photos, descriptions, and a map so you can be sure to see amazing lights with your family!

Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018
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.

The 2018 Hot Spots 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!