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.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch and Pick Apples Near Chicago in One Fantastic Day
Find an apple orchard that also has a pumpkin patch and combine all of your fall picking in one fun trip. We have all the details!

All the Best Fall Fun in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 25-27 and Beyond
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.

Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020
While some have been cancelled, other family-friendly "haunted" events are moving forward with a focus on open-air scares!

Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area
There are so many pumpkin patches and farms to explore this Autumn! Get the scoop on where to go for pumpking picking and fall activities!

Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Bring your little monsters to these family-friendly Halloween events in the western suburbs. Hunt for ghosts, decorate pumpkins, and tell ghost stories.

The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs
Check out our round-up of great parks, forest preserves, and other spots where fall colors are on full display in the suburbs of Chicago.

Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During the Pandemic
Outdoor fun and exploration is more important than ever right now! Check out our map to discover new destinations for safer, healthier fun.

Things to Do with Preschoolers: Local Activities for Kids 3–5 Years Old
Preschoolers are full of energy and ready for fun. Find the best activities for 3- to 5-year-olds, from Oak Park to Naperville and beyond!

The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8
These indoor and outdoor activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition into big kid fun!

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Happening in 2020
This year, many fall fests and Oktoberfests are requiring advance registration, so make your plans early! Oak Brook, Hillside, and more.

Peck Farm Park and Hawks Hollow Nature Playground in Geneva
A visit to Peck Farm Park in Geneva includes a butterfly house, playground, history museum, observation silo, and more. It's a must-see this summer!