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.

Kid-Friendly Train Stops on the Southwest Service Metra Line
Round up the kids for a leisurely ride on the Southwest Service Metra line and explore all that your neighboring towns have to offer.

Horseback Riding for Kids
Find great destinations for kids to saddle up and ride horses in Tinley Park, Plainfield, Palos Hills, Mokena, Frankfort, and more!

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

Swimming Pool Memberships
Find out when local swimming pool memberships offer early bird rates and when the opening day is for each pool so you can make the most of it!

Pool Openings and Memberships for Summer 2018

Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport
Check out Big Run Wolf Ranch to educate your children about North American wildlife while enjoying up-close encounters with wolves!

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs
Visiting the Little Red Schoolhouse is a rite of passage for all children in the nearby southwest and west suburbs! Check out our insider's guide!

2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs
Ready to run? Check out our full list of spring and summer races and fun runs in western Chicagoland for April through August 2018.

2018 Fun Runs and Races in the Southwest Suburbs

Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland
It's National Kite Month! Check out this year's kite flying festivals and events in Chicago, Frankfort, River Forest, Naperville, and more.

Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the Western Suburbs
In town for Spring Break? Check out all of these camps, ideas for activities, and kid-friendly events during spring break in Chicago's western suburbs.