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.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 22–24
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.

2019 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)
Choosing a Christmas Tree Farm is easy with our jam-packed guide featuring prices, tree selection, location, prices, 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!

Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019
Parades, photo ops, festivals... where to see Santa in Chicago's west and southwest suburbs.

Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas in the suburbs of Chicago on this handy list.

2019 Best Decorated Halloween Houses to Drive By and Walk Through
Hop in the car and start a new family tradition to see these best decorated Halloween houses in the suburbs. Many have moving parts, and some feature live actors on special nights! Spooky!

Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival is under New Management
Sonny Acres Farm is under new management and promises to keep traditions alive while making their fall festival bigger and better than ever!

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Spectacle of Halloween Lights
Get the inside scoop on Jack's Pumpkin Glow Chicago (in Lisle), including parking, food and drinks, and what to expect.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

Family-Friendly (Free!) Activities for Fire Prevention Week 2019
Kid-friendly activities during Fire Prevention Week in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Fire truck rides, fire demos, tours, and more!

All the Local 2019 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events: Less Walking, More Candy!
At these local trunk-or-treat events, kids trick-or-treat at decorated car displays . . . and no one gets tired halfway down the block!