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.

Tubing at Blackwell Forest Preserve: Mount Hoy
Tips for Tubing at Blackwell Forest Preserve: inside info for which tubes to rent, how to fly down the hill on your tube for the maximum thrill, and more!

Ice Skating Rinks in the Western Suburbs
Family-friendly indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks with skate rental information, admission fees, and how to find out if the outdoor rinks are ready.

Things to Do When School Is Closed in the Western Suburbs
Looking for fun things to do when school is closed in Chicago's west suburbs? Check out our round-up of kid-friendly places to go and things to do at home.

Winter Holiday Fun for Families

Best Places to Go Sledding in the Southwest Suburbs
Find places for your kids to go sledding in the southwest suburbs. We have locations, addresses and descriptions for the best hills for tons of winter fun!

Locations, Details, Pricing for Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago
Where to go skiing with descriptions, lift ticket and equipment rental information to easily plan a fun adventure with your family.

Fun (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2017
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.

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.

Free Photos with Santa in the Western Suburbs
All the opportunities to take free photos with Santa for families in the western suburbs of Chicago! Now updated for Christmas 2017.

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!

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!

Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2017
Find a live nativity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. There are many local options so you can find one near you!