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.

New Ninja Warrior Challenge Course at Walker Park and Playground Renovation
Pleasant Dale Park District made huge improvements to Walker Park on Wolf Road! Get the details on the challenge course and more.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 16–18 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.

Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee
Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee is the perfect spot for animal lovers. Stop by to pet and feed goats, cows, llamas, sheep and more!

May 2021 Family-Friendly Events
May brings exciting opportunities to spend time outside! Our calendar of events includes Naperville, Oak Park, Glen Ellyn, Aurora, and more.

Kidlist Park Playdate Series brought to you by Springdale Eye Care
Get excited about the first ever Kidlist Park Playdate Series at four amazing parks, with entertainment and snacks at each one!

Celebrate Spring by Visiting Tulip Fields
Spring brings color! Find out about these tulip festivals and the best places to see tulips in the Chicago suburbs and beyond.

What Are Your Favorite Playgrounds and Trails?

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites
Flying a kite is such a sweet and simple activity for kids. Make your own kite or bring a store-bought one to a local kite festival.

2021 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Discounts and Opening Days
Check out which pools in the western suburbs plan to offer 2021 memberships for limitless fun in the sun. Don't forget your sunscreen!

Walking Playground Tour in Oak Brook
Central Park in Oak Brook has trails with three playground areas along the way! Get the details and a map to enjoy your walk with play time for the kids!

Tips for Visiting Blackberry Farm in Aurora (and 2021 Free Days!)
Aurora's Blackberry Farm treats kids to rides, historical sites with live demonstrations, farm animals, a hatchery, a train, and more!

Winter Activities for Families in the Western Suburbs
Find the best winter activities near you in our guide full of ideas to make your wintery days fun and memorable for the whole family!