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.

Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Western Suburbs
Playgrounds, festivals, adventures, and more local outdoor activities for kids by season in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Celebrate Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum
Curious George will be making an appearance at The Morton Arboretum Arbor Day celebration, in addition to other kid-friendly activities.

Shedd the Straw + Shedd Aquarium Ticket Giveaway

Dinos & Dragons Coming to Brookfield Zoo on May 6

Parties, Fun Run, Free Activities and More During Week of the Young Child
The Wheaton Park District is offering 39 special events, programs, and activities for kids 8 and under and their families—for free!

New! Spring Egg Hunt at Burr Ridge Village Center
New Spring Egg Hunt in Burr Ridge! Hunt for eggs, meet the Easter bunny, enjoy the petting zoo, activities, balloon artistry, and more!

New Ice Rinks in Wheaton

New! Naperville Christkindlmarket
Get the scoop on parking, the vendors you will find at the Naperville Christkindlmarket, and the secret of the hidden snowmen in the light displays!

Things to Do in Downers Grove
There are tons of family-friendly parks, activities, restaurants, and more in this western Chicago suburb. Check out our round-up of can't-miss spots.

New Playground! Owen’s Playground in Downers Grove

Tips for Enjoying Your Day Out With Thomas

Geocaching with Kids
This weekend my sons (ages 4, 6, and 10) went on their first geocaching trip. I was happy to see them engaged and that they could all participate!