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.

A Visit to Lake Katherine
Lake Katherine is the perfect place to visit for just a few hours or even longer to get your daily dose of fresh air, wildlife, and beautiful scenery.

Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds

Kid-Friendly Wild West Experience at Donley’s Wild West Town
Walk into Donley's Wild West Town and be transported to a different time and place. Find out what to expect, with fun facts, and other nearby attractions!

Day Trip to Glencoe Beach
Glencoe Beach, on the beautiful north shore of Lake Michigan, is a family-friendly beach. Here are some tips on making the day fun for all.

Feed Giraffes and Meet Penguins at Brookfield Zoo
Special opportunities to feed giraffes and meet penguins at Brookfield Zoo. Get the schedule and prices here.

Go Ape for Kids: Treetop Junior Chicago + Go Ape Discount Code
Treetop Junior Chicago is open! Experience Go Ape for kids, a unique adventure that definitely belongs on your bucket list. Get tips and a discount code!

Kid-Friendly Summer Events at Burr Ridge Village Center
Miss Jamie’s Farm and Petting Zoo and an all day Back to School Bash are some of the kid-friendly summer events going on at Burr Ridge Village Center.

Summer Activities for Babies and Toddlers
From parks and splash pads to zoos and swim lessons, here are some of the top summer activities for babies and toddlers to enjoy the sunshine.

Kids Obstacle Challenge and Mud Run
An obstacle challenge and mud run designed specifically for kids! Your kids can push their limits and have a blast at the Kids Obstacle Challenge.

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!

Preview of Dinos and Dragons at Brookfield Zoo
Dinos and Dragons opens May 6 and will be at Brookfield Zoo until September 17, 2017. Get the inside scoop on all of the live animal and animatronic fun!

Fenced-In Parks for Toddlers
These fenced-in parks in the near western suburbs are great spaces to take your little ones to play without worrying about them!