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.

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!

Playgrounds and Parks With Sand
Kids love sand... But sometimes we're not in the mood for the mess! So whether you are seeking parks with sand or want to avoid them, this is for you.

Chicago Bandits National Pro Fastpitch Softball Team
Find out about your local womens pro softball team in Rosemont and the experiences they offer fans. We have such a great team close to home!

5 Tips for Hiking Starved Rock with Kids
Going to Starved Rock with kids? We have expert tips to make your trip smooth and enjoyable! What to bring, when to get there, where to go, and more.