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.

Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs
Apple picking near Chicago with u-pick dates, hours, admission fees, and descriptions of each, along with an interactive map to determine where to go.

A Visit to the Elwood Children’s Garden
Kids explore nature and gardening via hands-on, imaginative play at the charming Elwood Children's Garden. Find out more and get insider tips for your trip!

The 31 Days Of August Calendar: Southwest Suburbs Edition
The last (unofficial) 31 days of summer are fast approaching, check out our list to find tons of activities to pack August full of family fun!

31 Kid-Friendly August Events: Western Suburbs Edition
Kidlist has you covered with all kinds of kid-friendly events for every day during the month of August! Make the most of your last days of summer fun!

The Huge Guide to Summer Fun in the Suburbs
A gigantic list of all the Kidlist summer articles to make up one ultimate summer guide! Everything you need for a summer in the Chicagoland suburbs.

Miniature Golf Courses in the Western and Southwestern Suburbs
Score a hole in one (or two, or three...) at these fun mini golf destinations in our area! There are courses all over the south and west suburbs.

Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca
Springbrook Nature Center located in the heart of downtown Itasca. Includes multiple trails, birds of prey sanctuaries and aquariums inside.

10 Unique Experiences for Teens in the Chicagoland Area
Use our ideas to find some local, unique experiences for teens to spend some bonding time with your teen or provide them with a fun, social outing!

Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: U-Pick Blueberries + Tips for Your Trip
July is time for u-pick blueberries! We have the best spots for blueberry picking near Chicago, along with tips for sweet success.

Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars 2018
Get the details for free ice cream bars at the Burr Ridge ice cream plant on weekdays in July, compliments of Mars Chocolate North America.

Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Don't belong to a pool? No problem! You can still enjoy the pool with a day pass at these locations in the near western suburbs of Chicago.

Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in the Southwest Suburbs
Drop in at a local pool with our list of spots that offer day passes! No membership required to come and swim at these family-friendly places.