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.

The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8
These indoor and outdoor activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition into big kid fun!

Splash Pads Still Open: September 2019
Check out these splash pads in the Chicago suburbs to continue enjoying the nice weather and water play into September!

2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests
A helpful list of all the Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy some fall fun with your family this season!

Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs
Apple picking near Chicago with u-pick dates, hours, attractions, admissions and fees, along with an interactive map for easy navigating!

Horseback Riding Classes for Kids
Local stables offer a beautiful afternoon horseback riding! Children of all ages enjoy fresh air while fostering their love for animals.

Safety Villages and Safety Towns
Your child can learn pedestrian, passenger and at-home safety while navigating one of these safety villages. Locations, dates, ages and costs included!

Embrace the End of Summer with These 31 Amazing August Events
Kidlist's got you covered with kid-friendly fun for every day during the month of August! Make the most of the last days of summer.

The Best Local Ice Cream Shops
We've compiled a list of our reader's favorite local Chicagoland ice cream shops to dazzle and delight even the youngest family members!

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.

Local Mini Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, Glow-in-the Dark, and More
Score a hole in one at these fun mini golf destinations in Chicagoland! Putt your way through water features, model train tracks, and more.

Insider Tips for the DuPage County Fair
Find out the best time to go, food and attraction picks, ticket info, discounts, options for how to get there, and more!

Tips, Discounts, Review of Kane County Cougars Game
Get the inside scoop on going to a Cougars game with your family. We have the kid-friendly overview, tips and even a discount on tickets!