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.

Classic Car Shows are Revving Back Up for Summer 2021
Your whole family will love soaking in a beautiful summer night as you walk through these classic car shows throughout the western suburbs.

2021 Strawberry Picking and Map of U-Pick Farms
Find a strawberry u-pick farm just a short ride from the suburbs of Chicago (and get some great tips for picking strawberries)!

New Western Springs Splash Pad and Picnic in the Park
Find out the opening day of the Western Springs splash pad, see photos, and get details for the grand opening party.

2021 Boat Rentals and Tips to Make Your Day Trip from Chicago a Success
Plan a day trip from Chicago with these boat rentals a short drive away! Don't forget our tips for a successful day on the lake, too.

Local Ice Cream Shops in the Western Suburbs + Ice Cream Trail Map
Follow the ice cream trail to our favorite local ice cream shops to dazzle and delight even the youngest family members!

2021 Summer Festivals: They’re Back!
A comprehensive list of all the family-friendly fairs and festivals in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago!

Human+Nature at The Morton Arboretum
Get inside info on the latest happenings at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle! We have all the details and features so you can be in-the-know.

Rent Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards, and More at These Scenic Spots
Up a creek without a paddle . . . or paddleboard? These rental spots get you in the water with canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and more.

Cool Off at These Splash Pads and Spray Parks in Chicago’s Suburbs
These splash pads and spray parks are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Don't forget your sunscreen and towel!

Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2021 Memorial Day Ceremonies
In 2021, there are quite a few Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the western suburbs that will honor the brave men and women of our armed forces.

2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!
Get the full live music schedule for the summer in this handy guide to summer music concerts for the western suburbs of Chicago.

Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs
Soak in a beautiful summer evening while watching these family-friendly favorites at outdoor movies in the park. Don't forget your popcorn!