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.
Summer 2019 Outdoor Movies to Catch in the Southwest Suburbs
This summer there are tons of outdoor movies to catch in the southwest suburbs. Use our guide to find a movie nearly every night of the week!
Brick Safari This Summer at Brookfield Zoo
The summer exhibit at Brookfield Zoo this year is Brick Safari. Walk along a wooded path and see more than 40 life-size animal sculptures!
10 Best Parks and Playgrounds
The best playgrounds with photographs and descriptions so you can visit some new ones, schedule a playdate, or do a playground tour. Have fun!
2019 Farmers Markets and French Markets in the West Suburbs
All of the french and farmers markets in Chicago's near west suburbs. Find locations, days, times, and a free printable of markets by day!
2019 Farmers Markets in the Southwest Suburbs
Plenty of produce and other goodies to go around at these local farmer's markets. From Tinley Park to Bolingbrook, we've got it covered.
2019 Spring and Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Chicagoland
Find opportunities for your family to view original artwork, jewelry, photography and sculpture in this guide to art festivals near you.
West Suburban Weekend Planner: May 3-5
Get the scoop on what is going on in your area with this amazing list of family-friendly weekend events in the western suburbs that everyone will enjoy!
Southwest Suburban Weekend Planner: May 3-5
Find out about weekend events in the southwest suburbs! We have the scoop on all the family-friendly fun going on in your area, all in one list.
Find out about the new playgrounds in the west and southwest suburbs! We scoped them out and took photographs so you can get a preview of all the fun there.
Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops
Want to take your kids fishing? We have locations suggestions and a step by step guide on how to set up fishing poles, cast, and where to buy bait.