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.

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is Open! Here’s What to Expect
Climb tanks, play on the playground, enjoy gardens, make a museum reservation, and more! Here's what to expect at Cantigny in summer 2020.

The Coolest Spots to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe!
Up a creek without a paddle... or paddleboard? These rental spots get you in the water with canoes, kayaks, and more.

Cosley Zoo is Open! Here’s What It’s Like to Visit
Everything you need to know for a trip to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, including what animals you can expect to see and information on food, events, and parking.

New Playground and Splash Pad at 95th Street Community Plaza in Naperville
An amazing new playground, splash pad, and bandshell at the 95th Street Community Plaza in Naperville, right next to the 95th Street library.

July 2020 Family-Friendly Events
July is full of summer-time fun! Here's our 2020 calendar round-up of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

Western Springs Drive-In Movie at Spring Rock Park
Western Springs Park District is hosting a drive-in movie at Spring Rock Park this July with limited parking spots!

These Splash Pads and Spray Parks are Open Right Now
These splash pads and spray parks are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Don't forget your beach towel!

Insider Tips for Planning Your Visit Brookfield Zoo
Bring to bring, where to park, seasonal events, and more! Everything you need to know about planning a day at Brookfield Zoo.

Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020
Find out which celebrations have been cancelled, and where you can still see fireworks on Independence Day 2020.

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

No Free Ice Cream in Burr Ridge This Year. Here’s What to Do Instead.
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.

Summer 2020 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs
Laugh (or sing!) along to these family-friendly outdoor movies in the western suburbs. Don't forget your popcorn!