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.

There’s Still Time to Hunt for Trolls! The Morton Arboretum Plans Reopening

Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions
Fishing spots are open again to take your kids fishing! We have locations suggestions, new guidelines, and a guide for fishing basics.

“Cruise for the Kids” to Roll Through West Chicago and Carol Stream on May 3
The DuPage County Sheriff's Office is leading a vehicle parade through the neighborhood! Come out to cheer on trucks, police cars, and more.

2020 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Extensions and Opening Days
Check out which pools have extended their 2020 early bird pricing in light of COVID-19, plus planned opening days for all the summer fun!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites
Kite flying might be the perfect socially distant outdoor activity -- and it's got plenty of fun, smiles, and laughter to go around.

15 Parks with Paved Paths
We scoped out parks with the some of the best paved trails in the western suburbs so you can enjoy a walk and get some fresh air!

Suburban Chicagoans Putting Their Christmas Lights Back Up to Spread Joy
Check out local neighbors in the Chicago suburbs spreading joy and hope with lights during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs
From zoos and amusement parks to indoor playgrounds and arcades, this map will help you find local fun for kids nearby in Chicagoland.

School’s Closed. What Now? Ideas for a Day Off in the West Suburbs
Looking for fun things to do when school is closed in Chicago's west suburbs? Check out our round-up of kid-friendly places to go and things to do at home.

Giveaway! Family Open Swim Packs
Enter to win a family open swim pack, equivalent to ten wristbands at the Oak Brook Park District Aquatic Center and Splash Island!

Glide Through Winter at Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
Family-friendly indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks with skate rental, admission fees, and how to find out if the outdoor rinks are ready.

Insider Tips for the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
Get tips for the skating ribbon, including where to park, the best times to go, where to warm up, various rentals available, and more!