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.

Dress Your Kids for Outdoor Winter Play with This Nature-Based Preschool’s Tips
Beth Wilson, the director of local play- and nature-based Hobson School preschool, gave us some amazing tips for playing outside in winter!

Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs
Outdoor fun doesn't stop in the winter! Head to one of these sledding hills in the western suburbs. We have inside info on the hills!

January 2021 Family-Friendly Events
Check out our roundup of January 2021 events. Register for some indoor and outdoor fun at these family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Check out these unique outdoor dining igloos, domes, shanties, and greenhouses at restaurants in Chicago's western suburbs!

30 Wonderful Winter Break Activities in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Check out our lists filled with out-of-the-house and at-home fun this winter break! Relax at a movie marathon, hit the ski slopes, and much more.

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve This Year: Here’s to 2021!
You don't have to wait until midnight to celebrate the new year... these ideas celebrate New Year's Eve with Kids all day!

A Visit to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva and Tips for Your Day Trip
The Ice Castles of Lake Geneva are a winter bucket list must-do! A day trip from the Chicago Suburbs to see real life ice castles.

Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2020
During the busy holiday season, watch the true meaning of Christmas come to life at these churches with live nativity scenes.

An Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic 2020 at the Brookfield Zoo
With colorful light displays, decorated christmas trees, and larger than life light-up animals, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic festival is truly magical.

Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa
Snap a FREE photo with Jolly Ol' St. Nick at these safe, socially distant holiday spots in the western suburbs. Don't forget your camera!

Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks
Bundle up and enjoy these outdoor holiday walks throughout the western suburbs. You'll see festive window decorations, holiday trees and even catch elves!

2020 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs
All of the best Christmas lights in the Chicago suburbs with addresses, photos, and a map. Take a drive or walk through these light displays!