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.

Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Chicago's western suburbs are home to tons of spooky forest walks, including some with family-friendly options. Check out Chicagoland haunted houses, too!

Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs
Whether you're looking for a haunted walk, slightly spooky history tour, or all-out paintball battle against zombies, we've got Halloween events covered!

Giant Steps Autism Organization Brings 5K Walk, Pony Rides, Improv to Suburbs
Giant Steps Autism Organization is pairing their annual 5K Walk with a Stable Open House and pony rides. They are also bringing Improv to the suburbs!

Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area
There are so many pumpkin patches and farms to explore now that fall is here! Get the scoop on where to go, what to do — and who has donuts.

Unique Fall Events in Glen Ellyn: Glow in the Park and Pumpkin Flotilla Fest
Get the details for unique fall events, including Glow in the Park Lantern Walk and Pumpkin Flotilla Fest in Glen Ellyn, featuring free entertainment.

New Playground! Oak Brook Park District Sandlot

2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs
All of the Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy some fall fun with your family this season!

Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs
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Healthy Kids Running Series Comes to La Grange
Do your kids like to run? Healthy Kids Running Series in the La Grange and Countryside areas has fall and spring sessions for your kids to get out and run!

Giveaway and New Playground! Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center + Universal Playground

A Visit to the Elwood Children’s Garden
Kids explore nature and gardening via hands-on, imaginative play at the charming Elwood Children's Garden. Find out more and get insider tips for your trip!

The 31 Days Of August Calendar: Southwest Suburbs Edition
The last (unofficial) 31 days of summer are fast approaching, check out our list to find tons of activities to pack August full of family fun!