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.

Playgrounds and Parks With Sand
Kids love sand... But sometimes we're not in the mood for the mess! So whether you are seeking parks with sand or want to avoid them, this is for you.

Go Ape Chicago: Zip Line and Treetop Adventure
Swing through the trees, cross rope and log bridges, and zip line to the bottom... get the details on this exhilarating experience here!

A Day at the Farm: Farms to Visit with Kids

Mud-Free Playgrounds in Chicago’s Near Western Suburbs
These mud-free playgrounds have a rubbery surface instead of mulch. Find a place to play outside in Chicago's near western suburbs, even after it rains!

Horseback Riding for Kids
Find great destinations for kids to saddle up and ride horses! We have horseback riding locations and details.

10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs
The best parks for your kids in the near western suburbs, complete with gallery slideshows and descriptions of what makes each unique.

Family Days at Arlington Race Track
Want to go to Family Days at Arlington Park? We have the scoop on parking, where to sit, where to watch the races, how to get goggles, and kids activities.

Taking Your Kids Fishing: Where to Go and Tips
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.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company’s 20th Anniversary

Day Trip: Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan
Beautiful tulips, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more at Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Get the family-friendly festival details here.

Leaf Hunt: Common Trees in Illinois

Day Out With Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016
Day Out with Thomas at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL is a memorable experience for little train lovers! Get all the details and enter the win!