Family-Friendly Events in the Western Suburbs

Find family-friendly fun near you! We organized the calendar by month so you can easily find something great for your family. Simply click on the month you are interested in and you will be taken to a plethora of options. Event titles, locations, dates, and times are all included, along with giving you a heads up if registration is required.


Click on the button above to submit an event for the Kidlist calendar. We welcome everyone to submit events, given that they are family-friendly events (no ongoing classes or camps) and are local for families in the western suburbs of Chicago. All submitted events are reviewed by the Kidlist team.


Most events nowadays require registration to cap numbers, which we appreciate, but it also means we all have to plan ahead more. So we will be publishing the upcoming month at least two weeks before the month begins.

The other change is that the event title is now linked directly to the event host’s website. Weather causes cancelations, registration fills up, and details evolve, so now you can get the most current and updated event information straight from the source through our curated list of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

If you have feedback for us, please email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com. We strive to be the most helpful, comprehensive resource for families in the western suburbs!

January

Happy New Year! January is a month filled with snowy fun. Sled, ski, or curl up inside with some hot cocoa. Register for some extra indoor and outdoor fun at these family-friendly events in January.

February

We’ve got a lot of love for our February events list! We’ll be celebrating family and friends all month long as we recognize Black History Month, as well as holidays including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and Lunar New Year.

March

Spring is coming! As we move through these cold winter months and are finally able to comfortably be outside again, we’re excited to see so many fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations on the calendar. Click on the month heading above to get the details on all the March family-friendly events.

April

We’re not fooling around, April is going to be a fun-filled month! We start the month celebrating all things Easter, but there is so much more to look forward to in April. Prepare your home garden, participate in a park clean-up, dust off your fishing pole, or celebrate all the other things that make our planet incredible this Earth Day. You’ll find out all about these outings and more in our April family-friendly events list!

May

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more.

June

Our June family-friendly events list is full of all the great ways to enjoy the beautiful summertime weather in the Chicago area. This year, there are art festivals, farmers markets, outdoor movies, obstacle courses, bike rides, parades, and countless other ways to try something new and enjoy your time together as a family.

July

We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splash pads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park.

August

August is a perfect time to watch an outdoor movie under the stars, explore nature on a guided family hike, and more. Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor concert, or lace up your gym shoes for these family-friendly events.

September

Fall is here! Get ready for cooler temps, pumpkins everywhere, and lots of family fun. We’ve got you covered for September family-friendly events, as well as ways to soak in the beautiful fall colors or enjoy an apple picking farm. A crisp fall night is perfect for a fall family campout (complete with s’mores, of course!). Best of all, many organizations are still running their fall festivals this year!

October

October is sure to be a spooky month (but hopefully only in a good way)! Creep through the halls of a haunted mansion, or take a scary stroll through a local forest. Bring your little ghosts and goblins out to one of these many fun and frightful, family-friendly events. Don’t forget your costume!

November

We’re grateful for a full calendar this month! Our November family-friendly events list has us celebrating the upcoming holiday season with plenty of indoor and outdoor events. Arts and crafts, turkey shoots, story times, and more. There’s something here for every family.

December

Our roundup of December family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season.


Want your event to be added to the Kidlist calendar? Click here to submit an event. Please note that all submitted events are reviewed by the Kidlist team before publishing.