Don’t you love the crisp fall air?! It’s such a great time to get out with your kids and enjoy the weather, cinnamon and pumpkin spice smells, warm sun, and cool evenings. We have all of the great fall activities for kids and families that you’ll want to check out to plan some fun days! Our guide to pumpkin patches has all the locations, hours, prices, and features you will find at each- same with the apple picking guide and many others below. Click on any of the activity headings to get location options and also don’t forget to check out the Kidlist calendar for more kid-friendly fun!
Fall Activities for Kids
Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests
This one contains all of the fall fun in the western suburbs to enjoy with your family. Keep reading to find out about fall festivals, Oktoberfests, and activities by date and throughout the season!
Where to pick apples, complete with a map to locate an orchard near you, start dates, phone numbers, hours, admission/parking fees, and descriptions.
The Best Caramel Apple Recipe
We’ve searched far and wide for a great homemade caramel apple recipe and found it! Get the recipe and tips to be successful.
Pumpkin Patches with Fall Activities
All of the pumpkin patches within an hour of the western suburbs of Chicago below with descriptions, admission prices, and hours.
Combo Trip! Pumpkins + Apple Picking + Activities
Combine apple picking with going to a pumpkin patch and enjoy both fall activities at one location. We have the details of where you can go for both.
Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Decorate pumpkins, watch Halloween-themed movies, take a hayride, listen to a storyteller, enjoy Halloween treats and games, and more. Mark these down on your calendar and celebrate the season all throughout the month! You can also visit out Halloween Guide for more spooky fun, including the best decorated houses this season and haunted forest walks.
Go on a Leaf Hunt
Walk around the block or through the forest preserve and use the free printable found in this one to search and hunt for common found tree leaves in our area.
The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs
Enjoy the beauty of autumn at one of these kid-friendly places. It’s especially magical to visit these places first thing in the morning or in the evening before dusk, but they are beautiful all day!
Local Farms to Visit with Kids
Interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides. We have descriptions for all the local farms that are open to the public!
Camping with Kids
Locations within three hours to take your kids camping!
Whether it is a weekend trail ride, on-going lessons, a birthday party or summer camp you seek, horse enthusiasts will love this list.
Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!
Parks with Paved Paths
Get a change of scenery at these parks with paved paths. The surfaces are smooth for the most part, making them perfect for strollers and rollerblading.
Where and How To Take Your Kids Fishing
Ponds to go fishing, where to buy kid-sized fishing poles, how to tie the hook to the line, where to buy bait, and how to cast your line. Basically everything you need to know to go fishing with your kids!
A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.
Local Mini Golf Courses
We compiled all the fun places to play miniature golf! Some even have waterfalls and windmills, so check out this list will all the features, prices, and locations of each.
Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago
We are loving nature this year. There are so many beautiful things to see in the suburbs! Get the inside info on where to park and how to get to these waterfalls.
Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland
This year is a little different with only virtual theater options being offered, but don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained by local theater groups.
Drive-In Movie Theaters and Events
These events have been big this summer and some are continuing in the fall.
Shalom Wildlife Zoo in Wisconsin
Get the inside scoop from a local mom who took her family to this drive-thru zoo.
Drive-Thru Safari in Lake Geneva
This is a great insider’s guide to the drive-thru safari with a video, nearby restaurant recommendations, and more.
New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs
We keep tabs on all the construction and updates going on with our wonderful park district and playgrounds. Find out what is new and what will be completed in the future!
Schaumburg Sculpture Park
Most sculptures along the paths are kid-friendly for climbing, touching, and getting up close, so get the details about exploring this park.
Peck Farm Park and Hawks Hollow Nature Playground in Geneva
Butterfly house, nature playground, sensory garden, and exploration room sound of interest? Check out this great overview of what you will find at Peck Farm Park.
Fairy Gardens in the Western Suburbs
Three local homeowners have gone above and beyond our wildest dreams with their fairy gardens!
St. James Farm in Warrenville
St. James Farm is a free local outing for families looking to stretch their legs, learn a little history, and enjoy the gorgeous outdoor landscaping. Get a preview of what you can explore there.
Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva
This picture-perfect spot offers paths for hiking and biking, gardens for exploring, a river for kayaking, and plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Find out where to park and where you can find the most beautiful spots!
Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During the Pandemic
Want an overview of all the outdoor fun you can have this fall? Check out our gigantic map of fun!
Fall Spice Play Dough Recipe
You are going to love this homemade play dough… it smells so good!
Snag some good deals on all kinds of clothes, toys, equipment, and more at these sales at local organizations and schools. It’s also a great time to donate or sell things that you have moved on from as well.
Where To Take Fall Family Photographs
Some of our favorite photographers share gorgeous locations for photo sessions with examples.
Amusement Parks aren’t open this year, but let’s leave this here so we can look forward to 2021!
A comprehensive list of local amusement parks and tips to make your day enjoyable for all ages.