Free February 2022 Fun in Chicagoland


It’s the final stretch of winter, and I’ll be honest, February is the time of the season where I start running out of ideas. Our usual boredom-busters or winter-friendly activities have all been done, and we’re looking for some inspiration. This list gives you ideas for mixing up your usual routine and trying something new, all without the worry of spending money. All of these events are free! Find details about free days at museums, winter festivals and other free February fun in our guide below.

Don’t forget to check our February calendar for more fun-filled activities, too.

Free February 2022 Fun in Chicagoland

February 2022 Free Winter Events

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
Thursdays – Mondays in February | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods, Chicago)
Wednesdays in February | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Take and Make Fridays (Brookfield Public Library)
Fridays in February | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Winter Animal Olympics (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
Select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
Sundays in February | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Mitten Blizzard (Berwyn)
February 2, 2022, 9:00am – 8:00pm

Groundhog Day Celebration (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
February 2, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Clifford the Big Red Dog Party (Clarendon Hills Public Library)
February 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:30am

Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival
February 4 – 6, 2022 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

25th Anniversary Kickoff (Elmhurst Art Museum)
February 4, 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

First Fridays (Downtown Aurora)
February 4, 2022 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Ice Art Walk and Cocoa Crawl (Wheaton)
February 5, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
There is a fee for cocoa mugs, but walking through the art displays is free.

Family Hike with a Naturalist (Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville)
February 5, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Legotastic Saturday (Brookfield Public Library)
February 5, 2022 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Ice-A-Palooza (Wheaton)
February 5, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Greg the Groundhog and Friends (Willow Springs)
February 5, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Pokémon Go Community Day Meetup (Downers Grove)
February 5, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Victorian Valentines (Glen Ellyn Historical Society)
February 5, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Cabin Fever Family Fun (Woodridge)
February 6, 2022, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Family Game Night (Naperville Public Library)
February 7, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center (St. Charles)
February 9, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

FermiLab Family Open House (Virtual Programming)
February 9 – 13, 2022 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Winter Scavenger Hunt (LaBagh Woods, Chicago)
February 9, 2022 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Volunteer Restoration Workday (Glen Ellyn Park District)
February 12, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Winter Exploration Day (Thatcher Woods, River Forest)
February 12, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Victorian Valentines (Glen Ellyn Historical Society)
February 12, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Happy February Birthday Storytime (Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien)
February 13, 2022 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Miss Jamie Mondays Interactive Musical Series (Fox Valley Mall, Aurora)
February 14, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:15am

Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt (Berwyn)
February 17, 2022 | 9:00am – 8:00pm

Mobile Museum of Tolerance (La Grange Park)
February 17 – 18, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday

Museum Trek (The Museums at Lisle Station Park)
February 19, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Winterfest (Bartlett Nature Center)
February 19, 2022 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Take It Tuesday (Clarendon Hills Public Library)
February 22, 2022 | 10:00am – 8:00pm

Seasonal Pop Up (Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs)
February 26, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Winter Dog Days Dog Walk (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
February 26, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Nature Center Open House (Oakbrook Terrace)
February 26, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Craft Exchange (Downers Grove Public Library)
February 26, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Free February Holiday Fun

There’s a lot to celebrate in February! We have lists for Valentine’s Day Fun and ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year. Each list includes official events, as well as ideas for at-home fun.

Visiting Your Local Library is Always Free

Almost all library events are free! Story times are both in-person and virtual at this time, and many libraries are offering craft and activity kits to-go. Check out a new book, movie, or even board games!

Free February Fun in the Great Outdoors

Outdoor ice rinks are scattered all over the suburbs. Most outdoor ice rinks are free and offer no shortage of fun! (If you don’t own skates, rental fees may apply.) Check out our round-ups of Ice Rinks in the Western Suburbs for ideas.

February almost always sees a few good snow days. When that is the case, make sure you get out there and hit the Sledding Hills in the Western Suburbs.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center offers free snowshoe rentals! Here’s our list of other great places for snowshoe rentals if you don’t mind spending a small fee for rentals.

Free February Fun at Nature Centers

Almost all of the nature centers are usually free, but February is a great time to visit in particular because you can enjoy nature without braving the elements. As COVID-19 mitigation measures are frequently changing, check their websites for the most up-to-date information about visiting hours.

Free February Fun at Local Museums

Many local museums are offering free days in February, so check out our list of 2022 Museum Free Days for easy planning. As COVID-19 mitigation measures are frequently changing, check their websites for the most up-to-date information about visiting hours.

Free Visits to the Zoo

Brave the elements, warm up at indoor exhibits, and enjoy a day at our favorite zoos. Lincoln Park Zoo and Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora are always free. As of January 15, 2022, Brookfield Zoo hasn’t announced any free days in 2022, but check their website for the most up-to-date information. Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is free for children, Wheaton residents, and members; adults visitors will pay a small fee.

Other Free Things to Do in Our Area

Your time and attention are free, but they can be worth so much to others! Give back during this season of love by volunteering with your kids at one of these amazing local organizations.

Dine out at a local restaurant offering Kids Eat Free options. While these deals usually require an adult meal be purchased, you’ll certainly notice a smaller tab when you visit on Kids Eat Free nights.

Check out our indoor activities page for more ideas to help your family enjoy the winter months.

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