400+ Free Things to Do in February: Don’t Miss These ‘Frugal February’ Gems


We kept things budget-friendly in January, so why not keep it going for Frugal February? We’ve gathered over 400 events and activities for free family things to do in February 2024, so there’s no need to worry about the price tag on your next family adventure.

Free visits to Chicago’s most renowned museums, a trip to your local library for new books, or a snow-filled day on the sled hills will fill your February with family fun. Best of all, they’ll keep your wallet full, too!

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They are knowledgable, approachable, and welcome your questions. So don’t hesitate to reach out to ask their advice, get an overview of how they can help your family plan for the future, or get ideas for how manage your money now.

Free February 2024 Fun in Chicagoland

Events may change, and some require prior registration. Please check directly with the hosting organization before you make plans!

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Child watches a model train go by at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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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! Check out a new book, movie, or even board games! Our handy list of Libraries in the Western Suburbs gives you a look at some of our readers’ favorites.

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.

Bring the great outdoors indoors! Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Elmhurst’s Wilder Park Conservatory, and Oak Park Conservatory are all free.

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.

Free February Fun at Local Museums

Many local museums are offering free days in February, so check out our list of 2024 Museum Free Days for easy planning.

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. Brookfield Zoo has quite a few free days scheduled in February 2024. 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 that an adult meal is purchased, you’ll certainly notice a smaller tab when you visit on Kids Eat Free nights.

Check out our Best Winter Activities for more ideas to help your family enjoy the winter months.

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