Free February 2021 Fun in Chicagoland

We’ve hit the home stretch of winter! While we definitely see some chilly days in March and April, February signifies that the end of winter is near! We’ve gathered information about exciting, and FREE, ways for your family to spend time together this month during this chilly month. Whether you’re engulfed in a science demonstration courtesy of Fermilab, missing the holidays at one of the light displays, or popping into one of our amazing nature centers, we’ve got all you need to have fun without spending a penny this month!

Free February 2021 Fun in Chicagoland

February 2021 Free Winter Events

Below is a list of some of the free events running in February. Don’t forget to check our February calendar for more fun-filled activities.

Winter Lights at Central Park (Oak Brook)
February 1 – 28, 2021 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

Children’s Story Trail and Craft: Groundhog Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
February 1 – 8, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Nights of Lights (Wheaton)
February 1 – 10, 2021 | dusk – 10:00pm

Free Family Hike with a Naturalist (Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville)
February 6, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Fermilab’s 2021 Virtual Family Open House
February 10 – 14, 2021 | times vary

Children’s Animal Valentine Card Craft Pick Up (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
February 11 – 14, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Ice Festival (Downers Grove)
February 13 and 14, 2021| all day
Stop through downtown Downers Grove for this socially distanced version of their annual event!

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Children’s Story Trail: Ruby’s Birds (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
February 15 – 21, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

37th Annual DuPage Area STEM Expo (Virtual)
February 21 – 27, 2021 | times vary

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
Thursdays through Mondays in February, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Winter Story Trail (Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland)
Weekends in February, 2021 | 9:00am – 3:00pm

Open Nature Play Day (Trailside Nature Center, River Forest)
Select days in February, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm on Wednesdays and 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Fridays
Registration is required.

Storytime at the Conservatory (Oak Park Conservatory)
Wednesdays in February, 2021 | 10:00am or 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Free February Fun Thanks to Your Local Libraries

Almost all library events are free! Story times are nearly all 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.

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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 typically offer free days in February. As COVID-19 mitigation measures are frequently changing, check their websites for the most up-to-date information about visiting hours.

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Free February Fun at the Zoo

While our local zoos usually offer free days in February, they’re all closed throughout February 2021. Check back for more fun in 2022!

Other Free Things to Do in Our Area

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

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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