The best kind of summer fun is free summer fun! Save those dollar bills for the ice cream truck (or a family vacation): there are plenty of options for free summer fun in the Western suburbs.
This huge list of free summer fun is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District!
Winding slopes, streams, bridges, and tunnels add to the challenge at Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf. Take your best putt and try to sink a hole-in-one this summer. The blue course contains 18 holes of lengthy, flat slopes – easily accessible by strollers and wheel chairs. The red course is decorated with tree and frog obstacles, imitation sand and rough patches, a figure-8, and even a hole carved through a waterfall! Golfers often cool down with slushies, soft drinks or other favorites (ice cream!) from the Maryknoll Café, located just inside the Clubhouse. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. For hours and rates, visit www.HolesAndKnolls.com.
2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs
Kidlist has tons of ideas for free family fun. Here are a few of our most popular articles with free ideas:
- Catch a movie in the park! There are tons of options being offered all throughout the suburbs.
- Pack up the lawn chairs and head to a free concert through one of the summer music series being offered in the area.
- Stroll along and see cool automobiles at one of the summer 2018 classic car shows.
- Check out 2018 museum free days include summer dates for the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, the DuSable Museum of African-American history, and more.
- Visit Chicagoland nature centers, which are a year-round source of free fun make for a great home base (with air conditioning!) for an outdoor adventure
- Go out as a family at a spot where kids eat free in Chicago’s west suburbs.
- Visit a splash pad together; many are free, while some charge a small fee.
- Discover a new playground together.
- Look to the skies at a local kite festival.
Free Bowling for Kids
Kids Bowl Free
Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling every day all summer long. You must create a login and enter your child’s month and year of birth in order to be eligible. Participating bowling alleys in this program include:
1101 Butterfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
2031 N. Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Cicero Town Hall Bowl
5025 W. 25th St.
Cicero, IL 60804
Summer 2018 Fishing Derbies
See how many fish you can catch! Kids may need a fishing license to participate.
Fish O Rama (Wheaton)
June 16, 2018 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Family Fishing Derby (Burr Ridge)
June 16, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fishing Derby (Clarendon Hills)
July 14, 2018 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Annual Fishing Derby (Downers Grove)
August 4, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Other Free Summer Events
Did you know that you can search the Kidlist calendar for other free local events?! Click here to see all of the free events coming up near you. You can even filter the results further by distance from your house, type of event (event category), day of the week and more!
There are free summer events happening all over our area:
Party in the Park (Western Springs)
June 1, 2018 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pet Parade (La Grange)
June 2, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Carillon Concerts (Naperville)
Every Tuesday from June 5–August 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids Klub (Lombard)
Every Wednesday from June 6–August 8, 2018 | Times vary
Explore the Forest (Bellwood)
June 6, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gathering on the Green (Western Springs)
June 8, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Teen Splash Bash (Glen Ellyn)
June 8, 2018 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival (Hinsdale)
June 9–10, 2018 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Scales and Tales Traveling Zoo (Downers Grove)
June 9, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Willow Pond Park Grand Opening (Willowbrook)
June 9, 2018 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Eldridge Adventure Day (Elmhurst)
June 10, 2018 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment (Naperville)
June 12, 17, and 26; July 10, 17, and 24 | Shows begin at 11:30 am and last approximately 45 minutes
Taco Tuesday (Hinsdale)
June 12, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kid Series (Berwyn)
June 14, July 12, and August 15 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Noche Latina (Berwyn)
June 16, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Totally Tuesdays Free Kids Lunchtime Entertainment
June 19, July 10, and August 7 | 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Centennial Park Party (River Forest)
June 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kids Time (Lisle)
June 23, July 21, and August 25| 10:30 am – 11:30 am
BAM Fest (Berwyn)
June 23, 2018 | 11:00 am
25th Annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta (Glen Ellyn)
June 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kids Movie Matinee (Clarendon Hills)
June 18, July 9, July 23, and August 20 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Park Days (La Grange)
July 11, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ice Cream Social (Clarendon Hills)
July 12, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Fun Night (Glen Ellyn)
July 18, 2018 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mario Kart in the Park (Berwyn)
July 20, 2018| 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darien Day in the Park (Darien)
August 5, 2018 | 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Teen Night (Western Springs)
August 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Touch A Truck (Clarendon Hills)
August 17, 2018 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Big Rigs and Kids (Villa Park)
August 18, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
We’d love to hear from our readers about what free family fun is happening in your town. Please share in the comments field below! Then, find more outdoor family fun.