January 2021 Family-Friendly Events

By:
Outdoor ActivitiesWinter

I think we can all agree that we’re excited for the a fresh start this year! January is a month filled with snowy fun. Sled, ski, or curl up inside with some hot cocoa. Register for some extra indoor and outdoor fun at these family-friendly events in January 2021.

January 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Do you have an event to submit to the Kidlist calendar? Simply click this link and fill out the form. Thanks! Please note that all submitted events are reviewed by the Kidlist team.

Please note that MOST of these events require registration in advance. If an event interests you, check it out now to make sure you get a spot!

Weekly Events

Let It Shine Light Show (Northbrook Court)
November 16, 2020 – January 9, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm on weekdays, 4:30pm – 11:00pm on weekends
Tickets are sold per vehicle, and must be purchased in advance.

Winter Lights at Central Park (Oak Brook)
December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

Holiday In The Park Drive-Thru Experience (Great America, Gurnee)
Select days in January 2021 | times vary

Gnome Hunt (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
Daily in January | 11:00am – 3:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am – 3:00pm on weekends
Included with admission.

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

Ambassador Tour (Willowbrook Forest Preserve, Glen Ellyn)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in January, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am or 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Nature Tots (Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace)
Select Mondays and Fridays in January 2021 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Must register in advance.

Bringing the Zoo to You: Facebook Live (Brookfield Zoo, Virtual)
Weekdays in January and February, 2021 | 11:00am

Winter Story Trail (Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland)
Saturdays and Sundays in January, 2021 | 9:00am – 3:00pm

Nights of Lights (Wheaton)
November 20, 2020 – February 10, 2021 | dusk – 10:00pm

Festival of Lights Winter Walk (Bolingbrook)
December 6, 2020 – January 10, 2021 | dusk – 10:00pm

Snow Big Deal Week (Oswego)
January 11 – 18, 2021 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Reserve your 2-hour appointment in advance.

Week of January 1, 2021

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 1, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park (Lombard)
January 1, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm

ZooLights (Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago)
January 1, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Lightscape (Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe)
January 1, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm with extended hours select Fridays and Saturdays
Must buy tickets in advance.

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 2, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sneaky Snowmen Scavenger Hunt (Glen Ellyn)
January 2, 2021 | 9:00am – 3:00pm

ZooLights (Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago)
January 2, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Kohlights (Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview)
January 2, 2021 | 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Must purchase tickets in advance online.

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park (Lombard)
January 2, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Lightscape (Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe)
January 2, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm with extended hours select Fridays and Saturdays
Must buy tickets in advance.

Nutcracker Window Wonderland Show (Aspire Dance Company, Lombard)
January 2, 2021 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 3, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

ZooLights (Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago)
January 3, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Kohlights (Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview)
January 3, 2021 | 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Must purchase tickets in advance online.

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park (Lombard)
January 3, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Lightscape (Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe)
January 3, 2021 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm with extended hours select Fridays and Saturdays
Must buy tickets in advance.

Week of January 4, 2021

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 4, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

School’s Day Off (Elmhurst)
January 4, 2021 | 7:00am – 5:00pm
Must register in advance.

Day Off Fun (Addison)
January 4, 2021 | 7:00am – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 5, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

School’s Day Off (Elmhurst)
January 5, 2021 | 7:00am – 5:00pm
Must register in advance.

Family Fest at Winter Lights (Central Park, Oak Brook)
January 5, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Socially Distant BINGO (Roselle)
January 5, 2021 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 6, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 6, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

Colleges & Preparing for Success on the SAT, and a Preview of ‘Who Gets In and Why’ with Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Selingo (Virtual)
January 6, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 7, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Story-Trail for Kids: The Snowy Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 7, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Winter Craft Pick-Up Kits (Palos Park)
January 7, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 8, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Story-Trail for Kids: The Snowy Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 8, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 8, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Fortnite Tournament (Downers Grove, Virtual)
January 8, 2021 | 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Must register in advance.

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
January 8, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Registration is required.

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 9, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Restoration Workdays (Glen Ellyn)
January 9, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Advance registration is required.

Story-Trail for Kids: The Snowy Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 9, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Modaff & Miff: Helping Kids with Worry Event (Inside Out Club, Naperville, Virtual)
January 9, 2021 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Farm Crafts (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Virtual)
January 9, 2021 | 11:00am – 11:20am
Must register in advance.

Flick N Float (Lemont)
January 9, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Nutcracker Window Wonderland Show (Aspire Dance Company, Lombard)
January 9, 2021 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Illumination: Tree Lights (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 10, 2021 | times vary
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Story-Trail for Kids: The Snowy Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 10, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Week of January 11, 2021

Story-Trail for Kids: The Snowy Day (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 11, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Museum Field Trip Mondays (Downers Grove Museum)
January 11, 2021 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Advance registration is required.

Sky Observers Hangout: Don’t Light Up The Night (Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Virtual)
January 11, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Bluey Celebration (Darien)
January 12, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Must register in advance.

Family Fest at Winter Lights (Central Park, Oak Brook)
January 12, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Preschool Open House (York Center Park District)
January 12, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Must schedule appointment in advance.

Author Visit – Len Vlahos & Julie Halpern (Anderson’s Bookshop, Virtual)
January 12, 2021 | 7:00pm

 Phyllis L. Fagell: Middle School Matters: 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive and Prepare for a Changing World (Virtual)
January 12, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 13, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

Phyllis L. Fagell: Workshop for Professionals How to Bring Out The Best in Students ages 9-15 in a Pandemic (Virtual)
January 13, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Ackerman Arts-and-Crafts to Go (Glen Ellyn)
January 13, 2021 | 4:00pm
Must register in advance to pick up kits the day before.

Meet an Owl (Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Virtual)
January 14, 2021 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Must register in advance.

School’s Day Off (Elmhurst)
January 15, 2021 | 7:00am – 5:00pm
Must register in advance.

All Day Camp (York Center Park District)
January 15, 2021 | 7:30am – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Nature Outings (Glen Ellyn)
January 15, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 15, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Winter Nature Hike (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
January 15, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Must register in advance

Wild Night Out at the Lincoln Center (Downers Grove)
January 15, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Must register in advance.

Author Visit – Jennifer Holm (Anderson’s Bookshop, Virtual)
January 15, 2021 | 7:00pm

Friends of the Forest (Downers Grove)
January 16, 2021 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Farm Crafts (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Virtual)
January 16, 2021 | 11:00am – 11:20am
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Soccer (Carol Stream)
January 16, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Kickball (Carol Stream)
January 16, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Laser Tag (Warrenville)
January 16, 2021 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

City Wide Sleepover Kit (St. Charles)
January 16, 2021 | 6:30pm
Must register in advance to pick up kits beginning January 11, 2021.

Family Trivia Night (Lisle, Virtual)
January 16, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Mother Daughter Zumba (Carol Stream)
January 17, 2021 | 10:45am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Marvelous Monarchs (St. James Farm, Virtual)
January 17, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Winter Survival (Downers Grove)
January 17, 2021 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Wiffleball (Carol Stream)
January 17, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Dodgeball (Carol Stream)
January 17, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Kids Driving Kindness Event (Inside Out Club, Naperville, Virtual)
January 17, 2021 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Week of January 18, 2021

School’s Day Off (Elmhurst)
January 18, 2021 | 7:00am – 5:00pm
Must register in advance.

Day Off Fun (Addison)
January 18, 2021 | 7:00am – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

School Day Off (Lombard)
January 18, 2021 | 7:00am – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

All Day Camp (York Center Park District)
January 18, 2021 | 7:30am – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Day-Off Drop-Off (North Riverside)
January 18, 2021 | 8:00am – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

School Day In (Oakbrook Terrace)
January 18, 2021 | 8:30am – 3:30pm with extended hours available
Must register in advance.

School’s Out (Roselle)
January 18, 2021 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
Must register in advance, with before and after-care options available.

Martin Luther King Day One-Day Camp 2021 (Naperville Area Humane Society)
January 18, 2021 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

NaturePlay Day (Downers Grove)
January 18, 2021 | 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

ActivKids Days Off Club (Carol Stream)
January 18, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Must register in advance. Before and after care also available.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Music Camps! (Bach to Rock, Naperville)
January 18, 2021 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Must register in advance

Open Gym (Westmont)
January 18, 2021 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Donation Parade (Carol Stream)
January 18, 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm
Drop off supplies to the Outreach Community Center.

MLK Day: King in Chicago (Chicago History Museum, Virtual)
January 18, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

MLK Healing Peace Circle (Oak Park Public Library, Virtual)
January 18, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:00pm for grades 4 and 5, 1:00pm – 2:00pm for grades 6 – 8.
Must register in advance.

Archery: Families (St. James Farm, Warrenville)
January 18, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

Choose Kind Storytime (Wheaton Public Library, Virtual)
January 18, 2021 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm

King Day Virtual Performance: Rebirth Poetry Ensemble and In the Spirit (Art Institute of Chicago)
January 18, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Family Fest at Winter Lights (Central Park, Oak Brook)
January 19, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Bookworms (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
January 20, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:00am
Must register in advance.

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 20, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

King Day Virtual Talk: (In)Justice (Art Institute of Chicago)
January 20, 2021 | 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Ackerman Arts-and-Crafts to Go (Glen Ellyn)
January 20, 2021 | 4:00pm
Must register in advance to pick up kits the day before.

Story-Trail for Kids: Over and Under the Snow (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 21, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Little Saplings: Scurrying Squirrels (Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles)
January 21, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Drive-Thru Drop-Off Food Drives (Glen Ellyn)
January 21, 2021 | 9:30am – 3:30pm

Preschool Open House (Geneva)
January 21, 2021 | 5:30pm – 6:15pm or 6:20pm – 7:05pm
Pre-registration is required.

Virtual Nature Bingo Night (Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville)
January 21, 2020 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

Friendship Station Preschool Open House (Geneva)
January 21, 2021 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Register for a time slot in advance.

Story-Trail for Kids: Over and Under the Snow (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 22, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 22, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Indoor Drive-In Movie: Turbo! (Downers Grove)
January 22, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Dodgeball Night (Lombard)
January 22, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Netflix Nights at Home: Puss in Boots (Berwyn)
January 22, 2021 | 7:00pm
Must register in advance.

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
January 22, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Registration is required.

Story-Trail for Kids: Over and Under the Snow (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 23, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Family Field Trip – Fresh Air Hike (Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles)
January 23, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

SUE Science Saturdays: Prehistoric Party (Field Museum, Virtual)
January 23, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

Indoor Drive-In Movie: Turbo! (Downers Grove)
January 23, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Farm Crafts (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Virtual)
January 23, 2021 | 11:00am – 11:20am
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Soccer (Carol Stream)
January 23, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Must register in advance.

Lake View Nature Center Open House (Oakbrook Terrace)
January 23, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Outer Space Exploration (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
January 23, 2021 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Kickball (Carol Stream)
January 23, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Wild Night Out (Downers Grove)
January 23, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Story-Trail for Kids: Over and Under the Snow (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 24, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Mother Daughter Zumba (Carol Stream)
January 24, 2021 | 10:45am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Wiffleball (Carol Stream)
January 24, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Must register in advance.

Outdoor Youth Dodgeball (Carol Stream)
January 24, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Fleece Hats for Cancer Fighters (Inside Out Club, Naperville, Virtual)
January 24, 2021 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Snowflake Scavenger Hunt (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
January 24, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Week of January 25, 2021

Story-Trail for Kids: Over and Under the Snow (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
January 25, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Family Fest at Winter Lights (Central Park, Oak Brook)
January 26, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Magic Class (Downers Grove)
January 26, 2021 | 6:45pm – 7:40pm
Must register in advance.

Bookworms (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
January 27, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:00am
Must register in advance.

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 27, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

Dr. John Duffy: Workshop for Professionals: Understanding Our Student’s Stressed, Depressed, and Amazing Adolescence in the Age of Anxiety (Virtual)
January 27, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Ackerman Arts-and-Crafts to Go (Glen Ellyn)
January 27, 2021 | 4:00pm
Must register in advance to pick up kits the day before.

Friendship Festival (Darien)
January 27, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Must register in advance.

Snowflake Scavenger Hunt (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
January 27, 2021 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Dr. John Duffy: Parenting in the New Age of Anxiety: Understanding Your Child’s Stressed, Depressed and Amazing Adolescence (Virtual)
January 27, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Virtual Nature Bingo Night (Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville)
January 28, 2020 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

Open Nature Play Day (Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, Chicago)
January 29, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Must register in advance.

Father Son Nerf Night (Roselle)
January 29, 2021 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm or 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Must register for session corresponding to participant’s age.

Let Your Talent Shine! (Geneva)
January 29, 2021 | 7:00pm
Must register in advance.

Hot Chocolate Hike (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
January 29, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Cabin Fever Frenzy (Oswego)
January 29 – 31, 2021 | 7:00pm
Must register by January 22, 2021.

Frosty Fest (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
January 30, 2021 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Train Saturdays (DuPage County Historical Museum)
January 30, 2021 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Family Hike (Peck Farm, Geneva)
January 30, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

Full Moon Campfire Hikes (Downers Grove)
January 30, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Mammoths in Our Midst (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Virtual)
January 30, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Helping Courageous Kids in the Hospital & More Event (Inside Out Club, Naperville, Virtual)
January 30, 2021 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Dog Admission Day (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
January 31, 2021 | 7:00 am – sunset
Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Stop by our Guide to Winter Activities to extend your family-friendly fun and don’t forget to tag us on social media using #mykidlist.

Join the List

Let us help you plan fun days!
Get kid-friendly updates straight to your inbox
When would you like to receive Kidlist emails?*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Related Articles

About the Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Our Amazing Sponsors
Popular Guides
Menu