July 2020 Family-Friendly Events

The month of July is full of summer-time fun! Outdoor movies, concerts, and water activities are just some of the many family-friendly events in the western suburbs. Now more than ever, it’s important to click on the links for up-to-date information about social distancing requirements, advanced registration details, or any other guidelines to consider that will ensure your family enjoys their time together.

July 2020 Events

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

Midday Spray (Naperville)
Every weekday | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Feed the Goats and Feed the Chickens at Primrose Farm (St. Charles)
Every Tuesday and Thursday | 10:00am – 10:30am
Advance registration required.

Summer Slices (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Advance registration required.

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment (Naperville)
Every Tuesday | 11:30am – 12:30pm

Storytime in the Garden (Oak Park)
Every Wednesday | 10:00 am and 11:00 am

CHI-Together Outdoor Movie Nights (Chicago)
Dates throughout the month| 7:00pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

Parking Lot Cinema at Elgin Cinema (Elgin)
Dates throughout the month | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

Summer Concert Series (Oak Brook)
Every Thursday | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Registration is required.

Drive-In Concerts (St. Charles)
Every Thursday | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Advanced registration required.

Fun Fridays (West Chicago)
Every Friday | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Walk (Oak Brook)
Every Saturday | Sessions starting on the hour from 9:00am – 2:00pm

Movies on the Green (Geneva Commons)
Every Saturday | 4:00pm – 6:00pm or 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Limit of 50 people on the Green.

Event Calendar

Week of July 6, 2020

Little Sprouts at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 8, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advance registration required.

Picture Book Picnic at the Library (Villa Park)
July 8, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Lunch on the Lawn (Hinsdale)
July 8, 2020 | 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Movies in the Park (Geneva)
July 8, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Youth Kayak Fishing Experience (Aurora)
July 9, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:30pm
Registration required.

Circle Park Storytime (Bloomingdale)
July 9, 2020 | 1:30pm – 2:00pm

Manners Matter (River Forest)
July 9, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00 pm
Registration required.

Summer Break with the Bunny (River Forest)
July 9, 2020 | 5:30pm – 6:00pm, 6:00pm – 6:30pm, or 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie Nights (Bolingbrook)
July 9, 2020 | 8:15pm – 10:15pm
Sign up in advance.

Camping Under the Stars (Western Springs)
July 10, 2020 | 6:00pm
Advance registration required.

Movie in the Park: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (La Grange)
July 10, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Movies in the Park – The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Elmhurst)
July 10, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Advanced reservations required; full at this time, but sign up for August.

Free Fishing Day (Bolingbrook)
July 11, 2020 | 8:00am – 6:00pm

Art for Two (Naperville)
July 11, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Register in advance.

Restoration Workdays (Glen Ellyn)
July 11, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Family Bike Challenge (Bolingbrook)
July 11, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Dinosaur Dig (La Grange)
July 11, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register in advance.

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Unplug Illinois (South Elgin)
July 11, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Register in advance.

Second Saturday: Family Program (Wheaton)
July 11, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Take-home supplies given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Youth Video Game Club (Oak Park)
July 11, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Registration required.

Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR (River Forest)
July 12, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Snake Search (St. Charles)
July 12, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Registration required.

Fishin’ Kids (Naperville)
July 12, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Registration required.

Week of July 13, 2020

Free Youth Sports Days (Bolingbrook)
Daily classes offered July 13 – 18, 2020 | Times vary
Register in advance for various sports offered.

Tie -Dye Fun (Lombard)
July 13, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Kids Go Wild Fire Building and Cooking (Oswego)
July 14, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Little Acorns (Lisle)
July 14, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Registration required.

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt (Western Springs)
July 14, 2020 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie (Bloomingdale)
July 14, 2020 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Drive-In Movie: Space Jam (Lemont)
July 14, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets go on sale online at 9a m the day before the event.

Summer Toy Drive (Dupage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
July 15, 2020 | 8:00am – 11:0am and 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Wolf Road Prairie Hikes (Westchester)
July 15, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Registration required.

Picture Book Picnic at the Library (Villa Park)
July 15, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Concerts in the Park (Geneva)
July 15, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Little Sprouts at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 16, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advance registration required.

Water Balloon Olympics (Darien)
July 16, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Registration required.

Movie in the Park (Clarendon Hills)
July 16, 2020 | 8:45pm – 10:45pm
Registration required; only open to Clarendon Hills residents.

Dance Pop-Ups (La Grange)
July 17, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00 pm and 2:30 – 4:30
Registration required.

Teen Birdwatchers Meetup (Darien)
July 17, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Yoga and Superhero Workshop (Western Springs)
July 17, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Registration required.

Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream Science and History (Westmont)
July 17, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration required.

Ice Cream Social (Forest Park)
July 17, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

“Drive-In” Movie Night at DeForest Dance Academy (Elmhurst)
July 17, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Campfire Stories and S’mores (Batavia)
July 17, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Tweens & Teens Glow Golf Party (Carol Stream)
July 17, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Registration required; closes at 5pm the day of the event.

Drive-In Movie Onward (Western Springs)
July 17, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Register in advance.

Dog Spa Day (Hinsdale)
July 18, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm
Registration required.

Babysitter Training (Montgomery)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Landscape Workday (Riverside)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Hand Sewing for Children Workshop (North Riverside)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Registration required.

Hiking for Health (Aurora)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Register in advance.

Canine 5k (Roselle)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Youth Fishing Tourney (Woodridge)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Woodland Family Hike (Lisle)
July 18, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

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Rusty Rodeo (Batavia)
July 18, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Registration required.

Classic Car Cruise (Elgin)
July 18, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Smash Brothers Tournament (Naperville)
July 18, 2020 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration required.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament (Oak Park)
July 18, 2020 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Campfire Desserts (Downers Grove)
July 18, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance.

Introduction to Crayola Calligraphy (Naperville)
July 18, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Registers in advance.

Drive-In Movie (Lisle)
July 18, 2020 | 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Pre-register online.

Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream Science (Naperville)
July 19, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Cave Hike (Batavia)
July 19, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

The Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream (Batavia)
July 19, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie Night: Grease (Fox Valley Mall, Aurora)
July 19, 2020 | 8:30 pm – 10:30pm
Advance registration required.

Week of July 20, 2020

Little Acorns (Lisle)
July 20, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advanced registration required.

Museum Maker Monday Kits (Elmhurst)
July 20, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Life Coaching: The Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

It’s Magic (Westmont)
July 20, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

Life Coaching: Whack-A-Worry (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration required.

National Moon Day Party (Geneva)
July 20, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Pre-registration required.

Life Coaching: Communication Lab (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Park Cookout in Bircher Park (Geneva)
July 21, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00 pm

Drive-in Movie: Yesterday (Lemont)
July 21, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Buy tickets online.

History Heroes – Archaeology Dig (Batavia)
July 22, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Advance registration required.

Little Sprouts at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 22, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advance registration required.

Picture Book Picnic at the Library (Villa Park)
July 22, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Roselle Rock Garden (Roselle)
July 22, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Movies in the Park (Geneva)
July 22, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Slime Time (La Grange)
July 23, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 23, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Registration required.

80’S Drive-In Movie Night Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Clarendon Hills)
July 23, 2020 | 7:45pm – 10:30pm
Advanced registration required.

Family Campout (Bensenville)
July 24, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00am
Pre-registration required.

Drive-In” Movie Night (Glen Ellyn)
July 24, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Family Nature Night (Oak Park)
July 24, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Must pre-register.

Singing Insects (St. Charles)
July 24, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Sonic (Berwyn)
July 24, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Movie in the Park: The Santa Claus (Hinsdale)
July 24, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

A Night at the Movies: Toy Story 4 (Naperville)
July 24, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Movie in the Park: Aladdin (Westmont)
July 24, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 24, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Registration required.

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Pirate Adventure on the Fox (St. Charles)
July 25, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00 pm
Purchase tickets online.

Fishing Days (Palos Heights)
July 25, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:30am
Call to register.

Party for the Planet (Brookfield)
July 25, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Super Sensational Saturday Mornings (Villa Park)
July 25, 2020 | 10:30am – 11:15am
Pre-registration required.

Woodland Family Hike at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 25, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Forest Playdates (Batavia)
July 25, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance.

Mini Golf Tournament (Geneva)
July 25, 2020 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

Christmas in July Fest (Downers Grove)
July 25, 2020 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 25, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Pre-registration required.

Fishin’ Kids (Naperville)
July 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Week of July 27, 2020

Drive-In Movie Nights (Bolingbrook)
July 27, 2020 | 8:15pm – 10:15pm
Sign up online (sold out as of July 7).

Summertime Buddies (River Forest)
July 27, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie (Bloomingdale)
July 28, 2020 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Drive-In Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Lemont)
July 28, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Registration required.

History Heroes – Archaeology Dig (Batavia)
July 29, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Concerts in the Park (Geneva)
July 29, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Summer Drive-In Movies (Batavia)
July 29, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Register online.

Drive-In Movie Night: Footloose (Fox Valley Mall, Aurora)
July 29, 2020 | 8:30 pm – 10:30pm
Advance registration required.

Youth Kayak Fishing Experience (Elburn)
July 30, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:30pm
Register in advance.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Certification (Hinsdale)
July 30, 2020 | 9:00am – 4:30pm
Registration required.

Splash Bash (Batavia)
July 30, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Movies Under the Moon: Toy Story 4 in Castaldo Park (Woodridge)
July 30, 2020 | 8:45pm – 10:30pm

Picnic and Paint in the Park (Clarendon Hills)
July 31, 2020 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Registration required; limited to Clarendon Hills residents.

Parents Night Out (Oakbrook Terrace)
July 31, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie: Incredibles 2 (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
July 31, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Pre-registration is required.

Teenie Weenie Drive-In Movie: Cars (Carol Stream)
July 31, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

A Night at the Movies: Captain Marvel at 95th Street Community Plaza (Naperville)
July 31, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Can’t decide which family-friendly event to do? Check out our summer bucket list for more inspiration.

We do our best to provide comprehensive, accurate and useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, websites, signs around town and word of mouth. However, details change and people make mistakes, so please confirm the details before you go. Kidlist is not responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities listed on this site.

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