July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly fun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

July 2021 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!

SummerBurst (Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview)
June 2 – August 29, 2021 | 8:30am – 31:15pm

Ribfest (Romeoville)
July 1 – 4, 2021

Fourth of July Festivities (Glen Ellyn)
July 3 and 4, 2021

Glendale Heights Fest (Glendale Heights)
July 14 – 18, 2021

Jurassic Quest: Drive Thru (NOW Arena, Hoffman Estates)
July 9 – 25, 2021 | times vary daily

Sidewalk Sale (Hinsdale)
July 23 – 24, 2021 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Taste of Roselle
July 30 – August 1, 2021

Midday Spray (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
Weekdays starting June 14, 2021 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Farmer’s Market (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
Mondays from May 31 – October 25, 2021 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment (Naperville)
Tuesdays from June 15 – July 20, 2021 | 11:30am
Location alternates between Riverwalk and 95th St. Community Plaza.

Summer Concerts in the Park (Elgin)
Tuesdays from June 22 – July 27, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Summer Concert Series (Downers Grove)
Tuesdays from May 25 – August 17, 2021 | 7:00pm
Reserve in-person viewing area or watch live-streamed at home.

River Rhapsody (Batavia)
Wednesdays from June 16 – August 4, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Bookworms (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
Wednesdays from June 16 – August 25, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:00am
Must register in advance.

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

Concerts in the Park (SPRC Soccer Fields, Geneva)
Wednesdays in July, 2021 | 7:00pm
Reservations are required.

Uniquely Thursdays (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
Thursdays from June 10 – August 12, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rockin’ Summer Concert Series (Central Park, Oak Brook)
Thursdays in July, 2021 | 6:30pm
Register in advance for your socially distant circle

Concerts in the Park (St. Charles)
Thursdays from May 27 – August 5, 2021 | 7:00pm

Live and Uncorked (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
Thursdays from June 17 – July 29, 2021 | Shows begin at 7:00pm

Concerts In Your Park (Naperville)
Select Sundays from June 13 – August 1, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location moves to a new park each week.

Week of July 1, 2021

Progressive Games and Grub: Family Sports Night (Burr Ridge)
July 1, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park: The Croods: A New Age (Bolingbrook)
July 1, 2021 | 8:45pm

Movies in the Park: Sonic the Hedgehog (Geneva)
July 1, 2021 | starts at dusk

Fourth of July Parade (Hinsdale)
July 3, 2021 | 10:00am

Independence Day 2021: Celebration Fireworks (DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton)
July 3, 2021 | time TBD

Firecracker 5K (Warrenville)
July 4, 2021 | 8:00am

Fourth of July Parade (Wheaton)
July 4, 2021 | starts at 11:00am

LibertyFest (Bensenville)
July 4, 2021

Independence Day Celebration (Westmont)
July 4, 2021 | 4:00pm – 9:30pm

Fourth of July Fireworks (St. Charles)
July 4, 2021 | starts at dusk

Fourth of July Fireworks (Elgin)
July 4, 2021 | starts at dusk

Week of July 5, 2021

Playground Adventures (Proksa Park, Berwyn)
July 6, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:30am

Pop-Up Party in the Park (Butterfield Park, Elmhurst)
July 7, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Picture Book Picnic (Villa Park)
July 7, 2021 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Ice Cream Social (Prospect Park, Clarendon Hills)
July 7, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Free event for Clarendon Hills residents.

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Rugaard Gazebo, Villa Park)
July 7, 2021 | 6:30pm

Christmas in July (Splash Country & Phillips Park, Aurora)
July 8, 2021 | time tba

Lunchtime Live!: Mr. Dave’s Music (Cerny Park,Warrenville)
July 8, 2021 | 11:30am

Summer 2021 Concert Series: Old Stumpy (Kemmerling Pool, Roselle)
July 8, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Movies in the Park: Trolls World Tour (Oakbrook Terrace)
July 8, 2021 | starts at approximately 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Frida Fridays! (Downtown Wheaton)
July 9, 2021 | 2:00pm – 9:00pm

Second Friday (Downtown Batavia)
July 9, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
July 9, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Reservations required.

Friday Night Acoustics (Naperville)
July 9, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Movies in the Park: Lion King (Berwyn)
July 9, 2021 | begins at dusk

Movie in the Park: The Goonies (Wilder Park, Elmhurst)
July 9, 2021 | entrance begins at 7:30pm, movie starts at dusk
Registration is required.

Movies in the Park: Shrek (St. Charles)
July 9, 2021 | starts at approximately 8:20pm

Garden Walk (Roselle)
July 10, 2021 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Unplug Illinois Day: Art in the Park (Roselle)
July 10, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Dino Dig (Western Springs)
July 10, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

Unplug Illinois Day: Family Scavenger Hunt (Roselle)
July 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Nature Art: Mud (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
July 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Year of the Butterfly Celebration (Oak Park Conservatory)
July 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Registration is required.

Summertime Family Fishing (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
July 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

Family Bike Challenge (Bolingbrook)
July 10, 2021 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Unplug Olympic Day (Woodridge)
July 10, 2021 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Register in advance.

Unplug Illinois Day: Picnic (Roselle)
July 10, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Unplug Illinois Day: Magic in the Park (Roselle)
July 10, 2021 | 11:15am – 12:00pm

Kite Fly (Warrenville)
July 10, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Youth Video Game Club (Oak Park)
July 10, 2021 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Must register in advance.

Ultimate Aquatic Challenge (Ridgeland Common Pool, Oak Park)
July 10, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Must pre-register.

Duck Derby (Splash Country & Phillips Park, Aurora)
July 11, 2021 | time tba

8th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta (Clarendon Hills)
July 11, 2021 | 9:00am

Sign Language Workshops (Oak Park)
July 11, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

Kidlist Park Playdate (Spring Rock Park, Western Springs)
July 11, 2021 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Week of July 12, 2021

Museum Maker Monday: Fizzy Flyer Rocket (Elmhurst Art Museum)
July 12, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Registration is required.

Lunch Time Series: Miss Jamie’s Farm Concert (Roselle)
July 13, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Must register in advance.

Bike Scavenger Hunt (Western Springs)
July 13, 2021 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Register in advance.

History Lives Here! (Westmont)
July 13, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is encouraged.

Community Bonfire (Hessler Park, Berwyn)
July 13, 2021 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Fun in the Sun Series (Kemmerling Pool, Roselle)
July 14, 2021 | all day

Illinois Resident Free Day (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
July 14, 2021 | all day

Picture Book Picnic (Villa Park)
July 14, 2021 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Kids in the Garden (Roselle)
July 14, 2021 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Lunch on the Lawn: Scribble Monster: The Eco Show (Burlington Park, Hinsdale)
July 14, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Children’s Concert: Istvan & His Imaginary Band (Darien)
July 14, 2021 | 6:30pm – 7:15pm

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Rugaard Gazebo, Villa Park)
July 14, 2021 | 6:30pm

Summer Entertainment Series (Lisle)
July 14, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
May require registration as date approaches.

Movies in the Park: Air Bud (Lombard)
July 14, 2021 | starts at dusk
Registration is required.

Thursday Concerts in the Park (Constitution Park, River Forest)
July 15, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Summer Movie in the Park: Tangled (Prospect Park, Clarendon Hills)
July 15, 2021 | activities begin at 8:15pm
Registration is required, for residents only.

Summer Movies in the Park: Lion King (Warrenville)
July 15, 2021 | starts at dusk

Movies in the Park: Cars (Bolingbrook)
July 15, 2021 | 8:45pm

Deck Art Day (Splash Country & Phillips Park, Aurora)
July 16, 2021 | time tba

Family Campout (Bensenville)
July 16 – 17, 2021 | 5:00pm – 9:00am
Must register in advance.

Mommy and Son Date Night (Prospect Park Pavilion, Clarendon Hills)
July 16, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Must register in advance.

Family Nature Night: Lightning Bugs (Oak Park)
July 16, 2021 | 6:0pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night: A Night Under the Stars (Lisle)
July 16, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park – Dive-In: Moana (Bensenville)
July 16, 2021 | start time is approximately 8:15pm

Movies in the Park: Aladdin (2019) (Sedgwick Park, La Grange)
July 16, 2021 | 8:30pm

Free Movies in the Park: Rookie of the Year (Westmont)
July 16, 2021 | 8:30pm – 11:00pm

Drive-In Movies: The Dark Knight (Downers Grove)
July 16, 2021 | 9:00pm – 11:15pm
Must register in advance.

Naperville Plays (Knoch Knolls Nature Center)
July 17, 2021 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Wading and Scooping (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
July 17, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Youth Fishing Tourney (Woodridge)
July 17, 2021 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Save $5 by registering with early-bird discount.

Skulls, Tracks and Scat (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
July 17, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance.

Mother-Son Night Out: Sweet Home Chicago (Lisle)
July 17, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Lunar Cartooners Family Workshop (Elmhurst Art Museum)
July 17, 2021 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm or 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration is required.

Family Campout (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
July 17 – 18, 2021 | 6:00pm – 10:00am
Advance registration is required.

Drive-In Movies: The Dark Knight (Downers Grove)
July 17, 2021 | 9:00pm – 11:15pm
Must register in advance.

Family Campout (Proksa Park, Berwyn)
July 17 – 18, 2021 | 7:00pm – 7:00am

Family Try It Archery (Oak Park)
July 18, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Winter in July (Paul Hruby Ice Arena, Oak Park)
July 18, 2021 | 2:45pm – 4:15pm
Must register in advance.

Week of July 19, 2021

Park Cookout (Bricher Park, Geneva)
July 20, 2021 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Unplug and Play Hinsdale (Burlington Park)
July 20, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration is required.

Candyland in the Park (Berwyn)
July 20, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance.

Picture Book Picnic (Villa Park)
July 21, 2021 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Party in the Park: Hoopers Hollow (Downers Grove)
July 21, 2021 | 4:00pm – 4:45pm, 5:00pm – 5:45pm or 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Rugaard Gazebo, Villa Park)
July 21, 2021 | 6:30pm

Music and Movie Night: School of Rock (Northlake)
July 21, 2021 | 7:00pm

Summer Concert Series (Diane Main Park, Westmont)
July 21, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Summer 2021 Concert Series: Wild Daisy (Roselle)
July 22, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Summer Movies in the Park: Coco (Warrenville)
July 22, 2021 | starts at dusk

Drive-In Summer Movies: The Santa Clause (Batavia)
July 22, 2021 | 8:30pm
Must register in advance.

Dash and Splash (Lions Park Pool, Clarendon Hills)
July 23, 2021 | check in begins at 6:00pm
Must register by July 14, 2021.

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
July 23, 2021 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Reservations required.

Movies in the Park: Elf (Robbins Park, Hinsdale)
July 23, 2021 | movie begins at dusk

Movies in the Park: Shrek (Berwyn)
July 23, 2021 | begins at dusk

A Night at the Movies: The Croods: A New Age (Rotary Hill, Naperville)
July 23, 2021 | starts at approximately 8:30pm

Team Dri Tri (Oak Brook)
July 24, 2021 | 6:00am – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Family Fun Canoeing (Northside Park Canoe Cabin, Wheaton)
July 24, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Must register in advance.

Nature and Forest Therapy Walk for Families (Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn)
July 24, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Must register in advance.

Family Fun Fest (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
July 24, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Must register in advance.

Splashes, Dashes, and Spokes (St. Charles)
July 24, 2021 | 8:00am – 11:00am
Must register in advance.

Super Sensational Saturdays: Istvan & His Imaginary Band (Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, Villa Park)
July 24, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm

Mini Fantasy Gardens (Oak Park)
July 24, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Must register in advance.

North Riverside Block Party
July 24, 2021 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm

NERF Wars (Westmont)
July 24, 2021 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Must register in advance

Lightning Bug Glow Party (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
July 24, 2021 | 6:30pm

Summer Movies in the Park: The Sandlot (Darien)
July 24, 2021 | begins at dusk

Cave Hike (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
July 25, 2021 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Week of July 26, 2021

BINGO (Turner Park, Roselle)
July 27, 2021 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Must register in advance.

Community Bonfire ( Freedom Park, Berwyn)
July 27, 2021 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Picture Book Picnic (Villa Park)
July 28, 2021 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Kiwanis Summer Concerts (Rugaard Gazebo, Villa Park)
July 28, 2021 | 6:30pm

Kids in the Garden (Roselle)
July 28, 2021 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Must register in advance.

Summer Entertainment Series (Lisle)
July 28, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
May require registration as date approaches.

Movies in the Park: Incredibles 2 (Lombard)
July 28, 2021 | starts at dusk
Registration is required.

Summer 2021 Concert Series: Battle of Bands Winner and Semple (Roselle)
July 29, 2021 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Let’s Go to the Movies in the Park: The Mighty Ducks (Butterfield Park District, Lombard)
July 29, 2021 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Must register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Tom and Jerry (Bolingbrook)
July 29, 2021 | 8:45pm

Pop-Up Party in the Park (Wilder Park, Elmhurst)
July 30, 2021 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Tot-N-Trucks (Prospect Park, Clarendon Hills)
July 30, 2021 | 10:00am – 10:45am or 11:00am – 11:45am
Free for Clarendon Hills residents.

Escape the Farm (Primrose Farm, St. Charles)
July 30, 2021 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm

Daddy Daughter Date Night (Prospect Park Pavilion, Clarendon Hills)
July 30, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Must register in advance.

PDOP Musical Theatre Presents: Little Mermaid, Jr!
July 30, 2021 | 6:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

Legends and Lagers (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
July 30, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Escape the Farm (Primrose Farm, St. Charles)
July 31, 2021 | 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm

PDOP Musical Theatre Presents: Little Mermaid, Jr!
July 31, 2021 | 2:30pm or 6:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

A Night at the Movies: The Goonies (95th Street Community Plaza, Naperville)
July 31, 2021 | starts at approximately 8:30pm

Floatchella (Phillips Park, Aurora)
July 31, 2021 | time tba

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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