For some, the end of summer is a mad dash to fit in every ounce of summer fun possible before the school year starts. For others, just about everything on our summer bucket list has been checked off, and we’re running out of things to do! No matter what category you relate to, Kidlist has you covered with kid-friendly events every day of August, and all over the western suburbs! Be sure to click on the link for each event for hours, pricing and any additional details.
31 Kid-Friendly Events in August 2018
Week One: Kid-Friendly Events August 1–4
Wednesday, August 1 – Arbor Evenings Music and More. Live music, dancing, lawn games, drinks, and tapas in a clearing surrounded by trees.
Thursday, August 2 – Elmhurst Safety Town Open Road. Kids practice safety on sidewalks, streets, and and at a fully operational railroad crossing gate.
Friday, August 3 – LaGrange Endless Summerfest. Carnival rides, local food vendors, beer, live music, human foosball, and bingo.
Saturday, August 4 – Downers Grove Annual Fishing Derby. Prizes awarded for the shortest and longest fish caught by each age level.
Week Two: Kid-Friendly Events August 5-11
Sunday, August 5 – Glen Ellyn Boating in the Park. Enjoy Lake Ellyn from a canoe, kayak or pedal boat.
Monday, August 6 – Hinsdale Farmers Market. Shop for regionally grown farm-fresh produce at the Hinsdale market. Check out our full guide of Farmers Markets in the Western Suburbs for great markets near you every day of the week!
Tuesday, August 7 – Burr Ridge Bubble Adventure. Glowby’s amazing bubble show, make your own bubbles, bubble art, back to school raffle, police/fire departments and MARS ice cream at Harvester Park as part of National Night Out.
Wednesday, August 8 – Oak Brook Movie on the Green. See “Wonder” with first-come, first-serve seating on the Village Green.
Thursday, August 9 – Lisle Down & Dirty Day. Water balloon toss, relay races, and more messy fun! Come in your old clothes, ready to get dirty. There will be hoses for rinsing off afterwards.
Friday, August 10 – Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights. Enjoy special dining options, a beer and wine garden, live music, performers, kids’ entertainment, and a new laser light show.
Saturday, August 11 – Botanic Garden’s Kite Festival. Stunt-kite performances set to music, a public fly time for you to bring your own kite, and a the kite-making workshop.
Week Three: Kid-Friendly Events August 12-18
Sunday, August 12 – Oswego Fam Jams. Miss Jamie teaches important values through farm-fresh songs.
Monday, August 13 – Wheaton’s Studio Movie Grill. A budget-friendly entertainment option for families to escape the summer heat! Watch a $1 screening of “Puss in Boots.”
Tuesday, August 14 – Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Game. Catch some baseball with the family at a Schaumburg Boomers Game. Enjoy $1 hot dogs all night long!
Wednesday, August 15 – Berwyn Kid Series. Beth and her animal friends with the Scales & Tales Traveling Zoo help even animal-shy kids have a great time at this fun show.
Thursday, August 16 – Westmont Cruise Nights. This downtown car show includes a street fair with food, cars and live music.
Friday, August 17 – Glen Ellyn Back to School Bash Pool Party. Kids grades 6–8 can join the free pool party, which will feature a DJ and games. Must have a school ID to enter.
Saturday, August 18 – Chicago’s Air and Water Show. This big, free show features military and civilian flights, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues, parachute teams and more.
Week Four: Kid-Friendly Events August 19-25
Sunday, August 19 – Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. Shop the bargains and sample authentic Mexican and Latin street food at this Chicago tradition.
Monday, August 20 – Oakbrook Terrace Jus-Fun Amusements. Head to Jus-Fun to amusements including Go-Karts, WaterWars, batting cages, and a mini golf course.
Tuesday, August 21 – Palos Park Lake Katherine Nature Center. Spend some time hiking the trails, visiting the colorful gardens and nature center, and viewing all kinds of wildlife. Kayaking rentals, too.
Wednesday, August 22 – Darien’s Waterfall Glen. Walk, run, bike or horseback ride along almost 11 miles of limestone and turf-covered routes. Look for the waterfalls along the way and let the kids wade through rocky, shallow water spots.
Thursday, August 23 – Go Ape Chicago Zipline & Treetop Adventure. Inspire a love for the outdoors in your kids on this outdoor recreation adventure.
Friday, August 24 – Graue Mill Underground Railroad. This theatrical experience simulates what it was like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad, starting with a skit where passengers meet Harriet Tubman herself.
Saturday, August 25 – Willow Springs Little Red Schoolhouse Pond Dip. Learn about the macroinvertebrates that in the pond at this free event; registration required.
Week Five: August 26-31
Sunday, August 26 – Arlington Racetrack Dino Day. Family fun day with rides, games, a live kids’ concert,a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Be sure to check out Kidlist’s tips on Visiting Arlington Racetrack with Kids.
Monday, August 27 – Adler Planetarium Free Day. Have an “out-of-this-world” time with your kids learning about the stars, the moon, and the planets on a free day at the Adler Planetarium.
Tuesday, August 28 – Cantigny’s Back to School Bop Kid Rock. This parent/child event for kids aged 1-5 includes singing and musical activities about school, new friends, colors, shapes, the alphabet, and more.
Wednesday, August 29 – Oak Park’s Chicago Home of Chicago & Waffles. Wednesday’s kiddie special where kids 10 and under will receive a free meal with each paid adult meal. Check out more Kids Eat Free options for great deals every day of the week.
Thursday, August 30 – Naperville’s Centennial Beach. Swim in a historic stone quarry that feels more like a beach than a pool. Then, take a stroll on the Riverwalk!
Friday, August 31 – Elmhurst Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. Check out the sparkly gemstones and interesting earth science exhibits on a free Friday at the Lizzardro Museum.