Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During the Pandemic

The team here at Kidlist has been busy checking out safe outdoor destinations all around Chicagoland! We’ve put this map together to help inspire your family with a few fun, safe adventures in our local area. After all, it can all start feeling a bit Groundhog Day when we’re limited to certain activities and grow weary of the local park. Getting out and exploring somewhere new is more exciting than ever these days.

Of course, every family’s definition of “safe” may look a bit different. You might feel comfortable with much more, or much less, than we’re covering here, which is outdoor destinations with good opportunities for social distancing. (And of course, as the pandemic continues, you’ll want to stay up-to-date on changing availability and hours for your chosen destinations.) We hope this map helps inspire fun for your family!

Map of Safer Places to Visit with Kids During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click on the icons above for a short description and link to our coverage, or check out the key below!

Forest Preserve, Park District, and Other Nature Areas

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 20-22 and Beyond


Destination Playgrounds

Art and History Outdoors


Mini Golf

Looking for more inspiration? We update our page of outdoor things to do with kids all the time!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

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