Giant Map of Fun: Outdoor Places to Go with Kids

With the weather thawing out even a little bit, I’m so excited to be out and about again! These outdoor places to go with kids help alleviate my kids’ cabin fever like nothing else. We all know Chicagoland weather can be . . . temperamental . . . so we’ve got ideas for snowy days and those glorious afternoons when spring seems to have come early, too.

Map of Outdoor Destinations to Visit with Kids

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Forest Preserve, Park District, and Other Nature Areas


Destination Playgrounds

We’re looking forward to getting back on the playground as soon as the snow melts! If you want to mix it up from your neighborhood playground, these extra-special parks are worth checking out:

15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids

Art and History Outdoors


Mini Golf

Outdoor Adventure


Snow Tubing and Tobbaganing

15 Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds

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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