Outdoor Fun

Outdoor Fun

Want to spend some time outside? Click on any of these ideas to see a list of places to go!

 

Spring

Baseball and Softball Games: with kids info

Amusement Parks

Miniature Golf
Your guide for where to go miniature golfing, along with hours, prices and course features.

A Day at the Farm: Farms to Visit with Kids
Local farms that offer opportunities to interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides.

Mud-Free Playgrounds
Check out the playground options with a soft, rubbery surface instead of mulch.

Camping with Kids
Locations within three hours to take your kids camping!

Horseback Riding
Whether it is a weekend trail ride, on-going lessons, a birthday party or summer camp you seek, horse enthusiasts will love this list.

Kite Flying Events and Festivals
Make a kite, fly and kite, and watch expert kite flyers at one of these kite flying events. A perfect spring activity!

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!

Where and How To Take Your Kids Fishing
Ponds to go fishing, where to buy kid-sized fishing poles, how to tie the hook to the line, where to buy bait, and how to cast your line. Basically everything you need to know to go fishing with your kids!

Memorial Day Parades (2016)
All of the parades, events, and ceremonies to honor those who defend our country.

Geocaching
A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.

 

For All Seasons

Botanic Gardens

Visit the Zoo or an Aquarium

Rent a Bounce House

Ice Cream Shops

 

Summer

Splash Pads, Spray Parks and Fountains
Find a splash pad to cool off. This list is split between free spray parks and splash pads with a fee; complete with features and photographs.

Water Parks

Swimming Pool Memberships

Pools with Day Passes

Beaches in Chicagoland

Indiana Dunes

Farmers Markets and French Markets
All of the markets in the near western suburbs with locations, schedules, a free printable with markets by day, and tips for buying in-season food.

Free Ice Cream at Mars
Every July the Mars Chocolate plant gives away free ice cream bars and novelties. Get the details about when and how to get a tasty treat.

Summer Concert Series: Live Music – updated for 2016!
Live music, fresh air and free entertainment add up to a nice night. Some venues offer food and snacks for purchase, or you can pack a picnic to enjoy under the stars. Either way, it’s a great way to gather with your neighbors, support local bands and enjoy al fresco dining all at the same time!

Art Festivals in the Chicago Area – updated for 2016!
Art Festivals and Fairs are plentiful in Chicagoland over the summer and most of these have activities for children as well.

Summer Fairs and Festivals – updated for 2016!
Summer isn’t complete without taking the family to a neighborhood festival or two! Think beautiful weather, tasty food, live music and carnival rides – it’s the perfect recipe for summertime fun. This list has the entire line-up in chronological order!

Outdoor Movies – updated for 2016!
Now presenting all the outdoor movies being shown in the near western suburbs! Some even have pre-movie activities or entertainment and concessions available, so check out the details here.

Family Days at Arlington Race Track

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) – updated for 2016!
Your children can learn about God through fun activities and songs over the summer. You do not have to be a member of the church or even attend church to send your kids to VBS.

10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the Near Western Suburbs
The Kidlist readers voted and came up with the best of the west! My kids and I had a wonderful time checking out all of the parks you suggested, took photographs, and played around to try everything out. There are even slideshows included if you would like to see all of the features for each.

Miniature Golf – updated for 2016!
Your guide for where to go miniature golfing, along with hours, prices and course features.

Strawberry Picking: Farms With U-Pick Strawberries – updated for 2016!
This list breaks down all the strawberry farms that are within an hour and a half drive from our area and includes estimated dates when picking is expected to start. You will also find tips for your trip!

Baseball and Softball Games
Check out all the teams you can cheer on in the city and western suburbs here! There is also info on awesome Kids Clubs, special events and activities geared towards little ones before and/or during the games.

Blueberry Picking: Fields For U-Pick Near Chicago

Amusement Parks

A Day at the Farm: Farms to Visit with Kids
Local farms that offer opportunities to interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides.

Mud-Free Playgrounds
Check out the playground options with a soft, rubbery surface instead of mulch.

Camping with Kids
Locations within three hours to take your kids camping!

Horseback Riding
Whether it is a weekend trail ride, on-going lessons, a birthday party or summer camp you seek, horse enthusiasts will love this list.

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!

Where and How To Take Your Kids Fishing
Ponds to go fishing, where to buy kid-sized fishing poles, how to tie the hook to the line, where to buy bait, and how to cast your line. Basically everything you need to know to go fishing with your kids!

Geocaching
A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.

 

Autumn

Apple Picking

The Best Caramel Apple Recipe

Pumpkin Patches with Fall Activities

Leaf Hunt with a free printable

Halloween: Beyond Trick or Treating

Go on a Leaf Hunt

Amusement Parks

Miniature Golf
Your guide for where to go miniature golfing, along with hours, prices and course features.

A Day at the Farm: Farms to Visit with Kids
Local farms that offer opportunities to interact with adorable barn animals, pick seasonal fruits and veggies, learn about the pioneer days, and enjoy attractions such as carousels and wagon rides.

Mud-Free Playgrounds
Check out the playground options with a soft, rubbery surface instead of mulch.

Camping with Kids
Locations within three hours to take your kids camping!

Horseback Riding
Whether it is a weekend trail ride, on-going lessons, a birthday party or summer camp you seek, horse enthusiasts will love this list.

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!

Geocaching
A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.

 

U-Pick

Strawberry Picking: Farms With U-Pick Strawberries

Blueberry Picking: Fields For U-Pick Near Chicago

Apple Orchards

Pumpkin Patches

 

Winter

Ice Skating
Grab your skates (or rent some) and don’t forget the hot cocoa for afterwards! You will find all of the indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, along with admission fees, skate rental info and more on this list.

Sledding
Find a hill nearby or try a new one! Check out this great list of places to sled, organized by town.

Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids
Want to take a walk outside but don’t know where to go? Kidlist readers voted and these are the best for kids!

Best Holiday Lights in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Christmas Trees: Where to Cut Down or Buy A Precut Live Christmas Tree

Share a Meal with Santa: Breakfast With Santa and More

Christmas Events, Where To See Santa and More

Geocaching
A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can do anywhere you are (locally or on vacation), any day and time using GPS coordinates.