Non-Holiday and Santa-Free Activities in December


Whether or not your family celebrates Christmas, it can be difficult to escape it in December . . . and let’s face it: sometimes parents just need a breather from the festivities. We’ve put together a list of fun things happening in the Western suburbs that don’t have anything to do with Santa, elves, or reindeer. There is so much fun waiting for you this December!

Santa-Free December Activities for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Outdoor and Indoor Fun

Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk
December 4, 2021 at 10:00am
Runners and walkers ages 10 and up are invited to hustle along the trail, ending with a bowl of delicious chili! Hosted by the Schaumburg Park District.

Strike Up Some Fun
If the weather outside is frightful, might we recommend some classic family fun? Put on your rented shoes or hit the arcade with kids of any age.

Indoor Swimming at Pelican Harbor
Indoor swimming feels like a tropical treat in the middle of a Midwestern winter! Warm up and dive in at Pelican Harbor.

Whirlyball Drop-In Nights
Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Parents of tweens and teens alike will enjoy some friendly competition with unlimited play for $25 (per person) at Whirlyball in Naperville.

Calling All Crafters
December 4th from 9:00am – 3:00pm
The Westmont High School Band Boosters are hosting their 31st Annual Craft Show this year. While you are there, enjoy the music provided by all the Westmont bands and ensembles. Admission is free.

Sports Events

2021 USA Cycling presents the National Cyclocross Championships
Event hours vary between December 7 – 12
Cantigny is hosting this year’s Cyclocross National Championships. Cyclocross is a biking sport that consists of all-terrain racing where riders have to go as quickly as possible despite the obstacles that may lie in their way. Event details vary by competing group (men, women, elite, junior, collegiate, and so on) and take place during daytime hours.

Preschool Gymnastics Drop-In Sessions
11:00am – 12:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in December
Calling all energetic littles! Bring your preschooler (ages 5 and under) to Naperville Gymnastics to burn off some energy at this open gym event.

Sports Camp for Kids in Glen Ellyn
December 20 – 22, 2021, session times vary
Athletic kids can attend 3-hour sessions covering most sports, someitmes with a zany twist or two. Participants must be at least 5 years old and not older than 13.

Stories, Music, and Movies

Sing Along with Miss Jamie
December 30, 10:30 – 11:30am
The Geneva library is hosting Miss Jamie and her farmyard friends for a winter sing-along. Ticketing opens to the general public on December 23, 2021, so mark your calendars if you have a Miss Jamie fan at home.

Hands-On Fun

Winter Wonderland Crafts for Kids
December 4, 2021 from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Make your way to the Wheaton Public Library for a crafting session! Event is targeted towards the preschool-elementary age range.

Rockin’ Classes at the Lizzadro Museum
December 4 and 18, 2021 – see details below
Budding artists can work with a new medium at one of the December sessions at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. There are 3 sessions of “Create a Gem Tree” on December 4th (beginning at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm) and “Rockin Jewelry for Kids” on December 18th from 1:30 – 2:15pm. All participants must be 8 years or older. Classes are held onsite at the museum in Oak Brook.

Magical Minds Art Classes
December 3 and 17, 2021 from 9:30 – 10:30am
Kids ages 2 to 4 can explore their own creativity (with their caregivers) in fun, facilitated art education classes.

Tis the Season to Help Those In Need
Search the website for available times at Aurora and Schaumburg locations
The organization “Feed Our Starving Children” regularly hosts meal packing events, where kids can prepare nutritious food for those in need. Get a group together, or take just your family; it’s a fun and interesting way to show your elementary-and-up kids how they can positively impact their community.

Winter STEAM Session
December 18, from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Brush the boredom blues away at the Aurora Library (Eola Road location) while moving through winter-themed STEAM activity stations. For kids in grades 3-5.

DuPage Children’s Museum Adaptive Play
December 12, from 5:30 – 7:00pm
Families with kids who might required a modified Children’s Museum experience (catered towards our friends on the Autism spectrum, with sensory needs, and/or disabilities) will find their sweet spot at DCM’s monthly Adaptive Play session.

Pro tip: Bookmark the Kidlist events calendar now so you’ll always know about family-friendly events going on nearby!

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