Top 15 (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2018

Even aside from all the holiday bustle, there lots to do throughout December! Close out 2018 strong with some fun family time, or find activities to keep everyone happy all winter break long. If you just need a break from all the Santa sightings, this is your list!

December 2018 Events for Kids in the West Suburbs

This list focuses on the non-holiday events going on in December; check out the Holiday Fun Guide for all the holiday goings-on!

Outdoor Fun and Indoor Nature Activities

Snow Tubing at Blackwell Forest Preserve (Warrenville)
Starting December 1, weekends and school holidays through February 24
Rent a Park District tube ($5-$7/day) for slippery 800-foot rides down down the Mount Hoy.

Fiddleheads at the Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago)
Saturdays and Sundays weekly | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come into the tropical environment of the conservatory for activities that keep kids in touch with nature.

Restoration Work Day at Ackerman Park (Glen Ellyn)
December 8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Come volunteer outdoors and help with clearing, planting, maintaining trails, and more.

Day of the Horse Celebration at Danada Equestrian Center (Wheaton)
December 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Watch Nick the painting horse paint, check out the barn, go on a hayride, see the horses, and more. Free, no registration required.

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Sports Events

Adult/Tot Open Climb at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center (Glen Ellyn)
December 3, 10, and 17, 2018 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Indoor rock climbing for tots, as well as other activities around the wall. Parents can climb, too! $5.

Inflatapalooza at the Darien Sportsplex (Darien)
December 28, 2018 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Play on the inflatables and soccer field at this benefit for the Day Camp’s Feed My Starving Children trip. $5 (cash only).

Stories, Music, and Movies

Holiday Family Singalong with Mattix Music Studio
December 15, 2018 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Looking for an easy, family-friendly event to celebrate the holiday season?

Join the faculty and students at Mattix Music Studio for beautiful performances on piano and violin that will inspire you. Sing along to the holiday songs you know and love like Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells, and get carried away with holiday spirit.

Perfect for all ages of music lovers. This free event is open admission. Invite all your friends and family to come along!

Located at the Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs – 5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558.

Mattix Music Studio
(708) 638-3027

Jacob Grant at Storytime (La Grange)
December 5, 2018 | 11:00 am
Come meet Jacob Grant, illustrator of Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets, at Anderson’s Bookshop in La Grange for storytime.

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Meet Curious George (Downers Grove)
December 7 and 8, 2018 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Meet Curious George in the Downers Grove Library’s Kids Room for a story, photo op, and fun.

Kiddo Concerts with Sarah Jayne Lane at Whole Foods (Wheaton)
December 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Come sing and dance along at a concert right inside Whole Foods.

SciTech Storytime at the SciTech Museum (Aurora)
December 27, 2018 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Young kids can come enjoy a story and a hands-on activity at this free event.

Winter Break Movies: “Christopher Robin” (Darien)
December 27, 2018 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Come catch a movie at the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Hands-On Fun

Jr Chef Harry Potter Cookie Party at Williams Sonoma (Various Locations)
December 8, 2018 | 10:00 am
Roll out dough and use Harry Potter house cookie cutters, then decorate the baked cookies. Ages 8-13. $30; includes cookie cutter set. Register in advance.

Second Saturday at Cantigny (Wheaton)
December 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Drop-in engineering-themed family activity with LEGOs at The McCormick Museum. Free (but parking fee still applies).

Mighty MidKid Family Gaming (Darien)
December 28, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This library event for families with kids grades 1-6 includes snacks and games like Wii Mario Kart, Playstation games, and board games. No registration required.

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Pro tip: Bookmark the Kidlist events calendar now so you’ll always know about family-friendly events going on nearby! You can also check out non-holiday December events in the southwest suburbs for more ideas.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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