Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 8-10


It’s time to Unplug Illinois! This Saturday, we celebrate Unplug Illinois Day with all the outdoor adventures you can think of. This statewide campaign to put down your devices and get outside started back in 2014, with more and more festivities popping up every year. Glen Ellyn is hosting the Unplug Illinois Family Fun Run and Walk on Saturday morning. You’ll also find Unplug Illinois Day at Denning Park in La Grange, as well as Woodridge’s Unplug Olympic Day. There are quite a few other ways to “unplug” in our weekend planner below, so don’t forget to tag us using #sharekidlist while you’re out and about this weekend.

For those of you who scored tickets to the movie screening this Saturday at the last Kidlist Park Playdate, see you there!

This weekend planner is sponsored by the featured listings.

Kidlist Park Playdate

Kidlist Park Playdate
July 14, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Join us at the Spring Rock Park in Western Springs next Thursday, July 14 from 10-11:30am! There will be a DJ with interactive games, free snacks from GoGo squeeZ, giveaways from Kidlist, Springdale Eye Care, and Corsalus Financial, a fun musical instrument craft from Western Springs Park District (we highly recommend making the craft, then taking it over by the DJ to get the party started!), chalk the walk with Kidlist, take-home craft from Thomas Ford Library, and of course tons of fun at the playground and splash pad. No tickets required- just stop by and join us… it’s free!

Afterwards, walk down the block to downtown Western Springs. My kids love the sandwiches at Casey’s Market (and Thursday is discount sandwich day!). You can also get a smoothie at The Fruit Store, sno cone at Tropical Sno, or donuts at BB’s. Oberweis and Starbucks over there are always a hit too. You can watch the trains while having a picnic lunch in front of the historic Water Tower!

Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend and Beyond

Please check the details before you go to these events to ensure you know about registration requirements and additional safety measures to maximize your family’s fun. While we do our best to keep the most up-to-date information in our calendar, last minute location or time changes do happen.


There’s something for everyone on Friday. Enjoy Fridays in the Field at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, La Grange Public Library’s M&M’S Bingo, or Archery: Families at Churchill Woods in Lombard. Taste of Westmont and Railroad Days in West Chicago are happening, too!

Safety Town Open Road (Elmhurst)
July 8, 2022 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Visit Your Local Park (Bolingbrook)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Taste of Chicago
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Yoga for Kids (Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:30am

Fridays in the Field (Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Take and Make Fridays (Brookfield Public Library)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Stories in the Park (Woodridge)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Blanding’s Turtles (Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Windmill City Festival (Batavia)
July 8, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Park-Hopper Storytime (IPPL, Darien)
July 8, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:00am

Fun Fridays (West Chicago)
July 8, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Tractor-Drawn Wagon Rides (St. James Farm, Warrenville)
July 8, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

M&M’S Bingo (La Grange Public Library)
July 8, 2022 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Fun Fridays (Bolingbrook)
July 8, 2022 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

A Very Special Storytime (Waterlemon, La Grange)
July 8, 2022 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Moose Cruise Night and Friday Night Live (Downtown Downers Grove)
July 8, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Taste of Westmont
July 8, 2022 | 4:00pm – 10:30pm

Family Float Night (Cypress Cove, Woodridge)
July 8, 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Community Days (Northlake)
July 8, 2022 | 5:00pm – 11:30pm

Pokémon Card Trading Night (Berwyn Public Library)
July 8, 2022 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Parent Date Night Kids Party (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
July 8, 2022 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Archery: Families (Churchill Woods, Lombard)
July 8, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Railroad Days (West Chicago)
July 8, 2022 | 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Roselle Cruise Nights
July 8, 2022 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

STC Live (Downtown St. Charles)
July 8, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Twilight Tunes (Brookfield Zoo)
July 8, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Movies and Food Trucks (Geneva Commons)
July 8, 2022 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Movie Night (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
July 8, 2022 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Movie in the Park (Elmhurst)
July 8, 2022 | 7:30pm

Flick and Float (Oasis Water Park, Bloomingdale)
July 8, 2022 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Cycle Brookfield Light Up The Night Ride
July 8, 2022 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Movies in the Park (Lombard)
July 8, 2022 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Movie In The Park (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 8, 2022 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House

Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
750 Pasquinelli Drive #204
Westmont, IL 60559
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Join us Wednesday, July 13th from 6:30pm-8:00 PM for Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House. We are a one-of-a-kind therapeutic enrichment program in Westmont. Parents can learn about the academy, tour our facility and meet our amazing team of therapists. Our Academy serves as a preschool for littles or complements school schedules for older kids.

Attendees will also have a chance to win fun family giveaways, including mini golf or aquatic park passes.

About our Academy:

  • Play-based curriculum
  • Run by pediatric specialists and therapists
  • Ages 2-7 years old
  • 9-month school year academy
  • Complements school schedule for older children
  • Small class sizes
  • Builds social emotional development, problem solving & more

Sign up for our Academy Open House here!


How are you getting outside on Saturday? Play at the Park in Lombard, Let’s Go Fly A Kite in Bartlett, or Decorate the Deck at East End Pool in Elmhurst.

Unplug Illinois Day (Winfield)
July 9, 2022 | 8:00am – 8:00pm

Bubble Run (Soldier Field, Chicago)
July 9, 2022 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Yoga on the Green (Burr Ridge Village Center)
July 9, 2022 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Nature Story Trail (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
July 9, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Splash and Dash Duathlon (Bloomingdale)
July 9, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Unplug Illinois Family Fun Run and Walk (Glen Ellyn)
July 9, 2022 | 9:30am – 11:30am

Taste of Chicago
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Let’s Go Fly A Kite (Bartlett)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Unplug Illinois Day (Roselle)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Unplug Illinois Day (La Grange)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Play at the Park (Lombard)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Kids Fest (Wampum Lake, Thornton)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

Unplug With Monarchs (Bolingbrook)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Windmill City Festival (Batavia)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00pm

Unplug Olympic Day (Woodridge)
July 9, 2022 | 10:30am – 12:30pm

Family Fun Tent (Downtown Wheaton)
July 9, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:15am

Storytime in the Garden (Berwyn)
July 9, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Picnic in the Park (Warrenville)
July 9, 2022 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Decorate the Deck (East End Pool, Elmhurst)
July 9, 2022 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Unplug Illinois: Dip Netting (Romeoville)
July 9, 2022 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Taste of Westmont
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 10:30pm

Origami Open House (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Second Saturday Family Program (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Ravinia in Ridgewood (Western Springs)
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Decorate the Deck (Bartlett Aquatic Center)
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Railroad Days (West Chicago)
July 9, 2022 | 12:00pm – 11:00pm

American Girl Mid-Summer Festival (Downers Grove Museum)
July 9, 2022 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Reserve space in advance.

Family Movie (Downers Grove Public Library)
July 9, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Gingarte Capoeira Brazilian Dance Workshop (IPPL, Darien)
July 9, 2022 | 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Downtown Oswego Cruise Nights
July 9, 2022 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Community Days (Northlake)
July 9, 2022 | 5:00pm – 11:30pm

Twilight Tunes (Brookfield Zoo)
July 9, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cruise Nights and Summer Concert Series (Lombard)
July 9, 2022 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Star Gazing Party (Peck Farm Park, Geneva)
July 9, 2022 | 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Entertainment Dayz (Bensenville)
July 9, 2022 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Summer Fireworks (Navy Pier, Chicago)
July 9, 2022 | 10:00pm – 10:30pm


Visit with your favorite pollinators at Insect Safari, hosted by Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest, or the Garfield Park Conservatory’s Bee Demo in Chicago. Not into the creepy crawlers? Enjoy Sundae Sunday and Peaches Baseball at Naper Settlement in Naperville, or one of the Sunday evening concerts in the park.

Community Days (Northlake)
July 10, 2022 | 7:30am – 10:00pm

Cardboard Boat Regatta (Clarendon Hills)
July 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Nature Story Trail (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
July 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Family Storybook Yoga (Peggy Notebaert Museum, Chicago)
July 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Register in advance.

Taste of Chicago
July 10, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Windmill City Festival (Batavia)
July 10, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Unplug With Monarchs (Hidden Oaks, Bolingbrook)
July 10, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Insect Safari (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
July 10, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Bee Demo (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
July 10, 2022 | 11:00am – 1:30pm

Taste of Westmont
July 10, 2022 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Father and Son Day at the Park (Westchester)
July 10, 2022 | 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Sundae Sunday and Peaches Baseball (Naper Settlement, Naperville)
July 10, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Railroad Days (West Chicago)
July 10, 2022 | 1:00pm – 10:00pm

​Picnic on Park (Elmhurst)
July 10, 2022 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
July 10, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Outdoor Concert (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 10, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Summer Concerts in the Park (Oak Park)
July 10, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Concerts In Your Park (Naperville)
July 10, 2022 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Want to look ahead to next week?

Check out all the family-friendly events happening in your neighborhood and beyond on our events calendar!

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We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival, and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to!

We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

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