Family-Friendly Weekend Events and More

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve published a weekend planner! The good news is that more events are popping up now that follow the current guidelines, so the weekend planner is back with tons of family-friendly weekend events and some changes that will hopefully be helpful.

Most events nowadays require registration to cap numbers, which we appreciate, but it also means we all have to plan ahead more. So not only will we be giving you the weekend events each week, but the events for the entire week and also a section called “looking ahead” so you can get a heads up on events happening in the next couple weeks since advanced registration is often required.

The other change is that the event title is now linked directly to the event host’s website. Weather causes cancelations, registration fills up, and details evolve, so now you can get the most current and updated event information straight from the source through our curated list of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

If you have feedback for us, please email Annie at We strive to be the most helpful, comprehensive resource for families in the western suburbs!

Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend and Beyond

All of the event titles, dates, times, and towns are listed. If you would like more information, simply click on the the event title.


Dance Pop-Ups (La Grange)
July 17, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00 pm and 2:30 – 4:30
Registration required.

Teen Birdwatchers Meetup (Darien)
July 17, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Yoga and Superhero Workshop (Western Springs)
July 17, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Registration required.

Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream Science and History (Westmont)
July 17, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration required.

“Drive-In” Movie Night at DeForest Dance Academy (Elmhurst)
July 17, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Chicago Dogs Game (Rosemont)
July 17, 2020 | 7:05 pm

Campfire Stories and S’mores (Batavia)
July 17, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Tweens & Teens Glow Golf Party (Carol Stream)
July 17, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Registration required; closes at 5pm the day of the event.

Drive-In Movie Onward (Western Springs)
July 17, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Register in advance.


Dog Spa Day (Hinsdale)
July 18, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm
Registration required.

Babysitter Training (Montgomery)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Landscape Workday (Riverside)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Hand Sewing for Children Workshop (North Riverside)
July 18, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Registration required.

July 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Hiking for Health (Aurora)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Register in advance.

Canine 5k (Roselle)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Youth Fishing Tourney (Woodridge)
July 18, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Woodland Family Hike (Lisle)
July 18, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

Rusty Rodeo (Batavia)
July 18, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Registration required.

Smash Brothers Tournament (Naperville)
July 18, 2020 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration required.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament (Oak Park)
July 18, 2020 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Campfire Desserts (Downers Grove)
July 18, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance.

Introduction to Crayola Calligraphy (Naperville)
July 18, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Registers in advance.

Chicago Dogs Game (Rosemont)
July 18, 2020 | 7:05 pm

Drive-In Movie (Lisle)
July 18, 2020 | 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Pre-register online.


Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream Science (Naperville)
July 19, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Cave Hike (Batavia)
July 19, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration required.

The Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream (Batavia)
July 19, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Registration required.

Chicago Dogs Game (Rosemont)
July 19, 2020 | 7:05 pm

Next Week

Little Acorns (Lisle)
July 20, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advanced registration required.

Museum Maker Monday Kits (Elmhurst)
July 20, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Life Coaching: The Thrills and Chills of Ice Cream (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

It’s Magic (Westmont)
July 20, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

Life Coaching: Whack-A-Worry (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration required.

National Moon Day Party (Geneva)
July 20, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Pre-registration required.

Life Coaching: Communication Lab (Burr Ridge)
July 20, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Park Cookout in Bircher Park (Geneva)
July 21, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00 pm

Drive-in Movie: Yesterday (Lemont)
July 21, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Buy tickets online.

History Heroes – Archaeology Dig (Batavia)
July 22, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Advance registration required.

Little Sprouts at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 22, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Advance registration required.

Picture Book Picnic at the Library (Villa Park)
July 22, 2020 | 11:30am – 12:15pm

Roselle Rock Garden (Roselle)
July 22, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Movies in the Park (Geneva)
July 22, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Slime Time (La Grange)
July 23, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Registration required.

Western Springs Drive-In Movie Next Week at Spring Rock Park

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 23, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Registration required.

Family Campout (Bensenville)
July 24, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00am
Pre-registration required.

Drive-In” Movie Night (Glen Ellyn)
July 24, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

Family Nature Night (Oak Park)
July 24, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Must pre-register.

A Night at the Movies (Naperville)
July 24, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Singing Insects (St. Charles)
July 24, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Movies in the Park: Sonic (Berwyn)
July 24, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 24, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Registration required.

Pirate Adventure on the Fox (St. Charles)
July 25, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00 pm
Purchase tickets online.

Fishing Days (Palos Heights)
July 25, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:30am
Call to register.

Party for the Planet (Brookfield)
July 25, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Super Sensational Saturday Mornings (Villa Park)
July 25, 2020 | 10:30am – 11:15am
Pre-registration required.

Woodland Family Hike at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
July 25, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Forest Playdates (Batavia)
July 25, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance.

Mini Golf Tournament (Geneva)
July 25, 2020 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration required.

Christmas in July Fest (Downers Grove)
July 25, 2020 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Downers Grove)
July 25, 2020 | 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Pre-registration required.

Fishin’ Kids (Naperville)
July 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Looking Ahead…

Drive-In Movie Nights (Bolingbrook)
July 27, 2020 | 8:15pm – 10:15pm
Sign up online (sold out as of July 7)- head to the link to find more drive-in movie events

Summertime Buddies (River Forest)
July 27, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Registration required.

Drive-In Movie (Bloomingdale)
July 28, 2020 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Drive-In Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Lemont)
July 28, 2020 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Registration required.

History Heroes – Archaeology Dig (Batavia)
July 29, 2020 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Register in advance.

Concerts in the Park (Geneva)
July 29, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Summer Drive-In Movies (Batavia)
July 29, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Register online.

Drive-In Movie Night: Footloose (Fox Valley Mall, Aurora)
July 29, 2020 | 8:30 pm – 10:30pm
Advance registration required.

Youth Kayak Fishing Experience (Elburn)
July 30, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:30pm
Register in advance.

New Playground and Splash Pad at 95th Street Community Plaza in Naperville

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Certification (Hinsdale)
July 30, 2020 | 9:00am – 4:30pm
Registration required.

Movies Under the Moon: Toy Story 4 in Castaldo Park (Woodridge)
July 30, 2020 | 8:45pm – 10:30pm

Picnic and Paint in the Park (Clarendon Hills)
July 31, 2020 | 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Registration required; limited to Clarendon Hills residents.

Parents Night Out (Oakbrook Terrace)
July 31, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration required.

A Night at the Movies: Captain Marvel at 95th Street Community Plaza (Naperville)
July 31, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Teenie Weenie Drive-In Movie: Cars (Carol Stream)
July 31, 2020 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

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Preschool and Daycare Guide

Farmers Markets

Recommended Family Photographers

Your Local Guide to Kids Eat Free

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 instead of just picking what our family likes or only including what sponsors want us to. 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!

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

1 Comment on "Family-Friendly Weekend Events and More"

  1. Wanted to let you know Naperville Park District Table Tennis Tournament on January 18 has been cancelled.

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