Winter Activities for Kids and Families in the Western Suburbs

This is the winter we’re all bundling up, heading outside, and searching high and low for fun wherever it may be found! We’ve been busy scoping out local activities for families and kids. This year, that means virtual options, at-home fun, safely distanced events, new drive-through experiences, and lots of layers to head outside and play!

Winter Activities for Kids and Families

Holiday Fun Guide: Christmas Events and More
Kidlist is the headquarters for holiday fun! Find Christmas activities, where to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids, the best Christmas lights, and more.

Fresh Ideas for Fun as Illinois Moves to Stage 3
When Illinois re-tightened coronavirus-related restrictions in November, Katie put together this amazing guide to things we still can do with our kiddos. Check it out for fresh inspiration.

A Visit to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva and Tips for Your Day Trip
The ice castles are supposed to open soon, so Nicole put together a guide to taking a trip up to Lake Geneva based on her experiences last year.

Family-Friendly December Events for 2020
Not everything in cancelled! Local organizations are working hard to create safe options for kids to enjoy.

Farm Stays and Other Unique Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Illinois
Need a change of scenery? These whole-house options let your family travel to find fresh air (without crossing state lines).

Winter Break Camps for Kids
The west suburbs are full of winter break camps with sports, games, crafts, gymnastics, field trips, art, science, math and more.

Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland
This year is a little different with mostly virtual options, but local arts organizations have pulled out all the stops to create amazing options.

Grab Your Sled and Head for These Sledding Hills
Snow is on the way, and it’s time to go sledding! Here is a comprehensive list of places to sled in the west suburbs.

Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Fall – Winter
All of the kid-friendly theater for families in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago. Find performances in this comprehensive guide to theater for kids!

Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores Offering Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Sometimes, a new storybook, craft activity, or toy can help perk up the days at home. These local spots offer curbside pickup and delivery so you don’t have to tote the little ones inside.

Outdoor and Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
Family-friendly indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks with skate rental information, admission fees, and how to find out if the outdoor rinks are ready.

Locations, Details, Pricing for Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago
Where to go skiing with descriptions, lift ticket and equipment rental information to easily plan a fun adventure with your family.

Local Opportunities for Volunteering with Kids
Bringing a little light into the world is a beautiful way to warm up your family’s winter. Many of these opportunities can be done at home or through a virtual connection.

Local Restaurants with Family-Style Meal Deals
Simplify dinner and support local businesses by ordering takeout for the whole family. These spots have special family-style offerings.