100+ Things To Do With Your Kids in Chicagoland

Do you ever have one of those days, or weekends, when you just want to do something different? Stretch out of your comfort zone, or visit a new place? Well, hopefully this list will provide some inspiration for places that will appeal to your family.


Some of them I have written about here on Go West. If so, I link to that post. But others are still on my to-do list, and so the link will take you straight to the spot’s website. And note that quite a few of these are suggestions offered up by Go West readers on our vibrant Facebook page.


Do you have more suggestions for places that should be featured here? I’d love to hear about them! Drop me a line at editor(at)gowestyoungmom.com. And note that while I decided to organize these by category, many are great options any time of year, or no matter what your family’s interests are.


And now, enjoy the Go West List of 100+ Things to do With Your Kids in Chicagoland:




Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles
Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora
Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles
Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center in Geneva
Morton Arboretum’s Children Garden in Lisle
Delnor Woods Park in St. Charles
Hidden Lake Historic Trout Farm in Bolingbrook
Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe
Starved Rock State Park in Utica

Hidden Oaks Conservation Area in Bolingbrook



Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn
Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield
Cosley Zoo in Wheaton
Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo in West Dundee
Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora
Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago
Primrose Farm in St. Charles
Living Sea Aquarium in Park Ridge
Visit the Buffalo at FermiLab in Batavia



Ravinia Festival in Highland Park
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Concerts
Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Family Fun Series



Naper Settlement in Naperville
Blackberry Farm in Aurora
Cantigny in Wheaton
Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin
Paddlewheel Riverboat on the Fox River in St. Charles
Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook
Illinois Railway Museum in Union
Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford
Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore
Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora
Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm in Schaumburg

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs


Great in Summer

Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago
Moore Park Splash Park in Geneva
Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles
Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake
Centennial Beach in Naperville
Quarry Beach in Batavia
Santa’s Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee
Kane County Cougars Game in Geneva
Arlington Racetrack in Arlington Heights
Butterfly House in Geneva
WaterWonders in North Aurora
Turtle Splash Water Park in West Chicago
Hawks Hollow Nature Playground in Geneva


Great in Fall

Huskies Football at NIU in DeKalb
Honey Hill Orchards in Waterman
Jonamac Orchard in Malta
Kuiper’s Family Farm in Maple Park
Covered Wagon Rides at St. James Farm in Warrenville
Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego
Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville
Phillips Park in Aurora


Great in Winter

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Schaumburg
Monkey Bizness in Wheaton
Under the Big Top in St. Charles
Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg
Sledding by the Windmill in Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva
Snow tubing at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart in North Aurora
Festival of Lights in Phillips Park in Aurora
Mom & Tots Bowling at Pinstripes in Barrington and Oakbrook
Awesome Art Afternoons at Water Street Studios in St. Charles and Batavia
Chicago Wolves Hockey in Rosemont
The Centre of Elgin’s Adventure Island in Elgin
Vaughan Aquatic Center in Aurora
Goldfish Swim School Family Swims in St. Charles
Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Center in Bartlett

Live theater or a classic movie at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora


Great in Spring

The Riverwalk in Naperville
Discovery Zone at Deicke Park in Huntley
Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles

Headwaters Conservation Area in Campton Township

The Wildflower Sanctuary on the Batavia Riverwalk

Lilacia Park in Lombard


Great on Rainy Days

DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville
Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview
Funway in Batavia
Luigi’s in Aurora
Gail Borden Library’s Youth Services Department in Elgin
Grounds for Hope Cafe in Lisle
SciTech Hands on Museum in Aurora



Channahon Lanes in Channahon
2 Toots Trains Whistle Grill in Glen Ellyn
All Aboard Diner in Downers Grove
Donley’s Wild West Town in Union
Rocket Ship Park in St. Charles


Chicago Trips

Museum of Science and Industry
Art Institute
Field Museum
Garfield Park Conservatory
Historic Neighborhoods
Metra Ride
Lincoln Park Zoo
Navy Pier
Chicago Children’s Museum
Willis (Sears) Tower
31st Street Beach in Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Chicago Children’s Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago Children’s Theater
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Adler Planetarium


Fairs & Festivals

Swedish Days in Geneva
Sweet Corn Festival in Sugar Grove
Kane County Fair in St. Charles
Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles
Long Grove Strawberry Festival in Long Grove
Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival in Sycamore


2 thoughts on “100+ Things To Do With Your Kids in Chicagoland

  1. c wandrey

    Rockfords discovery museum in rockford.
    Amazing place for kids 4-6 in particular.
    came at 9 – they had to throw us out at 5:00


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