Chicago Suburban Family Fun

As a mom on the go, I am always looking for fun and affordable things to do in the 'burbs. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list. However, it is a way for us to share with you interesting, fun, and affordable activities that we have found in the area. These are events that we have either been to in the past or we would take our kiddos to:
  • February 11-March 26 The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, Orchids in Vogue, some days feature live music, some hands-on elements, dress made of organic materials including orchids and more, adults $10/$12 for members/nonmembers; $8/$10 for kids and seniors; parking is $30 per car; you may purchase tickets and parking online
  • March 25-26 Esconi Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, 10AM-5PM Sat, 10AM-4PM Sun, see displays, make purchases, bid, kids area -- kids 16 and under can break open a free geode, free admission
  • March 25-26 Maple Syrup Hikes, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, various times, must register, $6 per person
  • March 25 Spring Symphony, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn how to identify the sounds of animals and birds of spring, free
  • March 25-26 Dino Digs, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha, free, fun activity where kids can dig for a dino bone, kids 3 and older
  • March 25 Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, free -- also Life on the Farm House Tours 10AM-4:00PM
  • March 25 The Great Scott Magician Extraordinaire, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 6:30PM-7:30PM, magic that will baffle kids and adults alike, free but must register, no library card required
  • March 26 Bucket Bug Hunt, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about maple sugaring history and see the bugs caught in the buckets
  • April 1 Free Trail Walk at The Grove, Glenview, 2PM
  • April 22 Party for the Planet, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

  • Fun and affordable every week: Saturdays 11AM-3PM Free Crafts Lake Shore Learning Center

For more ideas, check AH Moms and the Oaklees Guide.
**Events are subject to change. Be sure to check availability before heading out!