Chicago Suburbs 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:
  • Ongoing: Illumination at Morton Arboretum in Lisle; November 17-January 1; a light show in the trees, interactive displays and more, check website for more description on prices and times, purchase tickets in advance
  • Ongoing: Dickens Holiday Village and Kringle's Christmas Village Tour in Antioch November 4-December 25; over 50 handcrafted Dickens character will be featured around town, free walking tour available, special events select Saturdays, Kringle's Christmas Village shadowboxes also decorate the town
  • November 17 Winter Lights Holiday Walk, Aurora, 5PM-9PM, tree lighting, parade, fireworks, food trucks and pop up shops
  • November 18 Owl Extravaganza, Fullersburg Woods, 2pm-4pm, hike with owl experts, live encounters, tours every 20 minutes, for ages 2 and up, $10, must register
  • November 18 Salt Creek Craft Fair, Sportscenter, Palatine, 9:30AM-2PM
  • November 18 Lapidary Day, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst, 10AM-4PM, lapidary art demos, hands-on fun, bring your rocks to identify, see the museum, free admission
  • November 18-19 Christmas at the Mill, Graue Mill, Oak Brook, 11AM-5PM, shop the holiday fair featuring handmade gifts and decorations, free admission
  • November 18 Tree Lighting, Jelly Belly, Pleasant Prairie, 5:30PM-8:00PM, train tour, free samples, face painting, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, free
  • November 19 Settlers' Day, Sandridge, South Holland, 10AM-3PM, costumed interpreters, history hikes, crafts and more, free admission but will be accepting food pantry donations
  • November 19 Nocturnal Hunters - Owls, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about the adaptations that make owls fascinating, free
  • November 19 Family Movie Day, Christie's Dairy Delights, Palatine, 4PM-6:20PM, showing Beauty and the Beast, enjoy beverages & ice cream treats, raffles for sweet treats, come in your costume for 20% off of your order
  • November 25 Family Day, Big Run Wolf Ranch
  • December 1 Holiday Happenings Arlington Heights
  • December 2 Talons and Claws, Willowbrook
  • Fun and affordable every week: Saturdays 11AM-3PM Free Crafts Lake Shore Learning Center

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