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:
  • May 20-Sept. 16 Butterfly House at Peck Farm in Geneva, Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM, donation $2 pp or $5 per family, closed Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day
  • May 27-September 4 Butterflies and Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden, 10-5 daily weather permitting, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, 2 and under are free, parking $30 per car weekends & holidays, $25 during week
  • May 27-28 Prairie Arts Festival, Robert Atcher Municipal Center,  10AM-5PM, free admission
  • May 27-28 Barrington Art Festival, Downtown Barrington, 10AM-5PM, free admission
  • May 27 Canyon Tour, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 10AM, hike through canyon, some rough terrain, wading in stream, free but must register, call  630-257-2045
  • May 27 Big Run Wolf Ranch Family Day, Big Run Wolf Ranch, 10AM-4PM, visit with resident animals, $6 pp
  • May 27-28 Weekend Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, 12PM-3PM, $3 pp
  • May 27-29 Pirate's Cove Childrens' Theme Park Opening Weekend, Elk Grove Village, great for kids ages 1-9, $12 per child ($9 Elk Grove residents), free for adults
  • May 27 St. James Farm Family Field Day, 11AM-5PM, sheep herding demos, equestrian demos, hayrides, archery, kids activities and more, free admission, fees for some activities
  • May 27 David Herzog's Marionettes, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 6:30PM-7:30PM, free, must register, no card necessary
  • May 29 Mini Golf Tournament, Sportsman Country Club, Northbrook, 9AM-12PM, $6 per child, $7 per adult, call to reserve tee time  847-291-2351 or drop by and play
  • May 29 Creature Feature, River Trail Nature Center, 1:30PM, stop by and say hello to one of the native animals of the forest, free

  • 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!