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
  • February 24 Freeze Fest, The Zone, River Trails Park District, Mount Prospect, 5PM-8PM, free crafts, bouncy houses, archery, turf games and more, free
  • February 25-26 Festival of Arts and Crafts, Harper College, Palatine, 9AM-4PM Sat, 10AM-4PM Sun, 200 booths of Midwestern crafters, $5 pp admission
  • February 25 This Old Birdhouse, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, $5, prepare for nesting season by building a new birdhouse, plans provided, register by calling  847-381-6592, good for kids 10 and up, 1 house per family
  • February 25 & 26 Sap's Rising, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, take a walk in the maple forest and learn about how maple syrup is made, free
  • February 25 Mardi Gras Skate Party, Orbit Skate Center, Palatine, 7PM, mask contest, balloon drop, admission is $8.50 pp, $4 for skate rental if needed
  • February 26 Black History Month Underground Railroad Hike, Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland, 11AM-3PM, interactive journey hike, hike follows a route used in the Underground Railroad, free
  • March 4 Taste the Town, Rolling Meadows
  • March 4 Dinosaur Discoveries, Lizzadro
  • March 5 Comic Con Barrington, Barrington Area Library
  • March 18 Free Bird Tales Story Hour, Wildbird Shack, Mount Prospect, 10:30AM-11:30AM, free stories, cookies & refreshments, RSVP by calling 847-873-0409; emailing or replying on Facebook
  • 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!