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:
  • March 17 - June 3 Simply Spring Butterfly Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, enjoy butterflies flying freely in the conservatory, witness all of the butterfly life cycle, $6 resident, $8 non, $4 and $6 for seniors, kids 5-17 and veterans, Ages 3-4 $2, under 3 free, check website for times. ***Tropical Tuesdays Admission is $3.**
  • April 21-22 We Love Trees, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 11AM-4PM, discover wonderful items made with trees in children's play area, free with admission, self-guided, also check out build a tree
  • April 21 Earth and Arbor Day Celebration, Village Green, Northbrook, 9AM-12PM, vendor expo, tree seedlings, learn about birds, recycling pick up and more, free
  • April 21 Hoffman Walks - Earth Day, Vogelei Park, Hoffman Estates, 9AM-10:30AM, learn about coyotes and go on a community walk, free
  • April 21 Fox River Arts Ramble, Elgin-Aurora, 10AM-5PM, 40 local places to explore art
  • April 21-22 UnEarth Science Festival, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-4PM, learn about soil forensics, exploring the fossil records, pollinators, how to tag a bee, explore the nature garden and more, free with parking ($30 per car)
  • April 21 Earth Day Celebration, Peck Farm, Geneva, 11AM-3PM, green vendors, bike tune ups, farmers' market, games and activities and much more, free admission
  • April 21-22 Lamb and Wool Festival, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, see border collies herd, learn how wool becomes yarn, learn about quilting and more, free
  • April 21 Family Kite Fly, Century Park Arboretum, Vernon Hills, 11AM-1PM, bring your own kite or purchase one at event for $6 
  • April 21 Earth Day Celebration, Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake, 11AM-4PM, performances and guided hikes, food trucks, stewardship projects, free admission, recycling drop off check list
  • April 21 Party for the Planet, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, 11AM-2PM, learn about conservation, meet with conservation businesses and organizations, residents free, non resident adults $7, kids free, non resident seniors $6
  • April 21 Earth Day, Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, Elgin, 1PM-4PM, education, healthy snacks, hikes, sending planting and more, free
  • April 21 Lake County Food Truck Frenzy, Lake County Fair Grounds, 12PM-5PM
  • April 21  Book Fiesta!, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 2PM-3:30PM, bilingual story time, take a taste tour of cookies from around the world, free, drop in
  • April 22 Earth Day Open House, Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles, 8AM-4PM, bird walk at 8AM, Earth Day garden, crafts and activities and more, see schedule, free
  • April 22 Earth Day Nature Play, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 12PM-3PM, play in the nature area, hikes, free
  • April 22 Earth Day Party, Vera Meineke Nature Center, Schaumburg, 12PM-4PM, games, crafts, bird house building, free seedling and more, free admission
  • April 22 Living History Open Houses, Powers-Walker House, Ringwood, 12PM-4PM, learn about the family's contribution to the Civil War, free
  • April 22 A Force of Nature: Earth Day Observations, Citizens Park, Barrington, 1PM-4PM, visit a solar house, get a free seedling and more, free
  • April 22 Family Gardening, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 2PM-4PM, variety of garden activities for the family with items to bring home, free but please register one family member
  • April 27 Irish Fest Mt. Prospect
  • April 27 Stunt Dogs
  • April 27 Walpurgnisnacht
  • April 28 Head to the Hills Golf Fest, Palatine
  • 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!