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:
  • Now Through February 17: Sinnissippi Station Model Railroad Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford, enjoy fun model trains in the lush tropical setting. See if you can spot Rockford landmarks in miniature. Check website for admission rates.
  • January 14-March 14 Gail Borden Library Take Flight Exhibit, Elgin, free, hands-on explorations to learn about flight, check for special programs
  • January 19-February 24 Enchanted Railroad, Morton Arboretum, free with regular admission, get timed tickets when you arrive at the Visitor Center
  • February 9-March 24 The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, see post for more info
  • February 15 Candy Walk In Day, Morkes, Palatine, 2PM-4PM, make candy to take home, $9 pp
  • February 16-17 Gnome Globes and Gnome Hunt, Morton Arboretum, 11AM-2PM, Children's Garden, hunt for gnomes in the Children's Garden (hunt is free with admission), then create a globe to bring home, globes are $7 pp for members, $10 for non, must purchase ticket in visitor's center, limited number, admission is separate, weather permitting
  • February 16 African Music and Dance with Idy Ciss, Mount Prospect Public Library, 11AM-11:45AM, free but must register, experience the spirit of Africa through movement and music
  • February 16  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • February 16 Chili Cook Off, Buffalo Grove, 12PM-2PM, $5 pp, space limited
  • February 16 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • February 16 Pop Out Art, Chagall's Peace Windows, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 11AM-1PM, assemble colorful, dream-like images and shapes symbolizing peace, love, tolerance and faith as part of your own stained glass style art and hang them in your favorite window, supplies provided, free, best for ages 5+
  • February 17 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • February 17 In Search of the Snow Flea, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, check for snow fleas on the trails and learn what insects do in the winter

  • February 16  Family Caring Fun Day, Christie's, Palatine
  • February 18 Free Kids Admission at Volo Auto Museum, free admission with paying adult
  • February 18 Cantigny Park Museums Open for President's Day, $5 parking, free admission
  • February 18 Candy Camp, Morkes, Palatine, 10AM-11:30AM, $18 pp, kids ages 5+, must register
  • February 18 President's Day Program, Des Plaines History Center, 1PM-3PM, learn about Washington and Lincoln, presidential trivia and crafts, great for kids 5-12 and families
  • February 22 Freeze Fest River Trails Park District
  • February 23 STEM Expo, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • March 2 Taste the Town, Rolling Meadows
  • March 3 KidsFest, Oak Park Conservatory
  • March 3 Barrington Library Comic Con
  • March 3 Vernon Hills Comic Con
  • March 5 Mardi Gras Parade in Mount Prospect
  • 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!