30 Fun Things to Do in the Northwest Suburbs in 30 Days


Explore the Northwest suburbs this summer with this complete list of fun ideas for your entire family. Enjoy!


Cool off at a splash pad. Fountain Square in Elk Grove Village, and Woodscreek and Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake are all free.


Beat the heat at a beach. Crystal Lake offers three options and Lake Arlington offers sandy fun on a sunny (or not so sunny) day!


Splish splash at a water park like Rainbow Falls Waterpark in Elk Grove Village or Atcher Island in Schaumburg.


Get friendly with farm animals at Randall Oaks Zoo.


Visit Funtopia Glenview, an interactive play place.


Boogie down at a kids concert.


Schedule a preschool playdate at Kids Kustom Parties’ open playtime.


Read a little at a library. Bonus points if they offer more than just books such as an awesome play area like Barrington Area Library. Don’t miss the other must-see libraries.


Explore a new downtown area. Arlington Heights offers plenty of dining and shopping options and East Dundee is charming.


New adventures await at Adventure Playland in Mount Prospect. Don’t forget to grab crepes!


Park it up. Deicke Park never disappoints. You can also visit Woodscreek Park or Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake.


Find a new ice cream joint. (As if I needed to twist your arm.) One of our favorites is Julie Ann’s Frozen Custard in Crystal Lake. Or try these ice cream suggestions that are worth the brain freeze.


Explore a new trail on foot or bike. One of our favorites is the Fox River Bike Trail.


Train fan? Ride on a restored trolley at the Fox River Trolley Museum or the awesome Illinois Railway Museum.


Put out a (pretend) fire at Fire Zone in Schaumburg.


Find fresh fruit and veggies at a farmer’s market.


Looking for a manageable theme park? Pirates Cove, Santa’s Village AZoosment Park and Donley’s Wild West Town offer fun for the pint-sized members of your family.


Looking for a tasty treat? Try a chimney cake at The Heart of Europe Café. What’s a chimney cake? Read all about here.


Your kiddo will love eating pancakes and watching trains chug around at Windhill Pancake Parlor in McHenry.


While you’re in the area, let the kids go wild at the super cool Fort McHenry, McHenry’s only all-wooden playground.


Bowling is always fun for the family. Pinstripes South Barrington offers Tot Bowling too.


Buy penny candy at an old-time candy shop like Around the Corner Candy (East Dundee).


Take me out to a ballgame. A Cubs or White Sox game out of reach? Take it easy with a minor league baseball game at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.


Watch a flick at Pickwick Theatre, an art deco movie palace in Park Ridge.


Tumble around at an open gym like Hot Ground Gym in Arlington Heights.


Go fish! Catch and release fishing is available at Twin Lakes in Palatine.


See what farming was like in the 1900s at the Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg.


Apple picking! Get a head start in mid-August at Royal Oaks Farm and make your way through their apple maze.


Spend the day at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, where there is plenty of things to do with kids other than shop.


Ride on a carousel at Jumps n Jiggles in Elk Grove Village.

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