If you are traveling to DuPage County this season with your kiddos in tow, there are plenty of things to keep them entertained. Here are a few “out of the box ideas” on how to have a fun-filled family weekend.


Check out the Forest Preserve’s Top 10 list of activities to get the entire family outdoors all year-long. 

2. DuPage Children’s Museum

One of Chicagoland and the Western Suburbs’ favorite places, where play allows kids to make new discoveries, explore new spaces, share experiences, and see themselves and their world in new and exciting ways.

3. Cantigny Park

Your outdoor adventure awaits at the 500-acre park. Explore and climb on tanks in the tank park, be immersed in the history of the U.S. Army’s famed 1st Infantry Division in the First Division Museum or enjoy a picnic on the picnic grounds. 

4. Cosley Zoo

Nestled on 5 acres and home to farm animals, native Illinois wildlife, white-tailed deer, red fox, Blanding’s turtles, bobcats, coyote and more. 

5. Brookfield Zoo

Feed the giraffes, see African Lions, watch tigers prowling, go eye-to-eye with bears, encounter bison, see the shows, get an underwater view of polar bears swimming, enjoy the zoo. Its open every day of the year. 

6. Main Event

Eat, bowl and play billiards, laser tag, arcade games and more. Tag, you’re it! 

7. Portillo’s Restaurant

Grab a lunch or dinner with the kids. Order-up some famous hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, French fries, shakes and malts. Rumor has it that the chocolate cake is the best! 

8. Naper Settlement

Learn about history while exploring the beautiful museum grounds and 30 historic buildings. Learn how the past relates to the present from costumed interpreters. 

9. Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum

Imagination lives, curiosity peaks and kids flourish in the garden. Splash through secret streams, climb colossal acorns, and slide down giant tree roots. 

10. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Take a FREE tour with the kids. Learn why Fermilab is America’s premier particle physics laboratory and the accelerator-based neutrino research capital of the world.

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