Who says family fun has to break the bank? There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to spend time with the family.
Summerfield Farm and Zoo is located in Belvidere and has a petting zoo, pony rides, artic foxes, monkeys camels and so many more animals! Admission is $10 per adult, $8 per senior...
Museums are a great way to spend time with family. You won’t even know you’re learning something.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum features a variety of interactive exhibits about firefighters from fire hoses, sirens, horns, vintage firefighting films, and so much more. Open for walk-ins on ...
There are so many different things you can do in downtown Chicago, make a day or weekend of it.
Learn about outer space at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. There are a variety of exhibits to go to including: learning about the lunar missions, learning about our solar system, lookin...
Have some science filled educationa fun in Northern Illinois this summer. There are plenty of museums to choose from and different types of science to learn. So pack the car, pack some snacks and don't forget to have fun!
See the site of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at Fermi...
Discover nature and wildlife in Northern Illinois. Forest preserves are a great place to do that. Meet a beekeeper at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher. Observe and learn about native wildlife at the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia. See what happens when glaciers move through an area at the Maren...
Don’t have time to spend a week’s vacation? Never fear Visit Northern Illinois has great things to do on a Saturday or Sunday.
A day out can be both educational and fun! Explore space at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago. Then experience Chicago from above on the 103...
There are many places to take the kids this summer to make the summer memorable.
Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor is located in Gurnee. For more info and to buy tickets visit: sixflags.com
White Water Canyon Water Park is located in Tinley Park. 5 acres of fun for the entire fa...
Discovery Center Museum will host 13 Family Fun Day events between January and May of 2018. Designed as educational and entertaining programs for families, Family Fun Days focus on a specific subject matter and then explore that subject through various means, including activities, demonstrations, ma...
Winter weather is offically here. Enjoy it while it lasts. Visit the Rochelle Train Park and see trains amist the white snow, see Christmas lights, go to one of our many parks to go sledding, skiing or to just walk in the snow. Whatever you choose to do, do it with us Northern Illinois Tourism.
The third annual Rockford Stroll on State is happened on Saturday November 25th from 2-9pm. This event is free and open to the public.
What is Stroll on State?
“Stroll on State is about coming together as a community to celebrate the season and to celebrate Rockford,” John Groch, the RACVB p...
Spring has sprung! Get outdoors to see trees budding, flowers blooming and an abundance of wildlife.
The Illinois State Parks are a great way to see birds, the flowers blooming and get some fresh air after this cold winter. And there are plenty in Northern Illinois. See the Blackhawk Statue...
Join Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere for their opening weekend on April 22nd and April 23rd. See all your animal friends from Zebras, Monkeys, Wolves, Reindeer and so much more! There will also be some planned Earth Day activities, animal presentations and a petting zoo.
$10 for adults, $8 for s...
Visit Midway Village in Rockford for the Presidents and Patriots Family Event. Take the whole family this school holiday and have some presidential fun. Make a revolutionary soldier hat, race through the Paul Revere obstacle course and so much more! Then listen to The Development of Patriotism in Am...
The Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock. Every year Woodstock has a Groundhog Day celebration with a walking tour of filming sites, awakening the groundhog, showing of the movie and so much more! This year the celebration is from February 1st to 5th and February 11th.
Live theatre is a great way to warm up this winter. There are many productions happening this winter in Northern Illinois. Get your tickets and watch a great show!
The Paramount Theatre in Aurora presents The Little Mermaid from November 23rd to January 15th.
The CCT’s Stage Righ...
Fall is coming to a close and winter is coming fast. While the air gets colder the fun warms up. Here is a small winter preview for Northern Illinois Tourism.
Looking for a head start in Christmas shopping? On November 4th and 5th join Quilters Plus Guild for their 28th Annual Holiday Boutique at...
There are so many things you and your family can do this fall. Pile the family in the car and explore what Northern Illinois has to offer this season.
- Leaves, leaves everywhere. One of the best parts of fall is seeing the colorful leaves. State parks are great places to go and see the landscape. ...
It’s October! You know what that means? Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Halloween.
There are so many things to see and do this fall. Here are a few that you should check out!
The Pumpkin Patch
Open Mid-September through October 31st
Phillips Park Zoo is located in Aurora. It has animals such as Mountain Lions, Llamas, North American River Otters, Gray Wolfs, American Elk, Macaws, Harris Hawk, various kinds of snakes various kinds of turtles, and much more.
For more information visit phillipsparkaurora.com.
It’s always nice when something is fun, family orientated and affordable. There are plenty of museums that you may or may not have heard of to choose from.
- Traveling down Route 66 or want to know more about it? Berwyn Route 66 Museum in Berwyn is the place to be. With no charge for admissio...
Head on over to Royal Oak Farm Orchard with your family this fall! This u-pick apple orchard is located in Harvard and has no admission or parking fee. Pick your own apples or pumpkins, get fresh apple cider donuts from the bakery, find gifts at the Country Market gift shop, carousel rides, open hay...
The Discovery Center Museum in Rocford, was recently awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This award celebrates excellence in hospitality.
The Discovery Center Museum is a children's museum with a wide array of exhibits for kids and the child in all of us. Learn about the human bo...
Join Chicago and Beyond in their vibrant nightlife. From theatres and drive-ins to casinos and bars, there is plenty to do after dark.
Paramount Theatre in Aurora has four shows in the Broadway Series. Oklahoma! is playing September 16 to October 18th, A Christmas Story is pl...
Places to take your kids this summer in Chicago. There are so many things to do you can’t do them all in one weekend. Take various trips and learn over summer vacation.
The Field Museum of Natural History
Meet Sue the T Rex, take a look inside Ancient Egypt, Discover how DNA w...
Do you like to go boating? Then there are many places in the Chicago & Beyond region that you can go.
Rent paddle boats, canoes, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks or stand up paddle boards at Crystal Lake. You can also take sailing and canoeing lessons to get ready for your watery...
Abe starts his adventure by going back in time, from the late 1800’s through the 1930’s, at the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings Museum. Abe learns all about historic planes as he walks through the Waukesha Hanger. Sitting in a plane, Abe imagines what it will be like to fly. He zooms out of the...
Take the kids out to play in a park in the Chicago and Beyond region. With 105 acres, tennis courts, 9-hole disk golf course, ball diamond, playground area, fishing pier, a swinging bridge and much more, Belvidere Park is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of fun.
Ride a carousel, pl...
There are many things to do with the kids around Easter. Have breakfast with the Bunny and watch “Hop” the movie in DeKalb on March 28th. Breakfast is at the Lincoln Inn and is served from 9am to 10:30am. The movie starts at 11am at the Egyptian Theatre. Breakfast...
No matter what you like there are many things in Downtown Morris to do. Spend the day outside hiking or biking at the I and M Canal, swimming at Goold Park, or camping at Gebhard Woods State Park. Head on over to William G. Statton State Park to spend time on the water jet skiing, fishing, tu...
ESPN Zone is located in Chicago. A sports themed restaurant that has sports viewing with flat screen TV’s, over 10,000 square feet of arcade sports games like air hockey, see how many free throws you can make, racing simulators and so much more! Visit espnzone.com for more infomatio...
Family outings can come in many shapes and sizes. So no matter what you want to see, there are many museums to choose from.
The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook showcases different aircrafts. Some examples of these aircrafts are T-2 and T-33, as well as many other aircrafts. Visit ...
I can’t believe it but spring break is coming up fast! Which means the kids will be out of school and boredom with sink in. Go hiking and enjoy nature at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. Visit: starvedrockstatepark.org for more information and other fun ideas.
The teens c...
Are you looking for weekend family fun ideas throughout this year?
On February 15th,the Durant House Museum is hosting their Fireside Fun event. You will be able to tour the museum and learn how to play 19th century games. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 of children. Ppfv....
Learn to snowboard or ski in the Chicago and Beyond region. Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin makes their own snow. So even if there isn’t snow on the ground you can still have fun on the slopes. Don’t know how to snowboard, no worries, book your lessons now...
Northern Illinois offers many choices for outdoor holiday camping adventures. Here are a few listings for State Parks in Northern Illinois for tent camping, cabins, lodges, RV's and just a spot for a day out with a picnic.
Lowden State Park, 1411 North River Road, Orego
207 acres for camping, boatin...
It's Festival Time in Northern Illinois! Music, rides, food - all the expected fun to look forward to. Here are a few festivals that also offer the opportunity to give back to the community while still experiencing the usual excitement!
Old Settlers Days, Settlers Park, Rockton, IL
June 19 - 22,...
Northern Illinois' many rivers and lakes offer a chance to sit back, relax and let others do the driving. Make it a goal to take a ride on one (or all) of the choices listed below. Every listing is a difference experience.
Pride of Oregon Paddle Wheeler, Oregon, IL
Enjoy a two-hour lunch or di...
Check out the many options to view a favorite past-time - a baseball exhibit, a minor league game or the great American classic - Major league ball. Something for everyone in Northern Illinois.
Play Ball, Aurora!
20 East Downer Place, Aurora, IL
The summer exhibit at the Aurora Historical Socie...
Treat yourself and your family to new experiences (or relive old memories) by relaxing and being entertained under the stars. You can put on your comfortable clothes and watch a movie from your own vehicle or dress up a little and sit in the beautiful outdoor theater! Here are a couple of great cho...
Just a sampling of some great festivals in Northern Illinois for Memorial Day Weekend. Start a new family tradition by choosing one of these festivals or check out our Events page for more choices for this weekend!
Gaelic Park Irish Fest
05/23/2014 - 05/26/2014
Irish Fest brings tog...
Diamond Lake Beach is located in Mundelein. It has a sandy beach, lake, and covered picnicking areas. It is a destination for boating, swimming, events and more. You can purchase season passes online. Visit mundeleinparks.org for more information.
Atcher Island Water Park is...
Volo Auto Museum is located in Volo. Visit the world's largest all-indoor auto attraction. See cars that was used in a variety of movies, military helicopters and tanks, and classic cars. Eat at the Betty Boop Burger Bar open from 11am-4pm.
For more information visit: volocars.com....
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is located in DeKalb. Come see blacksmith demostrations and tours. Demostrations are held June 8th and June 22nd; July 13th and 27th; August 10th; September 12th, 14th, and 28th; October 12th and 26th. Volunteer Blacksmiths demonstrate the trad...
Wonder Works Children's Museum is located in Oak Park. Wonder Works Children's Museum is a place where children from birth to eight and parents can unleash their creative side. Children learn through art, performance, building and much more. For more information visit wonder-works.org.
Reptile Rampage on March 9, 2014 from 10am-4pm at The City of Lake Forest’s Recreation Center.
Kids and adults can get up close and personal with reptiles. There are over 150 animals including, but not limited to, snakes, lizards, frogs, and tortoises. Admissions is $9 for adults and $6 for chi...
The best way to beat the Northern Illinois winters is to still be active. Bundle up the family and head over to these amazing family-friendly locations!
The Discovery Center in Rockford has regular hours throughout the winter, plus they host many specific events for the kids. Check out their Mes...
No need to stick to the same trails - discover some different types of winter activity in Northern Illinois. Just layer up the clothing and get out there!
Snowshoe Under The Stars: Astrono-Monee on February 1, 2014 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Monee Reservoir. Bring the whole family for an outdo...
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