Local Activities

Museums

Fox River Trolley Museum Take a ride on an old-time trolley car from 1935. You can also look at other antique trolley cars or go for a hike. The Garfield Farm Museum is a 281-acre farmstead and former 1840's teamster inn and offers a variety of educational, family, and entertainment events.

Illinois Railway Museum has refurbished electric, steam and diesel train cars to look at and even ride! Check out their website for hours and to find out what trains will be running on a specific day.
 
SciTech Hands-On Museum This science museum has over 200 hands-on exhibits and daily science shows.
 
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park Take a look at their exhibition of over 60 large-scale contemporary sculptures.
 
Volo Auto Museum Here you can look at military vehicles, cars from movies, vintage cars and novelty cars like the Dr. Seuss-mobile, Ghostbusters car and even Cinderella's carriage.

Exploring the outdoors

Crabtree Nature Center has an exhibit building and several miles of self-guiding, educational trails. Bird watching is also popular here; 263 bird species have been observed on the property.
 
The Grove National Historic Landmark is an outdoor history and nature museum with walking trails. You'll also learn about the Native American tribes who lived on the land, the settlers who followed them and the impact they had on the community.
 
Lamb’s Farm is a non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. You can visit their petting zoo, pet shop, restaurant and bakery, or ride a miniature train and carousel. Check their website for information on special events held throughout the year.
 
Ryerson Woods is a 552-acre nature preserve with walking trails and a small farm area with cows, sheep, goats, chickens and turkeys. In the summer they have a butterfly garden.Volkening Heritage Farm Step back into the 1880s for a look at when Schaumburg was a rural German farm community. Here you can help with seasonal farm chores, participate in family activities and games of the 1880s or simply visit the livestock. Authentically dressed interpreters welcome and guide visitors through the site.
 
Willowbrook Wildlife Center is an education center and a wildlife rehabilitation center. There are indoor exhibits with song birds, amphibians, reptiles, bunnies and rats. There's also an outdoor trail with various raptors (eagles and hawks) and other native birds and mammals of DuPage county. 

More fun places to visit

Each season the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has several family matinees, sometimes with free pre-performance activities before the shows.
 
The Choo Choo restaurant At select tables at this restaurant, your hamburger is delivered to you by a model train! For added fun, make it a train-filled day and take the Metra to the restaurant.
 
Donley’s Wild West Town The excitement and charm of the Old West come alive at Donley's Wild West Town in Union, Illinois.  Here you can experience life in the style of the Wild West where gunslingers have showdowns, and a narrow gauge train whistles past the Blacksmith's Shop, Print Shop, Jail, Saloon and Sweet Phyllis Gold Mine.
 
Groundhog Days Each winter the town of Woodstock celebrates Groundhog Day with a various events, from a chili cookoff to storytelling to an appearance by Woodstock Willie the groundhog. There's also a screening of the Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day" (which was filmed in there) and a walking tour of filming sites from the movie.
 
Kraft Kids Concerts at Ravinia Every summer, this outdoor concert venue has a series of family-friendly shows.
 
Naper Settlement is a recreation of a 19th century village, which tells the story of how life changed throughout the 19th century for the people of northern Illinois. Through costumed interpreters and 30 historic buildings located on the 13-acre grounds, history is brought to life with educational and hands-on activities. 
 
Treehouse Indoor Playcenter offers children a multi-level climbing structure with swinging bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, swings, and soft basketball court.
 
 
 

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