Best Activities to Do with Kids in the Fox Valley Area

Fox Valley Kids Activities for Summer

It’s almost summer time! After a long winter and snowy spring, everyone in the Fox Valley and Chicagoland area is ready for summer. We’re ready to bust out the swim suits, roll out the grills, setup the beach chairs and umbrellas, pull the kids bikes out of garage storage, and get busy enjoying the good weather. For those of you that are new to the area or are looking for fun things to do with the kids this summer, below are some basic ideas to help you get started, including a few of my summer favorites.

Elgin Activities to Do with Kids

Looking for great activities to do with kids in Elgin, IL? The Fox River Trolley museum in South Elgin has to be one of our favorites. Its a fast activity that you can do on the weekend in the morning and still be back  in time to put the kids down for a nap. There’s also a great brand new park about a block away that is handicap accessible and the kids just love it.

Another great option is to sign your child up for martial arts training. While the kids are off for the summer is a great time to invest time into learning a new skill and finding out what your children really like. As a child I took martial arts classes in Elgin and the school is still there! Over 50 years later. Check out this great Martial Arts School or do a Google search for reputable classes near you.

Brookfield Zoo

The zoo is a blast in the summer. So many animals are out and they have fun activities including watching the dolphin show or going to check out the African animals. Our kids love the zoo and we buy the annual pass so we can go multiple times throughout the summer and not feel guilty about leaving early so the kids can nap or leaving with enough time to get home for dinner.

Chicago Museums, Parks, and Beaches

It’s a bit of a hike but if you’re not heading into the Windy City at least once or twice in the summer then you’re missing out on one of the big benefits of living in the Chicago area to begin with. Go downtown and check out the art museum, museum of science and industry, or even the Shedd Aquarium. When the kids get bored, head over to Grant Park or Millennium Park for a picnic lunch. When you’re done, head north up Lake Short Drive and check out North Ave Beach or the surrounding beaches or take a small detour on the way and check out Navy Pier. The kids will love the large ferris wheel.

These are just a few of our bucket list items for this summer. Let us know what’s on your list for this summer!