10 Must-Visit Spots for Kid-Friendly Summer Fun!

Sunshine, juicy watermelon, melting popsicles, fireworks, flip flops, barbecues, bathing suits, and sand-between-your-toes, all the nuances of summer fun are coming to mind as warm weather approaches!

You know what that means… summer bucket lists. Make the most of the dog-days and fill up your calendar with festivals, summer camps, day trips, and more. Here is a list of must-visit Chicago spots for kid-friendly fun.

1. Attend a movie in the park

Hollywood stars return to Chicago skies this summer! Movies in the Parks bring entertainment to local parks in Chicago for the 19th season. Checkout the 2019 Millennium Park Film Series schedule below for the full lineup!

2. Hit the waterpark!

Summer Fun Waterpark

Named by USA Today as a top summer destination, Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest outdoor waterpark, located on more than 58 acres in Yorkville, Ill., 45 minutes west of the Chicago loop. Every summer, families visit this Aussie-themed, family-friendly waterpark, which features 26 water slides, 3 kiddie areas, a wave pool, a 1/4 mile long lazy river, 26 private cabanas, and more

3. Book a summer fun cooking class for your young chef

Summer Fun Cooking Class

Take a kids cooking class with your little ones and teach them how to be crafty in the kitchen! From Babies Can Cook to Tots Can Cook and Let’s Lunch, The Kids’ Table Lakeview and The Kids’ Table Wicker Park has a class for every age.

4. Attend an exclusive screening of Toy Story 4

Summer Fun Movies

Buzz and Woody are reuniting this summer for one of the most highly anticipated films: Toy Story 4. Hit the theater with other Chicago families on June 22 for an exclusive screening the whole family will love.

5. Take a road trip to Six Flags Great America + Hurricane Harbor

Summer Fun Six flags

Thrill seekers come in all sizes. That’s why Six Flags has a ton of great fun for little ones to enjoy on their own and with parents. These rides spin, fly and promise to take kids on magical journeys that are perfect for their height and age. 

6. Santa’s Village Azoosement Park

Santa’s Village Azoosement Park offers family fun in so many forms. Families come to enjoy thrill rides, a barn and petting zoo, domestic and exotic animals and live shows, games, shopping, and restaurants. Purchase your tickets today for the entire family!

7. Get active outdoors with your little ones

Summer Fun Stroller Strides

Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom is a total-body conditioning workout perfect for Moms with little kids who are always on the go! Get physically and mentally strong while your little ones are entertained with songs and activities. Find classes in the City, and the West Suburbs.

8. Discover Chicago’s signature foods and drinks

Summer Fun Food Festival

American Walks presents the best way to explore Chicago, by eating and drinking! From the Chicago Pizza Walk to the Wrigleyville Food Walk, these family-friendly tours will leave you satisfied and full of historical knowledge!

9. Try a new sport

Even if you can’t make it to sports camp this summer, there are plenty of drop in classes available across Chicago to explore. Checkout a few of our favorites from Trappers, Lil’ Dribblers, Fonseca Martial Arts, and more!

10. Become a superhero

Superhero Training

The world needs heroes and heroines! Nothing screams summer fun more than imagination. Kids will explore what it means to be “Super” in this superhero training program from Pow!

Bonus! Summer fun movies to keep on your radar


The story we all know and love, remastered into a live action magical adventure! Aladdin releases to theaters on May 24, 2019.

Toy Story 4

Woody and Buzz are back for another adventure that your family won’t want to miss! Toy Story 4 releases to theaters on June 21, 2019. Want in on an exclusive screening? Check it out on Pearachute today to reserve your spot.

Spider Man

Following the events of Avengers Endgame, Spiderman returns to face challenges of a new world. Spider Man: Far From Home releases to theaters on July 2, 2019.

Lion King

Betrayal, tragedy, and drama…this Disney classic is back for a new live action tale. The Lion King releases to theaters on July 19, 2019.

Read more of our summer bucket lists in Dallas and San Francisco.