It’s that time of year when parents begin looking for activities to keep the kids busy for the summer. Below are some of my favorite activities that are FREE or nearly FREE in the Schaumburg and surrounding areas. Click on each heading for detailed day and times to fill in your calendar.
Kids can bowl free all summer long by signing up at kidsbowlfree.com. A list of participating bowling alleys is available at this site. Children are eligible for two free games per day for the entire summer.
2. Cosley Zoo
Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is a nice, cozy zoo that is free for kids up to 17 years old, and for Wheaton residents. Non resident adults pay $5 admission. Cosley Zoo is open from 9am – 5 pm and is located at 1356 N Gary Ave in Wheaton.
Millennium Park offers free music and events throughout the summer, including a Dinosaur Petting Zoo from May 25-May 27. For a list of all events, visit CityofChicago.org.
Several of the Chicago Museums offer occasional Free Admission Days throughout the year. For a detailed list, visit chicagoparent.com.
5. Splash Pads
We love to hit the Splash Parks in the summer. I think it’s easier to watch young children here rather than at the swimming pool. We frequent Sunny Hill Splash Pad in Streamwood, off Rte 59 & Irving Park Road. Fountain Park in Elk Grove Village also has a large splash pad area, which we’ve never visited, but plan to this summer. Schaumburg Town Square has a small area next to Oberweis with dancing fountains for the kids to play in as well.
6. Schaumburg Park District Programs
The Schaumburg Park District holds a variety of free activities, from Street Theatre Entertainment to Noonie Time shows at the Clauss Recreation Center to free drop-in Wacky Wagon Summer Camp three days a week.
7. Schaumburg Evening Entertainment
The Summer Breeze Concert Series at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center features evening entertainment, as does Schaumburg Town Square located at the corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads: download here-Town Square Activities.
What are some of your favorite places to bring kids during summer?