It's that time of year again, the space between winter and spring, and well you may find yourself thinking and maybe if you're anything like us, Googling something a bit like this: "What are the best wintertime activities to do in the Naperville area?"

Wintertime can feel dreadful if you're stuck doing the same old thing day in and day out and let's be honest, in Illinois winter lasts FOREVER. Just as soon as we think spring is coming early we get hit with a mountain of snow to shovel and maneuver around. 

The thing is, despite the weather, if we dress for the conditions and prepare for the roads there's actually a lot going on AND... and, and did you know people who get outside and stay active during the wintertime are actually healthier!? There's actually "...scientific proof that going outside — even in the winter — makes us healthier!" 

If you're running out of ideas for wintertime activities to do alone or with the family, we've got a good mix of both indoor and outdoor activities right here for you to check out and the best part is, they're all right here in the Naperville area. 

Please comment below if you have any great ideas that weren't included in this post!



Naperville, IL  60540
February 13, 2020
6 - 7:30 PM

Take some extra time to celebrate your furry loved ones at our Galentine's Yappy Hour event! They will have refreshments for pups and people, along with photo backdrops so you can make the memories last! 

See their full list of upcoming event details here.
Cross-Country Skiing at The Morton Arboretum

The season runs November 29, 2019, through March 13, 2020

There are wonderful skiing destinations across the Arboretum grounds: Ski Trail Map.

Get the full details here.

Naperville Pizza Wars

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Naperville Central High School

Who has the best pizza in Naperville? Come out to sample and vote for your favorite - all while supporting a great cause! 

Get the full details here

Naperville Plays at DuPage Children's Museum

Saturday, February 22 | 9:00 am-Noon
"Visitors will quadruple their fun at the Museum during this partnership of programming with a fun, hands-on activities provided by the Museum, Naper Settlement, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, and Naperville Public Library that relate to S.T.E.A.M. concepts."

Get the full details here.

Adult Hike with a Naturalist

Friday, February, 28th, 2020 or Saturday, February, 29th
10 am - 11:30 am

Join a naturalist on a wintry morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to learn about local wildlife. The trails may be snowy. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

FREE but registration required

Get the full details here.


Naperville St. Patrick's Day Parade/St. Paddy's Day 5K

Saturday, March 14, 2020!
St. Paddy’s Day 5K – 8 AM 
St. Patrick’s Day PARADE – 10 AM

May the luck of the Irish be with you! 
Get the full event details here.

For additional 5K details head to this link

Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens & Solving Water Issues in Your Yard

Multiple Dates: March 15th, 1:00 -3:00 pm or March 22nd, 1:00 -3:00 pm
McDonald Farm 
Naperville, IL 60565

Jim Kleinwachter will show you how rain barrels and rain gardens work and how to install them to capture the valuable water resource that falls on your land. He will also show ways to put the rainwater to good use or to solve water problems with a nature-friendly habitat in your backyard.

Get the full details here.

Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum

Located in nearby Lisle, IL 
On view now through June 2020

"Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Marvel at these 15- to 30-foot-tall (and one 60-foot long) sculptures that have been created to serve as protectors of our environment." 

See the Troll Hunt Map

Get the full details here.


Downtown Naperville Events
Other Local Events
5 Good Reasons to Go Outside, Even When It's Freezing
DuPage Children's Museum Exhibits
The Morton Arboretum Events
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