Resources for Your Family

Want to find restaurants where kids eat free? Preschools and daycares near you? Need school lunch ideas? Looking for a resale or consignment sale to buy kids clothes, toys, and equipment? Want to plan the ultimate kids birthday party? We have the answers to these questions and much more in this Resources for Families page!

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Are you looking for a family resource not on this list? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for activities for kids? Check out our other resources, visit our Outdoor Activities and Indoor Activities pages. We also have Half-Price Ticket offers so you can see a fun performance or receive admission to location attractions at a discount!

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books
Encourage your kids to keep reading cool books on those hot summer days with one of these fun, free summer reading programs!

2018 Summer Bucket List for Kids in the Chicagoland Suburbs
Follow a summer bucket list to keep the summer activities and momentum flowing! Use our list to find local ideas that fit your family's needs.

Family Photographer Guide 2018-19
Find local talent, learn about each family photographer, and see samples of their work. All serving families in the suburbs of Chicago.

Farmers Markets in the Southwest Suburbs 2018
Check out all the farmers markets happening nearby, from Tinley Park to Bolingbrook and beyond! Find out where you can get fresh veggies and treats.

Farmers Markets and French Markets in the Western Suburbs 2018
All of the french and farmers markets in Chicago's near western suburbs. Find locations, days, times, and a free printable of markets by day!

What You Need for Your Second Baby (and What You Really Don’t)
With a second baby, you likely have a lot of baby gear on hand already. Find out what else you might need, plus what you can safely skip this time around,

Bounce House Rentals in the Chicagoland Area
Bounce house rentals have become very popular for events that a bunch of kids will attend! Scroll through to find bounce house and party rentals near you.

Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s Western Suburbs – 2018
Find a restaurant where kids eat free every day of the week on this list, organized by day with details included for each.

Unique Local Shop Offers Handcrafted Mattresses in the Western Suburbs
About Quality Sleep Shop, types of handcrafted mattresses they offer, suggested mattresses for kids, construction materials, and more helpful information.

Kid-Friendly Ear Piercing Places
A full list of shops, stores, tattoo parlors, and other kid-friendly destinations that offer ear piercing in Chicagoland.

Spring Resale Guide 2018
Sell, donate, and shop the spring resale and consignment sales! We have a huge round-up of all the best sales in the suburbs.

The Ultimate Kids Birthday Party Guide: Locations, Entertainment, and Cakes
Places to have a kids birthday party, parties that come to you, and treats... everything you need to plan an easy and fun kids birthday party to remember!