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!

Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores Offering Curbside Pickup and Delivery!
The friendly staff at these locally owned bookstores and toy stores are experts in their field. Shop small businesses this holiday season!

Find the Best Preschool and Daycare in the Western Suburbs for Your Family
This searchable guide makes it easy for you to find the perfect preschool or daycare for your family close to home or work.

Fresh Ideas for Safe Fun as Illinois Moves to Phase 3 on Friday
On Friday, Illinois starts Phase 3 mitigation measures. Get the scoop on what that means for kid-friendly fun, both at-home and outdoors.

2020 Live Christmas Tree Farms: Where to Cut Your Own (or Find a Pre-Cut Tree)
Choosing a Christmas Tree Farm is easy with our jam-packed guide featuring prices, tree selection, location, prices, and more!

Experience Gifts to Give Kids for the 2020 Holidays
From memberships you'll use all year long to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we've got the low-down on experience gifts for 2020!

Family-Friendly December Events 2020
Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit with crafts, carriage rides, light shows and more.

Thanksgiving Dinners + Family Meals from Local Restaurants
Here's your menu of options for ordering family meals to-go. Take a break from cooking and support our wonderful local restaurant community!

Local Volunteer Opportunities to Spread Hope Together in 2020
Volunteering with kids is a wonderful way to bond as a family and give back locally or globally. Check out these opportunities!

Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Local toy drives for unopened toys, donation collections, and where to donate gently used toys. Get in the holiday spirit of giving!

Halloween Candy Buy-Backs and Donation Spots for All Your Leftover Goodies
Get all that extra candy out of your house—and help a good cause with these options for Halloween candy buy back in the Chicago area!

Farm Stays and Other Unique Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Illinois
Farm stays, yurt villages, treehouses, and more . . . these whole-house Airbnb rentals make for an amazing change of scenery!

2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs
We've rounded up a list of the 2020 trick-or-treat hours in the west and far west suburbs. Don't forget your mask!