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!

Fall 2021 Children’s Resale and Consignment Sales
Find incredible deals on new or gently used children's clothing, gear, toys, and more at these children's resales.

Tips for Finding a Family-Friendly Photographer from Danielle Hardesty Photography
Ever tried to find a family-friendly photographer? It’s overwhelming! Danielle Hardesty Photography shares what to look for.

Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor
Places to have a kids birthday party, kids entertainment, party rentals, balloons, yard signs... everything you need to plan a fun party!

All the 2021 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
Our 2021 list of free days at Chicago-area museums and zoos is continuing to grow. Visit MSI, the Art Institute of Chicago, and more.

Our Epic Summer 2021 Bucket List is HERE
Get ideas for a fun summer both close to home and local outings in our Summer Bucket List for families with a free printable.

Free Tulip Bulbs in Oak Brook with a Donation to People’s Resource Center
Oakbrook Center gives free tulip bulbs! Find out when and where to get them, along with tips and what to do with the bulbs when you get home.

Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2021
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting way for children to have fun while exploring their religion. Here's our roundup of options in the western suburbs.

2021 Farmers Markets and French Markets
Farmers markets in the western suburbs are opening soon! Skip the grocery store and support local farmers and artisans.

Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!
Maximize the backyard fun at your family get-togethers this summer with bounce houses, obstacle courses, dunk tanks, and more.

August 2021 Family-Friendly Events
We've taken care of your final summer plans with our roundup of August 2021 family-friendly events. There's something for every family's interests.

Family Photographers Who Serve the Western Suburbs
Find local talent, learn about each family photographer, and see samples of their work. All serving families in the suburbs of Chicago.

10 Over-the-Top (Literally!) Milkshakes in Chicagoland
These restaurants offer delicious, over-the-top milkshakes. With cookies, cupcakes, and donuts piled on top, these are sure to be a family favorite.