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!

Your Child’s First Dental Visit: When to Take Your Child to the Dentist
Dr. Eric G. Jackson answers your questions about when to take your child for their first dental visit and gives helpful advice on the topic.

Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago
Whether you're looking for a day trip or full-blown vacation, check out our list of indoor water parks near Chicago that are worth the drive!

Winter Chicago Hotel Deals and Hotel Packages for Families
Beat the winter blues by taking a mini vacation to beautiful downtown Chicago! Find great Chicago hotel deals and hotel packages for families.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids of All Ages
We've scoped out all the new toys and games this season and only our favorites are included in this holiday gift guide.

Live Christmas Trees: Where to Cut Your Own or Buy a Pre-cut Tree
Cut your own Christmas tree locations with hours and prices along with options for where to buy a pre-cut Christmas tree near you!

Places Where Kids Eat Free in the Southwest Suburbs
It is always a bonus when a restaurant features a kids eat free night. Check this list to find kids eat free offers near you.

Toy Drives and Donations in the Southwest Suburbs
The holiday season is a great time to teach kids about generosity and giving. Check out our round-up of toy drives collecting new and gently used gifts.

Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes
Find the best birthday cakes in the west and southwest suburbs based on reader recommendations with comments, addresses, and phone numbers.

Volunteering with Kids in the Western Suburbs
Volunteering with kids is an important way to teach them about compassion and serving others! Check out our round-up of local volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering with Kids in the Southwest Suburbs
Volunteering with kids is a great way to teach values of compassion, empathy, and service. We've rounded up some family-friendly events and opportunities.

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Western Suburbs
All of the kid-friendly Halloween events, activities, costumes ideas, kids eat free, books, crafts, and more in one place!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Southwest Suburbs
Halloween events, books, crafts, costumes, allergy-friendly treats, kids eat free, and more in this guide to a kid-friendly Halloween.