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!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide with Discounts, a Giveaway, and Ideas 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.

2019-2020 Winter Break Camps for Kids
The western suburbs are full of winter break camps with sports, games, crafts, gymnastics, field trips, art, science, math and more! 

Ways of Teaching Kids to Give Back
Corsalus Group has great tips and practical advise for how we can teach our kids how they can use their time and/or money to give back.

2019 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!

Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer
Local toy drives for unopened toys, plus 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!

Christmas Truck Minis by EsteeG Photography
With a matte grey finish and Christmas props, this vintage truck makes the perfect setting for family photographs and holiday cards.

2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas in the suburbs of Chicago on this handy list.

Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2019
An enormous list of places where kids eat free on Halloween! We scoped out the deals in the west and southwest suburbs and have all the details for you.

Searchable Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Easily find the right preschool or daycare near you with this searchable guide for families in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering with kids is a wonderful way to bond as a family and give back locally or globally. Check out these opportunities!

Where To Take Fall Family Photographs and Fall Photo Session Openings
Find the best locations for fall photos in Chicago and the suburbs and get inside info on professional photographer fall session openings.