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!

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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
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
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
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

2017 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Southwest Suburbs
Easily find the recommended trick-or-treat hours for your town and surrounding areas in the southwest suburbs of Chicago on this handy list.

What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy
Get all that extra candy out of your house—and help a good cause! We've got details on what to do with leftover Halloween candy in Chicagoland.

Kids Eat Free on Halloween
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.

Towns We Cover: Kidlist Southwest Suburbs
Find a list of all the southwest suburbs that Kidlist includes for family-friendly fun activities, events, and classes for all ages.

School Lunch Ideas for the New Year
If your kids are tired of the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lunchbox, we have some great ideas for the upcoming school year!