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!

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Preschool Open Houses in the Western Suburbs
Picking the right preschool for your little one can be daunting. Check out these open houses in the western suburbs for a sneak peek at the school!

2018 Hours for Trick-or-Treating in 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: Candy Buy Back and Donation
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!

2018 Toy Drives and Donations in the Southwest Suburbs for Holiday Giving
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.

Toy Drives and Donations in the Western Suburbs to Spread the Cheer
2018 toy drives in Chicago's western suburbs for unopened toys, plus where to donate gently used toys. Get in the holiday spirit of giving!

Best Donuts in the Suburbs
Kidlist readers weighed in on where they found the best donuts and helped us compile this great list, along with a map to plan your own donut trail.

Kids Eat Free Halloween 2018 (Because Little Ghosts Need to Eat, Too!)
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.

Volunteering with Kids in the Western Suburbs
Volunteering with kids is such a worthwhile way to connect as a family. These organizations offer opportunities to help them better our community.

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.

Churches with Childcare in the Southwest Suburbs
If you are looking to find churches with childcare near you, check out our guide here. It has many local options and is a great place to start!

Churches with Childcare and Children’s Church in the Western Suburbs
Find churches that offer children's church to give parents the opportunity to embrace weekly services while kids play and learn about God.

Plan Your Next Vacation with Geri Marrella (her services are free!)
Geri Marrella shares her travel expertise. Contact her for easy vacation planning so you can begin the countdown to your next family trip!