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!

Experience Gifts to Give Kids for the 2020 Holidays
From memberships you'll use all year long to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we've got the low-down on experience gifts for 2020!

Family-Friendly December Events 2020
Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit with crafts, carriage rides, light shows and more.

Thanksgiving Dinners + Family Meals from Local Restaurants
Here's your menu of options for ordering family meals to-go. Take a break from cooking and support our wonderful local restaurant community!

Local Volunteer Opportunities to Spread Hope Together in 2020
Volunteering with kids is a wonderful way to bond as a family and give back locally or globally. Check out these opportunities!

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

Farm Stays and Other Unique Family-Friendly Airbnbs in Illinois
Farm stays, yurt villages, treehouses, and more . . . these whole-house Airbnb rentals make for an amazing change of scenery!

2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs
We've rounded up a list of the 2020 trick-or-treat hours in the west and far west suburbs. Don't forget your mask!

Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2020
All the places where kids eat free for Halloween 2020, plus other freebies to help celebrate the spooky season.

November 2020 Family-Friendly Events
We're grateful for a full calendar this November! This list has us celebrating the upcoming holiday season with plenty of family-friendly events.

Score Birthday Freebies Galore for Your Whole Family
Free meals, sweet treats, and other birthday perks await — but you've got to plan ahead! Find out which spots offer the best freebies.

Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Treat yourself to a meal out with these kids eat free days at family-friendly restaurants in the western suburbs.