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!

2020 Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the West Suburbs
Our list of spring break camps, activities and events in the western suburbs gives you countless ways to have fun during your week off school!

Sell, Buy, and Save Big at These Spring 2020 Children’s Resale Events
Freshen up your closets and toy bins! Buy, sell, or donate at these spring children's resale and consignment sales around the Chicago suburbs.

Kids Party Entertainers: Facepainters, Balloonists, Magicians, Characters, and More
Party entertainers, magicians, princesses, and more ideas for traveling parties! Add entertainment to a rented venue or a home party!

Ways to Connect: Mom Groups and Playgroups
Friendships with other parents and caregivers are so important, but it's hard to know where to start! Our list of playgroups makes it easier.

Gyms with Childcare, Stroller Workouts, and More to Keep You Moving in 2020
Plan to meet your fitness goals (and keep your family moving!) with these gyms, classes, and active outings you can do with kids.

The Best of the Suburbs + Help Us Help You This Year
We want to hear about your favorite indoor play areas, library childrens departments, and free nature centers!

6 Easy Ways to Support Kidlist
We're a local, women-owned, mom-friendly business dedicated to helping families, parents, and caregivers in our area. Help us grow!

All the 2020 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
Here's our 2020 list of all the museum free days in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Visit Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd, MSI, and more!

Attractions, Restaurants, and Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day 2019
Find out what is open on Christmas in Chicago's western suburbs in our handy list. Places to go, where to eat, and stores open on Christmas.

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.