Community Calendar of Free Local Family Events!

Welcome to the community calendar! This is a listing of free local events that is collected by the Families First | La Familia Primero team. Our local partners also contribute their family-friendly events to be included as well! To learn more about how to include your event on this calendar, reach out to us. On the first Friday of every month, we publish a newsletter that highlights some of the events for families listed below. Subscribe here to get this information right in your inbox!

Using the Calendar

Click on the “Agenda” tab to view events in a list.  

⭐ Week of the Young Child Event!

🟦 Bilingual Spanish + English
🟩 Specifically states that its sensory-friendly and/or adapted for kids with a range of needs
🟧 Hosted by the Collaboration for Early Childhood
🟪 Activities for parents/caregivers only that do not include child care or child activity (workshops, support groups, etc.)

If you or your child needs any accommodations, including translation, to fully participate in any community program, we encourage you to reach out to the provider and let them know. Alternatively, please let us know and we will share this feedback with them. We are committed to ensuring that family programming in our area meets all the needs of our families.  Everything is more fun when we can all play together!

The Collaboration for Early Childhood’s Parenting Resource Program (PRP) brings together community partners to connect families with early childhood information, resources, and parenting workshops. The Parenting Resource Program is run by the Parenting Resource Program Committee.

This group of community partners drives the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s Family Engagement work, which includes:

  • The Early Childhood Resource Fair. This annual event is a space for families of young children to learn about the wide variety of resources and supports available for Oak Park and River Forest families. In 2020, the Early Childhood Resource Fair went virtual, but we are back in person again. The Early Childhood Resource Fair takes place in late October after the Fall Family Fun costume parade. Keep an eye on our events page for more information in the fall. 
  • Early Learning Provider Meet & Greet: Held in January, the Child Care Meet & Greet gives families an opportunity to learn more about local child care options. Learn more on our events page

To access online resources for parents, visit the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s Parent Resource Library or visit the Parenting Resource Program’s Family Engagement video collection. To get connected to additional parent supports, complete the form at the bottom of this page, and we will be in touch with you.

Parents/Caregivers are their child's first and most important teacher! Reach out to us to get connected to resources and supports by completing the form below.