Posts from: November 2014

Black Friday NPN Membership Deal - 2015

For nearly 35 years, NPN has been dedicated to connecting a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. NPN offers Chicago parents these unique, must-have benefits :

An NPN membership gets you:


24-7 access to our unmatched discussion forums

Preschool and Elementary School Search Tools & Events

Parent Recommended Childcare Classifieds

Unique New Moms Groups - meet other new moms and get the support you need ...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

This Holiday Season, Think Milk & Cookies... and Bicycles!

We know that you're getting tons of emails with discounts galore, but here at NPN our business partners work hard to bring you local, exclusive NPN Member-only discounts. This Holiday season, a neat little shop in Lakeview called Heritage Littles is dolling out some warmth with milk & cookies... and custom bicycles & gear. NPN Members enjoy 15% off purchase of $100 or more at Heritage Littles! NPN Members login to NPN and click here for your exclusive code! Offer is good now throug...

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM by Ellie Ander

Local Organizations to Be Thankful For

The holidays are upon us and this time of year always makes me think about how fortunate I am....for really everything. I have a great job, a great family and a wonderful city that has welcomed me into it's tight-knit village of parents from all walks of life.  Of course, that reminds me of all of the less fortunate, particularly the families that live here and the organizations dedicated to helping them. If you're looking to donate, volunteer (with or without the kids) or support an organ...

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Has a Group for That: Adoption

Did you know that NPN has more than 30 special interest and neighborhood clubs? We thought we'd tell you a little about each of them over time. In honor of November being National Adoption Month, we thought we'd introduce you to Teresa, the lovely volunteer of our very active adoption group.

1. Tell us about you and your family

My husband and I met in 2004 in a random occurrence while we both were watching the Chicago Air and Water Show alone! We were married the following Fall in...

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

College Savings: The Holiday Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

The holiday season is upon us. A time for laughter, cheer, spending quality time with the ones you love, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, caroling on a clear, crisp night, you get the idea.

It’s also the time of year when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles scramble through department stores, searching for the perfect holiday gift (or twenty) for all of the important children in their lives.

Don’t get me wrong--- holiday shopping is fun. Plus, it gives you the chance to real...

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Randall Welsh

NPN Discount! Kick it with Lil' Kickers!

Every Tuesday NPN publishes a fresh NPN members-only discount just for you! This NPN Discount is brought to you by our fantastic partner, Lil' Kickers. Read on, friends...

Lil’ Kickers Chicago is a child development program filled with creativity, high-energy coaches and loads of fun.

The offer: The $36 membership fee is FREE for NPN Members who register for weekday, winter session classes at our Chitown Futbol, West Loop Athletic Club and Menomonee Club/Drucker Center locations! N...

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 6:50 AM by Ellie Ander

Top 10 reasons to take your little ones to Chicago Toy & Game Fair PLUS GIVEAWAY

Come out and play! The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG), is two days of unforgettable fun for all ages - hands on play time, special events, life-sized toys & games, contests galore, costumed characters and so much more.  We are BIG FANS!  NPN is excited to be hosting a super fun lounge with Building Blocks Toy Store!  

Plan a day at ChiTAG (Nov. 22 & 23 @ Navy Pier): Purchase your discounted NPN $10 Family Pass Here and make sure you are ready to play! (normally $30 for a fa...

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Apps for Kids, Daily Exercise

It’s well documented that all healthy kids over the age of 2 require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily exercise to promote healthy living. Not only does exercising regularly keep kids healthy and limit obesity, it promotes a healthy lifestyle that children will carry with them throughout their lives. With the decrease in recess times and cutbacks to state wide physical education requirements, more and more of this daily exercise responsibility is left to the parents. Building off of...

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Libby Galin

Great Weekend Getaway Idea + 15% Off Your Stay & More at Timber Ridge!

NPN Members! Stay at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, see Thomas & Friends™: A Holiday Adventure and enjoy full waterpark access for 15% off!

Splash into your holiday getaway with an extended live performance of Thomas & Friends™: A Holiday Adventure, full waterpark access and 15% off an overnight stay at Timber Ridge. Don’t forget to check out all the other exciting Christmas activities at the resort, illuminated in the magical glow of 2 million lights.

To book you...

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 7:26 AM by Ellie Ander

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Little Italy

Ciao Chicago famiglie! Looking to expose your kids to Italian culture without leaving town? There’s no better place to learn about Italian Americans in Chicago than to visit the city’s famous Taylor Street. Cultural Care Au Pair has planned a perfect itinerary for families interested in learning more about Italian culture right here in Chicago.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W Taylor St,) has been paying tribute to great Italian American athletes for more than ...

Posted on November 07, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck