Posts from: April 2015

Summer Jam Camp with Merry Music Makers!

Merry Music Makers has been introducing young children to music and creating joy through sound for over a decade with their Music Together classes and private lessons offerings. Their new summer camp is offered during the mornings in week-long sessions in June and August (before and after care are available). Designed to introduce children ages 4 to 8 to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, fun, educational experience that inspires a love of music in young children by giving the...

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 7:26 AM by Ellie Ander

Top 6 Spring Survival Apps

Playground Pointers ($1.99)

An NPN favorite and worth every penny. Playground Pointers is a searchable iPhone app that will guide you to the best Chicago playgrounds close to you. If you want to explore a new neighborhood, run an errand yet want to give your kids the chance to play outside, or want to meet another family for a playdate in a new area, Playground Pointers is a must-have. It gives you location information, pics and even notes on the ambiance (i.e. the el rumbles a little ...

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Exclusive Discount on Stages, Sights & Sounds presented by Chicago Humanities Festival

Stages, Sights & Sounds is Chicago’s only international performance festival for young audiences. Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival, these fresh, original performances from Canada, Europe, and even our hometown, Chicago, will delight children and adults alike. Join us for dozens of performances and hands-on experiences May 7-20, 2015.

NPN members get 15% off regular ticket prices to select performances* of The American Revolution (ages 10+) and Ondin (ages 3+). Hurry! Perfor...

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:27 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Continues to Provides Benefits to Chicago Parents Through Local Employers

CHICAGO, IL – Continuing to offer city parents the most valuable resources possible, Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN) is introducing a new partnership with Leo Burnett that will provide support for working parents in Chicago.  NPN has had workplace partnerships with local companies to provide them with discounted (or free) NPN memberships as a benefit to their employment since 2012. Chicago-based Leo Burnett, is the largest corporation to partner with NPN to date.

NPN Exec...

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 7:38 AM by Christa Reed

Top Ten NPN Events this Spring

The weather is warming up and so is the NPN calendar. There is surely no shortage of things to do, so join us for some family friendly fun over the next few weeks!


4/16 - Mom’s Day/Night Out at vFish - Free & open to the public! Take a break, bring a donation, mix and mingle, find some great Spring apparel all while supporting NPN. 20% of all purchases go toward improving NPN’s programming.

4/22 - Baby Basics 101 – Free & NPN Members Only. Get all of your new par...

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 7:32 PM by Christa Reed

Run/Walk to Support Lurie Children’s Kids!

It's all about the kids! NPN is spreading the word about the Lurie Children's Run/Walk Sunday, May 17th. Join this important fundraiser and get moving today for the kids at Lurie Children's!


When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.

Where: Soldier Field (Stadium Green), 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

Parking: Available in the Waldron Lot for $20

Cost: Adults: $39, Child (3-12): $5, Toddler (2 & under): Free

Register here!

Lace up you...

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount: Half-Price Tix to Your Next Date Night Activity

Try this fun and affordable date-night activity: The Theatre School at DePaul University presents The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Lavina Jadhwani.

The Duchess asserts her freedom of choice to marry whom she pleases, even if her beloved Antonio is “beneath her class.” Her brothers retaliate in protest and send their henchman, Bosola, to keep an eye on the Duchess. The result: a tragedy full of complex players, destruction, violence, greed, secrets, madness, murders, do...

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Waitlisted. Now what?

Rejuvenating your school search post admission decisions.

First things first- take a deep breath! Your child WILL be enrolled in school next fall. I promise.

You are on the waitlist of your top private or public school. What does that mean? I would recommend following up with the school directly to find out. Things to keep in mind:


Waitlist vs. Waitpool: A waitlist implies that there is a ranking. If it is a waitlist, can the school provide you with your child’s rank? A wai...

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM by Erin Woodhams

NPN Members Only Deals On Camp, Fitness and Wellness

Ever wonder if your membership is 'worth' it. We think so! Check out these NPN Member only NPN Discounts on Camps, Fitness & Health to keep us healthy from head to toe! Please login to NPN to see all discount details & search the database for even more awesome discounts!

POW! Kids offers fitness driven classes for kids that build strength, confidence and skills in a safe environment learning martial arts, boxing, self-defense and athleticism. Birthday party options available. N...

Posted on April 07, 2015 at 11:50 AM by Ellie Ander

3 Green Things to Pack for Spring Break

April is officially here, which means I think it's safe to say Spring has arrived? April couldn't have come in with more of a bang, as the first weekend marks the beginning of holidays and Spring Break for many Chicago families. Before you head out the door with a million-and-one things in hand, here are some quick tips for greener traveling. 


1. We love multitasking products in our family as they save on weight, space and "schtuff" in general. snackTAXI (see pic below) makes aweso...

Posted on April 05, 2015 at 7:00 PM by Jenny Perillo