Category: Chicago Happenings
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She may look different on the outside, but five-year-old Mary Cate, this year’s Aon Step Up for Kids patient champion, is just like any other kid on the inside.
Diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Apert Syndrome, which affects the shape of the head and face and prevents the skull from growing normally, Mary Cate has undergone several major surgeries at Lurie Children’s with more procedures still to come. It is Family Services prog...Posted on December 07, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Don’t let the 60-degree weather in Chicago fool you—lights are going up on trees and holiday music is taking over the airwaves. The holidays are almost here! And if you are anything like me, coming up with great gifts for the kids in my life is a struggle. I mean, I don’t want to be stepping on small figurines every time I walk through my living room, nor do I want to spend a ton of money on poorly made toys that fall apart within a week. That’s why my family and I are taking a trip to Ch...Posted on November 15, 2016 at 2:34 PM
It’s that time of year when there is pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING and the weather is absolutely perfect for exploring before old man winter comes and sends us all into a seasonal depression (c’mon, I know I’m not the only one who goes crazy being cooped up inside with energetic little ones, right?!?!).
So make the most out of fall in Chicagoland and create your own family fall bucket list. Need some inspiration? Here’s what is on ours—and be sure to keep up with our autumnal activities ...Posted on October 03, 2016 at 9:41 AM
This weekend is forecasted to be downright gorgeous, so get out there with your kids and enjoy it! This is prime time at apple orchards around Chicago, where kids can do way more than just pick apples—many also have hay rides, mazes, petting zoos and more.
Right now on the NPN discussion forum, parents are recommending their favorite orchards close to the city for a fun weekend outing. Get in on the conversation by offering your own favorites or learning about a new spot.
Ok, believe it or not, Summer is finally here. Whether you like it or not, your kid(s) are going to need a break from you and the rigors of preschool/elementary school. Here are some amazing camp options that still have availibility this summer. Bonus: Each of them offer a very special discount only to NPN members.
Little Beans Cafe: They have two great locations with super flexible options. The Chicago locations takes children ages 3-6 and their brand new Evanston locations take...Posted on June 03, 2015 at 1:25 PM
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
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...
Spring is here and my kids seem to grow as fast as the weeds. All of the clothes from last year are outgrown and ready for a new home. Fortunately, I have found a way to dress my boys in the best, while saving a ton of money; shopping a Consignment Event. It only happens twice a year, but I stock up for the entire season and spend about what I would during a regular shopping trip. With summer quickly approaching, I am looking forward to shopping at the Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment ...Posted on April 01, 2015 at 1:42 PM
Spring is here! It’s time. Time to purge your kid’s closet and toy box of all those items that they simply don’t use anymore.
Instead of the usual practice of dropping off overstuffed garbage bags at your local thrift store, consider another option that will both streamline your closet AND improve your finances: sell your gently used items on consignment.
Worried that it will be too much work and not worth the effort? Think again. Here are a few tips from our six consignors that e...Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM
It's time to shake off winter and kick off the Spring Concerts for Kids season with a PARTY!!! Fun for all ages, the SPRINGFEST (on 3/15) brings 4 local kindie favorites to the same stage, with a little fun in between from the Laser Comedy Show! They will have games, crafts, face painting, glitter tattoos and MORE all FREE with the price of admission.
Check out the line up:
11:00 - Mary Macaroni - Chicago's favorite magical musical clown! Great for the younger kids, and later she'll...