Chicago KIDS Day- the BEST FEST for families!

There are no shortage of festivals for Chicago families to enjoy during the summer. But, did you know there is only ONE fest totally dedicated to kids and their health and wellness? NPN was proud to partner with Total Balance Chiropractic and the Lake View YMCA to present this year’s Chicago KIDS Day on Sat. May 21st.  Chicago KIDS Day brought together over 700 people and raised more than $7,000 to support NPN and the Lake View YMCA!

Check out amazing pictures from the event from Angel...

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM by Jay Annadurai

Want your kids to eat their veggies – try gardening!

Recently, I had a very unexpected moment – my 4 year old got excited about herbs and veggies – a fantasy few parents experience in a lifetime.  Normally, I can expect her to eat a few raw carrots and sometimes even a small portion of steamed veggies.  At home, we have lots of discussions about the “just one bite rule” or the “just shove it down bite” to make sure she tries new foods.  Occasionally, I sneak in a puree – but by this age, I think I’m at the point where my big girl should start t...

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM by Sarah Cobb

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Lakeview East

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  This stop: East Lakeview with Beth - All aboard:

Lakeview East is bursting with fun things to do and, as the median age of our residents gets a bit older, everything around here gets more kid- and family-friendly!

My daughter loves riding her bike around the neighborhood and she’s already made some new friends at a few stop...

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

Check NPN For Great Kid-Parent Things To Do

If you live in Lincoln Square, Northcetner, Ravenswood, Rosoe Village, or Lakeview, you'll want to check out the micro-focused on-line journals, Center Square Journal and Roscoe View Journal. Stay in the know about your local communities and learn about everything from things to do around town to local politics. NPN recently had the opportunity to post these journals about great stuff to do the month of June.

Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago’s 5,500 families know first-hand that...

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Parent to Parent Newsletter is Here!

Now that summer has arrived with a bang, it’s time to take advantage of all our city has to offer. From produce picking to day trips, from urban hikes to adjusting to a new routine, parents just like you have ideas and thoughts to share in the new issue of Parent to Parent. Download to read more. (May take 1-2 minutes to complete.)

In this issue:

Cruise Out of Town—new ideas for family-friendly day trips

Apps for Kids of All Ages—one dad's tips for keeping kids entertained thi...

Posted on June 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Did you know: How to use "My Account" to maximize your membership

Did you know NPN is a non-profit that started in 1980 as a way to help new moms come together and get support from experienced city parents.  Today, we are not just about moms, but about dads, too. Our NPN's Dads Group is ready for summer and working on some great events.  Stop by these get-togethers with your little ones!

And speaking of groups, at NPN there is literally something for every parent whether you're looking for support on the discussion forum, a local neighborhood group t...

Posted on June 08, 2011 at 4:03 PM by Ellie Ander

Perk Alert! Discounts on Yummy Summer Food!

NPN Members! If you missed the Parent Perk Alert email that was sent out yesterday (June 7th) here's another chance to cash in on these great discounts on delicious eats.

Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks - Irv & Shelly provide year-round home delivery of local and organic food: produce, meat, dairy, eggs & more. Become a new customer at Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks by the end of June 2011 and you get 50% off our popular Veggie/Fruit Box! Pay just $18 for this $36 value. Use Cod...

Posted on June 07, 2011 at 3:36 PM by Ellie Ander

My Neighborhood - Family Fun in Lincoln Square, Chicago

NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago.  Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner.  First stop: Lincoln Square with Amy - All aboard!  And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods.

I love living in Lincoln Square!  We have lived here for more than eight years and there is always something new to do or see. 

My boys always enjoy Tuesday morning trips to the farmer’s market (at 4700 N. Lincoln Ave.).  We’d s...

Posted on June 06, 2011 at 10:16 AM by Amy Johnson

Weigh in on budget cuts to education

As parents, we are faced with many “hot topic” issues dealing with raising our kids. While NPN does not take a formal position on advocacy issues, it is in keeping with our mission to provide a resource and forum for our members to share information and opinions on any “hot topics” that are relevant to raising children in the city.

The following statement was released by the Raise Your Hand Coalition regarding state budget cuts to education.

Visit the NPN Forum to join a discussion...

Posted on June 06, 2011 at 8:20 AM by Lee Haas

Bringing Back Recess to CPS Schools

As parents, we are faced with many “hot topic” issues dealing with raising our kids. While NPN does not take a formal position on advocacy issues, it is in keeping with our mission to provide a resource and forum for our members to share information and opinions on any “hot topics” that are relevant to raising children in the city.

The following development regarding the school recess issue was brought to our attention by the Raise Your Hand Coalition.

Visit the NPN Forum to join a...

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:40 AM by Lee Haas