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...

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 ch...

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 Menomon...

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

An Abbreviated Guide to Applying to CPS

CPS application season is well under way!  The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2015-2016 school year is Friday, December 12, 2014.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of Pre-K options available as well (click here for the basics on CPS preschool). 

While it takes some time and research to navigate the variety of school options and possible testing requirements ava...

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM by Didi Lewis

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 ...

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. Buil...

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM by Andrea Ragsdale

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 mil...

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 fo...

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

Day Off Camps in Chicago!

CPS is out of school on Friday (11/7), Tuesday (11/11) and Wednesday (11/12). Forget the scrambling and sign your kiddo up for one of these awesome Day-Off camps in the city. 

One Strange Bird: Full Day, $75. Themes include amazing animals, illustrated stories and science & art (Bucktown). 

Source 4 Chicago: Full Day, $70. Themes include learning, community, dance, language, creativity and fun (Andersonville). 

Kids Science Labs: Full Day, $70. Themes include...

Posted on November 05, 2014 at 7:15 PM by Christa Reed

NPN discounts on indoor activities for our active ones!

Little Beans Cafe is a family cafe and imaginative playspace for kids located in Lincoln Park. We offer drop-in open play, classes, events, camps, parties and more. Our second location in Evanston, IL will open January 2015 (0-12 years). NPN Members take 50% off a Yearly Membership to Little Beans Cafe. Membership benefits and purchase details, click here.

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell Have you set up a Will or a Trust yet? NPN members receive 15% off of...

Posted on November 04, 2014 at 7:23 AM by Ellie Ander