NPN Members Only! 15% off of Language Stars!

Language Stars programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does.

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)
Learn along with your child in the Pa...

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM by Christa Reed

Exclusive Deal For NPN Members! 15% off parties at Purple Monkey Playroom

Purple Monkey Playroom is an award-winning, playspace located on the border of Bucktown and Logan Square. They offer daily drop-in playtime for kids ages 6 months - 5 years, including pre-scheduled drop-off care in partnership with UrbanSitter.

They specialize in birthday parties for children celebrating their 1st-6th birthdays, including everything from basic space rental to fully custom celebrations! Visit their website to learn more about unique party add-ons such as ...

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:53 AM by Ellie Ander

A Ready-For-School Checklist!

If you’ve been wondering how best to transition your little one from nanny to preschool-ready, read on. The most common concerns from families entering school for the first time are about preparation. Although there is no scientific or evidence-based formula, you can add these five easy-to-apply activities and approaches to your own ready-for-preschool checklist:

1.  Enroll your child in a part- or full-time summer enrichment program. Many schools and neighborhood centers of...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Ancona School

Get a Break on Tuition at Wee Care Preschool

For 30 years Wee Care Preschool has served happy families within the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Providing a traditional preschool program for children ages 15 months - 6 years (infant program coming soon!), our family owned and operated school is small enough that individual needs are met and goals for your family achieved.

Enhancing their every day curriculum, Wee Care includes enrichment programs such as Dance, Pee Wee Sports and Nutrition, Music and two Forei...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 8:16 AM by Ellie Ander

How I Stopped Worrying and Deserted the Mommy War

My child was formula fed. My child was sleep trained. My child eats food that is not organic. The old me would give you a twenty-minute explanation of how each of these things happened (although never originally part of my plan). The new me recognizes that you probably don’t give a shit.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “mommy wars.” After three and a half years of motherhood and reading the endless stream of social media posts on the subjec...

Posted on July 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM by Christa Reed

A Q & A with Chicago's Next Big Thing

Parker Krex isn’t waiting years to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. The 10 year-old Chicago native is already CEO of his own company, Brick loot. All it took was one good idea to make him, quite possibly, the areas youngest CEO. We asked him a few questions about what it's like to be a Kidpreneur!

How did you come up with the idea for Brick Loot?

I subscribed to a different subscription box, and I didn’t like the things inside it. I LOVE LEGO so I th...

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Spa treatments with the kids in tow but out of sight!

Kid's Island is 3 businesses in 1 and provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere for you and your children. They are a play space, a coffee shop (with a quiet work space upstairs) and a nail salon. Kid's Island also has the only indoor sandbox in Chicago, filled with 100% non-toxic sand. They also host Private Birthday Parties on the weekends.

Your day at Kid's Island might consist of the following:

A visit at the Wellness Nail Spa or two hours of quiet work t...

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Top 5 NPN Events This Week

Let's face it, Mother Nature hasn't given us the greatest summer weather yet. Here are a handful of great NPN events to get you out of the rain!

6/23 - Speed Sitting with Urban Sitter at the Land of Nod. Mix and mingle with local babysitters from UrbanSitter. NPN members who attend this event and sign up for UrbanSitter on the night of the event receive a $75 credit on UrbanSitter! Also, enjoy 10% off most items at the Land of Nod on the day of the event. 


Posted on June 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM by Christa Reed

These NPN Discounts are Summer Sizzlers!

Exclusive partner discounts just for NPN members!

Customizable one-on-one tutoring service for Chicago’s elementary school students.NPN members receive 15% off through 8/31.


Patricia Anderson Photography specializes in newborn portraiture, as well as custom family portraits.$250 off Digital Images for newborn sessions.



Speech, occupational and physical therapists with custom programs for your child. 15% off ...

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:18 AM by Ellie Ander

5 Safety Rules for Grandparents

Grandparents play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives. 

They provide extra loving care when parents need a break and are a wealth of knowledge for tips and tricks to help new parents figure out the ropes. However, some things have changed in recent years, especially in regards to what we know about safety. In other words, what may have worked with your children may not be what is recommended as safe for your grandchildren.

To make sure you are up-to-date on the n...

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM by Laura Nikolovska