Perk Tuesday! A New School In Town!

Songbird Academy is a developmentally focused early childhood education center nestled between Lakeview’s Southport Corridor and The Belmont “L” station. Our Boutique location offers five small classrooms servicing ages 3 Months to five years.

Join us on April 26th 8AM-12PM for our toddler open house. Register your 2 year old at our open house and we will waive the enrollment fee & 1st weeks tuition! RSVP to Amy,

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:05 AM by Ellie Ander

FREE Membership to Any Chicago Athletic Club with a New or Renewed NPN Membership

NPN is still the place to go for everything baby, kid, family, and parent-related! But this time, besides a year of NPN's unique membership benefits, we have an extra bonus for you!

Join NPN or renew your membership between April 1 - April 30 and receive a 1-month family membership valid in any Chicago Athletic Club location!

1 Month All Access CAC Family Membership includes up to 2 adults and children and must be redeemed by 7/15/14 (new CAC membe...

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Shop, Discover, Save! NPN Silent Auction


NPN’s Online Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Over 400 fantastic items for the whole family! We have so many exciting and new things this year....Cubs tickets, strollers, spa packages, tons of kids classes, adult lessons, and SO MUCH MORE.....

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Speed and red light cameras have you down? We've got you covered with legal services from James A. Shapiro for traffic ticket representati...

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier


The most surprising lesson I learned from toddlers was the importance of listening. When I first started working in early intervention speech therapy, I thought that I needed to constantly bombard the child with language. In graduate school, we learned that toddlers needed a lot of language models. We needed to use self-talk (talking about what we were doing) and parallel talk (talking about what the child was doing). During speech therapy sessions, I talked and talked and talked. But, I d...

Posted on April 09, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Anna Rooney

Perks! The best deal for health and wellness!

Swedish Covenant Hospital $10 off Dinner at ARTango Bistro with the Dermatologist April 23, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Join Dr. Emily Rubenstein, a dermatologist with the Swedish Skin Institute at Swedish Covenant Hospital, for a revealing look at ways to protect your skin and maintain a balanced complexion. Enter discount code NPNDerm at online checkout. REGISTER HERE.

Galter LifeCenter is Chicago’s leading medical fitness center that offers a range of...

Posted on April 08, 2014 at 6:54 AM by Ellie Ander

Dear New Mom,

You can do this. It's going ot be hard, you're not going to sleep and it'll probably be weeks before you can find the time to get your nails done again. That's ok. I've gathered my top ten things that helped me through the thoughest of my son's first few months. 

10. Get out of the house. Go to a restaurant while your baby is still napping a ton and relatively unstructured. Once your kid starts crawling, all bets are off and you won’t be able to it ag...

Posted on April 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Christa Reed

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Move for the Kids Walk/Run, 5/18!

Move for the Kids 5k Walk/Run, presented by Ace Hardware, is an inspirational fundraising event to benefit the patients and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. On May 18, 2014, 5,000 participants will start and finish at historic Soldier Field and travel through Chicago's beautiful Grant Park. Register today to support the 153,000 patients cared for each year at Lurie Children’s!

Move for the Kids 5K! Race info:


Posted on April 03, 2014 at 6:57 AM by Ellie Ander

Turn your Spring Cleaning Into Cash +GIVEAWAY!

During these challenging economic times, wouldn’t it be wonderful to help another family, and increase your own bottom line at the same time? Consider consigning your kid’s gently used items or shopping at a consignment event to save a lot of cash. Children grow fast! As “new parents”, we run out and buy all of the “must have” items for our babies. In almost no time at all, those same items are occupying “prime real estate” in our homes, and ...

Posted on April 02, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Kristin Myers

Get a Free Month at Chicago Athletic Clubs!

Hey Gang!

Let's be real about it. Your New Year's Resolutions are long gone. It's probably time to jump back on the wagon and get ready for swimsuit season.

Through the whole month of April, anyone who purchases a new NPN membership, renews or purchases a gift membership for a friend, get a FREE Family Membership to ANY Chicago Athletic Club. 

Throughout my entire pregnancy, I participated in their Pre/Post Natal Muscle Definition ...

Posted on April 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

So Many Amazing items on NPN's Online Silent Auction

It's still a little chilly out but beautiful weather is almost here and one of my favorite things to do in the spring is go shopping!  The NPN Online Silent Auction is a great place to start as you'll be sure to get some great deals but also support a wonderful Chicago parent organization. All proceeds of the auction help NPN keep our programming free or low cost. Bidding opens May 1. If you need to register please click here. If you have any questions about the ins and o...

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Colleen Pellissier