It's Crock Pot Weather!!!

Well, it finally happened. The weather turned and it’s time for us to hunker down and say hello to big sweaters and comfort foods. Before you know it, we'll be going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Wah! Let's take precautions and before we’re slammed with another polar vortex and get that pantry ready. The NPN Discussion Forum is full of user-tested, super easy crock pot recipes. So, place that Instacart order, throw on those slippers and keep these rec...

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Chicago Children's Theatre's autism-friendly performance of "Leo Lionni’s Frederick"

Chicago Children's Theatre's autism-friendly performance of "Leo Lionni’s Frederick" is November 8th at 6pm! NPN Members can purchase tickets for just $15/ticket. NPN Members please be sure you're logged into your NPN account and click here for more details about the show as well as your Member-only promo code.

Chicago Children's Theatre presents "Leo Lionni's Frederick": While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederi...

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:24 AM by Ellie Ander

The Switch Witch

Many parents find themselves asking, "What do we do with all the Halloween candy?" Earlier this year, we discovered my son had sensitivities to just about every food imaginable. Thus began our clean eating regmine, free of all gluten, corn & artificial dyes (easier said than done). Needless to say, I knew that Halloween, once our family's favorite holiday, risked becoming a battle if I didn't figure out how to get the sacks full of candy that he could no longer indulg...

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

NPN Exclusive Discount to the Adler Planetarium!

3-2-1…Blast off!  Get ready for the ultimate planetary play date. The Adler's permanent exhibition, Planet Explorers, allows families with young children to take the helm in this modern-day space adventure. Children will enter a world where they can play and learn what it takes to be part of a mission to outer space. Through play, children become scientists, astronauts and space explorers. Imagine studying the Moon from your backyard with your own telescope. Be a mission co...

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Halloween Traditions Around the World

One of the best parts of October is celebrating Halloween! In the U.S., Halloween means costumes, candy and creepy décor! But other cultures celebrate this holiday differently. Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to share Halloween from around the world.


In China, the Halloween festival is call Teng Chieh. The Chinese place food and water in front of pictures of deceased family members and in the meantime, bonfires and lanterns are lit to light the paths of t...

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

You went to the School Fair. Now what?

So, you've had a few days since the Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair to decompress. Now what? Your search most likey will not stop now. Here are some additional tidbits you should consider. 


Use NPN's school directory and create a My Directory in your NPN Account. You can customize your search, narrow it down, save a list and even take a look where the schools are on a Google map. This is the ONLY comprehensive directory in Chicago. Use it! ...

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM by Christa Reed

NPN Discount! $15 tix to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show - - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize...

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM by Ellie Ander

Calling All Expectant Moms!

We know that being an expectant mom can be stressful and often full of anxiety. NPN is dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need to make navigating becoming a parent in the city just a little easier. We have got so much available to you this fall! Check out some of our hottest events!

What to Expect When You're Postpartum @ Bubbles Academy on October 22 @ 7pm

What To Expect When You’re Postpartum will answer many of the questions you may have about thos...

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Christa Reed

School Fair - Know Before You Go

The NPN Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair presented by Bright Start College Savings is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sat. October 18th, in order to have a great school search experience.


Check out the Exhibitor List to see who will be exhibiting. 

Create your "Must-Visit" list of exhibitors. ***Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this wi...

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

The Basics of CPS Preschool Programs

If you’re thinking about CPS as an option for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is now.  There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementaryschools across the city.  Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling open houses.  It’s always best to call each school you are interested in to get the details on how to apply and/or get on their waitlist; some programs have not yet determined the number...

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Didi Lewis