NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair: Know before you go

The NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sunday, Oct. 18, in order to have a great school search experience.


Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring with you to the fair. 

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Posted on October 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Exclusive Discount on Lake Geneva Autumn Adventures

Frolicking good fun awaits at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, with rates starting as low as $119 and a food voucher!

Featuring 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark excitement, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark offers the Midwest's best four-season family adventure. You're never at a loss for fun with an arcade, family-friendly food and all your favorite fall activities through the end of October, including hay rides, pumpkin painting, hay mazes and mo...

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 6:09 AM by Ellie Ander

A primer on elementary school terms

It’s your kids who are starting school, but for many parents searching for schools feels like being in the classroom all over again! You’re taking notes on various schools, coming across brand-new terms you’ve never seen before and—gasp!—maybe even compiling a spreadsheet to keep everything straight. 


It’s overwhelming, and the urge to play hooky to escape all this is tempting. But we at NPN are here to ease some of the anxiety t...

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Is your kid annoying?

We've all been there. You and your family are at a restaurant and your little one starts using what no one except the hard of hearing would call an "inside voice." You remind her that you're not at home, and she needs to keep her voice down. Because she is a child, she does not comply. Other people in the restaurant start casting the stink eye your way.

Is your kid annoying, or is your kid...just being a kid?

That's one of the topics our members are talking ab...

Posted on October 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

5 Halloween parties you can't miss

Your little one looks too adorable in that Halloween costume to wear it just once. Get more bang for your buck by dressing up and hitting as many Halloween parties as possible. Here are our favorites.

Oct. 24: Spooky Zoo Spectacular @ Linclon Park Zoo
Come dressed in costume for this free bash that includes a toddler area in the Regenstein Center for African Apes, family entertainment on the main stage, trick-or-treating and, of course, lots and lots of animals.

Oct. 25: Get...

Posted on October 08, 2015 at 8:42 AM by Laura Baginski

9 questions parents should be asking schools

Whether you’re attending the NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair on Oct. 18 or you’re going on a school tour, asking the right questions of a school representative is one of the most important ways of determining whether a school is right for your child. 

But what should you ask? Below are some of the most common questions parents ask when chatting with school reps, along with why their answers are so important.

1. What is the education philosophy?

Posted on October 06, 2015 at 11:00 AM by Laura Baginski

NPN Discounts Are Here! Save on Soccer, Swim, Eduction and... Pumpkin fun!

Each week NPN releases unique discounts from family-friendly businesses across Chicago. You could be savings $100's on classes such as soccer and swim, health, education and fun! See below for fresh off the farm discounts and then click here to search for even more! Email with any discount suggestions!

Galter LifeCenter Aquatics can teach your child (6 mo.-8 yr.) to swim in the warm water pools !Get 15% off Aquababies or Learn-to-swim classes when you mention...

Posted on October 06, 2015 at 5:21 AM by Ellie Ander

That "one kid" was my kid

Have you ever been at a playground, a classroom or a family event where there's that "one kid" who's a little overaggressive, pushing other kids, knocking down another child's projects or looks like they’re in 6th gear? And, like me, have you judged this behavior, saying to yourself, “That kid needs more discipline," or "What horrible parents. I'd knock some sense into that kid if he was mine." We’re all a little guilty of these th...

Posted on October 05, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Mikky Wright

Overheard on the NPN forum: Where would you go on a three-day weekend?

Now that the fall weather has hit like a cold slap in the face, we Chicagoans are already thinking about winter vacations. Where would you go if you just had a three-day weekend, but wanted to fly somewhere fun—without the kids?

That's what our members are talking about right now on our discussion forum, and there are plenty of suggestions. Personally, I'm with all of you who suggest New Orleans. Join the conversation now. 

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Posted on October 02, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Laura Baginski

Make this: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Cold early mornings produce lots of cozy baked goods in my house. After watching Dora the Explorer, both my kids beg to bake chocolate chip cookies almost every morning. To add a seasonal healthy twist to chocolate chip cookies, I use pumpkin instead of butter and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. These heavenly cookies are moist and delicious!

I like to turn baking into an activity for everyone in the family to participate in. My son stirs the ingredients until his a...

Posted on October 01, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After