Posts from: January 2014

Catholic School’s Week: Get to Know Your Community Schools

Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week (CSW) for Archdiocesan schools throughout Chicago. The week-long celebration occurs every year about the same time. I’m sure many of you are asking “What exactly is Catholic Schools Week?” and “What does this mean for me?”

In the simplest form, Catholic Schools Week celebrates the uniqueness of each school, showing gratitude to those who make Catholic education possible – the parish, parents, teachers, faculty and staff. Each school k...

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marjorie Hill

Five Warm Climate Destinations for Toddlers

Baby it’s cold outside!  Here in wintry Chicago, temperatures are the coldest we’ve seen them in a while.  At our house, we’ve been daydreaming about warm weather, playing outside, and possibly even splashing in the water…doesn’t that sound great? Let’s avoid the cold wind, numb toes, and shoveling our driveways and start planning a warm getaway for the family. Here is Family Travel with Colleen Kelly’s top five warm climate destinations for traveling with a toddler.

1.     Myrtle Beac...

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Colleen Kelly

Perks! Discounted Play for Child & Pedicure for Mom at Kid's Island

Want to warm your toes in the sand? Check out Chicago's hottest play space this winter. Now through 3/31/14 you can enjoy one hour of FREE open play with any manicure or pedicure purchase from Wellness Nail Spa!

Kid's Island indoor play café provides a fun and educational atmosphere for children and a relaxing and rejuvenating one for adults through several aspects. Every weekday morning, children can learn and grow through story and craft time in their supervised Oasis Room. Their 'pl...

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:01 AM by Daniel Katz

Polar Vortex got ya down?

CPS is Closed on Tuesday, January 28th due to cold (along with a ton of other things). If you're desperate to get out of the house, we've got some solutions for you!

Things that are open:

Little Beans Cafe 9am-6pm (Storytime at 10:30am)

Heritage Littles Kids Movie Marathon on the Big Screen 11am-5pm

Purple Monkey Playroom 9:30am-5:30pm

Kid's Island 9am-6pm

Pump it Up 9am-5pm (Toddler Pop In Play at 9am)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 9am-5pm

Chicago's Childre...

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM by Christa Reed

What to do this week in Chicago - Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Mon., Jan 27, Working Moms Group Casual Lunch at Catch & Carry @ Catch 35


- Fri., Jan 31, Kids Movie Club Night Drop Off  (NPN Members only) @ Linco...

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Ah Choo! Not another COLD!!!

In addition to snow plows and shovels scraping the streets and sidewalks, sneezing and coughing are familiar sounds of this time of year.  Colds are most common during this season, not because of the frigid weather, but due to the fact that we all huddle indoors together and increase the spread of viruses that cause the common cold.  So much for the season of sharing and giving!

When it comes to our little ones, we all know that the common cold can really cause significant discomfort a...

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Allison Foster

The little card that can keep your kids safe

Got some great gifts for the kids over the holidays? Super! You’ll want to register the products purchased for your children. Here are some fast facts about product registration:

Durable products must include a registration card; it is the only way a manufacturer can contact you directly in the event of a recall.

Manufacturers cannot request marking information on this card, and the information you provide can only be used to alert of you of a safety hazard with the product.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Simple Solutions: Organizing Kids' Artwork

Children’s artwork is one of the most common types of clutter for a busy parent. Not only does it just keep accumulating but since it is something that your child makes, you tend to feel compelled to keep it around.  While covering your refrigerator with all those “paintings” might be good for your child’s self-esteem, there are solutions that allow you to foster your child’s creativity and keep your home clutter-free.

1. You don’t have to keep everything

Yes, I am officially givin...

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Nelson

Get Movin' with Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

It is too cold to just sit there. Heat it up! If winter has got you shaking in your boots and cabin fever has you restless, kick your body and mind into gear with these exclusive discount offers from Orange Shoe Personal Fitness. Click here for a video tour of our studio! Buy now and get 40% off of any of these memberships and session packs: 

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 6:13 AM by Orange Shoe Personal Fitness

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grow-Up City Fun (Jan 20 - Jan 26)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/o your kids? Our NPN Calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for families, grown-ups, shoppers, business owners, and parents needing a mental break.  See you around the city!!

FREE & Open to the Public:

- Mon., Jan 20, Speech & Language Milestone Workshop @ Wonderland Activities Center

- Tues., Jan 21,  Moms Over 35 Book Club @ Member's Home

- Tues., Jan 21, Development...

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson