Posts from: March 2014

What to do this week in Chicago - Family & Grown-Up City Fun (Mar 17 - Mar 23)

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:

- Wed., Mar. 17, Play Date @ WonderWorks Oak Park

- Tues., Mar. 18, Developmental Differences Parent Support Group @ Bellybum Boutique

- Wed., Mar. 19, Work From Home Breakfast @ Esencia U...

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

5 Things to Donate During Spring Cleaning!

Every year, by the time spring rolls around, I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and organize like crazy. Maybe it’s just the “spring cleaning” bug, but as a new mom with a Type A personality, I dream that one day my house will be organized. While that dream might never come true, it gives me hope and makes me feel better about the fact that currently I have dog toys and pacifiers in every nook and cranny of my home.

We all know that ones man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that phr...

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Brittany Graunke

Admissions Decisions are Out! Now what?

You have dutifully adhered to all of the deadlines and checklist items, and now the time has come – admission decision notification day! With extensive experience in independent school admissions, here are my tips on how to navigate this new phase of the admissions cycle.

1.     Acceptance: Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid-off and you have been admitted to one or more schools. Your work is done, right? Not necessarily. Even if you have been admitted to your first choice,...

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

When Your School Choice May Not Be Working Out...

When we first enrolled our eldest child in a prestigious private school, we thought we had his education all figured out. “What a relief,” I remember thinking—and saying—to everyone I knew. Though the private school was not exactly affordable for us, we were grateful to be able to send our son to a top-notch school without having to navigate the complexities of Chicago Public Schools. Then school started.

About two weeks into Elliott’s first year, we received a call from his teacher in...

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Leah Harp

Perks! 15% Off of Bubbles Academy Spring Classes!

NPN Members receive an exclusive 15% discount off Spring Session enrollment when you sign up by 3/15!

For the family with a newborn baby to an active preschooler, Bubbles Academy is your destination for one-of-a-kind early learning experiences! Their team guides children’s development through our imaginative, social and play-based programs." to "Their team guides children’s development through imaginative, social and play-based programs.

Classes for ages 0 to 6 include: music, crea...

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:45 AM by Kim Schiefelbein

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grow-Up City Fun (Mar 10 - 16)

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:

- Wed., Mar. 12, Prenatal Yoga @ Cocoon Care

Discounted & Open to the Public:

- Mon., Mar. 10, Post-Natal Small Group Fitness Class @ Orange Shoe Fitness

- Fri., Mar. 14, Disney'...

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM by Amy Johnson

Perks! One Week of FREE CHILDCARE at Kids & Company!

Kids & Company provides high quality education and care for children six weeks - 12 years. Our full and part-time care options make it easy for families to select a package to meet their needs.

Now Open! Kids & Company West Loop location: 1313 W. Randolph Street. The West Loop center is open for enrollment and currently has openings for all age groups.

And opening May 2014 Kids & Company South Loop location: 1255 S. State Street. Now accepting waiting list applicants – ...

Posted on March 06, 2014 at 6:08 AM by Jackie Kardesh

Travel with the Kiddos: International

“You took your son WHERE on vacation?!”

We get that question a lot (though we’re not exactly sure why).  When our son Henry was just over a year old and full of endless energy, the thought of the long, dark winter filled me with dread.  My husband Mark and I started talking about how to give Henry a bit of summer in December, and we decided to spend 4 weeks in Guatemala, where we knew Henry would get the sunshine he needed (OK, and us too) and the language and culture exposure we wante...

Posted on March 05, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Jill Bishop

Playdates with Purpose

During the month of April, we are taking playdates to the next level and showcasing the united front of Chicago families.  Families across Chicago unite around sports, school decisions, parenting challenges and victories, memorable activities for their kids, and more.  Now, we are asking families to join NPN and More Than Milk in connecting through philanthropy and community activism.  

The Playdate with Purpose Challenge benefiting the Little Giraffe Foundation is back to provide fami...

Posted on March 04, 2014 at 1:00 PM by Amy Cahill

Perks! Newbie or Expecting? These are discounts just for you!

NPN Members enjoy many perks to their NPN Membership. Login, join or renew to view take advantage of the discounts provided by our generous NPN Parent Perk Partners!

Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley helps her clients plan for the future of their expanding families by working with them to create a unique and customized Estate Plan. NPN Members take 15% off a Comprehensive Estate Plan. More info.

Green Diaper Babies is Chicagoland’s premier cloth diaper delivery service. We do ...

Posted on March 04, 2014 at 6:44 AM by Ellie Ander