Author - Ellie Ander

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Ellie first became involved with NPN as a parent member in 2009 with the birth of her son, finding comfort in a New Moms Group. More than six years later her son and four-year-old daughter are certainly giving her a run for the money! And congratulations to the Ander family on the birth of number three! They welcomed another boy in June of 2015. Ellie enjoys family-time most of all, but never looses her connection with the grownup world via work, play and date nights with her husband. Ellie and her family can often be found strollering around and goofing off at local parks and restaurants.

NPN Member Exclusive Discount: $25 off popular kids' classes

Pearachute: Drop into popular kids' classes! 

Pearachute is a new way to help your child discover and explore activities that best fit your family's schedule. Launched in February 2016, Pearachute offers flexible access to some of Chicagoland’s top-rated kids’ locations, including Pump it Up, Goldfish Swim School, Windy City Fieldhouse, Little Beans Cafe, Language Stars and more. Members can choose from hundreds of classes each week right from their phone - no forms, no phone calls, no...

Posted on March 08, 2016 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Immerse your child in music and swimming this summer!

Immerse your child in music and swimming this summer with Merry Music Makers AND Chicago Blue Dolphins!

Merry Music Makers offers music classes, lessons, and summer camps that inspire children to love music. Their teachers believe that all children are musical and can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate in the music of our culture. This summer, enroll your child in music camp!

SUMMER JAM CAMP offers two sessions of a one-week-long camp designed to introduce children ...

Posted on March 01, 2016 at 6:57 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN releases brand new perk discounts on indoor play & birthday party pacakges!

There is no excuse for boredom when you're a NPN Member! Save $100's on kid's classes, activities and birthday party packages with NPN Parent Perks! Here is a small sampling of brand new discounts: 

My Gym Chicago: $60 Off a Deluxe or Premier Celebration birthday party. Party can be held anytime during the year, just needs to be booked by February 29th. 

Take a Break Playcare: 15% off 2 hour private rental for children's parties or special event on a Sunday. Must book by 3/30/...

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 6:06 AM by Ellie Ander

Meet NPN Parents’ Favorite Sitters & Nannies!

Wondering who the go-to babysitters and nannies are in your neighborhood? Find out now with UrbanSitter.

To help you get started, here’s a list of babysitters recommended by NPN parents. Get to know sitters through parent reviews, video profiles and "Repeat Family" badges. Then, book and pay with a click.

Find a sitter for Valentine’s Day, a part-time or full-time nanny, or last minute care with UrbanSitter today!

Your NPN member exclusive discount: one free month of Urban...

Posted on February 09, 2016 at 10:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Warm up your winter with 50% off memberships at Kidville Lincoln Park!

Kidville Lincoln Park is a one-stop family destination offering creative classes and birthday parties for kids, a preschool alternative program, camps and a state-of-the-art indoor playspace. Kidville's developmental classes for children 0-6 years old inspire endless hours of excitement and adventure. Choose from classes in gym, music, art, dance, enrichment and more. Taught by Kidville’s team of play professionals, Kidville’s programs help growing minds and bodies develop physically, cogn...

Posted on February 02, 2016 at 2:00 PM by Ellie Ander

Step Up for Kids at Lurie Children’s! Last Day to Register!

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Step Up for Kids on January 31st is the perfect way to do so. Register today to climb 80 floors to the top of the Aon Center while raising money for the 173,000 patients treated each year at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! The climb is an inspirational, fun and family-friendly event and a great way to show your support for the kids being cared for at Lurie Children’s.


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Posted on January 26, 2016 at 9:45 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN exclusive discounts on Chicago summer camps!

Searching for the right summer camp for your child can be more stressful (and pricey) than budgeted. NPN is happy to provide it's members with great summer camp discounts below, as well as a brand new Summer Camp Guide filled with Chicago area camps from sports to creative arts and everything in between!

Chicago Children's Theatre: 40% off registration at any Chicago Children's Theatre summer camp, ages 3-14! Creativity & adventure awaits! Click HERE to get started.

Game On! Sp...

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:20 AM by Ellie Ander

Kick off the New Year with Super Soccer Stars!

Super Soccer Stars' goal is to teach soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork in every class!

Exclusive NPN member discount: 15% off advertised class price! simply login to NPN and click HERE for your NPN member promo code! Seasonal prices vary by location. Offer only good for full season enrollment in open classes. Hurry, this offer expires 1/31/2016!

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN exclusive discount: Healthy, organic meals delivered by Kitchfix!

Want to kick-start a healthy New Year? Kitchfix creates delicious, fully-prepared meals and snacks, using high-quality ingredients from local, all-natural and organic sources.  Chef Josh started Kitchfix because he cooked for many busy moms and families who wanted healthy, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free meals prepared in their homes. Now, Kitchfix serve hundreds of families who desire the highest standards for their food, and prefer to have meal options ready at home to re-heat on a busy n...

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 6:38 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN exclusive discount with Getaround: Take a trip, their treat!

Getaround makes renting a car when you need one so simple. Whether you’re taking the kids on a trip or leaving town for the weekend, you can get easy access to 100s of great Getaround cars near you. Not only that, Getaround covers the insurance every time you rent. There’s no paperwork, no hassles and its handy phone app even unlocks the car you choose. Your only worry will be where to go next!

Experience Getaround for yourself with a $50 credit; an NPN member exclusive! Simply click H...

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 6:14 AM by Ellie Ander