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 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 hi@npnparents.org 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 NPN.

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

Family Fun for Everyone at Pumpkin Fest!

It's the 25th Anniversary Pumpkin Fest at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm and they're celebrating by giving NPN members 25% off general admission tickets!

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is a fourth generation working family farm. Pumpkin Fest is in its 25th year of “Affordable fun on the farm”®.  Bring the entire family. There is something for all ages. General admission tickets includes over 30 fun attractions including farm animals, haunted barn, hayrack ride to the U-pick pumpkin field, train ri...

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:06 AM by Ellie Ander

Hungry with no time to make meals

With DoorDash, you can order food from hundreds of top-notch restaurants that typically don't deliver. We're talking restaurants like Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba!, Big Star, Portillo's, XOCO, Crisp, LYFE, Cheesecake Factory and Smoque BBQ, delivered right to your doorstep.

NPN members receive an exclusive discount with DoorDash: Enjoy $15 off your first order! Just login to NPN and click here to receive your members-only promo code. Visit DoorDash for more information and a complete list of parti...

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 6:46 AM by Ellie Ander

Lot's O' NPN Discounts Just For You!

Turn that frown upside down! NPN is proud to compile great discounts from our fabulous Partner members - what a great 'Perk' to your membership! Below are fresh off the press. Be sure to login to NPN to retrieve your members-only promo codes and offer details.

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell, A Family Attorney: Have you set up your will yet? Convenient appointments: nights, weekends, FaceTime and Skype. 15% off estate planning services through 10/31/15. Click here for promo code.
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Posted on September 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM by Ellie Ander

Preschool news: Sonnets Academy opens fifth school & offers $2,000 off tuition!

Sonnets Academy provides an exceptional education for children six weeks to six years of age. Visit the brand new school on September 12th in the heart of the Gold Coast! Your child's experience will be filled with:


Engaging enrichment classes including yoga, music and Spanish

Creative and compassionate teachers that foster a fun and inspiring learning environment

Flexible 2-, 3- and 5-day programs

Collaboration with family, school and community

Grand Openin...

Posted on September 08, 2015 at 11:30 AM by Ellie Ander

15% off membership @ Bubbles Academy!

For families with young children—from a newborn baby to an active preschooler—Bubbles Academy is your destination for one-of-a-kind early learning experiences! Its team guides children’s development through imaginative, social, art and play-based programs.

Bubbles offers two new membership tracks to support your child's development:


Meeting Milestones: Music, Core Development, Creative Movement and Art for 0-18 months

Preparing for Preschool: 3-step Gentle Separation Pres...

Posted on September 01, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

Don't Miss Marvel Universe LIVE!

Marvel fans, assemble! For a limited time, you can save on tickets for just $15!* 

Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to cities around North America. You’ll definitely feel the energy with...

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 6:21 AM by Ellie Ander

Exclusive Deal For NPN Members! 15% off parties at Purple Monkey Playroom

Purple Monkey Playroom is an award-winning, playspace located on the border of Bucktown and Logan Square. They offer daily drop-in playtime for kids ages 6 months - 5 years, including pre-scheduled drop-off care in partnership with UrbanSitter.

They specialize in birthday parties for children celebrating their 1st-6th birthdays, including everything from basic space rental to fully custom celebrations! Visit their website to learn more about unique party add-ons such as sweet tables, c...

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:53 AM by Ellie Ander

Get a Break on Tuition at Wee Care Preschool

For 30 years Wee Care Preschool has served happy families within the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Providing a traditional preschool program for children ages 15 months - 6 years (infant program coming soon!), our family owned and operated school is small enough that individual needs are met and goals for your family achieved.

Enhancing their every day curriculum, Wee Care includes enrichment programs such as Dance, Pee Wee Sports and Nutrition, Music and two Foreign Languag...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 8:16 AM by Ellie Ander

Spa treatments with the kids in tow but out of sight!

Kid's Island is 3 businesses in 1 and provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere for you and your children. They are a play space, a coffee shop (with a quiet work space upstairs) and a nail salon. Kid's Island also has the only indoor sandbox in Chicago, filled with 100% non-toxic sand. They also host Private Birthday Parties on the weekends.

Your day at Kid's Island might consist of the following:


A visit at the Wellness Nail Spa or two hours of quiet work time (with FREE Wi...

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander