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.

These NPN Discounts are Summer Sizzlers!

Exclusive partner discounts just for NPN members!

Customizable one-on-one tutoring service for Chicago’s elementary school students.NPN members receive 15% off through 8/31.


Patricia Anderson Photography specializes in newborn portraiture, as well as custom family portraits.$250 off Digital Images for newborn sessions.



Speech, occupational and physical therapists with custom programs for your child. 15% off any of Tiny Tots Advancement Pr...

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:18 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount on ChiArts' First Ever Summer Camp

ChiArts is excited to begin offering summer camps designed for students in grades K-5 and 6-8 to explore the art of expression in theater, music, visual arts, creative writing and dance in a joyful and nurturing environment. In classes led by expert teaching artists and supported by ChiArts camp counselors and student apprentices, campers will receive pre-professional training in artistic disciplines and create original pieces for performance and showcase.

NPN Members-Only Discount: Nearly...

Posted on June 09, 2015 at 6:25 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive: Kidville Camp and Birthday Party Discounts!

Camp Kidville™ is THE place for learning, playing, and making new friends from June to August! Each small camp group participates in developmentally appropriate activities in gym, music, art, exploration and more. Weekly themes such as The Wild Wild West and Safari Adventure set the stage for sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidville musician, take-home art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play in our state-of-the-art air conditioned facility. No sweltering ...

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Come play in Bucktown & Lincoln Park!

Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD) Summer Camp is an unforgettable 5-day theatre program that brings together the excitement of preparing for an end-of-week performance with theatre games and activities that stretch kids' creativity and bravery muscles! CCD offers summer camp for preschoolers aged 3-5 AND school-age kids grades 1-12.

Your exclusive NPN member discount includes:

Preschool Summer Camp for ages 3-5: Sign up for our "Stretching Creativity & Bravery Muscles" class for o...

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 6:07 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Summer savings at Language Stars!

Language Stars summer programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does. Classes include:

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)
Kids Only Classes (Ages 3-10 years)
Week-long Camps...

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:45 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Splash at Timber Ridge for $109/night!

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is the only all-season, all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest. Featuring the 50,000-square-foot Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark, an arcade and kid-friendly food — plus all the great activities at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa — Timber Ridge is the Midwest’s best four-season family adventure.

Start getting the kids pumped up for their 'suite' summer splash vacation! NPN Members receive exclusive rates starting at just $109/night, which includ...

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Exclusive Discount! Kick it with Lil' Kickers

Lil' Kickers Chicago is a child development program filled with creativity, high-energy coaches and loads of fun. Classes are available for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. The curriculum was developed using renowned child development theory, so classes are tailored to specific ages and abilities and can accommodate most children. Lil' Kickers coaches are trained in child development theory and incorporate a developmental perspective when approaching children - always mindful of wh...

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

NPN Discount - $99 swim lessons + great prizes!

May is water safety month, and to help spread awareness British Swim School is passing forward a fantastic discount for all NPN members - $99 for 6 weeks of consecutive lessons (once a week) OR $155 for 6 weeks of consecutive lesson (twice a week) and a FREE swim cap! Simply login to your NPN account and go HERE to view important details on how redeem. PLUS share your favorite memories in the water, at the beach or in swim class and win BIG with the British Swim School's Water Memories Con...

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 6:36 AM by Ellie Ander

Run/Walk to Support Lurie Children’s Kids

NPN is all about the kids so on May 17th we hope you'll Walk-Run-Move for the kids of Lurie Children's Hospital!

Lace them Up

Lace up your running shoes and register for the May 17th Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! The race is an inspirational, fun and family-friendly event and a great way to bring family and friends together for an important cause – the 174,000 children cared for at Lurie Children’s each year. Race...

Posted on May 05, 2015 at 6:14 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Jam Camp with Merry Music Makers!

Merry Music Makers has been introducing young children to music and creating joy through sound for over a decade with their Music Together classes and private lessons offerings. Their new summer camp is offered during the mornings in week-long sessions in June and August (before and after care are available). Designed to introduce children ages 4 to 8 to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, fun, educational experience that inspires a love of music in young children by giving the...

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 7:26 AM by Ellie Ander