Author - Christa Reed


Christa joined NPN while expecting her son in 2011. She comes to us with a passion for connecting local families and trying new things. Born and raised a Chicagoan, she considers herself a “lifer” and loves taking her toddler to the zoo and exploring new parks in the area. With ten years of media experience, she holds a degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Television Production and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.  She lives with her son, and husband in her dogs' East Lakeview home.  

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Have you received the new, expanded Parent to Parent newsletter? Each issue we're bringing you what is important to parents, including schools, child care, fun activities and more! This awesome resource is written by NPN Members for parents just like you.

Must-Have Parent to Parent News!

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CPS: The Parent Perspective on Getting Involved

Family Travel Doesn't Have to Be That Stressful


Posted on April 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Dear New Mom,

You can do this. It's going ot be hard, you're not going to sleep and it'll probably be weeks before you can find the time to get your nails done again. That's ok. I've gathered my top ten things that helped me through the thoughest of my son's first few months. 

10. Get out of the house. Go to a restaurant while your baby is still napping a ton and relatively unstructured. Once your kid starts crawling, all bets are off and you won’t be able to it again for a while.

9. Your baby w...

Posted on April 04, 2014 at 8:30 AM by Christa Reed

Get a Free Month at Chicago Athletic Clubs!

Hey Gang!

Let's be real about it. Your New Year's Resolutions are long gone. It's probably time to jump back on the wagon and get ready for swimsuit season.

Through the whole month of April, anyone who purchases a new NPN membership, renews or purchases a gift membership for a friend, get a FREE Family Membership to ANY Chicago Athletic Club. 

Throughout my entire pregnancy, I participated in their Pre/Post Natal Muscle Definition and Pre/Post Natal Yoga classes (even a little ...

Posted on April 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Spring into Fitness with 7 Upcoming Fit and Healthy Events!

Spring is around the corner and ok, admit it....those New Year's resolutions froze with Lake Michigan weeks ago. After 3 polar vortexes and just as many boxes of Thin Mints, we probably all need to break out of the house and get moving.  NOT TO WORRY! NPN has some GREAT Fit and Healthy Before and After Baby Classes that will not only bust you out of that cave you've been hiding in but get you moving enough to thaw those muscles. Here are the next five classes in the lineup:

Mom and Bab...

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM by Christa Reed

Wake Up and Boogie Down with NPN!

Shake off your winter blues and warm up those dancing shoes! The best family-friendly party in town is just two weeks away!

Join us for the 6th Annual Wake Up and Boogie Down Family Festival at the Cubby Bear on March 1st. 

We'll have live musical performances from Bubbles Academy, School of Rock and Bollywood Groove. Tons of activities including rockin' makeovers, crafts, games, snacks and more!

And don't forget to stop by the interactive photo booth to capture the fun! 


Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM by Christa Reed

Healthy Children Conference and Expo

The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting its first-ever Healthy Children Conference + Expo March 8 and 9, featuring experts from around the country discussing the latest developments in children’s health on topics ranging from breastfeeding to bullying. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and kids are invited to attend the event, which will combine entertainment and education relating to kids from infants to teens.

All presentations and activities are covered under an entrance fee o...

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

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

Top 5 Things to Do on MLK Day

Martin Luther King Day is this Monday, January 20th and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite To-Dos if you've got the day off of work and school. 

What does it mean, Dr. King?, Chicago Children's Museum @ 11am, 1, 2 and 3pm.

FREE DAY at the Museum of Science and Industry, @ 9:30am

Family Festival: Martin Luther King Jr Day, Art Institiute of Chicago @ 10:30am 

Special Holiday Kids Cooking Class, The Kid's Table @ 10:30am and 1pm

All Ages Drop-in Art Class ...

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

New Friends in the New Year! Come Play with NPN!

Ok, the weather is just plain terrible. We've all got cabin fever. Don't let it slow you down. NPN has an AMAZING month of playdates planned to get you and the kiddos out of the house. The NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break and an escape from the television!

New Friends! Free and Discounted Playdates

Jan 7, FREE Playdate @ Goldfish Swim School

Jan 7, FREE Playdate @ Land of Nod

Jan 10, FREE Playdate @ Kidvill...

Posted on January 05, 2014 at 8:17 AM by Christa Reed

5 Reasons to LOVE NPN in 2015!

What you probably already know is…Neighborhood Parents Network is dedicated to connecting families with the resources the need to navigate parenting the City. What you probably didn't know is that 2015 marks our 35th birthday. That's right, we've been around for longer than many of our members. We're blowing this one up and celebrating like every 35 year old should. We're bringing you amazing parties, workshops, play dates, discounts all over the city and so much more. Here are 5 reasons t...

Posted on January 01, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed