Category: Living in Chicago
The fall season typically invokes the excitement of a new classroom, new school supplies and a brand new year of learning for our children. But it also means a return to the school-day routine and assignments—a busy schedule that can leave the more open-ended explorations of summer a distant memory. However, those adventures need not be a seasonal phenomenon.
From playing in the living room to visiting the grocery store or taking a trip to the park, library or museum, out-of- school ex...Posted on November 02, 2012 at 6:00 AM
As a mom, does the word "summer" call to mind both joy and trepidation? Why not hire a babysitter and put your feet up for an afternoon or two each week? Summer sitters can be a welcome change for both parents and kids; someone young and energetic to splurge on ice cream and lead the charge to a museum or water park -- perfect!
When you find your perfect summer sitter, here are a few activities around town that the kids are sure to love.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: ...
When planning a trip with your kiddos by air, sea, or lots of roads, all parents need to think about their "bag of tricks"! Here is a list of 5 parent-approved toy picks to make your adventures a whole lot less stressful:
#1. Squeeze Rockets. Launch these soft, safe foam rockets by squeezing air from the hand-held bulb. It's fun to pop them around the car or run after the rockets in motion. These are super light to pack and a big suprise for when you arrive!
#2. Key Crayons. Nev...Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Like all parents I know, I am constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas for FREE fun for the kiddos. Here are seven great ideas for filling your week with free fun!
SUNDAY – Explore nature and check out the glass-enclosed beehive at the North Park Village Nature Center.
MONDAY - Be transported into a fabulous fantasyland with a great story read by The Storybook Mom at Little Threads every Monday at 11am.
TUESDAY –Jam with the under 10 crowd Toys et Cetera in Andersonville...
We had a great time at the NPN Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival! We loved meeting so many Chicago families, and watching everyone bust-a-move!
On the go handed out walking/strolling maps of four kid-friendly Chicago neighborhoods at the event. Our hope is to inspire you to go explore a new neighborhood with your family. Each map contains a park and a handful of kid-friendly businesses and restaurants. You can play, shop and eat your way through these great spots! The highl...Posted on March 07, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Come out and play! ChiTAG, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, is two days of unforgettable fun for all ages - hands on play time, Star Wars Breakfast, stage events, life-sized toys & games, contests galore, costumed characters and so much more.
Plan your visit to ChiTAG this weekend (Nov. 19 & 20 @ Navy Pier). Download and bring your special access pass just for NPN Families - just $10 for a Family Ticket (normally $30 for a family of 4!). PLUS enjoy early 9am access Sunday Nov. ...Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM
NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago. Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner. This stop: Kenwood & Hyde Park with Geri - All aboard! And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods
Our family has spent the last ten years in and about the neighboring communities of Kenwood and Hyde Park. The Hyde Park area spans north to 51st Street, south to 60th street, east to the lake and west to Washington Park. ...Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM
NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago. Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner. This stop: Ukranian Village with Sarah - All aboard! And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods
We moved to Ukrainian Village a little over 2 years ago after living in Lincoln Park for many years. My husband and I wanted a neighborhood that was quiet and family friendly for our three kids, ages 5, 3 and 1. We certainly fou...Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM
NPN connects families in neighborhoods across Chicago. Get inspired to check out a new part of the city or discover something fabulous just around the corner. This stop: Andersonville with Robin - All aboard! And then explore our other NPN Neighborhoods
After living in Wrigleyville for 6 years, I moved to Maryland for love. My husband and I moved back to Chicago about 5 years ago settling in Andersonville. When living in Wrigleyville, I thought any thing north of Irving Park was ...Posted on August 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Thank you to everyone who submitted their awesome NPN City Kid (& Baby) Photos! We received so many awesome photos - it was not an easy decision. Each one reminds us how awesome Chicago is and how much cooler our little urban dwellers make it.
Please visit our NPN Facebook page to check out more of our favorites. Vote and help us pick the winning NPN City Kid photo before 9/5! The winner will be published in our winter issue of NPN Parent to Parent. The perfect keapsake for any NPN...Posted on August 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM