Category: Chicago Happenings

Listen to your mother - Giving Mother's Day a Microphone

Most people have had the experience of coming across an item, a song, a food, or something else that, in a split-second, whisks them back to another day (Who said that time travel is impossible? I beg to differ!).  These flashbacks are the idea behind the upcoming May 6th Listen To Your Mother show.  Don't miss the video clips from prior performances below - you will be grateful for the laughs, tears, and smiles.

As a parent, the occasional memory jog is a special joy. Childhood i...

Posted on April 03, 2012 at 8:45 AM by Melisa Wells

Will you Wake Up & Boogie Down?

What started as a fun idea for parents and an exciting morning for kids in the city has grown into maturity with Wake Up & Boogie Down now celebrating its 4th year this month - this Saturday March 3rd 9:30am-12:30pm at The Cubby Bear.  It's a testament to the vision and commitment of NPN's staff and volunteers to put together content rich and cost effective programs for city families.

Similar to the NPN's NYE event, there is nothing as beautiful as the gleam of excitement that erup...

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM by Jim Schofield

Earn cash while you clear out clutter! (& win VIP Access)

Ever think of how wonderful it would be to clear out all of your kids’ gently used items, and earn some extra cash for them too?  Here’s a solution:  Participate in the Babies, Tots n’ More Spring Consignment Event!  You set the prices, and we sell your items for you.  The best part is you earn 65% without even being there.  Our consignors have the option to volunteer during this spectacular event, and receive 70% of the profit for the sale of their items.

Think it won’t be worth your ...

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

Share your little Valentine with NPN and win!

This week is full of pink, red, and hearts all over.  Show us your love and win some great Chicago tickets.  Just send us a photo of your little love bug and get entered to win two complimentary tickets to Girls Night Out - Go Red for Women (good for 2 adults) and two tickets to NPN's Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival (good for one adult and one child)!  Email your photo to to get entered this week.  

Make sure you like the NPN Facebook Page to see the winning...

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Can I make award-winning chili at the winter farmer’s market?

One of my family’s favorite things to do in the summer is visit the farmer’s markets.  Live music, locally crafted foods, a vendor who has become our friend, and I love to expose my kids to it all.  We love Chicago’s Green City Market – it’s one of the city’s biggest and it promotes local, sustainably grown foods.  They also have great kids programs, Sprouts Club and Edible Gardens, where my toddlers have had a chance to touch and taste seasonal produce they may otherwise shy away from.  M...

Posted on February 03, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Carly Ubersox

Chicago Toy Store Promotions Make It Easy to Shop Local & Save

If you love your Chicago neighborhood, local businesses are probably a big part of that love.  Logically, we know that these stores will not be around forever if we don't patronize them. That's why I'm making a resolution this holiday season to do at least part of the shopping for the kids at local toy stores.

For a frugal shopper like me, this is easier said than done. I can find such great toy deals online!  But Chicago stores are helping make it easier for us to do the right thing w...

Posted on November 09, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Carrie Kirby

Get ready to shop & save big! Oct.14-15

Want to buy incredible items for your kids and only pay a small fraction of the original cost?  Then mark your calendar for the Babies, Tots n’ More Fall Consignment Event, October 14-15.  Our twice-yearly event features thousands of quality, gently-used or new kids’ and maternity items, including children’s clothing (through Youth size 16), shoes, toys, books, games, baby equipment, furniture, n’ more.

Babies, Tots n’ More is Chicago’s first and only seasonal consignment sale; we know...

Posted on October 05, 2011 at 7:49 AM by Kristin Myers

Fresh from the Forum: Free Chicago Activities

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from apple picking to temper tantrums!

Recently one of our members compiled a list of free Chicago activites by day. The following is just a sampling of the many free and fun activities offered throughout the city of Chicago. Check out the full list on the discussion board! Post your own favorites if you don't see them listed!


10:00am - 12:00pm Family Preschool Program @ Garfield Park Cons...

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 6:40 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Circus in the Parks - One-of-a-kind Chicago fun!

NPN is proud to sponsor this year’s Circus in the Parks series. The Midnight Circus team is back to bring you a one-of-a-kind family-friendly circus experience! Money raised will go to support the Chicago Park District.  We love our Chicago parks and these performances are guaranteed to thrill and entertain. The perfect way to spend a lovely day doing something surprising in a great Chicago neighborhood.

This year is an all new show and an all new little Big Top. An purple and blue tent wi...

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Sweet Dreams NPN & Pajama Party @ Good Night Moon the Musical

I’m not going to sugar-coat things – bedtime with my older daughter wasn’t easy!  No matter how tired she appeared, I just couldn’t convince her that sleep was a necessary part of life. We finally figured out that spending a few minutes reading with the lights turned low could do wonders. One of our favorite pre-bedtime reads was the classic Good Night Moon. Now, I’m so excited to revisit our old bedtime tradition in a whole new way by taking her to see Good Night Moon the Musical presente...

Posted on September 09, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Jay Annadurai