Category: Chicago Happenings

Top Ten NPN Events this Spring

The weather is warming up and so is the NPN calendar. There is surely no shortage of things to do, so join us for some family friendly fun over the next few weeks!


4/16 - Mom’s Day/Night Out at vFish - Free & open to the public! Take a break, bring a donation, mix and mingle, find some great Spring apparel all while supporting NPN. 20% of all purchases go toward improving NPN’s programming.

4/22 - Baby Basics 101 – Free & NPN Members Only. Get all of your new par...

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 7:32 PM by Christa Reed

Secrets to Getting the Best Deals at Consignment Events

Spring is here and my kids seem to grow as fast as the weeds.  All of the clothes from last year are outgrown and ready for a new home.  Fortunately, I have found a way to dress my boys in the best, while saving a ton of money; shopping a Consignment Event.  It only happens twice a year, but I stock up for the entire season and spend about what I would during a regular shopping trip.  With summer quickly approaching, I am looking forward to shopping at the Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment ...

Posted on April 01, 2015 at 1:42 PM by Kristin Myers

Make $$$ This Spring!

Spring is here!  It’s time. Time to purge your kid’s closet and toy box of all those items that they simply don’t use anymore.

Instead of the usual practice of dropping off overstuffed garbage bags at your local thrift store, consider another option that will both streamline your closet AND improve your finances: sell your gently used items on consignment.

Worried that it will be too much work and not worth the effort? Think again. Here are a few tips from our six consignors that e...

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM by Kristin Myers

Springfest at the Beat Kitchen THIS SUNDAY!

It's time to shake off winter and kick off the Spring Concerts for Kids season with a PARTY!!! Fun for all ages, the SPRINGFEST (on 3/15) brings 4 local kindie favorites to the same stage, with a little fun in between from the Laser Comedy Show! They will have games, crafts, face painting, glitter tattoos and MORE all FREE with the price of admission.

Check out the line up:
11:00 - Mary Macaroni - Chicago's favorite magical musical clown! Great for the younger kids, and later she'll...

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:48 AM by Christa Reed

How To Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Gong xi fa cai! (Say gong zee fah chai) Happy New Year! January 1 doesn’t have to be your only New Year celebration. This February, celebrate the Lunar New Year, a tradition popular in China and other Asian cultures! We have lots of exciting activities for you and the family. Take an adventure to Chinatown and learn about Lunar New Year traditions along the way.

Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year) lasts from New Year’s Eve (the last day of the last mo...

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Things to Do When It's Just Too Cold

It was just a matter of time. The bitter cold and snow finally made it to Chicago leaving us indoors or dying to break free from the monotony of the living room floor. Only so many blanket forts can be built before you’re ready to lose it. It’s ok.

Here are some ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

Learn: Toddler Takeover at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Big kids are back in school so it’s time for the little ones to get out and run the palace! Tons of fun programming for the ...

Posted on January 06, 2015 at 11:26 AM by Christa Reed

Top 10 reasons to take your little ones to Chicago Toy & Game Fair PLUS GIVEAWAY

Come out and play! The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG), is two days of unforgettable fun for all ages - hands on play time, special events, life-sized toys & games, contests galore, costumed characters and so much more.  We are BIG FANS!  NPN is excited to be hosting a super fun lounge with Building Blocks Toy Store!  

Plan a day at ChiTAG (Nov. 22 & 23 @ Navy Pier): Purchase your discounted NPN $10 Family Pass Here and make sure you are ready to play! (normally $30 for a fa...

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Little Italy

Ciao Chicago famiglie! Looking to expose your kids to Italian culture without leaving town? There’s no better place to learn about Italian Americans in Chicago than to visit the city’s famous Taylor Street. Cultural Care Au Pair has planned a perfect itinerary for families interested in learning more about Italian culture right here in Chicago.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W Taylor St,) has been paying tribute to great Italian American athletes for more than ...

Posted on November 07, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Our Family Fun Day at the Shedd Aquarium

With the weather turning cold, our family days of swimming and going to the park are quickly coming to a close.  So for my husband, daughter and I, Neighborhood Parent’s Network Shedd Aquarium family day this Sunday, October 5th, couldn’t have been more timely.   Our daughter is 2 ¾ and was definitely excited to go and explore! 

Our first stop when we arrived was the Oceans Gallery.   My daughter had a blast looking at the vibrant vermilion star, red sea urchin, and flag rockfish.  We ...

Posted on October 07, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Jennifer Guimond-Quigley

Last Minute Summer Bucket List Items!

Seriously, where did summer go? Some children are already back to school and I feel like it just got warm. Regardless, it's time to get to work on finishing that summer bucket list. We've put together some must-do things if you're looking to squeeze all that's left out of the season.

5. Morton Arboretum. Check out their Thursday Family Nights and enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden, Maze Garden, and Tree House Tal...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Christa Reed