Playdate of the Month: November Gratitude Gathering

As a parent, there is so much more to be thankful for than I ever realized before I became one almost five years ago. Itʼs all about the simple things from being well, to making new friends, and the cutest things our children say and do every day.

This month, I was inspired by my girlfriends who I share so many great, { and no so great}, daily moments with just being moms. The women whoʼs smiles, coffee breaks, advice, thoughtfulness, and play dates all help all make “our worlds” go ro...

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Anne Book

Perk Alert! Discounts for Expectant & New Parents

Are you expecting, or a parent to a brand new bundle? These are great discounts just for you. Cash in on these great 'perks' to your NPN membership. Please log in to view full details of these discounts.

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Learning Through Play - Help your child transition effectively to preschool and kindergarten in playgroups and classes designed by developmental therapists and speech therapists. Members receive 30% off 10 week playgroup series ...

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM by Melanie Schlachter

10 Reasons to Take Your Little Ones to ChiTAG

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 by Katherine McHenry

Get to Know the NPN Portage Park & Old Irving Parg Group - Part 2

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

The Old Irving Park-Portage Park Neighborhood Group covers two distinct neighborhoods. Last week we put the spotlight on Lisa, one of the volunteers of the group who lives in Portage Park.   We turn our attention this week to the the husband and wife volunteer team of Cyrus and Katie Clausen who live in Old Irving Park.   Together, these volunteers plan fun g...

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM by Amy Johnson

Cooking with Kids - Good For You Pizza & Brownies

At, our recent NPN Moms in Business event, the delicious cooking demo with Elena Marre of The Kids' Table included a white pizza and you-would-never-know-but-you-love-that-there-are-vegetables-in-them vegan brownies! These MIB tested recipes are so easy, interactive, tasty, and ridiculously nutricious.  Test them out with your family!  Here is part 2.  Don't miss Part 1 - Snacks and Appetizers.

Dinner and dessert:

Pizza Dough and White Pizza Sauce  (Makes 1 14-inch pizza)


Posted on November 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre

Get to Know the NPN Portage Park & Old Irving Park Neighborhood Group

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.  Three amazing volunteers, Lisa Falconer along with Cyrus and Katie Clausen, lead the Old Irving Park – Portage Park Neighborhood Group and plan fun get-togethers every month!  Join them at their upcoming event on Nov 19 for a baking class the whole family will enjoy!

We asked Lisa a few questions to help you get to know her and the group.  You can always rea...

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM by Amy Johnson

NPN's Upcoming Events

NPN is bustling with great events to try with or without the little ones. In case your email is exploding, here are a few you won't want to miss!

* NPN is hosting a pajama party at Goodnight Moon the Musical at Victory Gardens. RSVP by calling the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater at 773-871-3000. Mention discount code GOODNIGHT and purchase tickets for the Saturday, November 12th, 3:00 pm show. Great for ages 2-6.  


* Need a night out? Date night? Or just catching up with fri...

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM by Melanie Schlachter

Why 90 Minutes? CPS Longer School Day Update

The second gathering of the CPS Longer School Day Advisory committee was held last week. The main focus of the conversation centered on implementing a longer school day in the high schools. But a few other concerns that seem to keep popping up were addressed.

Why 90 Minutes?

One question that many seem to keep hearing is “why 90 minutes?” It seems a little long to some parents. And the Teachers’ Union is advocating for only 75 minutes. The rationale is this: Chicago currently spend...

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Lee Haas

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

Diwali Celebrations- Holiday Fun from India

One of the best part of living in the city is the opportunity to learn about and experience so many different cultural traditions. NPN has started a new blog series to highlight some of the various cultures and traditions that you may want to share with your family! Today's topic- Diwali, the festival of lights from India.

I love celebrations and November is a great month for our family.  During the last week of October, we celebrated Diwali and our new year Sal Mubarak. Diwali or Deep...

Posted on November 08, 2011 at 9:25 AM by Maulee Tolia