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Our parent members have tons of suggestions on things to do, including beautiful spots for a family bike ride and outings for those all-too-rare date nights. Find more tips and advice in the articles below, or search the discussion forum for up-to-the-minute recos. Looking to expand your parenting community? Check the calendar for NPN events that serve to enlighten or connect our members—and often both! 

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Trip ideas and strategies for a fun family vacation

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Tell Me about Chinatown

We are thinking of spending a day in Chinatown. We’ve never been so I’m curious if there are any must-sees or restaurants you would recommend?  Anonymous poster hash: 16a84...6d3 ...

Renting a boat- newbie question

Thinking about renting a boat/pontoon during our upcoming trip to Michigan. Neither DH nor I have ever driven a boat before. Will we be able to drive the boat (just like driving a car)? Or do we need ...

Best laptop for first grader for remote learning?

We are buying our first grader a lap top just in case he has to quarantine this year. With two kids at the same school we don’t have enough technology in the house for both kids to have a device and f...

A day in Oak Park?

I think we're in a bit of a rut lately and I was thinking before the summer ends to venture over to Oak Park for a day. My husband has never seen it and it would be something easy but different for us...

Favorite Caterer for in-home party

We are hosting a party in our home and are in need of a fantastic caterer that can take it over-food, service, rentals.  Appreciate any suggestions! Anonymous poster hash: 25a20...d2b ...

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