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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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Best Chicago playgrounds for the potty-training toddler
We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: How can we leave our house to go anywhere knowing that at any minute we will hear the dreaded statement of “I need to go to the bathroom!” when potty training ou...
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Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses
Looking for a special gift or just a treat for yourself? Check out this list of Black-owned businesses in the city (many of which offer delivery or curbside pickup), where you can get everything from ...
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Family neighborhood guide to Sauganash
This is the first in a series of articles exploring family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. I’m a big planner. I like to be prepared, anticipate what’s coming next, and have a plan. So imagine ...
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Discussions

Give me an idea for a special first birthday present ~$100

Any ideas for a unique/cool/useful first birthday gift for a baby girl in the $100 range?  Mom and Dad don't "need" anything so would like to get something cool that they might not otherwise buy for baby.  Would need it in two weeks. ...

Roof deck sport cort

We have a 3rd floor roof deck that we don’t use, or at least hardly at all.  Has anyone had experience with building a sport court or even just having like tall fencing/netting out in?  With a minuscule yard, we feel like this might be a space our kids could play (they used to ride balance bikes, tr...

East bank club - questions

We are considering joining EBC, and have preschool/early elementary aged kids. I was hoping a current member could provide their perspective on some questions.  - does anyone use the CAC or youth activity centers with kids these ages? It won’t make sense for us to join if we can’t leave our kids t...

Superhero party character appearance

Has anyone hired a superhero character to come to a birthday party in Chicago?  Any recommendations of companies you have used?  Thank you! Anonymous poster hash: 861af...df8 ...

what to do with teeth taken by tooth fairy?

My kids are teens and we recently moved. I found little boxes full of teeth stashed everywhere. What do I do with them? Seems really weird to save them. ...


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Making Staycations Magical

Fairytales Can Come True – The Princess and the Frog We all know our family would have a great time on vacation at The Most Magical Place on Earth, but does a STAYcation have the same spellbinding appeal? With a few simple tricks, you too can enchant the kids and keep everyone’s spirits high. ...

Happy Campers: Finding (Screen-free) Fun at Family Camp

As soon as we arrived at Family Camp in Michigan last summer I started to lose track of time. We had decided to take a family vacation at a kids sleep away summer camp for a few days. Ostensibly it was to introduce our two kids to camp. But I was also curious to experience the classic American summe...

Show some love to these Chicago Black-owned businesses

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I took my 4 year old to see The Nutcracker...here's how it went.

As a mom to a boisterous four-year-old girl, I am always looking for ways to entertain her and keep her busy. That's why I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to take my daughter, Clarke, to see The Nutcracker for the very first time this year. Clarke has been captivated recently with dance...

Hosting out-of-towners? Here's your cheatsheet.

During a week in July, my husband and I hosted his family for vacation. Spread between three houses (including ours), were 19 family members, ages 6–70 years old. With a small backyard and a basement only a teenager would love, we had to get out and about in the city. To help inspire anyone who...

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