Posts from: May 2015

NPN Exclusive: Kidville Camp and Birthday Party Discounts!

Camp Kidville™ is THE place for learning, playing, and making new friends from June to August! Each small camp group participates in developmentally appropriate activities in gym, music, art, exploration and more. Weekly themes such as The Wild Wild West and Safari Adventure set the stage for sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidville musician, take-home art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play in our state-of-the-art air conditioned facility. No sweltering ...

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 6:52 AM by Ellie Ander

Top 5 Must-Have Summer Toys (+WIN them)!

Summer is finally here and this is what we survived the Polar Vortex for. Don’t let sun and warm weather slip past you without making a “bucket list” to ensure your family has a fun-filled summer. Whether that list includes hitting our many Chicago beaches, backyard barbecues, or visiting one of the many water-slashing Chicago Parks,  I’ve got my “bucket list” of toys that will make it an unforgettable summer!


Zorbz Self Sealing Water Balloons

Just pinch for a second after fi...

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM by Katherine McHenry

Come play in Bucktown & Lincoln Park!

Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD) Summer Camp is an unforgettable 5-day theatre program that brings together the excitement of preparing for an end-of-week performance with theatre games and activities that stretch kids' creativity and bravery muscles! CCD offers summer camp for preschoolers aged 3-5 AND school-age kids grades 1-12.

Your exclusive NPN member discount includes:

Preschool Summer Camp for ages 3-5: Sign up for our "Stretching Creativity & Bravery Muscles" class for o...

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 6:07 AM by Ellie Ander

Tips for Preparing Kids for a New Babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might not be so sure, though. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to focus on emergency numbers and pantry items and forget to take time to get the kiddos settled with the new face in the house. My presc...

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

NPN Summer savings at Language Stars!

Language Stars summer programs provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun and engaging activities. Whether this is your first introduction to foreign language or you are an experienced linguist, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their foreign language the way a native speaker does. Classes include:

Parents and Tots Classes (Ages 1-3 years)
Kids Only Classes (Ages 3-10 years)
Week-long Camps...

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:45 AM by Ellie Ander

Summer Splash at Timber Ridge for $109/night!

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is the only all-season, all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest. Featuring the 50,000-square-foot Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark, an arcade and kid-friendly food — plus all the great activities at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa — Timber Ridge is the Midwest’s best four-season family adventure.

Start getting the kids pumped up for their 'suite' summer splash vacation! NPN Members receive exclusive rates starting at just $109/night, which includ...

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM by Ellie Ander

Beyond the Playground

As warm weather approaches, the great outdoors seems to beckon children and parents alike. Slides, swings, and climbing structures welcome summer play with open arms, and parents enjoy watching their children release energy freely. While playground equipment is engaging for a time, it can quickly become dull when used in the same manner everyday. Below are some ways to make outside time more enjoyable and allow parents to be active participants in the excitement of summer while strengthening ...

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 3:29 PM by Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten

NPN Has a Group for That!

Are you looking to connect with other parents with whom you have something in common? We can help you find your niche.

Our calendar is filled with events. Parent-volunteers lead most of our groups and plan events for all types of families.

Here is a sample of their unique offerings:

Postpartum Discussion Group for Moms – An opportunity to meet other moms who are working through the same excitement and challenges as you. This group will facilitate discussions that will address p...

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 4:47 PM by Amy Johnson

NPN Exclusive Discount! Kick it with Lil' Kickers

Lil' Kickers Chicago is a child development program filled with creativity, high-energy coaches and loads of fun. Classes are available for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. The curriculum was developed using renowned child development theory, so classes are tailored to specific ages and abilities and can accommodate most children. Lil' Kickers coaches are trained in child development theory and incorporate a developmental perspective when approaching children - always mindful of wh...

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Ellie Ander

5 Tips For Your Next At-Home Birthday Party

Remember having birthday parties at home? They don’t have to be a thing of the past. Parties at home are more affordable, and generally more comfortable. So how do you avoid hordes of children wreaking havoc in your house? It’s all in the planning…

The main key to having a manageable party at home is party size. Keeping the guest list to 8-10 children works best.

Consider your child's interests and include them in the party planning process. Chances are if they like playing d...

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Maggi Steib