Posts from: April 2019

Join the movement for Lurie Children's


Move for Kids, presented by Hub Group, is a three-mile walk and rally for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Open to participants of all ages, the walk takes place along the Chicago lakefront, ending with a celebration at Soldier Field. The event features music, entertainment, games and the Grant Thornton 100-meter Kids’ Dash, all in support of the patients at Lurie Children’s. Rally your friends and family and help to change ...

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 15% off speech summer camp


EB Pediatrics' Summer Speech Camp kicks off soon!

Led by a Speech Language Pathologist, the program allows your child to improve communication and socialization skills during class time, snack time and play time.

We offer art and music activities that incorporate fun weekly summer themes (including Bugs, Camping, Beach and Friendship), keeping your child engaged while learning.

Our class size is small, only 6 children per class, so res...

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM

CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time and full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2019-2020 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), formerly known as “Re...

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

Chicago pediatrician: 'Measles keeps me up at night'

My 4-year-old and I had a date with our pediatrician yesterday. Though kids can get their second MMR vaccine any time between 4 and 6 years old, he received his second MMR vaccine exactly a week after his 4th birthday. After the visit, we got cinnamon rolls (and a large coffee for me) and I told him how proud and excited I was that he was protected against measles and a bunch of other nasty diseases much better now. 

It sounds pretty cheesy, but I said this out loud to him and I woke u...

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:03 AM by Marielle Fricchione

NPN members pay no registration fee at Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool



Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool is excited to announce the opening of two additional classrooms in an effort to welcome more families to the Lily Pad community.

In response to overwhelming demand, we are opening a new Little Ducky Pond (ages 6 weeks - 15 months) and Tadpole Lake (ages 15 - 23 months) in the coming weeks.   

At Lily Pad Nursery + Preschool, we are Montessori-inspired and developmentally focused. Surrounding children...

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 12:12 PM

NPN's Online Auction guide to bidding

NPN's biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue to bring programming, events and school-choice help to Chicago parents, opens for bidding on Wednesday, April 24! Open to the public, our Online Auction is bigger and better than ever, with more than 400 items up for bid. 

Once you've had a chance to see our $80,000+ in goodies for Chicago families, make sure to place bids asap! We know how crazy life can get—set your max bid and rest easy. You can stop back in and visit...

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 7:08 AM

NPN members save 30% on your first two weeks of Yumble subscription and free delivery!


Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared kids' meals right to your doorstep. You choose your weekly meals, and Yumble takes care of the rest!

Yumble was founded by former stay-at-home Mom, Joanna Parker.  "As a Mom, I felt the pain that many moms feel: wanting to serve our kids real food every day, but not having enough time to do it! After a busy day, what I desperately wanted to do was spend time with my family, not run around shopping, cooking, an...

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get $225 off summer camps at Codeverse


Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding studio for kids aged 6–13, offering after-school classes and summer camps. 

During camp, kids learn how to design apps and video games, build a robot, create 3D-printed designs, program concert-hall lights and more in our interactive studios! All meals, snacks, field trips, and complimentary early drop-off and pick-up are included.

NPN members get $225 off summer camps. Offer valid for 2019 week-l...

Posted on April 09, 2019 at 7:00 AM

3 reasons I'm happy my kids aren't growing up in the suburbs like I did

Parenting in Chicago is hard. Two recent events reminded me of this.

The first, running our two daughters out to the car parked in front of our house in what seemed like biblical rains — no attached garage to keep us dry. And the second, wading into the Chicago Public Schools application process. After reading about three different ways to apply to preschool, I realized this was the first step in a nebulous 18-year-plus journey.

These are surface examples of a subtler thought that h...

Posted on April 03, 2019 at 4:31 PM by Rebekah Pajak

5 tips to ensure you're hiring a good kids birthday party entertainer

You’ve been there: the “best party ever.” There are games, music, characters, and an entertainer taking pictures and playing with your children. But now, it’s your turn to plan the birthday party for your child and you want the same or better experience. Before you jump to hire the first company you find in your Facebook’s mommy group, it’s important to consider who — and what — you’re dealing with. As the president of a kids’ entertainment company, I can shed some light on the subject.

Posted on April 03, 2019 at 10:04 AM by Nilmari Donate