Posts from: September 2019

NPN members pay no application fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago


GEMS World Academy Chicago is a culturally diverse school that nurtures a child’s love of learning and creativity. We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Our master teachers exemplify excellence in the classroom. Each and every day, our educators inspire students, drive industry-changing innovation, and enrich the communities in which they live and work.

Through coding and robotics, an integrated STEAM program, daily worl...

Posted on September 24, 2019 at 7:00 AM

School lunch hacks for busy parents

In the whirlwind of the school week, throwing together a haphazard lunch can easily happen. We are busy. We run out of ideas. We forget to feed ourselves half the time!

But when you plan ahead, school lunches can be healthy and fun for your kids, and you transform into a rockstar parent. Ta-da!

The key is to prepare with fun “tools”...

Lunch box/bag/container: Whatever the style, easily washable is key. And durable. Must be durable.
Veggie shape cutters: Melon or cucumber al...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

Reduce the glut of kids' birthday gifts with these fun party ideas

“No gifts, please!” We’ve all received those invites, but rarely do we feel empowered to act upon those instructions. Who wants to look like a thoughtless guest, and what kids will really understand?

Like many others, we’re trying to balance the excesses of childhood with a sense of value, while at the same time building environmental and fiscal responsibility. While we have tended to be traditionalists on the party gifts front, I've come up with these ideas to help avoid the glut of b...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:43 PM by Fiona Royer

Things to do with your kids this fall in Chicago

Photo by Scott Webb from Pexels

Over the last year, I have read—well, listened to—two books that have changed the way I think about spending time with my children. The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabari is a great reminder to be present and grateful for the fortunate role we have as guides to our children on their journeys to adulthood. The second is called The Power of Moments, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, and is about how we remember moments in our lives because they elevate us, con...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:22 PM by Desiree Vargas Wrigley

NPN members get $5 off registration for the Great Pink Run Race for the Cure


With a 10k Challenge as well as a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk, there is something for everyone—men, women and children—as everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to come out and show your support and help us in our Race for a Cure.

RACE DATE: Great Pink Run with Glanbia will take place on Oct. 5 at 8am

LOCATION: Diversey Harbor, Chicago

A scenic 5K double-loop route has been designed along the lakefront fo...

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

What to expect when you’re expecting a Chicago baby

Preparing to give birth in the City of Big Shoulders? Get ready. In addition to a generally friendly Midwestern vibe from passers-by, there are a handful of little-known watch-outs and hacks that Chicago moms of yore have discovered along the way. For advice, we asked our Member Discussion Forum and social media channels to weigh in: What would you tell a first-time Chicago mom? Here’s what we learned.

Bundle up, but don’t buy a maternity coat
Given our long winter, chances are you’re...

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 10:43 PM by Lauren Viera

NPN members get $125 off a Crew membership at Codeverse


Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse—Chicago's best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6–13! 

Codeverse is a modern, high-tech studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and video games and interact with top-notch technology, including professional-grade sound and light equipment, CraftBot 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms. 

Whether your child is new to codi...

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off registration + 4th week free at Rayito de Sol


Here’s a thought: 52% of Fortune 500 CEOS are bilingual. That makes learning Spanish as a second language from birth a valuable life skill. Bilingual kids can also pick up other critical languages like software coding to help them level the playing field.

Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center is a full Spanish immersion preschool. This means that all instructions and activities are conducted in Spanish. New students quickly become comf...

Posted on September 03, 2019 at 7:00 AM