Author - Laura Baginski


Overheard on the NPN forum: Apple orchards near Chicago


This weekend is forecasted to be downright gorgeous, so get out there with your kids and enjoy it! This is prime time at apple orchards around Chicago, where kids can do way more than just pick apples—many also have hay rides, mazes, petting zoos and more.

Right now on the NPN discussion forum, parents are recommending their favorite orchards close to the city for a fun weekend outing. Get in on the conversation by offering your own favorites or learning about a new spot. 

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 11:26 AM by Laura Baginski

Overheard on the NPN Forum: Halloween costume exchange

Of all the expensive things we parents buy for our kids, Halloween costumes are among the most infuriating. You pay at least $30 for a costume (often of dubious quality) that your kid will wear exactly once—and may hate it so much he tears it off after two seconds. But let's be real, the joy you get from the adorableness is priceless. And photos are forever.

So how brilliant is it that our NPN members are pulling their old costumes out of storage (lobster costumes, Thomas the Trai...

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM by Laura Baginski

Trending on NPN's discussion forum: up-and-coming schools


Let's say you can't afford the real estate surrounding Waters, Bell, Blaine and other star schools in the CPS universe. Hitching a ride on a rising-star school in a less-expensive neighborhood could have you sitting pretty in a few years when the school realizes its potential. 

But which are the up-and-coming schools in the CPS system? That's a matter for debate, and our members are hashing it out right now on our main discussion forum. Jump in on the conversation and have y...

Posted on September 03, 2015 at 12:45 PM by Laura Baginski

Quiz: Should you go to an NPN School Fair?


Neighborhood Parents Network does a lot of things for Chicago parents, but what really sets us apart is the work we do to help you find the right school for your child.

The most important school-choice events of the year? Our two annual school fairs: the South Side Preschool and Elementary School Fair on Sept. 19, and the Annual Preschool and Elementary School Fair on Oct. 18. At both fairs, you'll be able to talk with representatives from 100+ public and private schools, in...

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:20 PM by Laura Baginski