Category: Indoor Activity Ideas & Places

Playdate of the Month: November Gratitude Gathering

As a parent, there is so much more to be thankful for than I ever realized before I became one almost five years ago. Itʼs all about the simple things from being well, to making new friends, and the cutest things our children say and do every day.

This month, I was inspired by my girlfriends who I share so many great, { and no so great}, daily moments with just being moms. The women whoʼs smiles, coffee breaks, advice, thoughtfulness, and play dates all help all make “our worlds” go ro...

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Anne Book

Diwali Celebrations- Holiday Fun from India

One of the best part of living in the city is the opportunity to learn about and experience so many different cultural traditions. NPN has started a new blog series to highlight some of the various cultures and traditions that you may want to share with your family! Today's topic- Diwali, the festival of lights from India.

I love celebrations and November is a great month for our family.  During the last week of October, we celebrated Diwali and our new year Sal Mubarak. Diwali or Deep...

Posted on November 08, 2011 at 9:25 AM by Maulee Tolia

Playdate of the Month: October Mix It Up

Signs of Fall are here and the city is looking gorgeous.  The leaves are changing and mild yet brisk days are calling us to plan time outside!

Parks are perfect for Fall Playdates, and we are so fortunate to have incredible parks and tot lots in every neighborhood.  Here are some ways to plan a play date and Mix It Up this Fall.

1. Mix UP a FUN snack-

Last week I was inspired by the gorgeous trail mix bar at Lincoln Park Whole Foods.  We made a fun mix that had my so...

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Anne Book

Class Up Your Classes

Tired of the same old thing? Encourage your little one to try something new this fall with one of these fun classes.

While planning my two toddlers’ fall schedules, I found myself craving some variety. I wanted to see what the city had to offer my little urban explorers. Not surprisingly, Chicago is bursting with unique and eclectic classes for our wee ones to enjoy. Below are some of the diverse options I came across.


When researching new classes for your kids, don’t for...

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Playdate of the month: Cooking w/ Family & Friends

September is a transition month in Chicago indeed. 

New routines are happening everywhere, the days are shorter and cooler, and for many of our children, it’s back to school.  So why not embrace a new ritual as you settle into Fall.

Cooking with friends and family is a great experience all through life.  Why not create a new play date plan for Fall by initiating a weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly kitchen gathering for family and friends.

Ideas to get you started:

*Stay in...

Posted on September 07, 2011 at 10:46 AM by Anne Book