NPN members save on summer camp at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*

Designed to introduce children to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, playful camp that offers engaging hands-on experiences with instruments and delves into the music of our culture and others from around the globe. Kids ages 4 to 8 explore music through movement, games, crafts, songs, books and demonstrations by professional musicians.

Each morning session has a different weekly focus:

Our Orchestra: Explore symphonic music by be...

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Things to do with dads and kids in Chicago on Father's Day

Fathers are often the overshadowed parent when it comes to how we honor them. But lest we forget, there are so many dads, poppas and other positive male role models that deserve recognition.

Father’s Day is more than giving your favorite guy in your life a new tie or other gender-based gifts; it’s for showing honor to the men who have a genuine and nurturing presence in the lives of those who cherish them. Here is a list of innovative, fun and nonconforming ideas to honor all the fathe...

Posted on June 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM by Keisha Mathew

How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.

So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?

On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.

Clearly, this has to happen. Y...

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM by Crystal Clair

NPN members save $15 at Conquer Youth Obstacle Course

*PARENT PERK BY CONQUER YOUTH*

Conquer Youth™ is the nation’s #1 Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Family! Young Lions OCR™ is our EPIC ninja warrior–style obstacle course event for youth ages 5–17. Run, jump, crawl, climb and swing through our amazingly fun and challenging obstacles.

Your kids will have the time of their lives conquering this course! All kids receive a medal, drawstring bag and wristband.

NPN members save 15% on Ninja Youth Obstacle Course now through 7/4/19....

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How I taught my daughter to love being small

Photo: Orlinsky with daughter Hayley

I’ve always told my daughter Hayley that she was smart and beautiful, and I felt that I adequately prepared her for school with a healthy but not over-the-top sense of self-confidence. That all changed one day in preschool when the teachers participated in an innocent activity that had major consequences for Hayley. 

During a classroom redecoration, they hung a growth chart on the wall and placed a piece of tape next to the measurements to show t...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 1:07 PM by Lori Orlinsky

This summer, let your child be bored

Do you find yourself already planning your child’s summer? Are you anxious at the thought of hearing those three words, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Do you feel like your child has to be busy and engaged in social activities all the time otherwise they get into trouble or display negative behaviors?

Believe it or not, boredom is beneficial. In a day and age where we are accustomed to little wait time, instant gratification, and constant visual entertainment, it is no wonder that our children do ...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 11:53 AM by Erica Hornthal

NPN members save 15% on summer camps at Emerald City Theatre

*PARENT PERK BY EMERALD CITY THEATRE*

Join Emerald City Theatre for a summer of singing, dancing, and creative play tailored to your budding performer! Each day of ECT’s Summer Camp gives your child the opportunity to improve life skills while practicing teamwork and building confidence. Young performers play theater games, learn acting skills, and meet new friends, all while preparing for a performance for friends and family on the last day of camp! Beginning June 3, ECT features a h...

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Chicago's best beaches for babies

Photo: Megan Backes

Having a little one shouldn’t stop you from getting out and soaking up the rays. Here’s a roundup of some of the best sandlots around the city that are perfect for baby’s first trip to the beach. Stock your diaper bag with swim diapers and sunscreen, and get ready to introduce baby to Lake Michigan!

Great for South Siders
Margaret T. Burroughs (31st Street) Beach
3100 S. Lake Shore Drive
Burroughs Beach stretches from 31st Street to 26th Street and offers amaz...

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 3:17 PM by Sitaara Jones

Where to eat outside in Chicago with your kids

Photo: Waterfront Cafe

It’s the first 70-degree day in months and you have visions of a perfect outdoor dining experience with the fam. There’s no time to research in between playdates, soccer matches and diaper changes. But we’ve got you covered thanks to crowdsourced recs from trusted parents. These dining dreams promise good food, great patios and enough room for the whole clan. In a city that loves to eat, narrowing the list to a few is challenging, but here’s our best effort for f...

Posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:01 AM by Rebekah Pajak

NPN members get $200 off Summer City Adventures camp

*PARENT PERK BY SUMMER CITY ADVENTURES*

Come join us at Summer City Adventures, where our campers are provided with the opportunity to imagine, explore, build lasting friendships, and most importantly, have a blast! Our campers participate in a new adventure each day! Summer City Adventures allows our campers to discover Chicago, and interact with one another through city excursions, team building, and service learning projects.

Summer City Adventures includes four weeks filled wit...

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM