W. North Ave., third floor, Chicago, 312-605-2555), the New
York-based worldwide franchise of children's activity centers, is
coming to Lincoln Park with a grand opening celebration Saturday
and Sunday. And Pinwheel has a promo code that offers $100 off your
The Chicago outpost is the first Midwest location of Kidville, a
one-stop facility offering classes, birthday parties, preschool
alternatives and camp for kids ages newborn to 6, as well as a play
space, kid salon, and store all in one 5,200-square-foot space.
(Bonus: It includes free parking.)
Sherese and Mike Fralin, parents to a 5 ½-year-old girl and a 2
½-year-old boy, moved to Chicago in 2011 after 10 years in New York
City, where Kidville was their favorite child center. They decided
to open a franchise here after relocating.
This one-stop shop includes art, music, dance, and gym classes
so parents don't have to shuttle kids all over the city. Classes,
which run 16 weeks, were designed by early childhood development
specialists and there are 92 offerings. (Prices range $525 to
Sherese Fralin says some of her favorite classes, include the
signature Rockin' Railroad music class. A four-piece children's
band teaches kids about different musical genres and instruments
through puppets, songs, bubbles and dance movements. "It's very
high energy and they pass out train tickets and punch them," Fralin
says. "They learn a new instrument and new genre every week, and
the kids just love it." (An unplugged version is available for
Fralin also loves the Wee Wiggle class for babies, which
incorporates sign language, games, music, dancing and extras like
balls and bubble time. "The babies are mesmerized," she says.
In addition to the roster of classes, there is an indoor play
space, retail boutique and a children's salon for both boys and
girls. The play space will be open to members and boasts a giant
trampoline, obstacle courses and a rock climbing wall, Fralin
The boutique will carry wooden toys from Alex Toys, Melissa
& Doug and the like as well as clothes, blankets, nursing
covers, hair accessories and more.
Kidville also hosts birthday parties for kids up to age 9 with
16 themes, including superhero, ballerina and dinosaur themes.
Kidville operates under a
membership system. A silver membership is included in class
enrollment, with upgrades to gold, platinum and diamond available.
(Each membership has a different set of benefits and
Classes start Sept. 30. As part of the grand opening special,
families receive a discount when signing up for the first session
and a free upgrade to a gold membership, which includes discounts
on birthday parties, retail items, salon, and two play space
Get $100 off the inaugural round of classes that start
Sept. 30. Use promo code "pinwheel" and sign up by Sept. 29 to
receive the discount.
Rebecca Little, a native Chicagoan, loves discovering new ways to keep her two very active boys entertained lest they resort to spackling heirloom furniture or flushing toy trains down the toilet - not that those are real examples. Follow her at PinwheelChicago.com.
See more of Rebecca's stories here.
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