By March, I've had it with winter. Playing in the snow has lost its appeal and spring teases me with its jacketless days and thoughts of not having to lace up snow boots. But, as we all know by living in Chicago, we have at least two more months before we can throw class-signup caution to the wind and use the park as backup entertainment for the kids.
Luckily for us Chicago families, new ways to entertain the kiddos are cropping up faster than you can say "Twinkle Twinkle."
Here are the hippest ways to spend that QT with your cutie:
Nestled in an industrial park is one of the city's best gymnasiums for kids. IK Gymnastics (the I and K stands for IK's founder Irina Kudina, a former member of the Soviet Union Junior Olympic team) is a real gym for budding gymnasts. The mom and tot offerings introduce your toddler to stretching and tumbling. Who knows, you might be in the class with the next Kerri Strug! ikgym.com, (773) 604-4541
For those moms who want to engage not only their babies' bodies, but also their own, taking a Stroller Strides class is a perfect solution. Stroller Strides rep Jackie Dorris, a mother of two (soon to be three!), has classes that range from prenatal to post-bump and beyond. classes.strollerstrides.net/chicago/location/index.aspx, (773) 593-3915.
Baby Takes a Bow
I have boys, but I've seen my friends with girls eagerly await their young daughter's first steps just so they can sign them up for ballet. Because, really, is there anything cuter than a toddler in a tutu? At Baby Takes a Bow, moms can actually participate with their tots in learning basic ballet moves. Or, at least an attempt at ballet moves. skyhighcleaning.com/baby_take_a_bow, 2223 W. Roscoe St., (773) 904-7377
The Music Playhouse
The Music Playhouse teaches parents ways to enrich their lives through music. The little ones will love singing, dancing and especially playing with a variety of instruments. Plus, every family receives a CD and songbook to enjoy the songs at home. themusicplayhouse.com, 520 W. Stratford Place, #307, (773) 572-8054
Get prepped for baseball season by letting your toddler take a crack at batting, pitching or sliding into home. Lil' Sluggers recreates an outdoor t-ball experience. With classes held at a variety of indoor locations such as Windy City Fieldhouse, Bash Academy and The Menomonee Club, kids as young as 2 enjoy feeling like an all-star. lilsluggerschicago.com, (312) 945-1585
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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