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Make New Mom Friends at KickSprout Parents Community

Events and Classes for Parental Types

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Now that you’re a parent, you’re not above asking for help. (Yes, that was you in the chat room at 3 a.m. trolling for diaper rash tips.)

Allow us to introduce you to a more personal support system: KickSprout. The parenting community/resource hosts educational and social events for those new to child rearing. It bloomed into being when local couple Carlo and Leasa Navarro had their first baby; despite reading umpteen books on everything from sleep training to food, they felt the best advice would come from other parents.

To that end, KickSprout events (about five a month) are as much about interacting with attendees as they are about learning from experts. The ever-changing calendar might include anything from parent-and-tot yoga to baby food making to childproofing lessons — all at top kids’ spots around town. Buckle down more regularly with recurring moms groups, family playdates, and breastfeeding support groups.

Registration is quick and easy. In other words: no mousing around.

Sign up online at kicksprout.com, free-$25.

this week in chicago!

PUNT
Lil’ Pigskins
What:
Future quarterbacks (ages 18 months to 9 years) get a safe intro to football with classes that focus on confidence building rather than competition.
Why: You’ll have a blast being a cheerleader.
When: Spring session lasts thru June 18.
Where: Bash Sports Academy, 2617 W. Fletcher St., at Rockwell St. Info at 773-510-7720. Register online at lilpigskinschicago.com. $15 per class.

GO GREEN
Arbor Day Celebration
What:
Take a nature walk, make leaf and bark rubbings, and get a sapling (while supplies last) to plant in your backyard.
Why: Tree hugging is welcome, too.
When: Sat., noon-2 p.m.
Where: Jackson Park, Wooded Island, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., at 64th St. To register (recommended), call 312-742-4914. Admission is free.

VROOM
Touch a Truck Family Festival
What:
Show your child a wheel world of more than 25 vehicles ready to be explored.
Why: Close encounters with a Chicago Trolley, fire engine, UPS truck, and construction equipment.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 670 W. Frontage Rd., b/t Tower & Willow Rds., Northfield. Info at 847-832-6600. Families (up to six people), $25; each additional person, $5; add $10/family for VIP access at 10 a.m.

Photo: Susan Barr / Getty Images

LOCATIONS
Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge
670 W Frontage Rd
bt Tower & Willow Rds
Northfield, IL 60093
2617 W Fletcher St
@ Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618
773-588-2274
Jackson Park
6401 S Stony Island Ave
@ 64 St
Chicago, IL 60637
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