Life as a new mom means never knowing if you’ll sleep, shower, or peel off your jammies.
Prepare yourself for baby’s more predictable eat-sleep-poop-play schedule at Urba Baby, Lincoln Park’s just-opened shop for infants, toddlers, and parents.
You won’t find cribs, strollers, car seats, or any other biggies, which is refreshing, because you can simply focus on little things that make life easier. Think carriers (Baby K’tan, Ergobaby), books, toys, feeding helpers (Innobaby bottles, Baby Chef cooking systems), and even jewelry that doubles as a teether. Clothing from Kicky Pants, PaigeLauren Baby, and more complement the store’s own line of cotton onesies and toddler and adult tees.
Along with being a great place to pick up a shower gift, Urba Baby is a hub for classes ranging from infant massage to baby sign language.
Surely you can pencil something in.
Urba Baby, 1117 West Armitage Avenue, between Seminary and Clifton Avenues (773-472-2229 or urbababy.com).
Legoland Discovery Center Derby
What: Build a Lego car and race it around a mini track for a shot at prizes.
Why: Get Dad’s motor running on Father’s Day.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Car-themed activities are also held on Fri. & Sat.)
Where: 601 N. Martingale Rd., at Higgins Rd., Schaumburg (847-592-9700). Legoland admission (event included) is $19 for adults, $15 for children 2 and older, and free for children under 2.
A Kite’s Tale
What: Puppet theater maestros Blair Thomas & Company, along with a solo pianist, weave the story of one girl’s imaginary adventure.
Why: It’s only 40 minutes — perfect for short attention spans.
When: Thru July 2. Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., at Grove St., Evanston. Tickets at 847-905-1500 ext. 108 or online at musicinst.org. Adults and children, $10.
Family Fun Festival
What: Wiggleworms sing-alongs, story hours, and live music and dance performances curb meltdowns during the dog days of summer.
Why: Every week a different cultural institution sets up hands-on activities.
When: Thru Aug. 21. Daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, N. Michigan Ave., b/t Randolph & Monroe Sts. (312-742-1168).
Photo: Courtesy of Urba Baby