You don’t need ESP to know that when moms chitchat about carpooling and potty training, they’re actually fantasizing about going to the spa.
Let’s thank the mind reader who opened Urban Mom Salon. The new Bucktown oasis is staffed with licensed babysitters who watch your child while you get your hair and nails done.
The pampering begins when you drop off your sidekick in the playroom and settle in next door with a coffee. Once you’ve perked up, indulge in a blowout, haircut, wax, mani, and pedi given by stylists and technicians happy to make friendly, non-Elmo-related conversation.
Meanwhile, kiddo has the run of a wooden train table, pretend kitchen, blocks, basketball hoop, and dress-up clothes. She can also dabble in a craft project or snack on free Goldfish and graham crackers — all while you relax, blissfully unaware.
See? Dreams do come true.
Urban Mom Salon, 2143 North Damen Avenue, at Shakespeare Avenue (773-687-8346 or urbanmomsalon.com). Nail services start at $8; hair services are $35 and up; child care is $7 for the first child and $4 for each additional child.
South Side Preschool and Elementary School Fair
What: Talk shop with representatives from public and private South Side schools, as well as enrichment programs and family-friendly businesses from across the city.
Why: Parents have to do their homework, too.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., at 67th St. Admission is free.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live: It’s Time to Dance
What: Boogie with DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee at the music- and animation-filled stage show.
Why: There’s a party in your tummy.
When: Sat., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., at Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. Tickets ($25-$75) online at ticketmaster.com.
What: Kids ages 3-5 dream up their own creations and bring them to life by constructing capes, masks, and other save-the-day supplies.
Why: The real feat is crafting a comic book from recycled balsa wood.
When: Every Wed., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Where: Wishcraft Workshop, 2312 W. Roscoe St., b/t Claremont & Oakley Aves. Registration (required) to 773-348-9474 or email@example.com. Eight-week session, $175.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Mom Salon