A babysitter needs a certain level of maturity — a lesson learned when you found one writing love tweets to Taylor Lautner while your kids zoned out in front of Jersey Shore.
Avoid the whole when-the-cat’s-away scenario with Sitters Studio. The local babysitting agency (with another location in NYC) works with sitters who are not only worldly and wise, but have an artistic talent to share. Depending on your interests, the agency can hire out any type of creative brain: visual artists, musicians, dancers, singers, and actors, to name a few.
Sitters arrive with a tote full of activities. So instead of watching TV (the agency has a no-television policy), your eager beaver can hear a guitar serenade, paint a masterpiece, dance ballet, or direct a play.
The agency doesn’t place permanent nannies, but helps with date-night relief, hourly stints, and overnights — all with only two hours’ notice. Just enough time to plan your escape.
Sitters Studio (312-890-8194 or sittersstudio.com), $18 per hour and up.
The ComedySportz Crew Meets Peter Pan
What: Improv actors give J.M. Barrie’s classic a funny retelling that encourages imagination.
Why: Kids get involved as honorary Lost Boys.
When: Thru Mar. 3. Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont St., b/t Sheffield Ave. & Clark St. (773-549-8080). Adults, $10; kids, $7.
Polar Play Zone
What: Slip into a penguin suit and waddle around, shake hands with sea stars, and jump in a kid-size submarine.
Why: Arctic-themed fun without the frostbite.
When: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., at Roosevelt Rd. (312-939-2438). Included in Shedd Pass admission. Adults, $29; children, $20.
Developmental Differences Resource Fair
What: Meet experts and get information about parenting children with neurological or physical disease, dysfunction, or delay at Neighborhood Parents Network’s first-ever event.
Why: Leep Forward’s Lorell Marin talks about setting your child up for success.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gordon Tech College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., at Addison St. Free.