Agreed: Finger paint smudges on the old basement fridge are adorable. But permanent marker on your new kitchen cupboards? That calls for a few curse words.
Keep them to a minimum with Art Party Play Dates’s new Studio at Home program. Professionals will plan and build an in-home studio stocked with all the necessities (brushes, clay, and paper) for kids ages 3 and up.
They’ll even return to refresh supplies and help kids with their projects — like give tips on how to clean up after. Which makes the whole operation something you can swear by.
And not at.
Art Party Play Dates (312-399-8646 or artpartyplaydates.com).
Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
What: Parents and kids shoot hoops to win a fowl.
Why: Bird is the word.
When: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; Thurs., 6-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Wed., Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Ave., at Diversey Ave. (312-742-7546); Thurs., Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., at Argyle St. (773-478-9744); Fri., Ken-Well Park, 2945 N. Kenosha Ave., at Wellington Ave. (773-685-3348).
Chicago Toy and Game Fair
What: Preview, test, and shop the latest toys and games from around the world.
Why: The play’s the thing.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., at Meacham Rd., Schaumburg (847-677-8277).
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
What: Take in skyline views during a spin on the 16,000-square-foot ice-skating rink.
Why: Freeze-y does it.
When: Wed.-Mar. 16. Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, Michigan Ave., at Randolph St. (312-742-1168).