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Food & Drink

Clean Sweep

Parenting has taught you not to cry over spilled milk (or upside down oatmeal and spat-out Cheerios, for that matter).

Take messes in stride with easy-clean oilcloth products from local moms Kristen Alfonsi and Alisha Venetis of Alfonsi Venetis.

Splat Mats in reversible patterns (gingham, lace, polka dots) are ideal for picnics or putting under high chairs. Chalk Mats — backed with flexible chalkboard-like fabric — mark Junior’s place at the table. Colorful art smocks, diaper bags, and purses are also available, starting at $18 (with some profits to charity).

You’ll find it hard to keep this lot secret.

Feel free to spill the beans.


Available at Twinkle Twinkle Little One, 3224 North Damen Avenue, between West Belmont Avenue and West Melrose Street (773-472-3000 or twinkletwinklelittleone.com); online at alfonsivenetis.com.

This Week for Kids

SAVE
Making Room for Spring Sale
What:
Score 20-50 percent off select children’s clothing (7 a.m. Enfant), accessories (Bloom, Oeuf), and furniture (Nurseryworks).
Why: Great deals are in season.
When: Tues., Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Grow, 1943 W. Division St., at Damen Ave., Wicker Park (773-489-0009).

EAT
Sweet and Savory Pancakes

What: Flapjacks for breakfast (with PB&J, chocolate) and lunch (with lobster, steak and eggs) are served in half portions for kids under 12.
Why: You’ll flip for it.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: David Burke’s Primehouse, 616 N. Rush St., at Ontario St. (312-660-6000).

PILLAGE
Real Pirates: the Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
What: Exhibit of more than 200 objects (gold coins, jewelry, swords) recovered from the first pirate ship found in U.S. waters.
Why: There’s plenty to plunder.
When: Wed.-Oct. 25. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., at McFetridge Dr. (312-922-9410). Tickets online at purchase.tickets.com.

LOCATIONS
3224 N Damen Ave
bt Belmont Ave & Melrose St
Chicago, IL 60618
773-472-3000
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
@ McFetridge Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
312-922-9410
1943 W Division St
@ Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
773-489-0009
616 N Rush St
bt Ontario & Ohio Sts
Chicago, IL 60611
312-660-6000
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