The school year’s nearly over, and Junior’s teacher deserves more than a Red Delicious. Say thank you with an intelligent (but inexpensive) gift.
Charmed, We’re Sure
She’ll remember his sweet disposition and knack for math with a Bag of School. The $10 collection of pewter charms (apple, book, pencil, ruler, dunce cap) will forever remind her of your little scholar (Virtu, 2034 North Damen Avenue, at McLean Avenue; 773-235-3790).
For a tenspot, Fringe Studio’s crystal magnets bring a little of the outside in. They’re decoupaged with images of hummingbirds, owls, and butterflies (Florodora, 330 South Dearborn Street, between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street; 312-212-8860).
Exception to the Rule
Go for good measure with Rulers of the World. The nerdy-chic wooden rulers spotlight achievers in art, science, sports, and more on one side and inch marks on the other — and they’re just two bucks a pop (Greer, 1657 North Wells Street, between Eugenie Street and North Avenue; 312-337-8000).
With this lot, he’ll be every teacher’s pet.
Friends of Pritzker School’s Family Fine Arts Night
What: Breakdance Chicago teaches kiddos (ages 3-13) some basic breakin’ moves.
Why: Lock and roll.
When: Thurs., 6-7 p.m.
Where: A.N. Pritzker Auditorium, 2009 W. Schiller Ave., at Damen Ave. For info, e-mail email@example.com. Suggested entry donation is $5 per family.
What: New locally run website sells original art for kids’ rooms by artists like Dolan Geiman, Nicky Batill, and more.
Why: It deserves the buzz.
When: You need to fill in the blanks.
Where: Online at honeybeegallery.com.
Chicago Park District’s Summer Day Camps
What: Put busy bees (ages 6-12) on the list for outdoor sports and arts camps in parks citywide.
Why: Boredom be gone.
When: Register now for sessions June 15-Aug. 23.
Where: Online at programs.chicagoparkdistrict.com.