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second city play!
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Pop Quiz: How do you keep a cooped-up toddler busy during winter?

a) Play Cootie ’til you puke.
b) Institute a strict five-hour nap policy.
c) Sign him up for Second City’s PlayCity program.

If you chose “c,” correct! Registration just began for the comedy haven’s new weekly class series that introduces improv to the diapered set. Along with a parent, kids (ages 1-4) learn about socialization, expression, movement, and imagination through make-believe games and activities.

You’ll start with basics like finger play and dance (hello, Hokey Pokey fans), then move on to pantomime (bake a fake cake). By taking turns making animal sounds and passing a ball, tots learn the value of teamwork.

And no one gets left in the cold.


PlayCity runs January 12-March 4. Register by calling 312-664-3959 or online at secondcity.com.

this week in chicago!
GIVE
Holiday Angel Tree
What:
Leave new, unwrapped gifts for kids (newborn-10 years) under the tree at Psycho Baby boutique, and they’ll be donated to families in need via nonprofit Association House.
Why: Santa loves charity.
When: Sun.-Dec. 6. Mon.-Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1630 N. Damen Ave., at North Ave. (773-772-2815).

RESERVE
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live — There’s a Party in My City
What:
Buy tickets now for the interactive, song-filled stage show based on the TV series.
Why: You don’t dare miss Brobee and Muno.
When: Show is Dec. 5, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Get tickets now online at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Where: Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., at Balmoral Ave.

HEAR
Chicago Chamber Musicians
What:
Little ears tune in to the joyful sounds of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Adolphe’s The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Why: Get wind of it.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. Tickets online at chicagoshakes.com or call 312-595-5600.

Photo: Jupiter Images

LOCATIONS
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont
5400 N River Rd
@ Balmoral Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018
1630 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773-772-2815
1616 N Wells St
@ North Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
312-337-3992
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E Grand Ave
@ Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
312-595-5600
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