Your little pretender dreams of faraway places like Sesame Street, Wonderland, and whatever planet Barney came from.
Steer playtime closer to home with Munipals el train toys. Created by a father and son in conjunction with the CTA, the wood wonders are mini replicas of Brown, Blue, and Red Line carriages. Each hand-assembled unit is finished with ecofriendly, child-safe paints.
Because they have magnetic ends and are sized to fit standard tracks, you can link them to Thomas or Brio pieces and whisk them all off to Howard Street or O’Hare.
Available at Building Blocks, 2130 West Division Street, at Hoyne Street (773-235-1888); 3306 North Lincoln Avenue, at School Street (773-525-6200 or buildingblockstoys.com). For more information, go to munipals.com.
Steve’s Deli Giveaway
What: In honor of National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, kiddos (10 and under) get a free mini PB&J sandwich and can hear classic stories read aloud.
Why: Save room for sprinkle cupcakes.
When: Fri., noon-1 p.m.
Where: 354 W. Hubbard St., b/t Orleans & Kingsbury Sts. (312-467-6868).
Macy’s Flower Show Family Fun Day
What: Pros show how to grow lettuce in a paper bag and teach botany basics. There’s face painting, giveaways, and balloon twisting, too.
Why: This bud’s for you.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Where: 111 N. State St., at Washington St., 5th flr., kids’ department (312-781-4884).
What: An interactive, live-action game plays out in a medieval castle, where kids choose their own adventures to open treasure chests, battle dragons, and help pixies fly.
Why: The bedazzling magic wands that chart your progress.
When: Opens Thurs. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 106 Yorktown Center, S. Highland Ave., at Butterfield Rd., Lombard (877-797-8855).
Photo: Courtesy of Munipals