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Set Your Training Wheels in Motion

kidical mass!

If you’ve got training wheels and a banana seat in your garage, then keep this between you, your Huffy rider, and his wheelie-popping friends.

On Saturday, the family cycling movement Chicago Kidical Mass is organizing a group ride near Lincoln Square. An offshoot of Critical Mass (the worldwide grassroots effort to keep streets bike friendly), the junior version is organized city by city to teach bike safety and involve little riders and their families in the cause.

The still-unrevealed route will stick to quiet neighborhood streets, keep a slow pace, and stop at a park or playground. Show up early to decorate your bike and get your face painted before heading out. Parental guidance and helmets are required; fun is a given.


Kidical Mass meets at 9 a.m., departs at 9:30 a.m., Saturday from 4731 North Lincoln Avenue (the plaza next to Cafe Selmarie), at Giddings Street. For more information on this and future rides, go to thechainlink.org.

this week in chicago!

GROOVE
Dance It Off
What:
Shed postbaby jiggly bits at the DJ-run dance party where sweatpants and sneaks are welcome.
Why: It’s dark, so you can shake it without shame.
When: Every Wed., 6-7 p.m.
Where: Visceral Dance Center, 2820 N. Elston Ave., at Western Ave. (773-772-1771). For more info, e-mail danceitoffchicago@gmail.com.

PREPARE
Summer Shape-Up Event
What:
Soon-to-be and new moms sample organic foods from Mamisma (a new home delivery service) and learn easy workouts from Fit Mamas Club (a group that organizes classes and stroller walks).
Why: All merch, including Bob strollers, on sale at 20 percent off.
When: Thurs., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe St., at Seeley Ave. (773-327-9310).

SCOUT
Hoot-a-Nanny
What:
You and your kids are invited to interact with prospective nannies from Traycee Home Services in the colorful Fantasy Kingdom play space.
Why: The Storybook Mom spins a few yarns.
When: Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1422 N. Kingsbury St., at Evergreen Ave. (312-642-5437).

Photo: Mark Stosberg / Flickr

LOCATIONS
1422 N Kingsbury St
@ Evergreen Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
312-642-5437
Kidical Mass Bike Ride
4731 N Lincoln Ave
@ Giddings St
Chicago, IL 60625
Visceral Dance Center / PARTIAL
2820 N Elston Ave
@ Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
773-772-1771
2033 W Roscoe St
@ Seeley Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
773-327-9310
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