Though tutus and tiaras are par for a little girl’s course, you like to travel the path less princess.
All roads lead to Lilla hair clips. Your petite sophisticate will avoid being Bowzilla with the small, artful accessories created by two Chicago moms. Inspired by simple and vibrant Scandinavian design (“lilla” means “little” in Swedish), they’re handcrafted using ribbon sourced from Australia, Sweden, England, and beyond.
More than 50 styles span everything from Hanna Andersson-esque florals to grosgrain polka dots. Tiny fingers easily manipulate no-slip alligator clips, and snap fasteners keep fine tresses in check. In a pinch, Lilla’s colorful new line of headbands ($12) takes care of flyaways in one sweep.
A percentage of online sales goes to Littlethings. The nonprofit is devoted to girls’ education in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a bit of sparkle goes a long way.
Available at The Sweden Shop, 3304 West Foster Avenue, at Spaulding Avenue (773-478-0327 or theswedenshop.com); Kerstin Andersson Museum Store, at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 North Clark Street, at Foster Avenue (773-728-8111 or swedishamericanmuseum.org). Online at lillahairclips.com, $6-$12.
Belly Dance Maternity Baby Blowout Sale
What: The Bucktown shop delivers discounts of 60 percent and more on its stash for little bundles.
Why: A bumper crop of Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags, Melissa & Doug toys, Trumpette socks and tights, and more.
When: Sat., 9-11 a.m.
Where: 1647 N. Damen Ave., b/t Wabansia & North Aves. (773-862-1133).
Biceps, Babies & Buggies
What: Power-walk or jog while pushing Junior in the stroller at Active Moms’ Club’s latest fitness class.
Why: It’s a mother-child date with muscle.
When: Class times vary by location and skill level; schedule online at activemomsclub.com.
Where: Classes held at parks across town. Register at 773-687-9905 or online at activemomsclub.com. Drop-in, $15; packages, $65-$150. First class is free for new members.
Human-Tim + Robot-Tim
What: The guitar-wielding rocker and his keyboard-playing robo sidekick take the kids’ stage at Northcenter’s Ribfest Chicago.
Why: Their They Might Be Giants sound really computes.
When: Sun., 2:15 p.m.
Where: At the intersection of Lincoln, Irving Park, and Damen Aves. Call 773-525-3609 for info. Admission, $5 suggested donation.
Photo: Courtesy of Lilla