Move to the Head of the Class

sprouts academy!

Sending little Einstein back to school can be as easy as ABC if you follow our cheat sheet.

First, say hello to the new kid: Sprouts Academy Preschool (350 West Ontario Street; 312-944-6363). The one-of-a-kind gem just opened in River North, and its tactile approach to learning (students grow and eat their own veggies, and make clipboard journals of plant life) suits families with a social conscious.

Turn mop tops into cute new dos at Snippet’s (2154 North Clybourn Avenue; 773-755-1000). Kids sit in elevated toy cars and trains while stylists perform Mini-Cuts ($20), which include a shampoo, haircut, and blow-dry, plus free reign of toys in the treehouse-themed play area.

yubo lunch box!

Keep PB&Js fresh in Yubo lunch boxes (available at Green Genes, 5111 North Clark Street; 773-944-9250; $30). The systems include food containers and icepacks, and have nifty removable front panels that you can swap out for customized designs or family photos.

orange beautiful notes!

Local stationery shop OrangeBeautiful (4658 North Damen Avenue; 773-975-3570) created lunch notes just for DailyCandy Kids readers. Download the free designs here, print and cut them, and slip them into her lunch box for a warm surprise.

Though your kiddo’s 100-watt grin will steal teacher’s heart, more buttering up can’t hurt. For that, there’s Kuipers Family Farm (1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park; 815-827-5200). Your little scholar can pick apples (starting September 4) for the teacher — which should certainly help him make the grade.

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this week in chicago!

Whealan Pool Aquatic Center
Make a last splash at the off-the-beaten-path spot that has two water slides, a zero-depth pool, and baby play area.
Why: It’s nestled in a lush forest preserve.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 6200 W. Devon Ave., east of Milwaukee Ave. (773-775-1666). Admission is $5; kids 4-12, $3; under 3, free.

Rods and Reads Program
Nine branches of Chicago Public Library have kids’ fishing equipment available for free checkout.
Why: You’re lured to new family hobbies.
When: They take the bait.
Where: Participating libraries online at chipublib.org.

Summer Outdoor Creation Station
Explore the mechanics of art by making Alexander Calder-inspired creations on the front plaza and terrace of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Why: Break for gourmet cheese pizzas at Puck’s at the MCA.
When: Tues., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.
Where: 220 E. Chicago Ave., at Mies Vander Rohe Way (312-280-2660). Admission is free.

Photos: Courtesy of Sprouts Academy Preschool; Courtesy of Yubo; Courtesy of OrangeBeautiful

this week on swirl!

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Lynne Hiriak (of Cardigan fame) ups the knitwear ante with ’70s- and ’80s-inspired dresses and sweater tops with color blocks, sequins, and vintage-meets-modern shapes. Take up to 75% off on Swirl.

Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Rd
@ Keslinger Rd
Maple Park, IL 60151
2154 N Clybourn Ave
@ Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
6200 W Devon Ave
@ Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
350 W Ontario St
@ Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60654
4658 N Damen Ave
@ Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
5111 N Clark St
bt Winona St & Carmen Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
220 E Chicago Ave
@ Mies van der Rohe Way
Chicago, IL 60611