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Workouts for the Whole Family

pow kids chicago!

You’d like to turn accidental workouts (sit, stand, chase down scampering child) into something more structured.

This is not in your mini trainer’s plan.

Time to make a run for Pow. The Loop’s martial arts and kickboxing studio is launching Pow Kids, a series of stimulating classes that help kids build strength and coordination through play.

Instructors use make-believe to get little limbs working. In Adventures in Movement, youngsters (ages 2-4) don animal masks and pretend they’re in the jungle (look at that wee monkey swing through an oversize tire). Older ones (ages 6-10) enroll in Superhero Training, where they leap, balance, and try other acts of derring-do.

The studio’s Parent Perks program lets moms and dads tackle custom-created workouts in the gym (look for ellipticals, bikes, and StairMasters) while their children are in class.

That way, starting a family exercise routine is no sweat.

Pow, 950 West Washington Boulevard, at Sangamon Street. For more information or to register, call 312-829-7699 or go to powkidschicago.com. Six-week sessions begin this week, $110-$140.

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this week in chicago!

HEAR
The Okee Dokee Brothers
What:
The bluegrass-rock duo swings by for a live gig as part of Beat Kitchen’s kindie music series.
Why: Make it a real treat and order brunch. (Our vote: French toast with caramelized bananas.)
When: Sun., noon.
Where: 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets ($5) online at ticketweb.com.

PLAY
Explore & Much More
What:
 A family-run, two-story play space full of hands-on, colorful exhibits in a kid-centric layout dreamed up by a children’s-museum designer.
Why: Drop in for open play or take a class (mom and tot yoga, arts and crafts, sign language).
When: Open play hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5 p.m. Open some weekends; visit exploreandmuchmore.com for details.
Where: 3827 N. Southport Ave., b/t Grace & Byron Sts. (773-880-5437). First child, $12; siblings, $9; under age 1, free.

GATHER
Women & Children First Storytime
What:
The Andersonville bookstore pulls families ’round with an ever-changing selection of stories.
Why: It’s a perfect escape from the cold.
When: Every Wed., 10:30 a.m.
Where: 5233 N. Clark St., at Farragut Ave. (773-769-9299). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Pow

LOCATIONS
Pow
950 W Washington Blvd
@ Sangamon St
Chicago, IL 60607
312-829-7699
Explore and Much More
3827 N Southport Ave
bt Grace & Byron Sts
Chicago, IL 60613
773-880-5437
5233 N Clark St
@ Farragut Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-9299
2100 W Belmont Ave
@ Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
773-281-4444
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