Your kiddo’s favorite activities (chalking up the sidewalk, manning lemonade stands, streaking in the yard) are on hold for the foreseeable freezing future. So what are you going to do all winter?
Frequent Little Beans Cafe, Lincoln Park’s new play space and coffeehouse. Tots have the run of toys and games in a huge room designed to look like a mini village complete with a firehouse, service station, and grocery store. Join the fun or kick back with coffee and light bites in the adjacent Wi-Fi-equipped lounge.
For more focused activity, sign up will begin soon for classes such as music and movement, yoga, and art.
Another bonus: Every afternoon, there’s supervised playtime. So if you’re desperate for a child-free moment, you can sign up to have the staff watch him. However, it is required that you stay on site.
Which is fine by you — it’s too cold to leave.
Little Beans Cafe, 1809 West Webster Avenue, at North Wood Street (773-251-1025 or littlebeanscafe.com). Admission, $12 per child; $7 per sibling. Supervised play, $20 up to 90 minutes. Discounted monthly and yearly memberships are available.
Valentine’s Day Party
What: Drop off the kids (ages 16 mos. and up); they’ll decorate cookies, and make V-day cards and a keepsake box.
Why: Pizza dinner from Piece is included.
When: Feb. 11, 4-7 p.m.; Feb. 12, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., b/t Western & Oakley Aves. Reservations at 773-360-1720 or e-mail email@example.com. Children, $25.
One Seed Chicago
What: Choose your favorite seed — eggplant, radish, or swiss chard. Whatever receives the most votes will be sent to you for free in an effort to inspire an urban gardening movement.
Why: Plant away, little green thumbs.
When: Thru Apr. 1.
Where: Online at oneseedchicago.com.
The Red Balloon Warehouse Sale
What: Rake through bargain bins ($5-$40) of clothing and accessories in sizes newborn through 8.
Why: Designers include Stella, Tea, Splendid, Zutano, and Egg by Susan Lazar.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Also Feb. 3-5.)
Where: 1480 Old Deerfield Rd., at Old Skokie Valley Rd., unit 15, Highland Park. (Feb. sale, 1656 W. Chicago Ave., at N. Paulina St.) Call 773-489-9800 for info.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Beans Cafe