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Take Your Outdoor Energy In at Hobbitland Play Space

Ukrainian Village's Romper Room

hobbitland chicago!

Bravo, Mom. You’ve taken your little groupies on a winter tour of every local play space, from Little Beans Cafe to Family Grounds Cafe.

Before outside beckons, give them one last good show at Hobbitland. The refreshingly under-the-radar Ukie Village romper room busies children 6 months to 6 years with an assortment of toys, games, and play environments.

It’s run by two creative mom pals (an artist and a photographer/filmmaker) whose indie sensibilities shine through in an intimate, almost gallery-like space. Instead of slides, jungle gyms, or a barrage of ride-ons, they look to simple pleasures like a tea party area, reading corner, train table, and doll tree house to ignite imaginations.

Everything pops against colorful murals of fairies, castles, and flowers. In fact, it’s all so cheerful, you might return for an encore.

Hobbitland, 1504 North Western Avenue, at Le Moyne Street (773-698-8634 or hobbitland.com).

this week in chicago!
PARTY
Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival
What:
Neighborhood Parents Network’s third annual bash shakes up your morning with live music by Bubbles Academy and The Happiness Club, mini rock ’n’ roll makeovers, cookie decorating, games, and more.
Why: DailyCandy readers get 20 percent off tickets (reg. $20) with code dckfamfest11 at checkout; offer good today only.
When: Sat., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., at Clark St. Tickets online at npnparents.org.

LEARN
Families in the Loop’s The Scoop
What:
Connect with other community clans over a tasting menu from Hub 51 and safety tips from Steve Breden and Brooks Watson of Safety Squad.
Why: Nothing beats parent-to-parent conversation.
When: Wed., 7-9 p.m.
Where: Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St., b/t Clark & Dearborn Sts. Tickets online at fitlfamilyessentials.eventbrite.com. Use code dailycandy to get 30 percent off (reg. $35).

SQUEAL
National Pig Day Celebration

What:
Go hog wild with an oinker-themed parade, mud play, stamping craft, and scavenger hunt.
Why: Meet 6-month-old guinea hogs Maple and Honey.
When: Sat., 1 p.m.
Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. (708-688-8000). Zoo admission: adults, $13.50; children ages 3-11, $9.50; children under 3, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Hobbitland

LOCATIONS
1504 N Western Ave
@ Le Moyne St
Chicago, IL 60622
773-698-8634
Cubby Bear
1059 W Addison St
@ Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
773-327-1662
8400 31st St
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-688-8000
Hub 51
51 W Hubbard St
bt Clark & Dearborn Sts
Chicago, IL 60654
312-828-0051
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