Living in the city, it’s easy to believe the grass would be greener if you had a yard. But with the help of Chicago-based Urban Infant, you can turn your stoop into a toddler’s oasis.
Get a game of hopscotch going with chunky chalk made with nontoxic dyes. The five bold colors come with a booklet of instructions on how to play international versions of the game.
Stage a picnic with bamboo utensils. Sized for small hands, the set includes a reusable spoon, fork, knife, and chopsticks. Fused bibs crafted from recycled plastic bags will keep splatter off your doormat and Junior’s lap.
Repurposed from mountain-climbing ropes, the durable skip rope comes in single and double lengths — ideal for a pack of neighborhood jumpers. And for turning your steps into the coolest on the block.
Dot & Ziggy
What: Chicago Children’s Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre put on an interactive show aimed at babies and toddlers.
Why: A simple but sweet plot about a ladybug and skunk exploring their differences.
When: Thru June 26.
Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., at Fullerton Ave. Tickets at 866-811-4111 or online at chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
What: For $15, little ladies get fancy updos (sprinkled with glitter, of course) and mini manicures.
Why: They deserve the royal treatment.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe St., at Seeley Ave. Reservations (required) to 773-327-9310 or email@example.com.
Once upon a Tap
What: Dance icon Derick Grant and his kids, Kaleo and LuLu, tell a bedtime story through tap.
Why: It’s one hour of quick-footed fun.
When: Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., at Michigan Ave. Tickets at 312-334-7777 or online at harristheaterchicago.org. Adults and children, $10.
Photo: Courtesy of The Urban Infant