Your little beam of sunshine has scampered through sprinklers, chased fireflies, and picnicked on the front stoop.
Just when you think summer can’t get any brighter, along come ecofriendly play kits and toys from local fave Grow Books Press.
Go on a monarch hunt with the Species of Butterflies activity sheet ($15), which has space to draw and write about the winged creatures you encounter. The Imagine Your World kit ($10) is an artistic take on a coloring book filled with compostable posters themed around everything from the human body to gardening.
Bring it all back home with the 3-D Chicago Doll Houses ($45 each), including a two-flat, single-family home, and storefront that even an architect would envy. Made from lightweight recycled paperboard, they can be toted anywhere you go.
Which, we’re guessing, will be straight outside.
Chi-Town Clown Revue for Kids
What: An ensemble puts on a rip-roaring medley of clowning, miming, slapstick, and juggling (best for ages 4 and up).
Why: Giggle fits are guaranteed.
When: Sat., 10 a.m. (Also Aug. 13.)
Where: The Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., at Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Tickets at 847-251-7424 or online at wilmettetheatre.com. Adults and children, $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Kidzapalooza VIR Concert
What: Lollapalooza’s family-friendly stage does a show outside of the fest for very important rockers (i.e., any family that R.S.V.P.s).
Why: Performances by Ralph’s World, Brady Rymer, Haley Bonar, and members of The Happiness Club.
When: Sun., 8:30-11 a.m.
Where: The James Chicago, 55 E. Ontario St., at Rush St. (312-337-1000). R.S.V.P. (required) to email@example.com. Admission is free.
New Moms Cafe
What: Band together with other freshly minted parents at KickSprout’s informal discussion led by a Birthways postpartum doula.
Why: Topics change every week, and any question is fair game.
When: Every Thurs., 1-3 p.m.
Where: Family Grounds Cafe, 3652 N. Lincoln Ave., at Patterson Ave. (773-281-0785). R.S.V.P. (required) to kicksprout.com. Admission is free for first-time attendees (reg. $10).
Photo: Courtesy of Grow Books Press Chicago