When kids catch the gymnastics bug, symptoms include trampolining on the couch and mounting the coffee table like a pommel horse.
Remedy the situation at the North Side’s IK Gymnastics. The just-opened facility gives tots a place to jump, swing, dance, and balance under the supervision of a pro — namely owner Irina Kudina, a former member of the Soviet Junior Olympic Team and World Champion in sports acrobatics.
Kids ages 3 to 5 hone agility and increase strength in energetic ways. In Obstacle Adventures, they’re schooled in the basics (floor, beams, vault, bars). For faster action, Turbo Kids goes full blast with training on a Turbo Trak, trampoline, and Air Track.
The facility’s most rabid participants are tweens and teens (hello, Olympic hopefuls). Still, laid-back parent-and-tot classes (baby movement and toddler tumbling) give the entire family a solid dose of fun.
We’re head over heels.
IK Gymnastics, 2630b West Bradley Place, at Talman Avenue (773-604-4541 or ikgym.com). Monthlong sessions start at $25 per child (prorated rates apply if you sign up midmonth).
Sky High Sports
What: Catch air at the new West Suburbs family attraction featuring a huge room with a trampoline floor and walls.
Why: On Munchkin Mondays (every Mon., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), the space is reserved for little jumpers 6 and under.
When: Sun. & Mon., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues. & Wed., 2-10 p.m.; Thurs., 1-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight.
Where: 2244 Corporate Ln., near the intersection of I-88 & Rte. 59, Naperville (630-717-5867). Admission, Mon.-Thurs., $11 for the first hour; $8 for each additional hour; Fri.-Sun., $11 per hour; Munchkin Mondays, $7 per hour.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair
What: More than 150 inventors and brands behind the next big playthings show off their wares, inviting little tinkerers to get hands on.
Why: Great photo ops with costumed characters.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. Adults and teens, $10; children, $5; under 3, free.
Powered by Nature
What: Kids learn how the wind and sun are used to make energy at this interactive exhibit.
Why: Push buttons to spin turbines, build a mini neighborhood using solar panels, and discover how much power it takes to run a fridge.
When: Mon., 9:30 a.m.-noon; Tues.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., at Lake Ave., Glenview (847-832-6600). Museum admission, $9.50; under 1 year, free.
Photo: Courtesy of IK Gymnastics