Your little monkey would rather make mashed potato sculptures and bowl with Brussels sprouts.
Make dinnertime easier to swallow with Jane Jenni tableware. The colorful plates and cups feature basic words and vintage-inspired images of balls, bears, monkeys, spinning tops, and more. Styles can be mixed and matched, and are designed to teach children new expressions and visual puns.
Each lightweight piece is shatterproof and dishwasher safe. Even better: Plates cost $9, while cups are $6.
At those prices, everyone will hunger for more.
What: Meet potential babysitters in a laid-back setting and leave with a book of contact names and resumes.
Why: Get in the mix.
When: Tues., 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Flourish Studios, 3020 N. Lincoln Ave., b/t Barry & Wellington Aves. Pre-register online at mommymixer.com.
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
What: More than one million lights illuminate as a holiday- and Disney-themed parade storms North Michigan Avenue.
Why: You go the extra mile.
When: Sat. Entertainment starts at 11 a.m.; parade starts at 5:30 p.m.
Where: N. Michigan Ave., from Oak St. to Wacker Dr. (312-642-3570).
Chicago Toy & Game Fair
What: Try before you buy the latest games and gadgets, and learn about safe play.
Why: Let’s hear it for the toys.
When: Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Festival Hall A, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. (312-595-7437).