Your small wonder was born with brains and looks. (Don’t hit the tree on your way down, apple.)
See how creativity also comes naturally at Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space. The just-opened Logan Square spot hosts art exhibits and classes for kids as young as 3. Owner Lindsey Meyers, a mixed-media artist and mom, has an organic, go-with-the-flow approach and stirs kids to seek inspiration from their urban surroundings.
Sessions include It’s a Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood, during which kids explore the idea of community by taking walks and incorporating found objects into art projects. Mishmosh: Mixed Media is a session that encourages artists-in-training to mix texture, color, and shape. In Mommy & Matisse and Daddy & Degas, they’re coached to paint or draw in the styles of famous painters.
The magic happens in an art deco-style salon with black cast-iron chandeliers, a communal farm table, and white taffeta curtains.
It’s a born winner.
Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, 3501 West Fullerton Avenue, at St. Louis Avenue (773-772-9808). To register, go to beautyandbrawngallery.com. Six-week sessions, $108-$180; drop-in classes, $20-$32.
Photo: Courtesy of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
What: The Mo Willems children’s book about a tradition-defying critter comes to life on stage as a musical.
Why: Valuable lessons on dealing with bullies.
When: Thru May 6.
Where: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., at Farwell Ave. (773-761-4477). Tickets ($15) online at web.ovationtix.com.
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Why: View sitter availability, write reviews, and “like” until your heart’s content.
When: Date night approaches.
Where: Online at urbansitter.com.
Maple Syrup Festival
What: See how the sweet stuff is tapped from trees, enjoy storytelling, make crafts, and more.
Why: Gooey, sticky fun.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. (312-744-5472).