Calendar of Events
Welcome to Families in the Loop’s Community Calendar, where it’s now super easy to share, view, and experience all of Chicago's amazing parent- and family-centric happenings. Browse through to find hip and exciting events just for parents or for the whole family. Got an activity you’d like to share? Fab! Add it by clicking on the submission form below. It’s all here and all for you, courtesy of the hottest hub for Chicago parents, Families in the Loop!
July 16, 2012
Mondays @ Building Blocks Lakeview: 3306 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays @ Building Blocks Wicker Park: 2130 W Division St
FREE craft activities from 3-5pm
Recommended for kids ages 3-10
June 11(LV), June 12 (WP): Dedicated To Dad
June 18(LV), June 19(WP): Summer Solstice Flowers and Chains
June 25(LV), June 26(WP): Fuzzy Bead Critters
July 2(LV), July 3 (WP): Red White and Bluesday Patriotic Spinners
July 9(LV), July 10(WP): Sock Puppet Party
July 16(LV), July 17(WP): Drift Car Detailing
July 23(LV), July 24(WP): Bracelets and Beads
July 30(LV), July 31(WP): Owl Trinket Boxes
August 6(LV), August 7(WP): Color-In Temporary Tattoos
August 13(LV), August 14(WP): Chicago Air Show Paper Planes
August 20(LV), August 21(WP): Whipple “Pastry” Workshop
August 28(LV), August 29(WP): My Summer Vacation: A Pop Up Book
Alternate options available each week for children of different skills.
All participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Finding your own Mary Poppins-Everything you need to know about childcare in Chicago! presented by Bump Club and Beyond
Check out this awesome event from our friends at Bump Club and Beyond!
Bump Club and Beyond is kicking off BCBU, a series of educational seminars based on your feedback and recommendations. These seminars are designed to dive deeper into hot topics that are important to you as you begin to raise your children and think about more serious subject matters. Anyone can attend BCBU, you are more than welcome to come with your significant other, or as a single representative from your family. We will cover a wide variety of topics at BCBU, stay tuned for more.
Finding Your Own Mary Poppins:
Everything you need to know about childcare in Chicago!
(This seminar is designed for parents and parents-to-be who are looking for answers to all of their childcare questions.)
1504 North Fremont
Chicago, IL 60642
Monday, July 16, 2012
Our curriculum will be covered by:
Erin will talk about in-home childcare including, but not limited to nannies. She will discuss how to start your search, questions to ask in an interview, average compensation and benefits, writing up a contract, paying your nanny’s taxes and more.
Sarah will talk about out-of home childcare, including but not limited to daycare programs. She will cover how to find a good daycare option, what type of accrediation parents should look for, the process of finding a daycare, what to ask when visiting day cares, what to expect in terms of pricing, what a typical day at caycare looks like and more.
….and more to be announced this week!
Sandwiches and Dessert will be served
All parents will go home with a packet outlining everything discussed.
Please note that the seminar will be about 1.5 hours in length and may not be suitable for babies/children. Please use your best judgement.
NPN tells us…
Join us for our very first meeting of our newly formed group, Work from Home group, chaired by NPN’s own work-from-home mothers Sarah Wenning and Amanda O’Brien. Our group targets both mothers and fathers who work from home and thus don’t have the socializing opportunities of those who work with others in an office. Please join us after dropping the children off for coffee/breakfast or just a nosh as we get to know others who are also home based and juggling work and family.
Location: Uncommon Ground – Clark Street
Address: 3800 N. Clark Street Chicago, 60613
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Who: Members & Non-members – Adults only
Parking: Metered street parking on Clark, side street parking on Grace.
Cost: Everyone pays for their own food. Breakfast typically varies from $10-15.
Coordinator: Sarah Wenning & Amanda O’Brien
NPN tells us…
Calling all moms and kids of any age for a picnic in the park. We will meet at the pergola on the northeast corner of Grand and Lake Shore Dr. (you can see it on your right as you are leaving Navy Pier). It is technically Pfc Milton Olive Park, according to Google Maps. Bring a blanket and a lunch for you and your little ones. We will be in the grassy, shaded area.
You will receive an email closer to July 16th with a more detailed description of how to find the group. Hope to see you there!
***Note*** Some people have mentioned they were unable to find us last time. We are not down at the beach. We are actually in a grassy area just south of the beach. If you were to go under LSD at Ohio St. (where the ramp and stairs go under the road), we will be directly in front of you as you come out from the tunnel. It’s where all of the bike paths collide.
Location: Pfc Milton Olive Park
Address: 500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Who: Members & Non-Members – Children welcome
Parking: Hopefully you can walk to the location. If not, there is parking available at Navy Pier and some street parking.
Coordinator: Mary McGraw
Barrel of Monkeys tells us …
WHEN: Mondays at 8pm
WHERE: The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland (directions)
TICKETS: $5 for kids, $10 for adults
Reservations may also be made by calling our reservation line: 312-409-1954.
Join us for our 10th year of Barrel of Monkeys’ critically acclaimed smashing hit.
“Every story that you see as written by a child (uh huh). And every child was taught by the Barrel of Monkeys (well well). First we take the stories and perform them in the schools. Afterwards we share them with the world (you are the world).”
So sings the opening song of “That’s Weird, Grandma”—our Monday night public performance where we showcase the amazing talents of our student authors and our company of performers. After teaching creative writing residencies at Chicago Public Schools and working with students to generate literally thousands of creative stories, we have a gigantic repertoire of material to share with you!