You’d like to turn accidental workouts (sit, stand, chase down scampering child) into something more structured.
This is not in your mini trainer’s plan.
Time to make a run for Pow. The Loop’s martial arts and kickboxing studio is launching Pow Kids, a series of stimulating classes that help kids build strength and coordination through play.
Instructors use make-believe to get little limbs working. In Adventures in Movement, youngsters (ages 2-4) don animal masks and pretend they’re in the jungle (look at that wee monkey swing through an oversize tire). Older ones (ages 6-10) enroll in Superhero Training, where they leap, balance, and try other acts of derring-do.
The studio’s Parent Perks program lets moms and dads tackle custom-created workouts in the gym (look for ellipticals, bikes, and StairMasters) while their children are in class.
That way, starting a family exercise routine is no sweat.
Pow, 950 West Washington Boulevard, at Sangamon Street. For more information or to register, call 312-829-7699 or go to powkidschicago.com. Six-week sessions begin this week, $110-$140.
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The Okee Dokee Brothers
What: The bluegrass-rock duo swings by for a live gig as part of Beat Kitchen’s kindie music series.
Why: Make it a real treat and order brunch. (Our vote: French toast with caramelized bananas.)
When: Sun., noon.
Where: 2100 W. Belmont Ave., at Hoyne Ave. (773-281-4444). Tickets ($5) online at ticketweb.com.
Explore & Much More
What: A family-run, two-story play space full of hands-on, colorful exhibits in a kid-centric layout dreamed up by a children’s-museum designer.
Why: Drop in for open play or take a class (mom and tot yoga, arts and crafts, sign language).
When: Open play hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5 p.m. Open some weekends; visit exploreandmuchmore.com for details.
Where: 3827 N. Southport Ave., b/t Grace & Byron Sts. (773-880-5437). First child, $12; siblings, $9; under age 1, free.
Women & Children First Storytime
What: The Andersonville bookstore pulls families ’round with an ever-changing selection of stories.
Why: It’s a perfect escape from the cold.
When: Every Wed., 10:30 a.m.
Where: 5233 N. Clark St., at Farragut Ave. (773-769-9299). Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Pow