Surround your birthday girl with hot pink, sequins, and a horde of giggling friends and she’ll forget she ever wanted a pony.
For a real dream come true, hoof it to The Glitter Girlz. Craft mavens and BFFs Jodie Deschler and Ellie Gallerini opened the Bucktown party space where groups of kids (ages 3-13) create blinged-out jewelry, clothing, beauty products, and home goods.
Think of it as Martha Stewart meets MTV. A disco ball spins while your little star and her pals learn age-appropriate skills, from cutting felt shapes to threading a sewing machine. When the craft is finished, a dance party breaks out and everyone gets her fingernails polished. No stress, Mom: Just sip coffee and chat with other parents in the comfy lounge.
The space also offers after-school workshops on beading, embellishing, bow-making, and other skills sure to put a sparkle in her eye.
The Glitter Girlz, 2320 North Damen Avenue, at Fullerton Avenue (773-698-8071 or theglittergirlz.com). Birthday parties, $30 per child; workshops, $176 for an eight-week session (next session begins September 7).
Photo: Courtesy of Glitter Girlz
Tall Ships Chicago
What: Twenty huge vessels from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands skim Lake Michigan and dock at Navy Pier for tours.
Why: Beautiful fireworks nightly, matey.
When: Tours, Tues., noon-9 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fireworks, Tues.-Sun, 9 p.m.
Where: 600 E. Grand Ave., at Lake Shore Dr. (312-595-7437). Tickets ($9-$54) online at navypier.com.
What: Sit back, relax, and chat freely about nanny care as expert Naomi Cymbalski fields questions.
Why: The roomful of new mom friends.
When: Sat., 10-11 a.m. (Also Sept. 25 & Oct. 23.)
Where: Adeline’s Room, 900 Chicago Ave., at Main St., ste. 104 (847-859-2312). Registration (required) online at adelinesroom.com. Cost is $15.
Fifth Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival
What: A mini multicultural village of merchants, dancers, musicians, and food vendors springs up downtown.
Why: Learn to make Japanese fans and German schultüten (paper cones filled with treats and school supplies).
When: Thru Fri. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park, Chase Promenade South, Madison St., at Michigan Ave. For more info, call 312-744-8074. Admission is free.
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