Will you Wake Up & Boogie Down?

Written by: Jim Schofield

What started as a fun idea for parents and an exciting morning for kids in the city has grown into maturity with Wake Up & Boogie Down now celebrating its 4th year this month - this Saturday March 3rd 9:30am-12:30pm at The Cubby Bear.  It's a testament to the vision and commitment of NPN's staff and volunteers to put together content rich and cost effective programs for city families.

Similar to the NPN's NYE event, there is nothing as beautiful as the gleam of excitement that erupts from the little people as they walk in the door into a virtual play land that is Wake Up & Boogie Down.  The event is filled with live music from The Happiness Club and Bubbles Academy.  Kids get to learn to dance with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  Babies and crawlers are not forgotten as they have their own spot provided by The Little Gym.  There are more than enough crafts and games as well as healthy snacks for all of the kids. 

My daughter Sophie's favorite is sure to be the K Grace Childcare Rock n' Roll Makeovers - she loves the face painting stations where she sits patiently as a ladybug begins to populate one of her cheeks.  And the parents are not forgotten either as there will be great eats from Buger Bar and Uncle Sammy's!  Thank you to Time Out Chicago Kids, 101.9 The Mix, The Little Gym, Britax, COUNTRY Financial, FLOR, and all of our generous sponsors!  Check out more fun activities with Little Gems International, Shedd Aquarium, Multilingual Chicago, Stroller Strides, and don't miss the red carpet with Shay Feeney Photography and FLOR.

I guarantee your take home gift is an early afternoon nap or an easy early bedtime - they will be very tired little people. PLUS - we have an unbeleiveable event raffle sponsored by onthegoChicago.com


Birthday Bash– Win a complete birthday party!  The experts at Village Paperie will kick things off with the perfect birthday invitations and balloons! Your little birthday boy or girl and guest will have a kickin’ good time celebrating at  Lil’ Kickers.  Once they’ve worked up an appetite, they will enjoy pizza courtesy of Armand’s Pizzeria and delicious cupcakes from Nutphree’s Cupcakes.

Explore Chicago Packages– Chicago is an amazing city of neighborhoods.  OnthegoChicago.com has created fanstatic family walking tours of these great neighborhoods.  Wake Up & Boogie Down Raffle winners will get to 1st hand experience these great local picks:

  • Roscoe Village - Start your visit at Fellger Park, and then continue up to Roscoe St. for a kid-sized tour of the heart of Roscoe Village. Find the perfect invitations or personalized gift at Village Paperie. Deck out your little fashionista at Little Threads. Walk on your tippy toes at Baby Take a Bow. Sing-a-long at Musical Magic. Inspire your budding artist at Wishcraft. End your tour with a delicious lunch at  John’s Place.
  • Lincoln Square - Start your visit at Welles Park, and then continue up Lincoln Ave for a kid-sized tour of Lincoln Square. Get something cozy for you or baby at Bellybum Boutique.  Rock out with the wee ones at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Try out a new toy at Timeless Toys. Find the perfect party outfit at Sprouts. Cover those little footsies in some new shoes from Piggy Toes. Play to your hearts content at Pickles Playroom. End your tour with made-to-order sandwiches from Costello’s.
  • Andersonville– Start your visit at Pierce Playlot, and then continue over to Clark St. for a kid-sized tour of Andersonville.  Check out the great selection of shoes for you and your tots at Alamo Shoes.  Head on over to Toys et Cetera to pick out a fabulous new toy.  Stop in for story time and a new book at Women and Children First.  End your visit with a giant burger from Hamburger Mary’s.
  • Bucktown/Wicker Park - Start your visit at beautiful Wicker Park, and then continue down Damen to Division for a kid-sized tour of Bucktown and Wicker Park. Instill a love a music in your kiddos at Bucktown Music. Inspire your child’s creativity at Sew Crafty Studio. Grab a sandwich and a craft beer at Jerry’s. Head to Letizia’s Natural Bakery for something sweet for your sweetie. Learn a new game or find an old favorite at Building Blocks Toy Store.  Finish your day with a dining vacation to Italy at Enoteca Roma.  Bonus, the winner of this package also gets to try out the new Letizias Fiore in Logan Square!

Party with all of all of us this Saturday.  Tickets are selling out - get yours here and see you this weekend!

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM