First Haircut â Snippet's Mini-Cuts
A child's first haircut is a sentimental moment that marks baby's passage into toddlerhood, and moms really like to make this a special occasion. We asked our facebook fans for their favorite place for a first haircut, and Snippet's was a favorite of many. Snippet's offers a unique package for first haircuts that includes a videotape of the occasion and a lock of saved hair in a special keepsake box. The stores are designed to capture kids' imaginations and make them feel safe and secure. Kids sit in car or animal stations while viewing current children's videos. Video games are also available, and in the larger stores there is also a play area so the kids can have fun before or after their haircut.
Where: Four locations:
2154 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL
3724 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL
Northbrook Court (in the Treehouse Court), Northbrook, IL
When: Hours vary by location
Cost: Varies by service
Ages: Kids of all ages
Baby's First Dentist Visit â Wee Care Pediatric Dentistry
A trip to the dentist these days is worlds away from what parents experienced as a child. Going to the dentist can be stressful and scary for young children, and many pediatric dentists go to great strides to make the first visit and every visit thereafter a pleasurable experience for children. Wee Care Pediatrics in Park Ridge is one of those, and gets rave reviews from kidwinks' members. The office is painted with vivid kid-friendly murals and the waiting room has video games, trains and other kid favorites; kids get to select a video to watch during their exam; the staff is friendly and patient; and kids are rewarded with a prize from the treasure chest on their way out.
Where: 444 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 245, Park Ridge, IL
Ages: Babies to college students; first exam is usually around 18 months
Baby's First Indoor Play Area â Yu Kids Island
Moms looking for an adorable and unique indoor play area for their babies should check out Yu Kids Island in Woodfield Mall. It's the first and only playground of this type in the United States. Almost every attraction has movement, and the playground is designed to educate children to interact with each other. It teaches them motion and body coordination, colors, body consciousness and balance. It helps kids to increase strength and flexibility of their hands, legs and shoulders and to gain space perception.
Many more indoor play areas can be found in kidwinks' online Indoor Play Areas Guide.
Where: Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL
When: Open 7 days a week, all day long
Cost: For unlimited play all day:
Weekdays: $10 per child, $9 for each additional sibling.
Weekends: $12 per child; $11 for each additional sibling.
Siblings under 12 months who are not using the facility are free
Ages: Kids must be under 48 inches tall
Baby's First Birthday Cake â Amy Beck's Cakes
Baby's first birthday is often a huge celebration with family and friends joining in the festivities. For a very special first birthday cake, try Amy Beck's Cakes. Amy is a professional Cake Designer in Lincoln Park who specializes in creative, custom cakes with delicious, fresh ingredients. The cakes are gorgeous and delicious, and she includes a "smash" cake for the birthday boy or girl with each first birthday cake order. You can even send her the party invitation and she will use that as inspiration for the cake design.
Where: 636 N. Racine, Chicago, IL; delivery available
When: By appointment; call (312) 545-3655
Cost: $250 - $400