Have kids? Know someone else who does . . . like anyone? Then borrow them and get yourself to Wonder! (250 S. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 224-330-6400), the most amazing new kids' concept store ever, opening in Deerfield this weekend. This is like the retail version of Disney World for kids, complete with 135,000 square feet of clothing, furniture, and toys; a 1,600-square-foot baby registry lounge; 20,000 square feet dedicated to play, parties, and classes, including 10 rooms for art, dance, and music lessons; an indoor test track for trikes and bikes; and an interactive playscape with real trees! Lincoln Park Zoo will occasionally be bringing in live animals, Northwestern's Prentice Hospital will be teaching classes on birthing, CPR, and more, and if you get hungry, Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School will serve up healthy dishes or help you create your own. Intrigued yet? I know I am!
The grand opening is this weekend, Oct. 29 and 30, and will include a ton of fun family activities, including arts and crafts, face painters, live musicians, story time, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and more. Arrive early; the first 100 purchasers receive gift cards with a secret value! And believe me, with Wonder!'s amazing merchandise mix, you'll have no problem spending it. Keep reading to check out Wonder! and prepare to be amazed.