Live Music at Purple Monkey



Join Mr. Nick (Nicholas Davio) for a jam session in the playroom!

February 27

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Included with Drop-In Admission!

Nicholas Davio is a Chicago-based music director, multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist and songwriter who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Notable theater credits as Music Director include Shelly Duvall's: Women Under the Influence Theatre. (Salonathon and Steppenwolf's LookOut Presents). The David Bowie Variety Hour (MCA Chicago). Frederick and A Year with Frog and Toad (Chicago Children's Theatre). Alien Queen (Scooty and JoJo). Rent (Columbia College Chicago). Big River (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble). The Spitfire Grill and The Robber Bridegroom (Chicago Academy for the Arts). He currently holds teaching artist positions at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Nicholas also served as the rehearsal guitarist for the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet for 5 years, and has been nominated twice in the "Musical Direction" category by the Jeff Awards committee.   

Child Abuse Prevention Seminar

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Preventing abuse starts with parents and caregivers teaching children about healthy relationships, sexual development, privacy and boundaries. Empowering parents and caregivers to have these tough conversations with their children and the adults who care for them is crucial.

Join expert Mirella Alexis for an informative discussion on keeping your family safe including:

  • Preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse
  • Recognizing trauma
  • Strategies to support children, families and yourself

Thursday, March 8

7:00 p.m. 

Individual Ticket: $25

Couples Ticket: $40

About Mirella

Mirella is a survivor of abuse and has made it her mission to give as many people the education, tools, and confidence they need to help prevent child abuse. Mirella graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College.  In early 2016, Mirella founded Chicago Nanny Training Day to spread her love and knowledge about Early Childhood Education. Mirella is a firm proponent that early intervention is key in preventing and detecting child abuse and has founded Mirella Alexis, LLC which has partnered with several organizations including The Chicago Children’s Advisory Council. 

Presidents' Day Off Camp

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Monday, February 19 is a day off of school.

We are OPEN for playtime for your little ones.

And we are also so excited to partner with Totus Lingua to offer camp for your bigger kids at the Salem Christian School campus in Logan Square. 

Monday, February 19

8:00 a.m - Noon

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Salem Christian School

2018 N. Richmond

Geared toward children ages 5-9, Totus Lingua has both full and half day options for hours of fun!

Sample activities include:

  • Spanish vocabulary and story time
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Spanish educational play using Legos, Play Doh, blocks, and puzzles

Children should bring their own nut free lunch and snack. 

Half Day Session: 8:00 a.m. - Noon ($65/child). Register by February 11 using coupon code EARLYHALF and save $10/child. 

Full Day Session: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register by February 11 using coupon code EARLYFULL  and save $20/child. 

Questions? Contact Lourdes Hubard, Totus Lingua, at (312) 925-9842 or




Purple Monkey Valentine's Day Party!

Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and we can't wait to celebrate! Mickey and Minnie will join us this year for a pizza party, playtime, and character meet-and-greets. 

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This year we're offering a special coupon code for our first five registrants to take $5 off with the coupon code VDAYEARLY5. 

This party is always a sell-out! Don't wait to register!

Check out some pics from previous celebrations!

Earn FREE VISITS to Purple Monkey!

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A research team from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's) and Northwestern University School of medicine invites you to consider participating in a research study. The study is being done to learn about methods for classifying types of physical activity for toddlers, using accelerometers (devices to measure movement).

If your child is 13 to 35 months old (at the time of your study participation) and is able to walk on his or her own, he or she may be eligible for our study.

The study will be held at Purple Monkey Playroom in January to March 2018. If your child participates, your child will be asked to wear two accelerometers, one on their wrist and one on their waist, while completing different types of physical activity (including walking, running, standing, sitting, lying down, and being carried by an adult), for 20-30 minutes. Your child's activities will be video recorded. We may ask you or your child's caregiver to assist your child in these activities. We will ask you or your child's caregiver for the for the following information about your child: age, sex, race, and ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). We will also weigh your child and record his or her weight.

If your child completes the study (one 20-30 minute observation period), you will receive a $30 gift certificate to Purple Monkey. If your child participates for most of the time but does not complete the study, you will receive a $15 gift certificate.

If you have further questions about the study, please contact Katherine Nickele (, 312-227-7076) or Patricia Zavos (; 312-227-7041).

This study is Lurie Children's IRB #2018-1527 ASSESSMENT OF TODDLER'S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, Dr. Soyang Kwon, PhD.

Not-At-All-Spooky Halloween Party 2017

Another awesome Halloween Party is in the bag! 

We welcomed princess, kitties, superheros, Foofa, Red Riding Hood, several Daniel Tigers, Jane Fonda, and even a CTA Bus Driver!

Daniel Tiger got lots of toddler love...and even some Mommy and Daddy love too. 

Our Caramel Apple bar topped off the evening!

Thanks again to everyone who came out!

New At Purple Monkey!

We have some awesome new additions to the playroom this season! Our TeePeeJoy tee pee is a huge hit for both tiny guests looking to explore and "big kids" looking to nestle in and camp out. 


We've also added to our magnetic toy collection with People Blocks, which are designed specifically for tiny hands. The little ones can easily stack them while the older ones can create! We love that the magnets are buried within so we never have to worry about anything coming loose and ending up in a mouth. 

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And finally, we have something our adult guests can really enjoy! A massage chair! We're not gonna name names but we've seen some five minute massages turn into 20 minute massages. Be sure to snag a seat next you're in!

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Portraits, Pizza & Playtime

Is it just us or did we have the cutest kids attend our Portraits, Pizza, and Playtime event for our 6th year and counting?

And, of course, we have to give credit to the incomparable TK Photography for capturing all of these adorable little personalities. 


Did you miss this year's event? You don't have to wait until next year's party - TK is currently offering Halloween, Santa, and and Holiday Mini Sessions to get your pics holiday-card ready!





Custom Birthday Party - Crepe Station Upgrade

When Melissa's Pal Crepes contacted us about their mobile crepe station we knew this would be a hit with our birthday celebrants. And, of course, the minute we added it to our menu, the requests came flooding in!

Our first live crepe station upgrade was this past Saturday and guests were treated to over 20 selections of sweet and savory combinations. 

Crepes can be added to any celebration and Pal Crepes offers both a live crepe station and a drop-off option. Contact us to let us know how we can help you design a perfect crepe offering for your upcoming party!


$5 Discounted Playtime at Purple Monkey

No. You don't have dust in your eyes. Your kids really CAN play for just $5 per child at Purple Monkey Playroom!

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How? Sign up for one of our classes and stay to play (morning classes) for just an additional $5.  We offer the same deal prior to classes for our evening offerings. 

Right now we have five incredible options - all of which are held around playroom open hours, so classes are completely private. 


Spanish for Tots with Totus Lingua

Spanish for Children with Totus Lingua

Chinese for Tots with Totus Lingua


Zumbini with Alejandra

Gymnastics with Chicago Loves Dance

Many of our classes also have Pearachute drop-in options, so if you want to try one out before committing, check your roster for availability!


Dance Parties for Kids and Tweens

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We love gymnastics class at with Chicago Loves Dance at Purple Monkey on Thursday nights and we're thrilled to partner with them for kids birthday parties!

Not only can we offer dance, yoga, and gymnastics parties at our main playroom location for kids celebrating their 1st - 6th birthdays, we can also offer them at any of our alternate venues, which can accommodate older kids and/or larger celebrations!

The best part of combining CLD with Purple Monkey? You get our full-service package (we all of the planning, set-up, and clean-up), in addition to all of our award-winning upgrades. 

Looking for a princess, yoga party with an ice cream bar? We've got you covered!


Fall Drop-In Play "Extras"

It's officially fall so all of your favorite "extras," included with drop-in play are back, starting the first week in October.  Plus more!

Mondays at 10:30 we will have "Monkeys Make a Mess" craft time with Miss Sarah. As always, participation is completely optional. But your kiddos are welcome to enjoy it at no additional charge. 

Wednesdays at 10:30, Story Time returns with Miss Sarah. Watch this space to see what she'll be reading! 

Finally, we're so excited to welcome Musical Nancy on Thursday mornings for sing-and-play from 11:30 - noon. 

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Does your little one love live music but isn't ready for circle time or "class?" Then this is the day to come play. Kids can choose to participate in the fun with shakers or can just play while they listen to Nancy play kid favorites on her guitar. 

You may know Nancy from Lincoln Park Zoo, where she works as a "street performer" during the warmer months. 


Halloween Party Just Announced

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Yes it's 95 degrees outside! But believe it or not, Halloween is just over a month away! Our Not-At-All-Spooky Halloween Party is the event of the season and we've just opened registration. If you've never celebrated Halloween at Purple Monkey, you're in for a (trick or) treat! 

Our always-sold-out event this year features Daniel Tiger, a Halloween-themed craft, and a make-your-own caramel apple bar!

Recommended ages 0-4. 

Can't wait to see you there!