Being a kid is hard work. After all the fort building, tea party hosting and wall climbing, they’ll probably need to take a much-needed break. Good news: Chicago has several spots that not only welcome kids, but have treatments designed just for them. Whether hosting a spa birthday party or introducing your little one to manicures, go ahead and get in on the action and make an appointment for yourself. You deserve it!

rock-candy-1photo: Rock Candy

For the Diva Treatment:
Rock Candy Salon & Spa
If your little fashionista is already thumbing through the pages of Vogue, this will be their fav go-to spot. Budding beauty fanatics get their nails polished, hair blown out and make-up applied. For those that prefer silly over sophisticated, they can get in on the pampering action with green slime manicures.

Kids can get used to the good life as early as their first haircut, which comes complete with a keepsake lock of hair, certificate and photo.

Insider tip: Haircuts are half-price on Tuesdays and additional deals are posted weekly on the Rock Candy Salon & Spa Facebook page.

4141 N. Lincoln Ave.

SpotlightOn3_Spa1photo: Spotlight on 3

For a Paparazzi Moment: Spotlight on 3
Mix spa services, runway training and glamour shots at this little-known photo studio. It doesn’t normally offer spa services, but if you book a photo party for eight guests (ages 4 & up), everyone is treated to up-dos and make-up. Rock stars and princesses can also get manicures, etiquette lessons and design-your-own feather fans (a sassy prop if we ever saw one).

Insider tip: Top things off with a fashion runway show, complete with fancy gowns and accessories. Every guest leaves with a professional group photo.

2245 W. Irving Park Rd.


For Handmade Mom-and-Me Fun: Mojo Spa
Reasonable prices? Check. Natural products? Check. Nail art? Check. Visit stat and sit beside your sidekick while you get your fingers painted at the comfortable Wicker Park locale. It might be hard to leave without picking up a few of the natural, handmade products filling the store.

Insider tip: Spoil your sweeties with cupcake and donut soap to take home!

1468 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park

Get pampered at the nail salonphoto: Piggy Paint via facebook

For All-Out Luxury: The Spa at Ritz Carlton Chicago
A spa treatment here is nearly as satisfying as a night in one of the decadent guest rooms. Guests 12 and under can enjoy a chocolate manicure and pedicure designed especially for younger guests. Mmmmm! For guests ages 12 and over, the spa offers a signature teen facial and massage. Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of all of the first class amenities.

Insider tip: While services are currently available, the spa and pool are undergoing some pampering of their own and will re-open fully in May.

160 E. Pearson St.

For an All Day Affair: ASHA SalonSpa
For teens who can’t get enough pampering, check out ASHA SalonSpa at one of their locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs.  The Spa-Palooza package will leave even the most stressed teen a break from homework, gossip and must-dos. For $135, teens are treated to a Teen Clean Facial, Reflexology Experience and end their appointment by creating a signature perfume. Customized massages are also available.

Insider tip: If you treat your teen under 16 to a massage, a guardian must be present in the treatment room, so include yourself and get a massage alongside her!

1808 N. Damen Ave.
6 other locations throughout Chicagoland

Pickle's Playroomphoto: Pickle’s Playroom

For the Multi-Tasking Mama:
 Pickle’s Playroom
With snacks to munch and a large indoor playground, even the most reluctant spa goers will be eager for a trip to get a haircut or manicure at Pickle’s Playroom. Hair and nail services are available for kids and adults.

Insider tip: Hopefully you’ll never need it…but the Itch Busters at Pickle’s Playroom make house calls to make sure your family is lice free.

2315 W. Lawrence Ave.
Lincoln Square

Where’s your favorite pampering destination with littles in tow? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Lisa Snart