Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old


Make music an exciting part of your child’s life! Join Mattix Music Studio in Western Springs for private music lessons and Music Together® classes!

We offer weekly piano, violin and viola lessons for students ages three and up. Our outstanding teachers use both traditional and Suzuki methods to make learning enjoyable and accessible to young musicians.

Each week in Music Together®  classes, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them come together for 45 minutes of fun-filled family time.

Your family will have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much incredible development is taking place.

Contact us for private lesson information and set up your free Music Together®  class visit! – 708-638-3027 – [email protected] – 5200 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558 – – @mattixmusic


Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old

A big thank you to Mattix Music Studio for sponsoring this extensive list of classes for kids under five!

I always thought of classes as being for older kids. When I started going to a music class with my baby, I was surprised at how much fun we both had.  I did a little digging to see what other options are out there for younger kids. Check out this list if you’re looking for things to do with a baby, toddler, or pre-K kiddo.



There is definitely not a shortage of dance classes for little ones. I would recommend visiting a few dance studios in your area and have your child try a free trial class before signing up for the session. Then you can see if the style, environment, and teachers jive with your little dancer. For ease of use, starting age is listed in parentheses.


Western Springs: Jo’s Footwork Studio (18 months)

Hinsdale: Hinsdale Dance Academy (from birth), The Community House Irish Dance (3 years)

La Grange: Dance Center of LaGrange (18 months), Impact Dance Studio (12 months)

Indian Head Park: Thrive Center for Dance (3 years)

Countryside: Lively Arts Dance Academy (18 months)

Lyons: Miss Mickey’s Dancers (2 years)

Berwyn: Pulse Dance Studio (5 years)

Westmont: Salt Creek Ballet (2 years), Expression Dance Studio (12 months), The Center for Dance (2 years), Academy of Music & Art (2 years), Mulhern School of Irish Dance (2 years)

Downers Grove: The Academy of Dance Arts (2.5 years), Bluestone Academy of Dance and MusicDance One (3 years)

Oak Park: INTUIT Dance Studio (3 years), TranscenDance Studios (3 years), Panda Dance Studio (3 years)

Forest Park: Principle Dance (2 years), INTUIT Dance Studio (3 years)

Elmhurst: Deforest Dance Academy (3 years)

Glen Ellyn: Sunshine Dance Project (2 years), Deforest Dance Academy (3 years)

Bensenville: All Around Gymnastics and Dance (3 years)

Lisle: Yang Dance Academy (4 years)

Wheaton: The Upper Room Dance Studio (4 years), Front Street Dance (2.5 years), Elite Feet Dance Center (2.5 years), Moves Dance Studio (3 years)


Indoor Swimming


Goldfish Swim School in Burr Ridge and Naperville offers lessons in five groups ranging from 4 months through 12 years on weekdays and weekends. Click here to read more about Goldfish Swim School in Burr Ridge along with many photographs of the space and some info about the co-owner and general manager, Steve Karapetian.

Max Aquatics in McCook has small group classes starting at age 3 and organized according to age. Private lessons are also available. Baby ‘n Me class also available starting at 6 months with a parent or caregiver. Click here to read more about Max Aquatics.

British Swim School offers both group and private lessons for ages 3 months and up all year round at various pools. Check the website for locations. They are also having an event at Yorktown soon. Click here for more details.

The Bear Paddle Swim School in Woodridge classes start with under 3 years old classes and are based on age and ability.

Good Samaritan Wellness Center in Downers Grove for ages 6 months through 14 years old in the form of private and group lessons.

Oak Brook Park District offers weekday swim lessons are offered from ages 9 months though 16 years old in the form of group and private lessons.

Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove, Elmhurst YMCA, The Greater La Grange Area YMCAFry Family YMCA, and Koehler Family YMCA in Naperville offer a variety of group and private lessons.




Music Together classes are offered at Mattix Music Studio in Western Springs. Each week in Music Together®  classes, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them come together for 45 minutes of fun-filled family time. Your family will have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much incredible development is taking place!

Music Together classes can also be found at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, The Oak Brook Park DistrictLuscombe Music in Elmhurst, You and Yours in Oak Park, and Wee Heart Music in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Lombard.

Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians in Brookfield and Oak Park is for children 4 months through kindergarten. Click here for information on free classes along with a discount code for new families.

Wiggleworms from Old Town School of Folk Music can be found in Western Springs and is designed for kids two and under. There are also siblings classes.

Music Makers of Western Springs offers music appreciation classes for children 3-4 years old who aren’t ready for formal instrument lessons.

Kindermusik is at The Community House in Hinsdale for newborns and older. It is also in La Grange, River Forest, and Oak Park; you can click here to find out more about those classes.

Tiny Toes music classes can be found in La Grange, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, and Downers Grove for children birthday to kindergarten.

Musikgarten of Oak Park offers music classes for babies up to 5 year olds.

Mini Musicians at Four Corners Community Church in Darien offers free classes for newborns and older. The class meets twice monthly on Mondays in the fall. Email Rachel Wollen at [email protected] for info about scheduling.

The Academy of Music & Art in Westmont has music classes for ages 2 years and up.



Gymnastics and tumbling is also a big one for this age group. I recommend the same strategy as for dance classes: try a few trial classes to aid in your decision. For ease of use, starting age is listed in parentheses.

Burr Ridge: BIG Gymnastics (walkers)

La Grange: Gemini Gymnastics Academy (2 years), La Grange Park District (5 years)

Countryside: Flying High (walkers)

Westmont: Illinois Gymnastics Institute (18 months)

Darien: Action Gymnastics

Downers Grove: Ariel Gymnastics Club (5 years old), Elite Sports Complex (12 months), Downers Grove Park District (18 months), Premier Gymnastics (18 months)

Oak Park: Park District of Oak Park (12 months)

Forest Park: Tri-Star Gymnastics (2 years)

Elmhurst: Elmhurst Park District (12 months)

Lombard: Lombard Park District (18 months)

Bensenville: All Around Gymnastics and Dance (15 months)



Westmont Yard tailors their youngest classes for 2 year olds and up. These classes come with a nice perk: On weekdays, siblings of enrolled kids can play in the Playroom for a discounted rate of $5.

Little Kickers offers soccer for children 18 months and older at The Max in McCook.



Language Stars has several locations, including Hinsdale/Oak Brook, Naperville, and Wheaton/Glen Ellyn, with classes that start with parent and tot programs for children ages 1 year and up.

The German Language School is a non-profit school in Naperville has classes for children ages 1 year and up.

The Language and Music School in Oak Park offers music, language, or a combination of both for children ages 4 months old and up.



Elmhurst Art Museum offers classes for children as young as 18 months old.

Magical Minds Studio in Oak Park has classes for children starting at 18 months old.

No Corner Suns in Westmont offers a morning tot class for ages 2 years old and up.

The Academy of Music & Art in Westmont has art classes for ages 2 years and up.

Strauch Art School in Elmhurst has classes for children ages 4 years old and up.

The Art Room in Lisle begins fine arts training at the age of 5 years old.

Doodle Art And Design in Western Springs has classes for children 5 years old and up.

Michaels has classes for children ages 3 years old and up. They can do crafts while you shop in the store for $2, all supplies included. Unfortunately I just checked my local store and there weren’t any upcoming classes, so I’m not sure how regularly these occur, but it’s worth checking!


Other Resources

Cantigny offers a rotating schedule of classes for littles, all tailored to specific ages. Subjects range from sing-a-longs to animal meet-and-greets.

If your child has, ahem, “a lot of energy,” look into classes at My Gym. They have age-appropriate movement classes starting with really little babes (just six weeks) all the way up through big kids. Check out the Aurora, River Forest, and Wheaton sites for the schedule and to register.

Kids Science Labs in Wheaton has toddler discovery science classes for ages 3-5.

Your park district almost certainly offers classes for little ones, so check them out. And don’t forget your local library! Almost all have free story-times, classes, and kids’ programs for residents.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and new mom who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a baby boy in tow. In addition to scoping out baby-friendly spots around the ‘burbs, Rachel loves playing board games, hosting bonfire nights, and pillaging the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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