Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old

Parents with young children ages 0–5 years old are often looking for classes to keep kids active, learning, exploring and engaging with other children. With countless classes offered for children at this stage in life, there’s something for everyone! Children can make new friends, and parents can meet and connect with other parents in this same stage of life. Check out all the options in this list if you’re looking for things to do with a baby, toddler, or pre-K child. This article is sponsored by Mattix Music Studio and the featured listings.

Mattix Music Studio
Fun and Learning for Our Youngest Musicians 

Music Together® Family Classes

Sing, dance, play instruments and grow in Music Together® classes at Mattix Music Studio!

You will be amazed at the incredible music, fun and learning in each class. Bring your friends to mixed ages classes for children from birth to age five and their caregivers.

Register here for the 10-week fall Music Together classes

Suzuki Method piano, violin, cello and flute lessons

Did you know that you can start private lessons at age two or three?

Join our incredible Suzuki community and make music a part of your family life. Not only do families experience the joy of music making, children and their parents learn how to work together, focus, and overcome challenges. Our experienced and loving teachers help each every step of the way.

Get information about our Suzuki program here

Classes for Little Kids 0–5 Years Old in the West Suburbs

Dance Classes for Little Kids

The western suburbs have a lot of great options for your young dancer. Some programs start with independent classes, while others focus on parent/tot experiences first. Your little one can practice balance, rhythm and movement through a dance class. For young dancers, it might not be a bad idea to inquire about a free trial class to make sure the teacher, program and studio are the right match for your family.

Jo’s Footwork Studio in Western Springs offers classes for ages 2 years old and up!

Indoor Swim Lessons for Little Kids

Just because summer is ending, doesn’t mean that fun in the pool has to stop. Help your child become comfortable in the water or keep momentum going by enrolling in one of these swim programs.

Goldfish Swim School in Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, and Naperville offers lessons from 4 months through 12 years on weekdays and weekends.

The Bear Paddle Swim School in Woodridge has classes for kids as young as 6 months old, and are based on age and ability.

British Swim School in Elmhurst, Hillside, Naperville, and Oakbrook offer both group and private lessons for ages 3 months and up all year round at various pools.

Edward-Elmhurst Health and Fitness in Naperville and Woodridge offer private and group lessons for ages 6 months through 14 years old.

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

Max Aquatics in McCook has small group or private classes starting at age 3 and organized according to age. Baby ‘n Me class also available starting at 6 months with a parent or caregiver.

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

Your local YMCA offers a variety of group and private swim lessons starting as early as 6 months. Check out Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove, Elmhurst YMCA, The Greater La Grange Area YMCA, Fry Family YMCA and Koehler Family YMCA both in Naperville.

Music Classes for Little Kids

Mattix Music Studio
Fun and Learning for Our Youngest Musicians 

Music Together® Family Classes

Sing, dance, play instruments and grow in Music Together® classes at Mattix Music Studio!

You will be amazed at the incredible music, fun and learning in each class. Bring your friends to mixed ages classes for children from birth to age five and their caregivers.

Register here for the 10-week fall Music Together classes

Suzuki Method piano, violin, cello and flute lessons

Did you know that you can start private lessons at age two or three?

Join their incredible Suzuki community and make music a part of your family life. Not only do families experience the joy of music making, children and their parents learn how to work together, focus, and overcome challenges. Their experienced and loving teachers help each every step of the way.

Get information about their Suzuki program here

Now entering it’s 8th year, Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians offers music and movement classes for children 4 months – kindergarten that are unlike any other early childhood program. Founder and owner Clara D’Onofrio compiled the curriculum for 10+ years, researching and writing songs that target both musical and non-musical skills. Whether it be active listening, fine and gross motor skills, turn-taking, language development, etc., each song was selected or written with a clear developmental milestone in mind.

As a result, we now offer a 12 album (181 song) collection of original, engaging, and educational songs and rhymes you won’t find anywhere else. But most importantly, classes are incredibly fun, energetic, and nurturing. Free trial classes encouraged! www.JoyfulLearningCenter.com/free

Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes for parents & children birth through three years

Suzuki Early Childhood Chicago is a carefully designed early childhood music curriculum for parent and child, using classic children’s rhymes, songs, and developmentally appropriate activities. Parents and dual teachers play an integral role in creating a safe, interactive, playful, language rich, and pressure-free learning environment.  SECC classes nurture the important skills of concentration and focus, patience, self-regulation, sensitivity, cooperation, and fine character development. Our joyful classes are designed for true mastery of skills rather than simple musical exposure, resulting in real musical education, which helps prepare children for all future learning. Join us for a free trial class! Class offerings in Western Springs, Oak Park, and Naperville.

info@secchicago.com | 708.793.7301 | secchicago.com

Music Together classes can also be found at Old Butler School in Oak Brook, The Oak Brook Park District, Luscombe Music in Elmhurst, You and Yours in Oak Park, Wee Heart Music in Wheaton, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, and Lombard, and Tiny Toes Music in La Grange, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, and Downers Grove.

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 mixed age classes.

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

Tiny Toes Music mixed-age music classes can be found in La Grange, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, and Downers Grove for children birth to kindergarten.

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

Musikgarten offers early childhood music classes starting from birth. Age availability vary by location. Find a teacher in Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, La Grange, Lombard, Naperville, and  Wheaton through their “teacher locator” portion of their website.

Gymnastics Classes for Little Kids

Gymnastics and tumbling are the perfect way to burn off energy as we head into the colder months. Some locations will allow a free first lesson to make sure it’s the right fit.

Soccer Classes for Little Kids

Kids with a lot of extra energy may enjoy running around on the soccer field, learning the fundamentals, and developing their teamwork skills!

  • Little Kickers offers soccer for children 18 months and older in McCook and Lombard.
  • Naperville Yard begins their soccer programs at 2 years and up.
  • Soccer Shots introduces children 2 and up to soccer basics. Programming is available through a variety of sites, some of which are coordinated through private childcare facilities. Check their website for enrollment options in Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Naperville, Wheaton and Woodridge.
  • Westmont Yard tailors their youngest classes for 18 months and up.

Language Classes for Little Kids

When it comes to learning a new language, children can’t start too early. Whether you want to introduce a second language spoken in your family or give your child a head start on becoming bilingual, check out these classes.

  • The German Language School in Naperville that has classes for children ages 1 year and up.
  • The Language and Music School in Oak Park offers music and movement, language, or a combination of both for children as young as 6 months old and up. Spanish immersion preschool is also available
  • Hinsdale Language Academy offers Spanish and Mandarin classes for Mommy and Me, as well as ages 3 – 6.

Art Classes for Little Kids

Art classes give young minds a chance to explore their creativity, without making a mess at home.

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.

Morton Arboretum offers special events, story times, troll hunting, or self-guided discovery activities.

If your child has a lot of energy, look into classes at My Gym. They have age-appropriate music and movement classes starting as young as 6 weeks old all the way up through big kids. Mixed age classes are available. Check out the Aurora, River Forest, and Wheaton sites for the schedule and to register. The first class is even free!

Kids Science Labs in Wheaton has hands-on science classes for ages 3-5.

Blissful Owl in Berwyn offers Baby/Family Ninja classes for walkers, Mini Ninja Fit for 3 years and up, yoga classes and more for little ones.

Don’t forget your park district and local library! Park districts are full of resources for young families, and almost all libraries have free story-times, classes, and kids’ programs for residents.

Our classes for kids page has even more great resources for children’s offerings in the west suburbs! Plus, check out all the classes for little kids in the south suburbs if you live nearby.

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