Between everyone on the Kidlist Team and the wide range of children all of us have, we have looked into every type of kids classes, teams, clinics, and lessons there are. So we decided to put all of our heads together to create a helpful resource for all of our fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Below you will find four sections: Sports Teams and Classes, Fine Arts Classes (including music, art, dance, theater, and more), Brain Power (which we use to describe STEAM, language, tutoring, and etiquette), and Classes for Little Kids 0-5 years old. If you live in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago, we have you covered!
This guide to kids classes is made possible by the featured listings under each heading. We have researched and communicated with these businesses and think they are great! As always, we strive to present all of the options so you can make informed decisions. Please click on the full articles for each class and team category under each heading for more information.
Kids Sports Classes and Teams
Basketball Teams and Clinics
Kids can build skills and have fun playing basketball starting in kindergarten and we have options for kids all the way through high school!
Breakaway Basketball is the leader in basketball skill development for players in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They are the largest skill development program in Illinois, servicing over 8,000 players a year and partnering with over 300 travel teams to provide in-season skill development training. They offer year-round group training, team training, and specialty clinics. Breakaway is currently offered in Oak Brook Hinsdale, Western Springs, Orland Park and Naperville (Supreme Courts). To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit www.breakawaybasketball.com.
Cheerleading Classes and Squads
Golf classes and lessons are a great way to introduce your child to the fundamentals of golf. We’ve rounded up all the options with private, group, and simulated learning.
Gemini has dedicated teachers who work with children from walking to flipping and beyond. They use the Powerful Words Character Development Curriculum during classes and focus on the child first, then the sport.
The goal at Gemini Gymnastics Academy is to provide a nurturing and positive atmosphere where your child can receive quality instruction and individual attention. They believe that the sport of gymnastics can build self-confidence, teach life skills and create happy, healthy children.
For over 25 years Flying High Sports & Rec Center has kept kids at the heart of all they do! They are proud to offer a wide variety of gymnastics and tumbling classes for both boys and girls of all ages that enable their students to learn and grow their skill sets. Classes start at age walking! Gymnastics, even at the most elementary level, lays a foundation that can benefit a child’s overall development. Register for classes on their website. Classes run on a Monthly Schedule with open enrollment. See you around the gym soon!
The top priority at BIG Gymnastics is to teach girls and boys gymnastics in a positive, progressive and safe environment! Their professional and certified staff excels because they enjoy working with children and teaching a sport they love. They make sure that each child achieves his or her personal best while helping build poise, self-esteem and confidence. Their goal is to help each athlete reach their potential and dream BIG! They offer classes for children walking through high school including gymnastics, ninja, tumbling and cheer! In addition to classes, BIG has 2 competitive teams! There is something for all ages and abilities! Make sure to check them out at www.biggymnastics.com! Fall classes run August 19th-September 29th with registration ongoing now!
Hockey Teams and Classes
Lace up those skates! Our big list of kids hockey classes and teams in Chicago’s western and southwestern suburbs has what you need to get your kids started.
Horseback Riding Lessons
Find great destinations for kids to saddle up and ride horses! We have horseback riding locations and details.
Ice Skating Lessons
Do your kids dream of twirling across the ice? We’ve looked into all of the ice skating lessons to help you find the best rink for your family.
Martial Arts Classes
Martial arts and karate classes for kids are a great way to boost discipline, self-esteem, and fitness. If you’re looking for taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for kids, check out our master list of places to train. Be sure to ask about free trials offered at many of these spots.
Classes start September 9
Encourage your child to build self-esteem, confidence and self-control as they learn the basic fundamentals of the Korean art of self-defense. Your child will improve their skills including punches, blocks, kicks, and single combination defensive and offensive moves. Returning students may qualify for the next level belt. Wear sweat pants and a t-shirt. Regular Tae Kwon Do is for children ages 5-17. They also offer an Early Childhood level for ages 3-5.
Your kids can build athleticism, balance, coordination and strength while having tons of fun being a kid ninja in one of these ninja classes and open gyms!
Train like a ninja and swing like a monkey in Ninja Monkey classes at Gemini Gymnastics Academy! This action-packed class combines the best of gymnastics, martial arts and ninja warrior programs. Gemini’s program is for everyone: the four-year-old boy learning to walk on a beam and the nine-year-old girl learning to flip off the wall are both going to be challenged and excited every day. In every class, kids work on simple puzzles and problem solving amidst their physical activities. By mixing these little brain games into their workouts, kids associate using their whole bodies to work through challenges and develop an ability to truly focus. The programs also celebrates Little Victories and Little Failures, which teaches the kids resiliences and grit.
Train like a REAL NINJA at BIG Gymnastics!!! BIG’s Ninja program combines different-styled obstacle courses to develop strength, speed, tumbling and “ninja” style moves just like you see on television! The curriculum is developed to help build a child’s confidence, social skills and focus. In addition to ninja obstacle courses, this action-packed class will include balance beam, bars, trampoline and more! These Ninja activities focus on balance and coordination to support the connection between the mind and body! For success in school, sports, and life, a child that learns to channel their impulse and energy towards a focused goal will succeed in all endeavors! This program is for ages 3-11 years old! Call today for more information at 630.323.6244.
Soccer Classes and Teams
If you are looking for AYSO, click here to find the region in your area. We also have great soccer programs available in our area all year round! The indoor facilities around here are wonderful. We didn’t buy soccer cleats right away and found it was perfectly fine to let our kids wear gym shoes when they started, but then headed to Dick’s for a pair of cleats once they got into it.
Westmont Yard offers Soccer Skills training classes, and Recreational 5v5 Soccer League this Winter! Soccer training provided by our professional coaching staff. We have developed a unique training curriculum that blends player development with fun. Classes will focus on fundamentals for dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting, and more. Drills and small-sided games will be used to teach these skills. Take what you learn on training days and put it to use in our Recreational 5v5 Soccer League. Games are 43 min in length and played on a 20x30yd field. Awards are given to the top team in each division. Westmont Yard is the best place to play soccer indoors this winter! Sign up for both Soccer Skills & Recreational 5v5 League and save.
Keep the swim lessons and pool safety going all year long with indoor swim lessons! There are some amazing options in the west and southwest suburbs and we want to help you sort through them by listing starting ages and types of lessons offered. We even have details from businesses we have worked with!
Learn about the benefits of swimming for children, backed up by long term studies. Get helpful information from Goldfish Swim School here: 5 Reasons to Stay in the Pool After the Kids Go Back to School
Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction using The Science of SwimPlay® to create a fun, interactive and safe experience for your child. Students who progress through their Pro Level swim classes have the opportunity to join Swim Force where they can improve their proficiency in the four major swim strokes and compete in swim meets. Besides swim lessons and swim team, Goldfish also offers Jump Start Clinics, which are consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique in a concentrated series of lessons. They do all of this with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, and comfortable pool and air temperatures.
West Suburbs Locations
LA Fitness Oak Brook: 2030 York Rd, Oak Brook
Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort: 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook
Clarion Inn Hotel: 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst
Chicago Midway Locations
Holiday Inn Hotel: 6624 S Cicero Ave, Chicago
Marriott Hotel: 6520 S Cicero Ave, Chicago
British Swim School is passionate about making a difference in our communities, and they love doing this through our unique and highly effective swim instruction program for students of all ages and abilities, from infants to adults, and from water survival to stroke development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reminds us that “Learning to swim should be a priority for every family. It’s an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning―a top cause of death among children. Children, and their parents, need to learn how to swim to help keep time in the water safe and fun!”
With multiple locations, you are certain to find a time and day that works with your schedule.
The ability to swim isn’t just fun, it’s a skill that can save your life! Starfish Swimming is a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute. The curriculum is designed for students ages 6 months to adult. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combine both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in experiential learning activities that allow them to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team.
Space is limited, so enroll in their popular group swim lessons today! In addition to swim lessons, H-F Racquet & Fitness Club also offers pool parties, family swims, private and semi-private lessons.
Lessons begin at 4 months old. Call for a free trial.
Sit back, relax and let their AT-WSI certified instructors welcome your little ones into our inviting 90-degree pool. Watch as they splash and giggle their way through 8 levels of swimming mastery with Aqua-Tots proven curriculum, 28+ years in the making, and trusted worldwide. If your Tot is still too little to swim independently, don’t worry! They offer parent/infant and parent/toddler classes for both you and baby to bond as early as 4 months old. Aqua-Tots is a safe, fun and instructional way to let your little one burn off some cabin fever while developing the life-saving skills they need to remain safe in and around the water. After all, water is year-round. Swim lessons should be, too!
Tennis is a great sport for kids to learn teamwork and sports skills alike. Kids as young as three years old can start taking lessons and we have a great list of class locations for all ages!
If your littlest one is interested in the game, you’ll want to buy a 17″ racket. Click here to buy the smallest tennis racket available. As your child grows, you will need to buy larger rackets and court shoes. The tennis pros where you take lessons will advise you on sizes.
Whether you are an experienced tennis player or a beginner, you can be a part of an exciting year-round adult and junior tennis program designed to accommodate your experience, schedule and lifestyle. Playing racquet sports is also an enjoyable way to boost the intensity and variety of your fitness program. The Club offers a wide variety of adult, youth and special needs programs and clinics for all ability levels for Club Members and guests. Group and private lessons for all ages and skill levels taught by our highly skilled Pros are available around your schedule.
Come and experience what the Club offers:
- 10 indoor courts
- Private lessons with certified tennis professionals
- Drills and group lessons for junior and adults
- Organized junior and adult tennis leagues
- Tennis camps for juniors
- Local and national junior and adult tennis events
- Full service locker rooms
- Tennis Pro Shop
- Tennis ball machine
Volleyball Teams and Clinics
Volleyball is a great team sport for both girls and boys! It’s something that you can easily practice at home too. Passing and setting in the yard is one of our favorite ways to be active and practice skills. We have looked into volleyball options quite a bit and have a great list for you!
Lions Jrs/1st Alliance is one of the most respected and successful volleyball clubs in Chicago. For more than 20 years, their athletes and coaches have excelled at the highest levels of competition, both locally and nationally.
The Lions Jrs. Fall League is a fun, cost effective way for players to learn or enhance volleyball skills. Teams are coached by parent volunteers and the practices are run by experienced Lions staff. The Lions Jrs. Fall League has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 2008, with over 1,500 players and about 170 teams participating. Locations for our fall league include: Western Springs, McCook, Hinsdale, Darien, Woodridge, Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Tinley Park, Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, River Forest, and Glen Ellyn.
There are a ton of wrestling clubs and academies where kids can get coaching and practice their moves on the mat. If your kids are interested in joining a wrestling club or trying out the spot, we have the list for you!
Balance, focus, flexibility, relaxation, stress reduction… there are so many benefits from yoga! Yoga classes designed for kids are harder to find, but we have a great list of options near you!
Fine Arts Classes for Kids
Art Classes for Kids
For all the kids out there who love to create, we’ve rounded up drawing and painting studios that nurture creativity and build skills!
Fall Youth Art Classes are available for all ages and starting the week of September 10th! Sign up now at www.lagrangeartleague.org/youth-classes or stop by the gallery Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. After school options include Pour A Painting, Acrylic Painting and Drawing for beginners to advanced students. One day workshops are also offered. Try Yoga + Slime or learn to make festive Mexican paper banners. The classes are located at 122 Calendar Avenue in downtown La Grange. Call them at 708-352-3101.
Little songbirds soar in children’s choirs! Choirs meet across the area, from Chicago to Orland Park, Naperville, Wheaton, Oak Park, Evanston and more.
Cooking Classes and Kid-Friendly Meal Prep
At cooking classes for kids, children learn new skills, build kitchen confidence, and try new foods. And who knows — you may end up with breakfast in bed!
There is such a variety of dance classes! Kids tend to start out in ballet and tap, but then the choices multiply! Many of our kids have taken dance classes through the years and we have looked into all kind of options, including jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, ballroom, irish dance, and more. There are great dance studios for both girls and boys, all ages, and all abilities!
Jo’s is celebrating 36 years of dance in the community! They offer many types of dance, from Twinkle Stars for preschoolers and kindergarteners to ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, competition teams, and more for all age groups, which are all taught by master instructors, professional performers, certified and/or degreed teachers. Jo’s mission is simple: to provide a creative environment for all ages that allows dancers to excel and enjoy forever memories.
Salt Creek Ballet offers a Complete Ballet Curriculum, Pre-Ballet through Pre-Professional Company, including Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Character. Fall classes begin August 19!
Fairy Tale Ballet (2 ½ years) combines imagination and storytelling with music, movement and fun! Classical ballet concepts lay a foundation and enrich child development.
Ballet I – IV (3-6 years) introduces basic ballet positions and terms in a playful and imaginative atmosphere. As dancers develop their cognition and coordination, their program offers creative movement combined with classical ballet.
Register now at saltcreekballet.org or call (630) 769-1199 for more information!
New Enrollments – Come for a free trial class and they will waive the registration fee when you sign up!
Music Lessons: Instruments and Voice
We have the info on local music classes for kids, including group, private, voice and various instruments and build their confidence, rhythm and brain power!
Make music an exciting part of your family life!
At Mattix Music Studio, students get top level music education and parents get loving support for music making at home.
Piano, violin, viola or cello lessons for ages three to adult. Their outstanding teachers use both traditional and Suzuki methods to make learning fun for any age and ability.
Groups of three friends ages five to eight learn piano together in weekly Piano Play classes.
Their youngest musicians, from infants to age five, love rich and engaging Music Together® classes. You will have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much incredible development is taking place.
Join the Mattix Music Studio family and experience the magic of music!
Murphy Roche School of Irish Music teaches traditional Irish music and it’s great fun. With 31 world title medalists to their credit, you will find them to be experts in making your child the best musician he or she can be. They teach singing plus most acoustic instruments, including violin/fiddle, flute, harp, mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, guitar and more. All lessons are private so you get one on one instruction, but most kids hang around and play music with each other all day. If you are a complete beginner they will get you playing music fast and if you are a classical musician you’ll finally discover why playing music can be such a thrill. Call Kell 630-212-7679, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your kids can learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel throwing at these pottery classes, workshops, and studio time!
Class starts Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 4-6pm
Oak Brook Park District is excited to offer this NEW mini session for those that want to try ceramics! Young potters learn to throw pottery on a wheel and have the opportunity to make hand built projects. All materials included along with glazing and firing. Class structured for ages 6-12.
From Naperville to Western Springs and beyond, there are sewing classes for kids all over Chicago’s western suburbs! Check our list to find one near you.
Theater and Drama Classes
From the art of improv to musical theater, there are kids theater classes throughout Chicagoland. Besides our list of classes so you can find one that works for you, we also have a resource to help you navigate what to look for and the benefits of acting and drama classes: How to Choose Theatre Classes for Your Kids
When kids know how to behave, they get a big boost of confidence and poise! Etiquette classes can be hard to find, but we’ve got the scoop.
Embrace new cultures and traditions while also learning how to communicate with others! There are many local language schools (as well as virtual classes based in Chicago) that teach French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Mandarin, German, English, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Russian, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Hebrew, Swedish, Indonesian, and Latin.
Asian Language School offers interactive, engaging language classes for children in virtual classes with native speaking professional teachers. They specialize in teaching Chinese and Japanese languages using a structured approach to build young students’ conversational skills. Children can gain useful cultural knowledge while having fun at the same time.
Parents can take control of when to book the classes with their easy online booking system that fits into your child’s schedule. They also offer a more affordable option with our small group classes that accept new intakes at the start of each term. Their term fee starts from $169 per child. Siblings learning together can enjoy further discount.
Visit their website today to book a trial lesson!
STEAM and STEM classes for kids challenge minds and engage creativity through hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Check out these great locations for your kids to take classes!
Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse – Chicago’s best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6-13!
Codeverse is an award-winning, state-of-the-art studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and games, and interact with top-notch technology including, professional-grade sound and light equipment, 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms.
Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could toddle, the Codeverse curriculum is designed to be engaging and easy to digest for children of all experience.
Codeverse is offering $100 OFF* their Codeverse Crew Membership. Membership includes:
- 75-minute weekly after-school, evening, or weekend classes
- 1 complimentary ‘Kids Night Out’ per month
- Early bird specials on Summer Camps and Day-Off Camps
To sign up, visit Codeverse at www.codeverse.com
*Offer ends 9/15/2019
Codinu offers after-school coding and robotics courses to girls and boys, ages 7 to 17 years.
Special features include:
- 4:1 student-teacher ratio
- Highly qualified instructors
- Fun and collaborative environment
- Flexible learning space
Check out the Fall 2019 schedule at www.codinu.com/courses. The courses include:
- Coding Foundation (Scratch Animation and Game Design)
- Software and Game Developer (Coding in Python)
- NEW! App Developer (Build an iOS app)
- NEW! AP Computer Science Prep (Grade 8 and above)
Call (630) 474-1052 or email email@example.com for more information.
Your child will have a great time learning during the Oak Brook Park District Fun With Science classes. Designed for kids ages 3-4, they offer three programs that explore different subjects. During September, in “Magical Magnets”, children will explore, experiment, and paint with magnets. October features “Curious Candy”, were they will experiment with different reactions using candy! In “Gooey Goodness”, they’ll measure, mix, and squeeze all kinds of slime for the November exploration. All three classes are independent programs, but sign up for all three to get the full experience.
School doesn’t have to mean frustration. Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. We’ve gathering resources for academic enrichment and support!
In working with the award-winning Butler School District 53, Oak Brook Park District’s ABC Preschool has implemented thecreative curriculum: a play-based curriculum! This fun and age-appropriate program works to enrich individual social, emotional, and intellectual growth so students are well prepared for kindergarten, and beyond. Their staff is focused on important Kindergarten readiness skills and lessons are fresh, engaging, and effective.
Parents that work in Oak Brook may be eligible for resident tuition rates. The 4-year old program has a full day (9-3pm) option that has been very popular. The 3-year old program has 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day half day options.
Classes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Classes for Little Kids (0-5 years old)
Little kids love classes, too! From babies to preschoolers, kids of all ages can take part in fun music, art, sports, and dance classes. Find them all here!
Mattix Music Studio treasures their youngest musicians and nurtures each one to find their own rhythm and song as they progress through their programs.
Their highly educated teachers specialize in enabling young children and families to grow and learn through musical play.
Sing, dance, play instruments and build friendships in weekly Music Together® classes. Children from birth to age five learn award-winning songs, dances and chants from all over the world. You’ll be so busy having fun, you may not even realize how much incredible development is taking place.
Suzuki Piano, Violin & Cello
Mattix Music Studio prides themselves on their Suzuki Method program that begins at age three. Their Suzuki family will surround you with love and support as your child enjoys lessons, group classes and home practice time.
Experience the magic of music at Mattix Music Studio!
Each Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians class is energetic and packed full of fun, joy, and laughter, but their “secret” goal is education, not simply entertainment. Whether it be active listening, fine and gross motor skills, turn-taking, language development, etc., each song was written or selected with a clear developmental milestone in mind.
While children of all ages benefit from simply listening to music, you will discover that your child is capable of SO much more. Watch your little one blossom into a mini musician before your eyes (all while learning musical and non-musical skills that extend far beyond the classroom). Join them for a free trial class and use promo code 25KIDLIST for a $25 new student discount!
Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors and small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio). The pool water is kept at 90 degrees while the air is 92, so your kids will be comfortable both in and out of the water. The other wonderful aspect of the facility is that it does not reek of chlorine! They have a state-of-the-art water purification system and the chlorine level (while great at keeping the pool clean) is mild. In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School Burr Ridge also offers weekly Family Swims and birthday party packages.
Jo’s is celebrating 36 years of dance in the community! They offer many classes for kids 2-5 years old, including Twinkle Stars, ballet, ballet/tap combo, jazz, poms, hip hop, and jazz/poms combo. Classes are available during the week and Saturday mornings. Jo’s mission is simple: to provide a creative environment for all ages that allows dancers to excel and enjoy forever memories.
Gemini developed the Tiny Twistar program for preschoolers and kindergartners based on learnings from child development experts who say that acquiring healthy learning attitudes is far more important than mastery of specific skills. In the Tiny Twistars program, gymnastics skills are used as tools to teach learning attitudes while skill mastery is a secondary goal.
Classes include Gemini Satellites & Me (Walking-3 years with parent/caregiver), Twinklers (Co-ed, Ages 2-3), Sparklers (Co-ed, ages 3-4), Super Stars (Co-ed, 4-5 year old preschoolers & kindergartners), and Tae-Kwon Twistars (Co-ed, 3-6 year old preschoolers & kindergartners), which have schedules during the week and on Saturdays and Sundays.
Kids Day Out Programs
Kids Day Out (also called Parent’s Day Out or Mother’s Day Out) programs are a great way to introduce kids to a classroom setting — and get a nice break!
Mommy and Me Classes
There are tons of classes for parents and kids to take together in the west and southwest suburbs! In our Mommy and Me Classes article you’ll find great opportunities to spend time together, including dance, art, swim, gymnastics and more.
The Flying High Parent & Tot Gymnastics Classes gives your little one a chance to have fun while discovering new skills like: balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, speed, socialization, and discipline. Gymnastics, even at the most elementary level, lays a foundation that can benefit a child’s overall development.
Class incorporate moms, dads, grandparents, or other guardians and are held in their NEW upstairs gym designed specifically for our toddler gymnastics programming! Every class is full of gymnastics skills intermixed with gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive thinking activities! Classes are designed to enhance bonding in a safe and fun learning environment. Classes start at age walking! Classes run on a Monthly Schedule with open enrollment. See you around the gym soon!
The parent participation class at Goldfish Swim School is called Mini. It starts at 4 months and goes through 35 months old with a limit of six children per class. Their small class size and highly trained instructors make this a great class for your little ones to get comfortable in the water. At Goldfish, the pool water is kept at 90 degrees while the air is 92, so you and your kids will be comfortable both in and out of the water!
Your child can learn pedestrian, passenger and at-home safety while navigating one of these safety villages. These camps, classes, and open roads are not available all the time, but locations, dates, and ages are included in the link below so you can plan ahead. Many sell out when registration opens.
Preschool, Daycare, and Extended Care Guide
Find education and child care near you. We don’t want to just help you with classes before or after school, we have all of the preschools, daycares, and schools with extended care in one place!
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