Your Guide to Kids Classes and Teams in the Western Suburbs

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If you’re looking for classes and teams for your children to join this school year, you’re in the right place! The local businesses in our community have wonderful options for all ages. 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 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.

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Kids Sports Classes and Teams

Basketball Teams and Clinics

Kids can build skills and have fun playing basketball starting in kindergarten. We have options for kids all the way through high school!

Breakaway Basketball

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lemont, and Homer Glen
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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 10,000 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 the place to attend for athletes who truly want to GET BETTER both on and off the court. To learn more about Breakaway Basketball, visit www.breakawaybasketball.com.

Cheerleading Classes and Squads

Find the cheerleading team closest to you and start learning the skills needed to cheer and compete!

Golf Lessons

Golf classes and lessons are a great way to introduce your child to the fundamentals of golf. It’s also a great sport for social distancing. We’ve rounded up all the options with private, group, and simulated learning.

Gymnastics Classes

Balance, flexibility, and discipline. Check out all of these wonderful places where your kids can learn gymnastics and hone their skills.

Gemini Gymnastics Academy

Gemini Gymnastics Academy
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
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Gemini Gymnastics Academy 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.

Recreational Gymnastics and Tumbling Classes
Have a child with boundless energy who loves to climb? Gemini Gymnastics Academy is the perfect place for them! They offer recreational gymnastics and tumbling classes for students in kindergarten through high school. Instructors provide quality instruction that is tailored to the individual student. Their atmosphere of fun and positivity helps foster growth and confidence!

Xcel Competitive Team
Gemini Gymnastics Academy’s Xcel Team is an invite only competition-based program. Girls can grow and develop their gymnastics skills while building confidence and learning how to compete! Our Xcel program currently has 4 levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum. Their team program typically meets two days a week for 1-3 hours depending on the level.

Classes are offered 7 days a week. Join their membership program for reduced rates, access to special offerings, and half-off your first private lesson.

BIG Gymnastics

BIG Gymnastics
16w110 83rd Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-6244
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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. Now offering Saturday and Sunday classes! Make sure to check them out at www.biggymnastics.com Classes run year-round with on-going monthly enrollment!

Hockey Teams and Classes

Lace up those skates! Our big list of kids hockey classes and teams in Chicago’s western 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.

Lacrosse Classes and Teams

Lacrosse has been growing in popularity the last several years and now kids as young as 4 years old are learning the game! Check out all the places in the western suburbs that offer classes, camps, and teams.

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.

Ninja Classes

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!

Ninja Monkeys at Gemini Gymnastics Academy

Ninja Monkeys at Gemini Gymnastics Academy
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
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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.  Kids also work on simple puzzles and problem solving amidst their physical activities, using their whole bodies to develop mental grit and resilience!  Finally, kids will earn cool Ninja Badges for their Achieve Sleeve in every class, making this the coolest class around!

Classes are offered 7 days a week. Join their membership program for reduced rates, access to special offerings, and half-off your first private lesson. 

BIG Gymnastics Ninja Zone

BIG Gymnastics Ninja Zone
16W110 83rd Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-6244
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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 created 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 and runs year-round with on-going monthly enrollment!

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.

Swim Lessons

Keep the swim lessons and pool safety going all year long with indoor swim lessons! There are some amazing options in the west suburbs.

Tennis Lessons

Learn teamwork and sports skills alike. Kids as young as three years old can start taking tennis lessons!

If your littlest one is interested in the game, you’ll want to buy a 17″ racket. 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.

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.

Wrestling Classes

There are a ton of wrestling clubs and academies where kids can get coaching and practice their moves on the mat.

Yoga Classes

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!

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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!

Childrens Choirs

Little songbirds soar in children’s choirs! Choirs meet across the area, from Chicago to Orland Park, Naperville, Wheaton, Oak Park, Evanston and more. While many choirs are on hiatus, they’re also a great resource for voice lessons and private teachers.

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!

Dance Classes

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 Footwork Studio

Jo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
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Jo’s is celebrating 37 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, performance companies, 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.

Impact Dance Studio

Impact Dance Studio
6B S. La Grange Road, La Grange: (708)354-5867
6475 Joliet Road, Suite C, Countryside: (708) 469-7678
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Impact Dance Studio has been offering quality dance training for over 30 years. They have studios located in LaGrange and Countryside. Impact starts their little ones at age 2 and continue through adult. They offer over 100 classes in pre-school dance, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and hip-hop!

Why Choose Impact Dance Studio?
Their faculty consists of highly trained teachers and assistants who are truly dedicated to bringing out the very best in each and every one of their students. They believe dance is an art form which is reflected in their teaching. All of their dance studios are equipped with professional dance flooring for the protection of your child’s growing body. Their studios feature cameras that broadcast the classes live into their waiting area on large flat screen TV’s and are continually updated with the latest technologies. Whenever class is in session there is always a friendly, helpful staff member at the front desk to assist you. Try a class for free any time.

Music Lessons: Instruments and Voice

We have the info on local music classes for kids, including private lessons, voice training, and various instruments and build their confidence, rhythm and brain power!

Mattix Music Studio

Mattix Music Studio
Grand Avenue Community Center
4211 Grand Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
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Join Mattix Music Studio for musical fun for all ages and abilities in Western Springs!

Private Lessons (age 3+)
Piano, Violin, Viola, Voice
Learn one-on-one with their incredible faculty. Traditional and Suzuki Methods available 7 days a week. In-Studio, Virtual or In-Home. Register at mattixmusic.com

Music Together® (ages 0-5)
Sing, dance, play instruments and grow! Register at mattixmusic.com/music-together-registration

Rhythm Kids® (ages 4-8)
Play drums, sing, dance and learn about music from around the world! Register at mattixmusic.com/rhythm-kids-registration

Piano Play (ages 3-4, kindergarten)
Get a first taste of learning piano in a group of four. Morning and afternoon classes available. Register at mattixmusic.com/piano-play

Violin Friends (ages 3-4, kindergarten)
Get a first taste of learning violin in a group of four. Morning and afternoon classes available. Register at mattixmusic.com/violin-friends

Mattix Music Singers (1st-6th grade)
Sundays 1:00-1:45pm
Sing with your friends in our first ever children’s choir! Register at mattixmusic.com/singers

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians
9213 Broadway Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60613
(708) 704-1716
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The Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians (formerly Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians) is one of the fastest-growing early childhood music and movement schools in the Chicagoland area. Their classes for kiddos from 4 months – 5 years are not only fun and playful, but they also grow with your child, targeting developmental milestones every step of the way.

From socialization to language development to motor skills, their one-of-a-kind curriculum inspires creativity and builds both musical and non-musical skills that extend far beyond the classroom. But most importantly, nothing beats the pure joy seen on little ones’ faces as they master a tricky drum pattern, giggle uncontrollably as they sing a silly song, and make new friends. 

Join anytime- no semester minimums. Enter KIDLIST20 for a $20 new student discount!

Pottery Classes

Your kids can learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel throwing at these pottery classes, workshops, and studio time.

Bothwell Pottery

Bothwell Pottery
Brookfield, IL
(708) 710-1771

Bothwell Pottery is a small, private studio in Brookfield focusing on handbuilding and wheel throwing ceramics. Students create original artwork from start to finish in small classes, resulting in functional and decorative art. All supplies, tools, firings and glaze are included with the class fees. Find more about classes at BothwellPottery.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Sewing Classes

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

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4043
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Theatre of Western Springs is BACK live and in person! Join them BACK on stage and in our classrooms! Spread the word and invited your friends. Space is limited so secure your spot today. 

They offer dozens of classes including acting, singing, musical theater, conquering auditions and callbacks, behind the scenes, tech, improv and many more.  

Classes meet weekly for either 1 or 2 hours and most classes culminate in a short performance or open class for parents to see the students’ skills and knowledge in action during the last week of classes. For more information, please visit their website or call them at 708-246-4043. 

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Brain Power!

Language Schools

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.

STEAM/STEM Classes

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!

Tutoring Services

Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. Many tutoring services are adapting to help out with distance learning and homeschooling, too. We’ve gathering resources for academic enrichment and support!

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Ivy Camps USA

Virtual classes, camps, tutoring
(970) 557-5155
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Ivy Camps USA is a premium online provider of supplemental education through groundbreaking extracurricular classes, summer camp programming, and personalized tutoring. Their instructors are from the top 10 US universities and love to inspire and mentor emerging minds. Ivy Camps USA offers programs for students ages 6-18 in a variety of topics that students can explore in a live, hands-on format. For ages 6-14 these topics include STEM, Business Leadership, Arts & Media, and more. For ages 15-18, they offer courses related to college career exploration, college admissions preparation, and college success. All of their classes for all ages are offered in a 5-week format, with classes meeting once a week.

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

Mattix Music Studio
Grand Avenue Community Center
4211 Grand Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram

Join Mattix Music Studio for musical fun for all ages and abilities in Western Springs!

Private Lessons (age 3+)
Piano, Violin, Viola, Voice
Learn one-on-one with their incredible faculty. Traditional and Suzuki Methods available 7 days a week. In-Studio, Virtual or In-Home. Register at mattixmusic.com

Music Together® (ages 0-5)
Sing, dance, play instruments and grow! Register at mattixmusic.com/music-together-registration

Rhythm Kids® (ages 4-8)
Play drums, sing, dance and learn about music from around the world! Register at mattixmusic.com/rhythm-kids-registration

Piano Play (ages 3-4, kindergarten)
Get a first taste of learning piano in a group of four. Morning and afternoon classes available. Register at mattixmusic.com/piano-play

Violin Friends (ages 3-4, kindergarten)
Get a first taste of learning violin in a group of four. Morning and afternoon classes available. Register at mattixmusic.com/violin-friends

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians
9213 Broadway Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60613
(708) 704-1716
Website | Email | Facebook

The Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians (formerly Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians) is one of the fastest-growing early childhood music and movement schools in the Chicagoland area. Their classes for kiddos from 4 months – 5 years are not only fun and playful, but they also grow with your child, targeting developmental milestones every step of the way.

From socialization to language development to motor skills, their one-of-a-kind curriculum inspires creativity and builds both musical and non-musical skills that extend far beyond the classroom. But most importantly, nothing beats the pure joy seen on little ones’ faces as they master a tricky drum pattern, giggle uncontrollably as they sing a silly song, and make new friends. 

Join anytime- no semester minimums. Enter KIDLIST20 for a $20 new student discount!

Twinkle Stars at Jo’s Footwork Studio

Jo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Jo’s is celebrating 37 years of dance in the community! They offer many classes for kids 2-6 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.

Tiny Twistars at Gemini Gymnastics Academy

Gemini Gymnastics Academy
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977
Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Tiny Twistars program at Gemini Gymnastics Academy is for children kids ages 2 through kindergarten. They use child focused teaching practices incorporating fun themes with gymnastics skills to create a positive experience that fosters healthy learning attitudes as well as the joy of movement. In their program, gymnastics skills are used as tools to teach learning attitudes while skill mastery is a secondary goal.

Classes include Twinklers (Co-ed, Ages 2 and 3, 30 minutes), Sparklers (Co-ed, ages 3 and 4, 45 minutes), Super Stars (Co-ed, 4-5 year old preschoolers & kindergartners, 45 minutes).

Classes are offered 7 days a week. Join their membership program for reduced rates, access to special offerings, and half-off your first private lesson. 

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.

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians
9213 Broadway Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60613
(708) 704-1716
Website | Email | Facebook

The Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians (formerly Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians) is one of the fastest-growing early childhood music and movement schools in the Chicagoland area. Their classes for kiddos from 4 months – 5 years are not only fun and playful, but they also grow with your child, targeting developmental milestones every step of the way.

From socialization to language development to motor skills, their one-of-a-kind curriculum inspires creativity and builds both musical and non-musical skills that extend far beyond the classroom. But most importantly, nothing beats the pure joy seen on little ones’ faces as they master a tricky drum pattern, giggle uncontrollably as they sing a silly song, and make new friends. 

Join anytime- no semester minimums. Enter KIDLIST20 for a $20 new student discount!

Mattix Music Studio

Mattix Music Studio
Grand Avenue Community Center
4211 Grand Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
Website | Email | Facebook

Playful, rich, and engaging, Music Together® helps children of all ages—babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids—discover their inner music-maker by playing with the grownups they love. Our kids’ music and movement classes also offer other important benefits. It turns out that music for children also supports overall early childhood development.

Join Mattix Music Studio for indoor and outdoor Music Together classes and experience the magic of music with your little ones!

Music Together® (ages 0-5)
Sing, dance, play instruments and grow! Register at mattixmusic.com/music-together-registration

Rhythm Kids® (ages 4-8)
Play drums, sing, dance and learn about music from around the world! Register at mattixmusic.com/rhythm-kids-registration

Safety Villages

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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