Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they love.

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, Western Springs, Orland Park and Naperville
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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 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

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 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.

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! 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.

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. 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 celebratesLittle Victories and Little Failures, which teaches the kids resiliences and grit.

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.

British Swim School

British Swim School
(630) 833-8145
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West Suburbs Locations
Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook: 2815 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook
Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort: 3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook
Courtyard by Marriott: 370 N IL-70, Elmhurst
DoubleTree Hotel: 2111 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove

Coming in November 2020
An exclusive location for British Swim School centrally located at 10 E Roosevelt Rd in Villa Park!

Chicago Midway Locations
Hyatt Place Hotel: 6550 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.

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, 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.

They have a variety of safe options, including socially-distanced classes, limited class sizes, as well as Zoom options.

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?
They have taken many precautions to ensure the highest standards in sanitization and cleaning procedures every day to keep their students safe.  There are several new guidelines that have been implemented to ensure social distancing. For a full description of their clean and safe facilities as well as their complete list of class descriptions and schedules, visit www.impactdancestudio.com

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
Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs
5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
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There’s never been an easier year to try music lessons, and Mattix Music Studio is the place to be! Students love having a fun, consistent activity, while parents enjoy the flexible options of virtual or in-studio or in-home classes.

Choose a morning, afternoon, or evening class time that fits your schedule perfectly. No matter what your needs or preferences, Mattix Music has the right program for you.

Private Lessons
Sign up for piano, violin, viola, cello or voice lessons for ages three to adult. Suzuki or traditional methods offered by all our outstanding teachers.
Virtual, In-Studio or In-Home lessons available.

Music Together®
Children age 0-5 sing, dance, learn and grow in fun, engaging classes.
Outdoor and Virtual classes available.

Rhythm Kids®
Kids age 4-8 have a blast singing, drumming and moving to exciting, multicultural music. 
Outdoor and Virtual classes available.

Pottery Classes

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

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

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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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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
Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs
5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 638-3027
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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. In-studio, outdoor, and virtual options are available.

Music Together®
Sing, dance, and play instruments 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.

Rhythm Kids®
Kids age 4-8 have a blast singing, drumming and moving to exciting, multicultural music.

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 2-5 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.

They have a variety of safe options, including socially-distanced classes, limited class sizes, as well as Zoom options.

Tiny Twistars at Gemini Gymnastics Academy

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

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.

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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About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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