Safety Villages in Chicago’s Near Western Suburbs

naperville safety town

photo compliments of the Safety Town of Naperville

Safety towns or villages are traditionally for kindergarten-aged children and have kid-sized buildings lining streets for them to navigate and learn about different facets of pedestrian, passenger, and at-home safety. What a fun way for kids to explore and practice safety!

When I investigated the options I learned that it expands beyond five year olds and some even offer opportunities to ride along the safety town roads and obey the signs outside the specified weeks.

western springs safety village

photo compliments of the Safety Village of Western Springs

Each safety village is listed alphabetically by town with details such as location, dates, ages, and cost.

 

 

Darien Safety Village

Location: Safety Village, 7400 Cass Ave., Darien
Dates: Many (please see link above)
Ages: 5-7 or 8-10 years old
Cost: $80 for the 5-7 classes and $95 for 8-10 classes

Subjects offered to the younger class include: pedestrian, traffic, 9-1-1, poison, school bus, stranger danger, bullying, weather, water, bicycle, skateboards, scooter and roller blade safety, animal, train, driveways, playing near a street, playground, home, gun safety, parking lots, buddy system, Teddy Bear clinic (first aid), van safety, good touch/bad touch, seat belts, parked cars and fire safety is saved for the last day! Hand out material is given out each day according to the subjects we have taught during class.

The 8 to 10 year old class is held in the summer running for five days for 3 hours per day. The comprehensive curriculum is upgraded from the younger program and geared to concerns this age group faces. They teach the Red Cross First Aid and Rescue Breathing, bike safety as well as skateboard, rollerblade and scooter safety. Also, the students go through a bike rodeo to test out their ability to ride and control a bike. A police officer comes for an entire day and talks about his/her duties, peer pressure, bullying, internet safety, home alone, stranger danger and latchkey concerns. The police also bring a canine unit and bicycle patrol officers. They include fire day on the last day. Students for this class do not need to have attended our 5-7 year old classes.

Registration is online and starts Sunday, April 24. They do not have restrictions as to where you live and the building is handicapped accessible.

 

Downers Grove Safety Town

Location: Park District Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd, Downers Grove
Dates: Monday-Friday, August 1-12, 2016, 9-10:30am or 11:15-12:45
Ages: 5-6 years old
Cost: $24 per week (resident), $35 per week (non-resident)

Safety Town is a one week long cooperative program offered over two weeks, organized together with the Downers Grove Park District and Police Department to instruct 5 and 6 year old children in home, fire, traffic, and bicycle safety procedures.

Registration is through the Downers Grove Park District. Child must be entering Kindergarten and be 5 by September 1. For registration information and program details please visit www.dgparks.org. (see page 19 of the Summer brochure) Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Elmhurst Safety Town Camp

Location: Safety Town, 511 S. York Rd., Elmhurst
Dates: Week long sessions Monday-Thursday, June 6-July 28, 2016, 9-11:30am
Ages: 4½-6 years
Cost: $133 (residents), $166 non-residents)

Be a safe citizen in Elmhurst’s miniature Safety Town. Learn about tricycle, pedestrian, train, police, fire, electrical, pet, and bus safety in addition to basic first aid. Course activities include guest speakers, the fire safety trailer, a bus safety field trip, and guided play at Safety Town. Each child receives materials to extend safe learning at home. Camp concludes with a short Safety Town graduation ceremony and certificate presentation. Prior classroom experience recommended.

They also offer Safety Town Open Road, which is open to the public on Thursdays, June 9-August 4, 6:30-8 p.m. (weather permitting) for 2016. Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when visiting Safety Town. All ages are welcome. Youngsters ages 4-7 with tricycles and helmets can ride through Safety Town. Safety Town Open Road is free if you bring your own tricycle and helmet; $5 fee to rent a tricycle and/or helmet. Bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, roller blades, shoes with skates, and skate boards are not permitted.

 

Glen Ellyn Safety Village

Location: Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn
Dates: Fridays, April 15-May 20, 2016, 3-4:15pm
Ages: At least 4 but less than 7 years old
Cost: $60 (residents), $90 (non-residents)

Learn about a different safety topic including fire safety, 9-1-1, railroad safety, community helpers in our neighborhoods, and much more. They will make a be safe themed project, and spend time practicing bike and street safety in the outdoor learning area, making sure to follow street signs and observe railroad crossings along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather, practice will be outdoors on trikes weather permitting, participants must bring a safety helmet to each class.

Please note that registration for this program takes place in November and is currently full, but waiting list registration is open.

 

Hinsdale Safety Village

Location: Oak School, 950 South Oak Street, Hinsdale
Dates: Tuesday-Friday, June 14-17 and Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 2016, 8:30-10am or 10:15-11:45 am
Ages: Entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall
Cost: $108 (includes a t-shirt)

Safety Village is a miniature town with 16 small buildings including a police and fire station, MemorialBuilding, school, church, burger stand, ice cream parlor, library, hospital and others. There is a real working railroad crossing, lots of familiar signs and four working traffic lights all built to the scale of a small child. The children delight in driving toy cars throughout the village as they practice the safety rules for motorists, bicycles and pedestrians. Lessons in fire, strangers, railroad, toy, playground and water (54 facets in all) are taught with the aid of songs, stories, robots, puppets, movies, crafts, live play characters as well as teachers, police and fire personnel.

All children living in Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills and/or in School District 181, and entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall are eligible for the program. Registration forms will become available at 7am on Wednesday, April 13th at the Hinsdale Police Department and online (www.villageofhinsdale.org).

 

Naperville Safety Town

Location: Naperville Safety Town, 1320 Aurora Ave, Naperville
Dates: Many (please see link above)
Ages: Entering kindergarten or first Grade in the fall
Cost: $55 until May 8th, $65 after May 8, 2016

The program introduces pedestrian, bike, fire, railroad, bus, animal, water, and personal safety. During the week, the children have the opportunity to make real-time 911 calls, participate in a fire evacuation drill and practice pedestrian safety plus traffic hand signals as they ride special Safety Town vehicles on the streets of Safety Town. Registration will begin online for students on April 8. They welcome all children from any city or state to the program.

In addition, they have Open Bike Nights, when children can bring their bikes to practice riding on the streets of Safety Town. Entrance fee is $5 per child. Bike rentals are available for $3. Ages 3+ are welcome with parent supervision. Open Bike Nights are from 5-7pm on June 9, 14, 29, July 7, 15, and August 2.

Money Safety Camp at Safety Town is also offered as a one-day experience designed to provide hands-on experience through interactive games, exercises, simulations, and processes. The Money Safety Camp is welcome to anyone ages 10-14 and ages 6-9. The camp stresses developing an abundant mindset and strong financial skills.

 

Westmont Kids Safety Camp

Ages: 8-10 years old
Location, dates, and cost are not currently available.

The Westmont Fire and Police Departments will host two sessions of the 2016 Kids Safety Preparedness Camp, which is a two-day camp held from 9am-3pm each day. Dates and sign-up information will be published soon.

The camp provides an opportunity for 8, 9 and 10 year old children to spend time with their local heroes and learn much more than just the usual safety lessons. Applicants must live or attend school within the Village of Westmont or participate in a Westmont-based Cub Scout or Brownie Troop. For further information, please contact Chris Hardy, Westmont Fire Department, at [email protected] or (630) 981-6424.

 

Western Springs Safety Village

Location: Recreation Center, 1500 Walker St, Western Springs
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 20-30, 2016, 8:30-10am or 10:15-11:45am
Ages: Entering Kindergarten or first grade in Fall 2016
Cost: $90 (resident), $115 (non-resident)

With the help of many safety professionals in Western Springs, Safety Village educates children on 55 facets of safety through books, games, video and stimulations. While at camp, children delight in driving pedal cars through the streets of a miniature Western Springs practicing good safety mixed with lessons, songs, movies and live characters. The village is designed creatively with small buildings representing local businesses.

Register through the Western Springs Park District, starting on April 8 at 8:30am.

 

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist 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. You can follow Annie on Instagram here.

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