Safety Villages and Safety Towns

Safety towns and safety villages give children an opportunity to practice the rules of the road, at-home safety, and even safety around strangers. Many have cute kid-sized buildings and structures for them to navigate as a passenger or pedestrian. Most of these villages are recommended for ages 4-10. Some have open exploration time, but most have camps with specific enrollment times. Let your little one explore one of these safety towns near you!

Glen Ellyn Safety Village, photo courtesy of the Glen Ellyn Park District

Safety Villages and Safety Towns in the West Suburbs

Downers Grove Safety Town

Park District Recreation Center
4500 Belmont Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Programs for children entering kindergarten, ages 5-6 years old by September 1. Register through the Downers Grove Park District.

Darien Safety Village

7400 Cass Avenue 
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 968-0777

Classes for ages 5-7 or 8-10 years old, with online registration starting in late April. You do not have to be a resident to sign up and the building is handicapped accessible. Classes for the older children include Red Cross First Aid and Rescue Breathing. Classes run throughout the summer months.

Elmhurst Safety Town

511 S. York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 993-8936

Open road for ages 4-7 years old on Thursdays evenings through August 8. This is free if you bring your own tricycle and helmet; $5 if you rent both there. Bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, roller blades, shoes with skates, and skate boards are not permitted. Camps and field trips are also offered.

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Glen Ellyn Safety Village

Spring Avenue Recreation Center 
185 Spring Avenue 
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-2462

Little ones ages 4-7 are invited to participate in this cute little safety town. Check the website for current information about camps, birthday parties, and “freewheeling” time during certain months of the year.

Hinsdale Safety Village

Oak School
950 South Oak Street
Hinsdale, IL 60527
(630) 323-6330

Camp for children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall who live in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and/or District 181. Registration starts in April 19 for this 2 week camp that runs for 2 weeks in June.

Naperville Safety Town

1320 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 369-8400

Open Bike Nights for ages 2–9, with parent supervision. Entrance fee is $5 per child, with bike rental available for $3. Dates and times are currently listed on their website.

Safe Sitter classes are also available.

Western Springs Safety Village

Recreation Center
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL

Camp for children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall. Registration is through the Western Springs Park District, and typically begins in early April.

Westmont Kids Safety Camp

Westmont Fire Department
6015 Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

This camp is for ages 8-10 years old who live or attend school within the Village of Westmont, and typically runs in the summer months. Contact Chris Hardy from the Westmont Fire Department at chardy@westmont.il.gov or (630) 981-6424 for more information.

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About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and twelve months, and a three year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 10 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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