Local STEAM and STEM Classes in the West Suburbs

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much more. It’s not just for big kids, either; some spots have activities for kids as young as 2.

STEAM and STEM Classes in the Western Suburbs

Many local businesses are getting creative with new ways to offer STEAM experiences for kids. Our local businesses are doing an amazing job pivoting and adjusting to provide our children with opportunities! Things are changing quickly, so please check with them directly to see what they are currently offering.

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum
Online, Virtual Classes
Based in Naperville, IL
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Now offering hands-on programs virtually. DuPage Children’s Museum is an expert at making learning fun! Whether you’re looking to supplement school curriculum, add hands-on enrichment to the day, or keep your children busy while learning and having fun, they have an option to fit your needs. STEM with DCM 45-minute labs inspire students in grades 1–4 to experiment their way through engaging STEM challenges with a DCM educator. Arts & Maker After School is a unique virtual program that provides children, ages 4–12 years, the materials, tools, inspiration, and opportunities for collaboration that truly lets their imaginations soar.

Illinois Math and Science Academy
1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-5000
Programming available for grades 3 and up.

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SciTech Museum
18 West Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-3434
STEAM workshops and programmings available through the Early Learning Center.

Science Adventures (Run by Fermilab)
Lederman Science Education Center
Fermilab MS 777
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 840-8259
Science programming available for children in kindergarten and up.

Downers Grove Friends of the Gifted
O’Neill Middle School
635 59th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Weekly STEAM “Super Saturday” programs for children in kindergarten and up.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Elmhurst and Lombard)
Locations vary in Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook, Downers Grove, and Westmont
STEM enrichment programming available for preschool and up.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Southwest Suburban Chicago)
Locations vary.
STEM enrichment programming available for preschool and up.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Naperville and East Aurora)
Locations vary in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Plainfield, and Aurora
STEM enrichment programming available for elementary school children.

Bricks 4 Kidz (Oswego and La Grange)
Locations vary in Oswego, La Grange, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and Burr Ridge
STEM enrichment programming available for preschool and up.

21 W 2nd Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 819-8926
STEAM programming available for 1st grade and up.

Code Ninjas
Locations in Westmont, Oswego, Homer Glen, Naperville, Bartlett, Oak Park, and Elmhurst. Coming soon in Wheaton, Bloomingdale, Schaumburg, and St. Charles.
Programming for children ages 7-14 years old.

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Grace Lutheran Preschool Bridge
200 North Catherine Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-0737
As part of their early education program, Grace Lutheran offers enrichment classes in math and science.

2244 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 474-1052
Computer coding and robotics classes for ages 7 – 17.

55 S Main Street, Suite 230
Naperville, IL 60540
(844) 644-2633
Coding classes available for ages 6 – 13.

Center for Talent Development (run by Northwestern University)
North Central College
31 N. Loomis Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(847) 491-3782
Weekend and online programs available, starting as young as 4 years old.

Code Play Learn
132 N. Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 374-8286
Weekly STEM classes for 1st graders and up.

Cool Science
(630) 957-8341
Science-themed birthday parties, girl/boy scout programming, and STEAM classes and events that come to you.

Code Red Academy
17720 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 457-7218
Grades 1-2.

STREAM Tutoring, Classes & Parties
29 W100 Butterfield Road, Suite 103
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 800-7942
Preschool and up.

Kids Science Labs
275 Rice Lake Square
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 517-8045
Programming available for children ages 2 years and up.  Read about Annie’s experience at Kids Science Labs here.

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Sylvan Learning Center
2242 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 701-3953

1292 Rickert Drive, Suite 148
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 848-9769

1950 W Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 503-6671

STEM classes available for elementary and middle-school students.

In addition to these options, check your park district or local library for drop-in classes or Makerspace areas, too!

Our classes and teams for kids page has tons of other options for kids to explore new interests!

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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