STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

STEM and STEAM classes are a paradigm shift from basic text book learning. They open up amazing opportunities for children to use their creative minds, apply critical thinking, and work together. The term “STEM” was coined to cover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Not long after the term started to be used, the “A” was added to include “Art.” If you have a child with interest in any of these areas, check out some of these STEAM and STEM classes!

STEM and STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

Cool Science
(630) 957-8341
In addition to classes through local park districts, Cool Science also offers school events, badge classes for Girl Scout troops, and traveling birthday parties with themes like “Candy Science” and “Potions, Elixirs, and Other Magical Mixtures.”

Engineering for Kids
Locations in Orland Park and Matteson
(888) 355-7836
Classes, camps, homeschool cooperative classes.

PopUp SCIENCE at the Homewood Science Center
Homewood, IL
(708) 206-3369
Families can explore PopUp SCIENCE activities together. Held at the Homewood Science Center. Activities are free and focus on STEAM for the entire family.

Code Red Academy
17720 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL
Children learn the most popular skill of the 21st century — to write code (Scratch, Minecraft, and Python) — in a class setting. Ages 5-14.

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Code Ninjas
While this children’s coding center will be new in the Southwest Suburbs, it is definitely worth keeping on the radar. They are set to open locations in New Lenox, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, and Plainfield. They offer coding classes ages 7-14.

Bricks 4 Kidz
Southwest Chicago
Adam Kiwior & Diane Rudnick
Offering classes using LEGOS in elementary schools and community centers. Contact Bricks 4 Kidz for a location near you.

Don’t forget to check out your local library and park district for additional STEM and STEAM classes near you. Interested in traveling a bit for classes? Check out our listing of STEAM and STEM classes in the Western Suburbs. Or, find all our classes for kids.

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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