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Activities for Young Children

ARTS AND CRAFTS PROGRAMS                                          
Amazing Art

Art Stars

Clay and Ceramics Classes

  • Classes for children 4 and up, including: Clay and Animals; Planes, Trains, Cars, and Spaceships; Egyptian Art-Making; and Kid's Wheel.
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

The Joy of Creativity

Play 'n' Art

  • For ages 3-4
  • Art projects and games
  • Winnetka Park District; 510 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka; www.winpark.org; 847-501-2040

 

COOKING PROGRAMS

Cooking for Life

  • Cooking classes for children ages 4-13.
  • Classes held at Winnetka Covenant Church, Hibbard and Illinois Rds., Wilmette
  • creativekidscorner.org

 

DANCE PROGRAMS

Fisher Dance Center of Wilmette

  • Dance classes for all ages.
  • Creative movement, hip hop, poms
  • 807 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, 847-920-9232
  • www.fisherdancecenter.com

Jewish Community Center

  • Offers ballet for 3-6 year olds. 
  • 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook (off Lake Cook Road, before Northbrook Court Mall ).
  • Call 847-412-4219 or find program information at www.gojcc.org.  For members and non-members (although prices slightly higher for non-members).  

Lehman School of Dance

  • For ages 2 1/2 and up: Baby Ballet, Tots Dance, Pre-Ballet, Kiddie Jazz, Beginning Jazz. 
  • For ages 3-5 and 6-9: Mommy and Me, Dance. 
  • Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Advanced Ballet and Pointe for older children. 
  • Pilates, Fusion, Yoga, Modern Dance for adults, too. 
  • Fall registration in late July/early August.
  • 301 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847-446-6424
  • www.lehmanschool.com

Lifetime Fitness

  • Variety of classes for children ages 3 years and up, including dance, sports, and day camps. Children younger than 3 can participate with a parent in Tornado Toddlers and swimming.
  • 5300 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, 847-470-8600. 
  • www.lifetimefitness.com.

Sullivan School of Irish Dance

  • Children ages 4-13 can learn Irish dancing.
  • Classes held at the Winnetka Community House
  • For more information, call 77-485-7391 or sullivanirishdnc@aol.com.

Winnetka Community House

  • Ballet, tap, jazz, Fantasy Dance, and Lunch and Ballet for children 2 1/2years and up.
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-7615, for early childhood dance classes. 
  • www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University

  • Dedicated to helping gifted students, age 4 through grade 12, reach full potential. Research-based assessment, advanced programs and resources to enhance a child’s schooling. Enrichment and credit courses in a range of subject areas.
  • Assessment to identify strengths
  • Saturday and weekend programs
  • Rigorous, individualized online courses
  • Residential and commuter summer programs
  • Leadership and civic engagement programs
  • www.ctd.northwestern.edu

 

GYM AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Glencoe Park District

  • Programs for children 12 months and up: Parent and Tot, Pops and Tots, preschool, enrichments, dance, drama, gymnastics, sports, art, science, after-school programs  
  • 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, 847-835-3030, Lisa Panizo, Early Childhood Director.
  • www.glencoeparkdistrict.com

Gym Kids

  • Gymnastics for children 3-5 years.
  • Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive , Northbrook (off Lake Cook Road, before Northbrook Court Mall ). C
  • all 847-412-4219 or visit www.gojcc.org for information. For members and non-members (prices slightly higher for non-members).

Kenilworth Park District

  • Six-week summer camp with arts, crafts, music, games and sports. Accepts children ages 3 through Grade 6, and runs from 9-noon at Joseph <> Sears <> School. 
  • Open registration starts in April 
  • Contact Littlesprings Summer Camp, Mary Johnson, Director.
  • 347 Ivy Court, 847-251-1666 or visit www.villageofkenilworth.org and link to Park District.

My Gym

  • Children ages 3 mths. to 9 years gain confidence and self-esteem through games, song, dance and exercise. Also, do birthday parties.
  • 9446 Skokie Blvd., located in Fashion Square Mall (south of Old Orchard Mall), Skokie. 847-675-9496 or www.my-gym.com.

Northbrook Gymnastics Training Center

  • Offers a 50 minute class for 2 year olds (Mom and Tot). Classes for 3 year olds are drop off. 
  • Wonderful facility where they concentrate on making the gymnastics set up different each week.
  • Also offer summer classes.
  • Raymond Drive (across from Glenbrook North HS), Northbrook, 847-564-3420.
  • www.ngtcinfo.com

Northfield Park District

  • Sports, drawing, computers, cooking, science, special events, holiday celebrations. Day camp programs also available.
  • Northfield Park District, 401 Wagner Road.
  • For brochure or information call 847-446-4428 or www.northfieldparkdistrict.org.

Wilmette Park District

  • Programs for children 6 months and up: Mommy & Me, preschool, kindergarten enrichment, dance, drama, gymnastics, swimming, ice skating, sports, tennis, art, science, babysitting for park district class participants, after-school programs (kindergarten only).
  • 3000 Glenview Road, 847-256-9686, Wendy Caspersen, early childhood director. 
  • www.wilmettepark.org.

Winnetka Community House

  • Tots Athletic classes include Parent and Me soccer, tennis, and football for ages 3-6; regular classes in soccer, floor hockey, basketball, tennis, tee-ball, golf, fencing, pee-wee karate, and games; ages 3-8. Also, adult and tot gymnastics (ages 3 years with adult), and Jr. Gymnastics, ages 4-6. 
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. 
  • www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org

Winnetka Park District

  • Ice skating programs, birthday parties, special holiday events; tennis; hockey
  • 540 Hibbard Road, 847-501-2040. www.winpark.org.
  • For more and updated information about programs for school-age children, consult the Winnetka Park District's online interactive newsletter "Just Park It."
  • www.winpark.org/about-wpd/newsletters_publications.aspx.

ICE SKATING   
Glenview Indoor Ice Center

 Winnetka Ice Arena

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Amigos Program

  • Classes include: Fun with Amigos; Cooking with Amigos; Cafe Amigos; and Time for Amigos
  • For ages 2 to 6
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. Registration is on a lottery basis. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

French School

  • The French School is a total French immersion preschool/kindergarten.
  • The French School’s comprehensive curriculum is based on France’s internationally renowned école maternelle.
  • Contact info: 562 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, 847-501-5800 or FrenchInstituteNS.com

Language Stars  

  • Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and Italian classes for children ages 1-10. Natural and easy language immersion through games, songs, drama, stories, puppet shows, arts and cooking projects.
  • Contact info: 335 Ridge Road, Wilmette, 847-256-8000 or www.languagestars.com

LIBRARY/READING PROGRAMS

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

  • Story Hour, Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., ages 3-5. Parents and children enjoy hearing several stories around one theme. Wonderful place to get recommendations on children's books!
  • Drop in or,  for more information, call The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-446-8880.

Wilmette Public Library

  • Preschool Story Time for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 year olds with parents or caregivers, Friday mornings; Story Time for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 year olds (with parents) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; Story Time for 3-1/2 to 5 year olds (parents must be in the library), Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only. Registration not required.
  • Sunday Night Stories, with stories and songs for preschoolers. Wear jammies and bring favorite stuffed animal; Storybook Mom on Saturdays for kids ages 3 and older; Wonderful Ones, ½ hour stories and songs for 1 and 2 year olds. 
  • Wilmette Library, call 847-256-5025, or visit their website for programs, book recommendations and more at www.wilmette.lib.il.us and link to "Kids Pages."

Winnetka-Northfield Public Library 

  • "Bright Beginnings" (3-17 months) with parents/caregivers: songs, rhymes, movement.
  • "Lapsit" (18-24 months) with parents/caregivers: songs, rhymes, and stories.
  • Toddler Time (2 years) with parents/caregivers: songs, stories, and movement. Registration required for fall and spring sessions, drop-in during summer session.
  • Drop-in storytimes (no registration required). Pre-School (3-6 years), and Afternoon Storytime (4-6 years) parent/caregiver must remain in library while the story time is in session. PJ Stories (2-6 years), for the child and parent/caregiver to share. Pajamas and teddy bears are welcome.
  • All Ages Storytime with parents/caregivers, fall and spring sessions only.
  • Visit the library website (www.winnetkalibrary.org) to learn more about special guests that perform at the library throughout the year.
  • For times, dates, or to register, call the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District at 847-446-7220 (Winnetka) or 847-446-5990 (Northfield). www.winnetkalibrary.org

MUSIC PROGRAMS
Elkin School of Music

  • Music teachers come to your home for private lessons. For children (and adults, too), starting age 4. 30 minute instruction in piano, guitar, violin and vocal training, focusing on classical, jazz, and many other forms of music. Teachers provide music. Referrals available.
  • Marina Elkin, 847-831-0722. www.elkinschoolofmusic.com

Music & Movement at Northfield Community Nursery School

  • A lively group experience that gets grown-ups moving and little ones grooving.  Explore the world of music with bubbles, bells, shakers and puppets to keep parents and tots engaged and enthusiastic. 
  • Northfield Community Nursery School is a nurturing, play-based environment that encourages exploration, discovery and growth.
  •  Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 - 6 months to 2 years Registration for Fall 2014 open now at ww.nfcns.org or 847-446-1116

Music for Babies

  • Play musically with your baby through bouncing, rocking, peek-a-boo games, dancing and singing. Ages 6-18 months. Adults accompany kids. Class begins in fall and runs through year.
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. Registration through lottery. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

Music Institute of the Chicago

  • Offers a variety of programs for children 6 months of age through 6 years. These classes include parent playing with his/her child, singing, dancing, moving, listening and playing simple instruments while developing a strong bond between you and your child.
  • Call 847-905-1500. Campuses in Winnetka, Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lincolnshire. www.musicinst.org.

Music for Mommy & Me: Make a Joyful Noise!

  • Join Director Jill Witt and Debby Ponko, performing musician and teacher, for a special hour of Christian music and lots of fun! It's a great opportunity to meet other moms, introduce your child to school, and discover music together.
  • Thursday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Age 14 months and up (child needs to be 14 months old by Sept. 1st.)
  • Moms and children will participate in singing simple hymns, moving, dancing, listening, and playing beginning instruments while learning the basic ideas of music.
  • For more info, please contact Laura McColl, Registrar, or Jill Witt, Director, at 847-853-2100 or visit www.ajoyfulnoisepreschool.com.

Musikgarten:

  • Family Music for Babies; Family Music for Toddlers; Cycle of Seasons
  • Sing, move, dance, listen, play instruments, while developing a musical bond with your child. Ages 4 months to 5 years. Class begins in fall and runs throughout the year.
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

NATURE PROGRAMS

Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Classes for students of all ages; students discover the ways and wonders of plants, in and out of doors
  • Activities and programs for children ages 2 to 18 including family programs, Scout programs, and  preschool programs (with a caregiver)
  • www.chicagobotanic.org

Emily Oaks Nature Center

Winnetka Park District's Nature Workshop Series

  • For students in 2nd-4th grades
  • Topics include bird watching, camping, fishing, log houses
  • 510 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka; www.winpark.org; 847-501-2040

 

PLAY AND MOVEMENT PROGRAMS

Family Playtime

  • For 0-4 years (with an adult)
  • Winnetka Park District, 510 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka; www.winpark.org; 847-501-2040

Growth Spurts

Gymboree

  • Play, music and arts classes for newborns through four years old and their parents.
  • Northbrook Court, 847-205-0080. Or www.gymboree.com

Kid-Motion

  • Kid-Motion is a play-based movement program for children ages 2 - 5 years old. It has been operating in Winnetka since 1985. Kid-Motion was established to provide young, active children with a developmentally appropriate learning environment that enables them to enhance their physical development in a fun and creative atmosphere. All classes are limited to 13 children and have 2 trained teachers.
  • Classes are 1 1/2 -2 hours long and are offered  Monday through Friday.
  • Registration Information: 2013 Fall Brochures will be mailed in April. Registrations will be honored in the order they are received. Preference will be given to current families through April 30. Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable per child.
  • For More Information: www.kidmotion.biz or call 847-251-8984

Little Bits

  • Free play, circle time, art, songs and child centered projects to help children develop social skills, for ages 2-3. Staff does not change diapers. Sign up is in the fall for a year-long class.
  • Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. Registration is on a lottery basis. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

Outdoor Adventures

  • Children ages 3-5 explore the great outdoors, including hiking down the Green Bay Trail. Structured and non-structured activities, story time and an art project. 
  • For more information and time, call the Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

 

SWIMMING

Big Blue Swim School

  • A unique and innovative teaching system developed by world-class swimmers.
  • Located at Edens Plaza, 3232 Lake Ave., Ste. 350, Wilmette. 
  • 847-729-POOL or www.bigblueswimschool.com

 Foss Swim School

  • 91 degree warm water, small class sizes, specialized facilities.  Year-round weekly lessons for ages 6 months and up.
  • Located at 1927 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park.
  • 847-266-FOSS or www.fossswimschool.com

 

Jewish Community Center

  • Parent/Tot lessons for 6 months to 36 months, 30 minutes. Group lessons or individual lessons for kids 3 and up placed in different levels for 45 minute classes.
  • 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook (off of Lake Cook Road before you get to Northbrook Court Mall ). Call Jennifer (Aquatics Director) for more information at 847-412-4219 or visit website for swimming and other gym programs at www.gojcc.org.
  • For members and non-members (price slightly higher for non-members).

 Lifetime Fitness Club

  • Swimming classes for members, ages 9 months and up. Lots of classes available throughout the week, including Saturdays. Open swim times for children and families. Both indoor and outdoor pools (outdoor open only for summer) with slides, zero depth, fountains. 
  • 5300 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, 847-470-8600. www.lifetimefitness.com.

 McGaw YMCA

  • Private and group swimming lessons
  • 1000 Grove St, Evanston
  • 847-475-7400 or www.mcgawymca.org

 North Suburban YMCA

  • Open family swim times, with lots of toys, diving, the works for members who join the YMCA.
  • 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook, 847-272-7250 or www.nsymca.org.

Park Center Glenview  

  • Splash Landings is the comprehensive Swim School for ages 3 month through adults at the Glenview Park District pool at the Park Center, offered year round.
  • 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
  • 847-486-5372 or www.glenviewparks.org.

Wilmette Centennial Pool

  • Outdoor pool, zero-depth, slides. Open weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend. Open everyday starting mid-June. Classes available in mornings, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15 or 12:00 noon: three 2-week sessions - June 20-July 1, July 5-15, or July 18-29; ages 4 & 5, or 6 years and up. $67/residents; $94.50 non-residents.
  • 2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette. To pick up registration form or for more information call 847-256-9670 or 9685.

 

THEATRE

Tale Spinners

  • Performing arts class for children 3-5 years.
  • Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook (off Lake Cook Road, before Northbrook Court Mall ). Call 847-412-4219 or www.gojcc.org. For members and non-members (prices slightly higher for non-members).

Winnetka Children's Hour

  • Entertainment on five Saturday mornings (10:30-11:30 a.m.) for children ages 4-10 beginning in September. Tickets may be purchased at the door. 
  • Season buttons available at Winnetka Community House, 847-446-0537. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

YOGA

North Shore Yoga

  • Family Yoga is for moms, dads, sons, and daughters.  This class will introduce the fundamental asanas (postures) and moving from one posture to the next, motivated by breath.  For ages 7 and up.
  • 310 Happ Rd., Northfield.  847-784-8844. www.nsyoga.com

 

NOT JUST FOR KIDS!

The Alliance for Early Childhood

  • The Alliance provides programs and support for parents and professionals who teach and care for young children. Parenting programs, baby sitting classes, Community-wide ScreenBreak in March, newsletter published twice a year offering services and information for subscribers, website providing school and program information for children, Special Needs Roundtable, Let's Play Initiative. 
  • www.theallianceforec.org or 847-441-9001.

Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University

  • The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University provides parents with resources and information, including special events, a quarterly newsletter, and an online community, to advocate for their children and support them to reach full potential. CTD’s free seminars for parents are open to all Chicagoland families and available in Evanston, Naperville, Palatine, Chicago and Lake Bluff, Illinois. 
  • www.ctd.northwestern.edu/parent-seminars or 847-491-3782

Junior League of Evanston-North Shore

  • For women dedicated to improving the community through programs, fundraising, education and service. Annual special childrens events include a Children's Holiday Party and the popular American Girl Fashion Show.
  • 614 Lincoln Avenue, 847-441-0995. www.jle-ns.org.

Mom's Afternoon Out

  • Drop off program where children are engaged in structured and non-structured activities, such as story time, art, and cooking. Must sign up at least 24 hours in advance, drops in taken if room. Ages 2-6. $20/child per day, Mon-Fri.
  • Call 847-881-9304 for availability. Winnetka Community House. www.winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

The Village Club

  • Each month, The Village Club organizes events for all members of your family. Events include Mom and Tots playgroups, Girls Nite Out events, Supper Club, Dining Out Group, Wine Tastings, Breakfast Club, Kids holiday parties, Meals for Members, Bunco games, Poker games, and our annual Oscar Party, Summer Bash, and Bowling Party. 
  • For more information call 847-501-5532.

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