Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids

Posted: September 02, 2019

Best Drop-In Classes and Activities for Kids in Chicago

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Updated: September 2, 2019

On any given day, there are lots of great options for kids drop-in classes and activities - art, music, dance, yoga and more! The calendar offers dozens of daily activity options, and includes plenty of drop in classes and activities for you to try.

Our calendar is packed with so many Chicago kid's drop-in classes and activities that we can't fit them all on this page! We're highlighting some top suggestions here, and you can visit our Calendar of Events to find a full range of options for any date you choose!

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Family/Kids Yoga
Tula Yoga, 2827 W. Belden Ave., Chicago
Sundays at 3:30pm
Sundays at 3:30pm. Introduce yoga to your kids at a young age! Our family class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story time and relaxation so that the whole family can enjoy the benefits of yoga. All ages, but best for walkers. $12 (for up to 4 family members), under 1 free. Learn more...

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Ave., Chicago
Saturdays and Sundays 12pm - 4pm
Each weekend, kids and families can take part in projects that get them wondering about the plants and the natural world. Activities change weekly. All ages. FREE but donations appreciated. Learn more...

Chicago AquaMermaid Pod Meetup
AquaMermaid Chicago at Six Point Aquatics, 901 West Roosevelt Road , Chicago
Sundays 11am-1pm
Join the Mermaid Meetup every Sunday from 11am - 1pm! In order to swim like a mermaid (or merman!), you must be age 13 and above; bring your own mermaid tail; and be able to safely swim in your mermaid tail at least 25 meters unassisted (if you’ve never swam in a mermaid tail, we recommend you take lessons first) $10 or $20/month with 3 month minimum. Learn more...

Weekend Arts & Stories Program
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Sundays 12:30-1:30pm and Saturdays 11am - noon.
The Weekend Animal Arts and Seasonal stories focuses each month on a single theme, sometimes celebrating animals significant to various tribes, and other times exploring crafts related to a particular region or season. Educational material and stories accompany each craft. No pre-registration is necessary. All ages. Free with admission. Learn more...


Paint & Play
The Paintbrush, 2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
(most Mon & Tues) from 9:15 - 11am
Choose from among the daily offered ART exploration stations: (which may include but are not limited to) watercolors, tempera painting, drawing, scissoring skills, ART books and puzzles, ART toys and tactile manipulatives, play-foam, easel painting, creation station, painting table, shaving cream table and more. $10/child. Learn more...

Music-Free Monday
Airtastic Play Land, 850 S. Frontenac, Aurora
Mondays 10am - 8pm
For our friends with sensitive ears looking for fun kids activities, come enjoy Music FREE Mondays at Airtastic. We turn off the music to remove the extra noise that can bother some children. Learn more...

Baby Rock with Mr. Nick
Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago
Mondays 12:15pm
Nicholas Davio writes and plays original children's music as MR. NICK! He is an accomplished music teacher performing songs around town from his recent record, Clap With All Your Friends Around. $22. Learn more...


Bubbles + Music
Lincoln Park Guideshop, 2038 N Halsted St., Chicago
Tuesdays 10:30 am - 11:00 am through March 6
Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30am for a 30-minute interactive concert with Bubbles Academy. For kids ages 0-5. $10.00. Learn more...

Gather4Language Spanish 1-3
Gather, 602 Davis Street, Evanston
Tuesdays 9:30am
Gather4Language is designed to immerse young ones Spanish by well trained native speakers. We give students a front row seat to cultural experiences, fun, music, and arts. We work with ages ranging from 1-5 yrs old providing robust and carefully crafted curriculum including activities that build a foundation for children to obtain language and literacy, while also gaining exposure to diverse experiences and expanding their community. For ages 12 months - 3 years. $35. Learn more...

Parent & Tot Yoga (crawling - age 2)
Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago
Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:15 - 11:15am
Bring your little one (crawling to age 2) for this playful weekly drop-in class that will give you a chance to sneak in some yoga as your child does their own variation of down dog beside you. It's the perfect way to take care of yourself while caring for your child. Meet other parents of toddlers as you stretch, strengthen, and relax and gain tips for how to bring some yoga into your daily life as a parent. For parents & little ones, crawling to age 2. Learn more...

Tunes with Tim
Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago
Tuesdays at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15
Tim uses his wide repertoire of classic songs – from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes – to inspire dancing and singing while teaching the basics of music including rhythm and tempo, melody and harmony. This interactive music class is not only fun, it’s an essential component to young children’s development of social, physical, creative and cognitive skills. Ages3 months - 4 years. $22 per class. Learn more...


Oui Chef One-Off Classes
Oui Chef, 2622 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
Wednesdays 10:45-11:45am; Fridays 12:30-1:30pm through September
If a weekly commitment is just not possible for you then join us for our one hour, one-off classes offered once a week during the summer for 2-5 year olds. We will explore many different culinary preparations and skills, creating both sweet and savory foods. This will be hands-on, mostly individual work. Ages 2-5. $28. Learn more...

Wild Wednesdays
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Wednesdays 4 - 7pm
Join us Wednesday evenings and let your kids get a little wild! Whether we're inside or out, we will be exploring nature, getting our hands dirty and discovering new things about plants, animals and nature. Plus we'll be inviting a wild animal guest several times a month. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Paint Covered Wednesdays
Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park
Wednesdays from 10:30am - 4:30pm
Children use a large variety of paints, methods, and canvases as they learn to tell their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and gives a positive outlet for expression. Ages 1-8. Included with general admission. Learn more...

Sing Along with Mr. Singer at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15am and 10am
Sing Along with Mr. Singer delights young audiences with silly songs and tall tales every Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 and 10 a.m. at the Main Barn in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo. Free! Learn more...


Bubbles Academy Song and Stories
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago
Thursdays 10 - 10:30am
Join Bubbles Academy at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market Stage for free songs and stories! Stop by any Thursday at 10am, and let your kids dance and have fun with some of the great folks from Bubbles Academy. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Painting 101
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Thursdays 10:30am through October 31
In this class, your little one will discover a whole new world through paint. Children will learn about color theory and shapes, they will explore textures and strengthen their cognitive learning skills all through repetition, problem solving, and cause & effect. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child and help them with their art adventure. $30. Learn more...

Music with Little Parade - Tuesdays, Thursdays
Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago
Tuesdays, 4:00pm; Thursdays 12:15
Gabe and Karla are a husband and wife duo that are deeply passionate about early childhood music and holistic health. Gabe and Karla know that what they do far extends entertainment, but plants seeds of creativity, musicality, and identity that’ll offer lasting support for years to come. Ages 3 mo - 4 yrs (adult participation required) $22 Learn more...


Kids Cupcake Decorating
Give Me Some Sugar, 2205 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Fridays 4-5pm
Looking for a fun after school activity for the kids? Need some time for yourself? Bring the kids to Give Me Some Sugar for cupcake fun. Kids will learn basic decorating techniques, play some games and take home their creations. Vegan and Gluten Free options always available at no extra charge. Ages 2-12. $30. A minimum of 6 kids is required in order to hold class. Always call ahead to confirm that the class will be taking place! Learn more...

Parents' Survival Night
The Little Gym of Chicago, 3216 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Fridays 6-8:30pm
Parents' Survival Nights out let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal without—ahem—your pint-sized food critics in tow. Meanwhile, your children get some quality "kid time" in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO DUPLO and LEGO Juniors building activities. Reserve ahead. Ages 3-12. From: $35 Members, $75 Non-members. Learn more...

Clay Play
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Fridays Through November 1 at 9:15am
What’s the importance of play? Play allows children to be creative while developing their imagination, dexterity, cognitive, and emotional strength. In Clay play we allow kids to move freely through the room all while a clay activity is set up. All projects will help kids with their fine motor work. This is a perfect class for your lil mover and shaker. $22. Ages 16 months and up. Learn more...

Kids Open Play
Ultimate Ninjas, 2915 W Montrose Ave., Chicago
Fridays 6:30-8:30pm. Plus Saturdays and Sundays 9am - noon.
Kids can get out all of their energy on our obstacle and agility courses! Practice and explore a variety of obstacles, fine tune your skills on a single obstacle, or practice running our customizable courses. For ages 6 and up. $13 one hour; $20 two hours. Fri 6:30-8:30; Sat 9am - noon; Sun 9 am - noon. Learn more...


Drop In Handbuilding Clay Class
Kids Clay Room, 2646 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Saturdays at 11 am to 12 pm and 12:30 to 1:30
Children will work with wet clay, cookie cutters, stamps, rolling pins and other clay tools to make a ceramic project. Completed pieces will be fired and ready for pick up in approximately 3 weeks. Our Drop-In classes are appropriated for children 3 and up. Each child picks their own project to make and paint with the assistance and instruction of our teacher. Parent/Caregiver must stay and assist children ages 3 and 4. $30. Learn more...

Pokemon League
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison, Chicago
Saturdays from 10:30am - 12pm
The Cat & Mouse Games Kids’ Pokemon League meets every Saturday from 10:30am-12:00pm. The goal is to bring together kids (ages 6-12) who not only enjoy collecting the cards, but are serious about learning how to play the game. There's no cost to play, just bring your Pokemon deck, a positive attitude, and be ready to have fun! FREE. Learn more...

Story Art
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Saturdays at 10:30am through November 2
For ages 2-6. After listening to our storyteller, your child will use their imagination to create their own characters, scenery or even a whole new story. This class includes a dazzling variety of art materials and techniques, so bring your imagination and listening ears and join us for an adventure! $30. Learn more...

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