Now that school is back in session, learning is in full swing in every nook and cranny of Chicago. But here’s the thing…structured and engaging learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. Encourage your child to be creative and challenged at these stellar after school classes in Chicago:
Power Up Tech Academy provides coding classes and computer camps for elementary and middle school students in Chicago. The curriculum of Power Up Tech Academy was designed with an emphasis on engaging and hands on activities that develop curiosity and creativity so that students learn skills that build their confidence in our technologically focused world.
Ages: Kindergarten and up
Classes: Early Coding Through Stories and Play, Make Your Own Video Games, Creative Coding—Art, Music, and More, Taking Scratch Further, Coding Custom Minecraft Plug Ins, Start Text-Based Coding with Python, Build Your Own Website. Click here for more info.
In this art studio designed just for kids, kids are able to take on the role of artist, learning about art history and styles and then using that knowledge and their own curiosity and creativity to make masterpieces. Classes include mixed media, Claymation, as well as working with textiles and oils.
Ages: 4 years old and up
Hours: Starting at 4:15 p.m.
Classes: Mixed Media, Claymation, Fun with Textiles, Oil Painting and Drawing. More information can be found here.
Dancers of all ages and ability will learn about how their bodies can be used to explore space, rhythm, music and mood. Creative movement classes are designed around games and improvisation, while more structured classes focus on technique, discipline and performance.
Ages: 3 ½ years and up
Classes: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap and more. See class schedule for full listings here.
This Reggio-inspired mixed age space encourages younger students to learn from older ones…and vice versa. Classes include topics such as identity and community through various art forms such as sketching, painting, mixed media art and even physical movement.
Ages: 4-12 years old
Hours: Starting at 4 p.m.
Classes: Beautiful Day and Sketch to Street. Click here for more info.
This research based music school believes that all children are musical and uses it resources to help them learn basic and advanced musical techniques all while having fun.
Ages: Four years old and up
Classes: Music classes with language twist (Spanish and French options), Singing, Ukulele group classes, Voice and Instrument Lessons (guitar, piano, violin). To see all listings, click here.
Just because we aren’t young (wow, it really hurt typing that) anymore, that doesn’t mean that our learning journey is over! Here are some great ways to get us thinking and creating:
Classes are designed for older teens and adults and touch on a wide variety of creative mediums, such as print making, weaving, painting, sewing, art journaling and more!
Ages: Older teens and up
Hours: Starting at 6:30 p.m. (weekdays) and 12:30 p.m. (weekends)
Classes: Varies. Check calendar for updated class schedule here.
Have you always wanted to learn a second (or third?) language? Well here’s your chance! Totus Lingua is a research based immersion program that uses the Thibaut Technique to encourage its students to learn the new language naturally, authentically, and thoroughly. Currently adult Spanish classes are held at Sod Room.
Hours: Starting at 7 p.m.
Classes: Check here for updated class schedule.
And for all of those newbie or parents to be out there…your baby isn’t going to come with an instruction manual, but there are classes to learn about parenting!
Shawna Mertens, a well regarded birth doula and childbirth educator in the Chicago area, is running a class this Fall at kid friendly hot spot Purple Monkey Playroom.
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Classes: Click here for more information.
Are you on the hunt for a stellar after school class? Tell me, what kind of class are you looking for? Happy to help you find it!