Music, Gym, Swim, and More
Academy of Movement and Music
605 W. Lake Street, Oak Park 60302
Ballet (ages 3 and up) and boys’ production workshop (ages 5 and up).
First Avenue, between Odgden Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield 60513
Open 365 days/year. Free general admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October – March. Many exhibits suitable from visits during inclement weather.
1100 Lake St., Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
Holistic therapeutic center, music and movement for children with Autism. Individual and group music therapy sessions, adaptive yoga, voice, piano, guitar and ukulele lessons. All ages.
De Maira Dance Studio
1146 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Tot combination class-ballet, tap, creative movement, & tumbling (ages 3 and up).
Fenwick High School Swim Classes
505 W. Washington Blvd., Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-386-0127, ext. 184
Three 2-week summer sessions, eight lessons per session (age 5 and up).
Forest Park Park District
7501 W. Harrison, Forest Park 60130
Parent/child swim classes (for children 6 months and up), recreational programs for children of all ages. Aquatic Center includes zero depth and sprayground. Call or visit website for more program details.
Forest Park Public Library
7555 W. Jackson Blvd., Forest Park 60130
Age specific and family storytimes; see website for details.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago 60624
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Thursdays: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm), 365 days/year.
Six greenhouses (including a children’s garden) and two exhibition halls.
The Gasse School of Music
7641 W. Polk, Forest Park 60130
Classes for children birth-high school Mon-Sat; Musikgarten program (birth-age 5); parent/child instrument lessons in cello, piano, violin, and viola (age 4); instruction for Spanish-speaking students; on going enrollment;class schedules follow public school calendar.
Huskie Swim Camp at Oak Park River Forest High School
East Pool, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-434-3431 / 708-434-3600
Three 2-week summer sessions (eight lesson per session) at seven different start times; mail in registration at beginning of April; walk-in registration at beginning of June (ages 4 – 10).
237 W. Harrison Street, Oak Park 60304
7515 Madison Street, Forest Park 60130
Phone: 708-524-0500 / 312-505-0186
Creative Movement (ages 3 – 6) and pre-ballet/pre-tap classes (ages 4 – 5); Open Studio movement drop-in class (ages 2 – 6).
Kindermusik with Pat in Oak Park
137 N. Oak Park Avenue, Room 107, Oak Park 60302
Music and movement classes for newborns through age 7. Teachers have college degrees in music and encourage children to sing, dance, sway and play.
The Language and Music School
150 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Family music classes (4 mos – 4 years); language immersion classes (ages 2 – 8).
Legere Dance Centre
7377 W. North Ave., River Forest 60305
Beginning to advanced levels in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop (ages 3 – adult). Classes focus on technique and dramatic interpretation of music.
Magical Minds Studio
343 Harrison Street, Oak Park 60304
Phone: 866-736-ARTS (2787)
Creative development for children (ages 18 mos – 12yrs); parent – child & sibling classes that incorporate art media, movement, and storytelling; birthday parties.
Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians LLC
at DeMaira Dance Studios 1146 Chicago Ave., Oak Park 60302
Family music classes for children 4 mos – 3 1/2 years. Child-only music classes for older 3s and 4s.
Music Together at Oak-Leyden
411 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-524-1050, ext. 107
Inclusive family music classes (8 months – 5 years).
Musikgarten at Concordia
7400 Augusta St., River Forest 60305
Family Music classes (16 mos – age 3 1/2); independent music classes (age 3 – 5).
Musikgarten of Oak Park
344 Harrison St., Oak Park 60304
Family music classes for babies (birth – 18 mos), toddlers (16 mos – 3 yrs) and children (3 – 5 yrs); Music Makers at the Keyboard instrumental class (ages 6+).
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
7625 W. Lake St., River Forest 60305
Classes that incorporate movement and gymnastics; family music classes (3 mos – 3 1/2 yrs ) and independent classes (for children older than 3 1/2 years); also available for birthday parties and scheduled group playdates.
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave., Oak Park 60302
Children’s art classes (age 3 1/2 and up) involving a variety of art materials. Preschool Pop-In; check website fore details.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street, Oak Park 60304 (across from Rehm Park)
Tours available for groups of 10 by appointment. Fish, birds, and turtles on display. Ask about the plant “scavenger hunt.” Adult supervision required.
Oak Park Gymnastics Center
218 Madison St., Oak Park 60302
Classes for children age two and up. See website for details.
Indoor playtimes for children ages 1 – 6, November thru April. Call for times and fees.
Oak Park Public Library
Main Branch: 834 Lake St., Oak Park 60301
Dole Branch: 255 Augusta Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Maze Branch: 845 Gunderson Avenue, Oak Park 60304
708-452-3420 Main Library, Children’s Department
708-386-9032 Dole Branch
708-386-4751 Maze Branch
Year-round activities for children of all ages, including storytimes and summer reading incentive programs. Call or visit the website for more information.
Panda Dance Studio
1003 Garfield St., Oak Park 60302
Combined ballet, tap, and tumbling classes (ages 3 – 5).
Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison St., Oak Park 60302
Family music classes for children (3 months – 5 yrs); children’s dance, preschool arts and crafts, swimming, ice skating, hockey, sports at several locations (age 3 and up); online brochure and registration available.
7007 W. North Ave., Oak Park
Drop-in playtime; workshops; classes; parties (ages birth – 6).
140 Harrison St., Oak Park 60304
Art therapy; art classes (ages 3 1/2 – adult).
River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison St., River Forest 60305
Parent/Child programs (ages 15 – 23 mos); art, dance, music, gymnastics, karate (age 3 and up); birthday parties; summer camps.
River Forest Park District
401 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest 60305
Activities for children (age 4 and up), including pee-wee sports; arts and crafts; after-school sports; summer camp for tots.
River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest 60305
Storytimes for infant – 6 years weekdays; first three weeks of each month; Pajama Storytime 3rd Mondays; special events – see website for details. All programs are free; some require registration.
500 Madison Street, Oak Park 60302
After-school care from 2:30-6:30 for children in grades K-5.
Steckman Studio of Music
829 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park 60304
Parent/caregiver-child music clasess (12 – 35 mos), independent music classes (ages 3 – 5), individual and group instrument lessons; non-profit organization.
Trailside Museum of Natural History
738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest 60305
Summer Hours (March – October): 9:00 am – 4:45 pm, Saturday – Thursday
Winter Hours (November – February): 9:00 am – 3:45 pm, Saturday – Thursday
Nature tours; sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals unable to survive in wilderness; wildlife museum; Cook County Forest Preserve. Closed on Fridays except for programs scheduled in advance.
1401 Circle Avenue, Forest Park 60130
Phone: 708-771-STAR (7827)
Parent/tot classes (18 mos – 3 1/2 years), independent gymnastics classes (ages 3 1/2 years+) weekly drop-in parent/child family fun classes; birthday parties.
West Cook YMCA
225 S. Marion Street, Oak Park 60302
Various activities offered to members and non-members including day camps, preschool family gym, ballet, storytime, dance and drama, gym & swim, and seasonal events.
6445 W. North Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Interactive non-profit children’s museum; includes art room, stage, and treehouse; birthday parties. Parent/child classes in creative play, arts & crafts, music for children, ages 6 months and older; non-profit organization. See website for special events.