2021 After School Activities Guide | Chicago North Shore Moms

Our 2021 After School Activities Guide, sponsored by Uncle Dan’s Outfitters NOW Gearhead, is packed with after school enrichment options! Whether you’re looking for classes for your budding actor, ballerina or tennis or ninja star (and so much more) take a cruise through this guide for great screen-free options!

And when you’re out shopping for school gear, make a stop to Uncle Dan’s Outfitters NOW Gearhead for everything from back-to-school to keeping warm… and cool!

Ballet Makkai

The Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance studio has been the North Shore’s Premier Dance School for over 38 years. Founded in 1984 by Irina Makkai, the dance school offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Pre-Dance. The school is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts for their instruction and contribution to the arts in Highland Park. Home of the Ballet Makkai Nutcracker and Ballet Makkai Youth Company, the dance school has something to offer every dancer. Specializing in the Russian based Vaganova Method; the school offers individualized attention to each of its dancers. Their award winning staff of professional dancers includes dancers and directors from the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Lyric Opera, River North Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and more.

Location & Contact

Ballet Makkai

2126 First St.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 433-1449

Insta: @balletmakkai

Facebook: @irinamakkaiclassicalballetanddanceschool 


Goldfish Swim School Northbrook

Chicago’s premier learn to swim facility providing swim lessons for children ages four months to 12 years old.

Pre-pay and enroll perpetually for 6 months of lessons @goldfish_northbrook and receive two additional lessons FREE! Plus receive waived Annual Membership Fee, a FREE family swim pass for 6 months, FREE goggles and a Goldfish Swim School towel! One per child; cannot purchase consecutive packages for one individual child. Must activate by Oct 30. Costs $600 (value $955). Call 847.897.4300 or email SwimNorthbrook@goldfishss.com to purchase.

Also – @goldfish_northbrook is giving away a back to school package to one lucky new member! Enter the giveaway here, and like the @goldfish_northbrook instagram account to win! Contest ends August 17. https://bit.ly/gssnbbts

Location & Contact

Goldfish Swim School Northbrook

3101 Dundee Road

Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 565-1692

Instagram: @goldfish_northbrook

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goldfishnorthbrook

Taste Buds Kitchen

Calling all chefs! Join us for a skill-based culinary program designed for young chefs to chop, mix, swirl and cook their way to a new culinary masterpiece each week. With a focus on exciting techniques, fresh flavors, and activities paired with expert instruction, this class delivers the perfect recipe for hands-on learning and fun while nurturing an essential life skill. Learn about kitchen and food safety, knife skills, measuring and mixing methods, ingredient identification, independence in the kitchen and more. Let’s get cooking!

Fall Semester / Sept 13-Nov 22 (10 weeks)

  • Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm for ages 9-13
  • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm for ages 6-10 

You can also find our after-school enrichment classes on-site at Walden, Braeside, Ravinia, Lake Forest Country Day, North Shore YMCA & Glencoe Park District!

Location & Contact

Taste Buds Kitchen

2521 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn, IL 60015


Instagram: @tbkbannockburn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TBKBannockburn

Citadel Theatre

Citadel’s Education Program fosters a sense of community by welcoming students of all levels in an effort to not only have fun but to nurture a love and deeper understanding of theatre. Actors will experience a variety of enrichment classes, in addition to rehearsing exciting, age-appropriate shows in a safe and positive environment.

Location & Contact

Citadel Theatre

300 Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Instagram: @citadeltheatreco

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitadelTheatreCo/

Foss Swim School

Foss Swim Schools offer everything you expect from a modern swim school: thoroughly-trained teachers, warm water, private changing areas, and pools purpose-built for learning. We also offer a unique FOSS experience you can’t get anywhere else. Foss Swim School teachers personalize the learning for each student based on the student’s level of comfort, learning style, and personality. They teach in quarters and place students in small classes (3 or 4 students to 1 Teacher) of similar age and ability. Teachers stay with classes for the full quarter as we work towards graduation – not just passing levels. Learn more at your local Foss Swim School!

Locations & Contact

Foss Highland Park: 1927 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 266-3677  

Foss Niles: 8299 W. Golf Road, Unit 24 Niles, IL 60714 (847) 410-1555  

Foss Lakeview (Chicago): 3026 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-3677   More locations here.  

Instagram: @fossswimschool

Facebook: @fossswimschool

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore

Ninja Classes are great for kids who want to learn how to do the obstacles just like on American Ninja Warrior! We work on different obstacles each week building strength, endurance, and confidence. Classes are 55 minutes long, including a warm-up, obstacle coaching/technique, endurance, and free time.

CNSMoms Discount: 20% off Ultimate Ninjas Birthday Party Package when booking first class. Call and mention Chicago North Shore Moms.

Location & Contact

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore

3054 North Lake Terrace

Glenview, IL 60026

(847) 787-1220


More locations in IL here.  

Instagram: @ultimateninjas

Facebook: @UltimateNinjasNorthShore

Chicago Ballet Arts

Chicago Ballet Arts proudly offers dance classes for ages 2 through adults, including an inclusive, pre-professional ballet program that features live piano accompaniment. Join us in celebrating 35 years of excellence in dance education by discovering the CBA difference!

Location & Contact

Chicago Ballet Arts

915 Foster St.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 859-6066


Instagram: @chicagoballetarts

Facebook: @chicagoballetarts


As the heart of the community for Chicago’s North Shore families, RooTz offers a variety of programs for children from birth to 18 years old, including dance, theatre, enrichment, music, art, science, fitness and camp.  With classes 6 days a week, Rootz offers convenient opportunities for everyone in your family! Enroll today for fun this Fall!


CNSM Discount: Use code NEW2Rootz for $50 off for first time customers.

Location & contact


557 Waukegan Rd

Northbrook, IL 60062


Instagram: @get_rootz

Facebook: @getrootz

School of Rock Evanston and Highwood

Every day, we watch our students grow from beginner musicians to confident and inspiring rock stars in their community. School of Rock Evanston and Highwood are more than just your local music schools. We offer programs year-round for every skill level with a focus on Performance-based education. We inspire kids to ROCK onstage and in life!


CNSM Discount: $50 off your first month’s tuition! Mention this guide when you call or stop in.

Location & Contact

School of Rock Glenbrook

School of Rock Glenbrook provides both in-person and online music lessons for students of all ages across the Northbrook, Glenview and surrounding areas. Our programs, camps and workshops for toddlers, kids, teens and adults make learning to play music fun and create great communities of musicians. School of Rock is the leader in performance-based music education. We combine one-on-one drum, bass, keyboard, vocal, and guitar lessons with group practices. Students learn to play music from day one and put on live performances at local venues. Our experienced instructors are local musicians themselves who combine the performance-based School of Rock Method and programs with individual music lessons to get results for your student.


CNSM Discount: Mention CNM or Chicago North Shore Moms and receive 20% off the first month of tuition. Offer limited to new customers only.

Location & Contact
3139 Dundee Rd.
Glenbrook, IL 60062
224-904-ROCK (7625)
One River School in Evanston has developed a unique project-based curriculum that is rooted in using the lessons learned from the most compelling contemporary artists to create a fun and relevant educational experience for students of all ages and skill levels. Classes meet year round and students can join at any time with new classes starting every week!
Visit Evanston.OneRiverSchool.com to learn more about:
  • Art Classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults
  • Emerging Artist Exhibitions
  • Fun & Creative Workshops
  • Birthday Parties
  • Art Camps for Kids & Teens
Location & Contact
Evanston, IL 60201

Twelve Tone Music School

More than a music school, Twelve Tone is a musical movement. Whether you are new to music or a seasoned musician, our immersive jam sessions and collaborative lessons are the best way to learn! Our weekly lesson model combined with add on, live jam sessions provide an hour and a half of fun musical learning unmatched in the industry! We provide all the fundamentals of musical education with the fun of learning how to play with a real-live band that is tailored to your child’s musical level, interest and genre.

Plus, our proprietary practice-at-home software will ensure your child’s practice goes from tedious to triumphant. Try out our innovative approach to music education by trying us for free. Sign up and redeem your free trial lesson today!

Location & Contact

Twelve Tone Music School


1742 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 901-7161

Instagram: @twelvetonemusicschool

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwelveToneMusicSchool

Deer Creek Racquet Club

Deer Creek Racquet Club is a tennis club featuring six climate controlled tennis courts and offering tennis programs for all ages, court rentals, tennis camps, tennis leagues, pickleball programs and leagues.

Location & Contact

Deer Creek Racquet Club

701 Deer Creek Parkway,

Highland Park, IL


Instagram: @parkdistrictofhighlandpark

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkDistrictofHP

Children’s Theatre Co

Introduce your child to the magical world of musical theatre at The Children’s Theatre Company. Children’s Theatre Company’s mission is to empower students by exposing them to the performing arts, building confidence and learning communication skills. Our classes help students think critically, and stay active and imaginative! The major emphasis is placed on promoting self-esteem and self-expression while working towards our musical theatre performances. This fall we will be offering Mary Poppins, Tangled, Tik Tok classes and more! Check out our website for our fall offerings.

Location & Contact

The Children’s Theater Co

458 Central Ave.

Highland Park, Il 60035


Instagram: @childrenstheatrecompany_hp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheChildrensTheatreCompany

The Art Center Highland Park

The Art Center Highland Park aims to inspire and ignite passion for the arts through its innovative programs and classes for ages 6 and up. Offering after-school and weekend classes in a variety of mediums such as Jewelry, Ceramics, Cartooning, Digital Photography, Mixed Media, and Painting; TAC provides an inclusive environment where students build their skills while discovering their artistic voice. All skill levels welcome!

Ages:  6 through 18
Dates: September 7 – November 14

Weekday hours: 4-5:30pm, 4-6pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Weekend hours: 10am-12pm, 12:30-3:30pm

*Private pod classes available. Contact The Art Center for more Information.

Location & Contact

The Art Center Highland Park

1957 Sheridan Rd,

Highland Park, IL 60035


Instagram: @theartcenterhp


Virtual: Rocket Club Academy 

Rocket Club Academy is the world’s first S.T.E.A.M. and entrepreneurship certificate program and community, hosted virtually for school-aged children from around the world.  Our curriculum, which focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, and emotional quotient, has been developed in collaboration with founders of some of the world’s most influential companies, covering 24 cutting-edge S.T.E.A.M. and entrepreneurship disciplines that are changing global industries.

Free month trial when you mention Chicago North Shore Moms! 

Location & Contact

Rocket Club is a 100% virtual program. The corporate address is:

720 Monroe street C-413

Hoboken, NJ 07030


Instagram: @rocketclub

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialrocketclub

Lakeshore Lacrosse

Lakeshore Lacrosse is a youth sports league (Lacrosse) offering beginner and intermediate training in Northbrook, IL.  

Location & Contact

Lakeshore Lacrosse

650 West Grand Ave,

Chicago, IL Suite 111


Instagram: @lakeshorelax

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakeshorelacrosseLL

Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts (SNAP)

SNAP Dance and Music Studio features classes for ages 2 to adult: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop

Location & Contact

Championship Martial Arts Northbrook

Championship Martial Arts Northbrook (CMA) is a Martial Arts School offering classes for kids ages 4+. At our schools you’ll find a staff of certified, professional instructors ready to help you achieve your full potential in a friendly, courteous, and positive manner. Our instructors receive the latest training in teaching skills and martial arts techniques.

CNSM Discount: Back to School Special – 1- Private Lesson, 4- weeks of training, 1- official CMA Uniform only $49

Location & Contact

Championship Martial Arts

1625 Shermer

Northbrook, IL


Instagram: @cma_northbrook 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cma.northbrook

Deerfield Youth Lacrosse Club

DYLC was founded in 2018 and is a 501[C](3) Non-Profit Youth Lacrosse Club. We serve Deerfield/Bannockburn and Highland Park as well as other close communities and it is our goal to provide all levels of lacrosse so that everyone is given an equal opportunity to play.

Location & Contact

Deerfield Youth Lacrosse Club

Serving Highland Park and Deerfield


Instagram: @deerfieldyouthlaxclub


Pulse Boxing & Fitness

Our Mission is to inspire kids with a lifelong love of fitness while also progressing and building young athletes of character. We believe in active play with the purpose of progressing functional movements. We teach the foundations of exercise. We build on those skills throughout our program. We make them better athletes. We instill character traits that make our athletes better humans. At Pulse Kids, we teach the seven most foundational movement patterns to include squats, pushups and pull-ups. To challenge our young athletes we incorporate all 8 fitness abilities such as power, speed and balance. Through our process of play and fun, games and challenges, instruction and discipline, we produce athletes of character.

Location & Contact

Pulse Boxing & Fitness

1892 1st St.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 349-4484

Instagram: @pulseboxingandfitness

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pulseboxingandfitness

Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest

This fall, Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest is once again offering a wide range of after school enrichment for kids ages 5 to 14. Our classes include Art, Acting, Writing, Fencing, RoboThink/STEM and a Virtual Chess Class! Please visit our website – gortoncenter.org – for additional information and to sign up – and to see the new classes we are always adding!

Location & Contact

Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest

400 E Illinois Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Instagram: @gortoncommunitycenter

Facebook: @gortoncommunitycenter

Thank you to our 2021 After School Activities Guide Sponsor, Uncle Dan’s Outfitters, NOW Gearhead. Gearhead has tons of great back to school gear, from backpacks and water bottles to cute clothing and warm outerwear! 

Uncle Dan’s Outfitters NOW Gearhead

Gearhead Outfitters was founded in 1997 by owner, Ted Herget, who desired to bring the active mountain lifestyle to his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Our mission is to help our customers live active, fulfilling lives by providing quality outdoor-inspired products, backed by deep expertise and remarkable service.

From its humble beginnings in a friend’s living room, the company has now grown into a nationwide brand with 18 stores across the country, including 6 Rock/Creek stores that were acquired in 2019. Gearhead Outfitters exists to help customers live active, fulfilling lives by creating an exceptional shopping experience for guests. Through the relaxed environment, specialized inventory and personalized customer service, Gearhead strives to build relationships with customers and serve the local communities.

Location & Contact


1600 Sherman Ave

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 475-7100


Highland Park:

621 Central Ave.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 266-8600


Instagram: @gearheadoutfitters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gearheadoutfitters

The 2021 After School Activities Guide contains sponsored listings. That said, in the true spirit of providing stellar and trusted content for our viewers, all of the businesses listed were obtained by an initial vetting process and invite only. The information contained in the listings are verbatim by that particular business. Please call the business for which you have interest, with specific questions about COVID protocols, up-to-date class times and locations, and pricing.

Chicago North Shore Moms, part of The Local Moms Network, thanks you for your support and wishes you a very happy and healthy school year. And check back in November as these businesses will update their listings for winter 2022 programming! Cheers!

Join The Chicago North Shore Moms Network Community

Stay up-to-date with what is happening in-and-around The Chicago North Shore community with local events, community highlights, and exclusive deals.

Sign up for CNSMom News!

mom features | exclusive offers | local events

You have Successfully Subscribed!