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Children’s Activities

Welcome to Chicago North Shore Moms’ curated list of children’s activities in the North Shore. We’ve sifted through tons of information available online, including those local parenting Facebook sites, to give you the gift of time!


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North Shore Park Districts

Park District of Highland Park

636 Ridge Rd

Highland Park, IL 60035



City of Evanston Parks & Recreation

2100 Ridge Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201



Wilmette Park District

1200 Wilmette Avenue

Wilmette, IL 60091



Kenilworth Park District

410 Kenilworth Avenue

Kenilworth, IL 60043



Northfield Park District

401 Wagner Road

Northfield, IL 60093



Winnetka Park District

540 Hibbard Road

Winnetka, IL 60093



Park District of Glencoe

999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe IL 60022



Deerfield Park District

836 Jewett Park Drive

Deerfield, IL 60015



Northbrook Park District

3323 Walters Avenue

Northbrook, IL 60062



City of Highwood Parks & Recreation

17 Highwood Ave.,

Highwood, IL 60040



The City of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045



Lake Bluff Park District

355 W Washington Ave

Lake Bluff, IL 60044



Buffalo Grove Park District

Alcott Center

530 Bernard Drive

Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089



Glenview Park District

2400 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL 60026


Coding Classes

Codeverse North Shore (Wilmette)

517 Green Bay Rd.

Wilmette, IL 60091

(844) 644-2633



PowerUp Tech Academy

North Shore location in summer only:

3434 Central St.,  Evanston



Year-round location in Chicago:

2867 N Clybourn Ave., Chicago.




The Playroom at LoMastro

840 S Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045




The CoderSchool North Shore

1929 Sheridan Rd.

Highland Park, IL 60035




Code Ninjas, Glenview

2735 Pfingsten Rd.

Glenview, IL 60022



Noggin Builders Northbrook

3000 Dundee Rd, #201

Northbrook IL 60062



Noggin Builders Northbrook Court

Northbrook Court Mall (2nd floor)

1515 Lake Cook Rd.

Northbrook, IL 60062

Tip: FREE indoor play space presented by Lurie Children’s located at Noggin Builders (ages birth – 4)

Tip: Closest parking at 2nd floor Lord & Taylor



Kids Science Labs Northbrook 

840 Willow Road Suite A

Northbrook, IL 60062

(224) 213-7511



The Playroom at LoMastro

840 S Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Art Classes

The Art Center Highland Park (TAC)

1957 Sheridan Rd.

Highland Park, IL 60035



Painting Time Now

13 Waukegan Rd.

Deerfield, IL 60015



North Shore Art League

620 Lincoln Avenue

Winnetka, Illinois 60093




Multifaceted enrichments for all ages

557 Waukegan Rd.

Northbrook, IL 60062



Soul2Sole Dance Inc. Highland Park

799 Central Ave

Highland Park, IL 60035



**Check your local park district (tab above) for more art classes

Music Instruction

School of Rock (Locations in Highwood & Evanston)

SOR results-driven programs combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices, making School of Rock the ultimate music school for kids and adults!

1) School of Rock, Highwood

9 Prairie Ave.

Highwood, IL 60040


2) School of Rock, Evanston

1311 Sherman Pl.

Evanston, IL 60201




Twelve Tone Music School (Locations in Wilmette & Glenview)

Music is played together. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a new student our goal is to get you playing with other musicians and having fun! Twelve Tone has its own stage for performances, rehearsals and band practice…. more

1) Twelve Tone Music School in Wilmette

1150 Central Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091


2) Twelve Tone Music School Glenview

1742 Glenview Road

Glenview, IL 60025




Bach to Rock, Northbrook

1141 Church St.

Northbrook, IL 60062




Music Institue of Chicago, Winnetka

300 Green Bay Rd.

Winnetka, IL 60093




Music Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest

40 E Old Mill Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


847-905-1500 ext. 191



Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston

1490 Chicago Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201


Theater Classes


Citadel Theatre and Citadel Theatre for Young Audiences

300 Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Citadel Theatre for Young Audiences program provides young children and families the opportunity to experience the magic of professional theatre, presented by professional, adult actors. Citadel believes in the transformative powers that live theatre can have on children’s lives. Citadel Theatre is proud offer acting classes complete with performance dates for young actors. Click the link above to learn more about these exciting programs!


The Performers School

Highwood Recreation Center

432 Green Bay Road

Highwood, IL 60040



Actors Training Center

1120 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor 

Wilmette, IL 60091



The Actors Gymnasium

Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes Street

Evanston, Illinois 60201



Mudlark Theater

1417 Hinman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201


Theater programs for ages 7-14


The Playroom at LoMastro

840 S Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Cooking Classes

Taste Buds Kitchen

2521 Waukegan Road

Bannockburn, IL 60015

(847) 230-0330


Ballet Makkai (CNSMoms partner!)

2126 1st St.

Highland Park, IL 60035



Chicago Ballet Arts

915 Foster St.

Evanston IL


​Chicago Ballet Arts’ mission is to provide a structured, affordable ballet program with high professional standards for Chicago’s diverse north and northwest communities. 



Multifaceted enrichments for all ages

557 Waukegan Rd.

Northbrook, IL 60062



Soul2Sole Dance Inc. Highland Park

799 Central Ave

Highland Park, IL 60035



Ballet Makkai

2126 First Street

Highland Park Illinois 60035

(847) 433-1449


North Shore School of Dance

North Shore School of Dance

505 Laurel Ave.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 432-2060


DancED. Dance Center

3131 Dundee Road

Northbrook, IL 60062



The Playroom at LoMastro

840 S Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045



**Check your local park district (tab above) for more dance classes

Sewing Classes & Workshops

Ciao Bella Sewing

874 Green Bay Rd #220

Winnetka, IL 60093




Sew On Central

1937 Central St.

Evanston, IL 60201


Yoga/Movement Classes

Movement Junkies Kids Yoga (Robin Taxman)

Yoga classes for children

Locations near Highland Park


Shri Yoga

1725 McGovern Street

Highland Park, IL 60035



The Playroom at LoMastro

840 S Waukegan Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045



Pinstripes – Bowling, Bocce, Bistro

Northbrook Location:

1150 Willow Rd.

Northbrook, IL 60062


Oakbrook Location:

7 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523


River East (Chicago) Location:

435 E Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60611


South Barrington Location:

100 W Higgins Rd.

South Barrington, IL 60010


Deer Creek Racquet Club

For over 40 years, Deer Creek Racquet Club has been the north shore’s tennis destination for every member of the family to learn and improve their game, stay in shape and make friends. Youth programs, adult tennis, cardio tennis.

701 Deer Creek Parkway

Highland Park, IL 60035



Pedalheads (Bike, Swim, and Sport Programs)

Pedalheads Bike is a learn-to-ride bike program for kids ages 2 – 12 best known for helping children get off training wheels and safely ride one the road. We provide innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun, and challenging children to discover a world of opportunities. We focus on developing healthy, confident, and independent kids by way of our own teaching methods, small classes, and incredible instructors.
Locations in Evanston and Wilmette


Healthy Kids Running Series (spring running series)

Johns Park

2101 Central Rd

Glenview, IL 60025

Josha Kruvand, Community Coordinator



Lil’ Sluggers Highland Park (Baseball + Summer Camps)

North Shore Sports Academy

1660 Old Skokie Rd.

Highland Park, IL



Game On! Sports 4 Girls

Locations vary. Emphasis on female empowerment through fun! Year-round variety classes, Summer camps, Day off camps


Winnetka Golf Club

Offering junior group and private golf Instruction and junior travel team

1300 Oak Street

Winnetka, IL 60093

(847) 501-2050


Tennis @ Winnetka Park District

Offering private and semi-private lessons. Bonus amenity: Supervised childcare is available for children of players Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12pm. The services require 24 hours advance notice, has a maximum of six children, and is for ages six months to six years. Reservations can be made by calling (847) 501-2065.

Fee: $13 / child (two-hour max)

530 Hibbard Road

Winnetka, IL 60093

(847) 501-2065


Hi Five Sports Northbrook Court

1515 Lake Cook Rd. (second flr)

Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 229-9555


Hi Five Sports Highland Park

1660 Old Skokie Valley Rd.

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 229-9555


Finish Strong Athletics (FSA)

426 Green Bay Rd.

Highwood, IL 60040


Joy of the Game, Deerfield

158 S. Waukegan Road

Deerfield, IL  60015



Martial Arts

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Kids, teens & adults (Jiu-Jitsu for everyone)

710 Robert York Ave

Deerfield, IL 60015



Championship Martial Arts

1625 Shermer

Northbrook, IL 60062



Lakeview Martial Arts Academy

1614 Deerfield Ave

Highland Park Ill. 60035



KH Kim Taekwondo

3141 Dundee Rd.

Northbrook IL 60062



Wilmette Gymnastics


Buffalo Grove Gymnastics


Flips Gymnastics Lake Forest


American Academy of Gymnastics – Northbrook


Gymboree Northbrook Court


Therapy Yoga Gymnastics Rocks

Northbrook & multiple locations

Therapy Yoga Gymnastics Rocks delivers pediatric Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy in exciting and sensory rich gymnastics centers. Unlike in traditional, clinic based therapy, TYGR children learn by utilizing gymnastics equipment and participating in yoga activities.

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