Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids

Posted: January 30, 2018

Best Drop-In Classes and Activities for Kids in Chicago

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Updated: January 30, 2018

On any given day, there are lots of great options for kids to drop in on a class - art, music, dance, yoga and more! The ChicagoKids.com 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! Find additional destinations that offer drop-in play by looking at our Amusement/Play Spaces page.

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SUNDAY

Drop-In Art Class
Magical Minds Studio, 110 Madison Street, Oak Park
Sundays 10 am - 12 pm
Open Studio classes on Saturdays and Sundays offer an opportunity for students to come and explore the Studio and work on various art projects. There are different projects each week and various subjects to choose from. Parental participation required for children 3 and under. Best for ages 4 and up. 10 am - 12 pm. $10/hr.Learn more...

Intro to Mermaid Swimming
AquaMermaid Chicago at Six Point Aquatics, 211 S. Laflin Street, Chicago
Sundays at 11am
Launch into the mermaid dream with a 60 minutes introduction to mermaid and synchronized swimming. Expect a structured activity that is safe, fun, and sportive. Kids will learn how to swim like a mermaid with other adventurous aspiring mermaids, while expressing themselves in a unique way. Registration required, book online. Ages 7-13. $60. Learn more...

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...

Crafty Sunday
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison, Chicago
Sundays from 10am - Noon
Cat & Mouse's West Loop location offers a free drop-in craft event on Sundays from 10am – 12pm. Kids ages 4-8 and their parents can stop in to make something fun together. FREE. Learn more...

Open Gym for Ninjas
Windy City Ninjas, 2500 W. Bradley Place, Chicago
Sundays 9:30 - 11am
For kids trying out their Ninja skills for the first time, or for those whom have already come to know the challenge, fun, and reward... open gym is the place for kids to try out and feed their inner Ninja Warrier! Plenty of staff will be on hand to ensure safety. Ages 5-16. $20. Learn more...

Pokemon League - Open Play (experienced players)
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison, Chicago
Sundays Noon - 2pm
Join other Pokemon Trading Card Game players for an afternoon of open play. This all-ages, weekly drop-in event is geared toward players who already have some experience playing the game. FREE. Learn more...

Fiddleheads
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...

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...

Beginners Art Studio
Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park
Sundays 12:30pm to 4:30pm; Mondays, Wednesdays - Saturdays 10:30am to 4:30pm;
Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience, with daily-changing materials and trained facilitators. Ages 1-8. Included with $7 general admission. Learn more...


MONDAY

Drop-In Art
The Paintbrush, 2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:15 - 11am
Stop in during open art and choose from among the daily exploration stations that may include 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. All ages. $12 per child. Credit card payment add $2/child. Learn more...

Music with Nicole
Gather, 602 Davis Street, Evanston
Mondays and Saturdays 10:30-11am
Join us for interactive, collaborative music making. Learn new songs, play games, dance and explore instruments while bonding with your little one. Appropriate for all ages and abilities – as long as you can giggle and have fun. Ages 0-6. Included with admission. Learn more...

Open Play for ages 0-4
Wicker Park Early Childhood Center, 1454 N, Bell Ave., Chicago
Mondays - Thursdays 3:30 - 5:15pm
We believe play is an essential part of child development. When children engage in active play they benefit physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Our goal is to give your little one the freedom to explore in a clean and safe environment. Parent or caregiver supervision is required. Ages 0-4. $15 per family. Learn more...

Open Tot Gym
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe
Mondays - Fridays 12:30-3pm, through February 28
Little ones will love exploring our child-friendly indoor play area. Purchase your pass at the Takiff Center Main Registration Desk or Early Childhood Registration Desk. The daily fee is $2/3 (resident/non-resident) or you can purchase a 10-visit pass for $20/30 (resident/non-resident). For children under age 3 accompanied by a guardian. Learn more...

Monkeys Make a Mess with Miss Sarah
Purple Monkey Playroom, 2040 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Mondays 10:30am
Miss Sarah is ready to get (a little) messy with your little ones! Join us for simple, mixed-media art projects that your kids will be proud to create! Recommended ages 18 months and up. Included with play admission. Learn more...

Mum and Baby Yoga
Sprout San Francisco, 1943 W. Division St., Chicago
Monday 11:15am - 12:15pm
Designed especially for YOU, this class will help you regain your strength, imporve your posture and muscle tone, and promote relaxation. Bond with your baby with entertaining yoga poses and baby massage techniques. Babies welcome (but not required!) from 6 weeks until they are actively crawling. $15. Learn more...

Mom and Baby Yoga
Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago
Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30am - 12:45pm
Bring baby along as you connect with other new moms and help your body recover from birth and the strains of carrying and caring for a newborn. You’ll practice yoga poses geared towards rebuilding strength and flexibility, while also involving and entertaining baby. For moms with babies ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. $18. Learn more...

Music-Free Monday
Airtastic Play Land, 850 S. Frontenac, Aurora
Mondays 10am - 8pm
Kids with sensitive ears can enjoy Music-Free Mondays at Airtastic. The music is turned down low to remove the extra noise that can be bothersome to some children, and can even be turned off per request. For walking-aged children up to age 14. See web site for pricing. Learn more...

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


TUESDAY

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...

Parent/Preschooler Playtime
Kids Kustom Parties, 295 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine
Tuesdays - Thursdays 9am - noon
3,000 sq ft of FUN! Featuring physical activities, story time (when available), a train area, toy roadway area, playhouses, a tent/tunnel play area, baby doll play station, kitchen and market area and more. For preschool age children. $8 for first child, $4 per additional family member. 10 admission Punch Pass $65. 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 through 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. $18 class fee includes attendance for 1 adult and up to 2 children. Learn more...

Tunes with Tim
Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago
Tuesdays at 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. Ages 0-4. $19 per class. Learn more...

Drop-In Art at the Paintbrush - See Monday listing for details.

Open Play for ages 0-4 at Wicker Park Early Childhood Center - See Monday listing for details.

Open Tot Gym at Takiff Center - See Monday listing for details.


WEDNESDAY

Art Adventures with Angela
Gather, 602 Davis Street, Evanston
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 am through February
Children and caregivers are invited to create together, as we build motor skills, explore colors, textures, shapes, and different types of art materials. We look forward to seeing the creativity that unfolds in this meaningful opportunity to make art together. For ages 0-5. Included with admission. Learn more...

Oui Chef One-Off Classes
Oui Chef, 2622 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
Wednesdays 10:45-11:45am and Fridays 1-2pm through March 30
Kids can explore many different culinary preparations and skills, creating both sweet and savory foods. Classes provide hands-on, mostly individual work, with weekly recipes like Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, Cheddar Chive Biscuits, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and more. Reservations required. 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...

Drop In: Painting 101- Lil Rembrandt
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Wednesdays through November 1, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
In this class, children will learn about color theory, different artists past and present, & how to use a variety of mediums. Each class will focus on an artist and their techniques and what stands out in their artwork. Ages 16-24 months. $30. Learn more...

Baby and Me Yoga
Tula Yoga, Chicago
Wednesdays 10:30am
In this class you will have a chance to interact with the baby during your yoga practice. Please bring a receiving blanket for the baby to lie on, and any toys your baby enjoys. Due to the unpredictability of a baby's schedule, you may arrive up to 15 minutes late and still take class. For pre-crawlers. $12. Learn more...

Bubbles Academy Song and Stories
Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 - 10:30am
Join the talented instructors from Bubbles Academy at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market Stage for free songs and stories. 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. Ages 1-8. Included with $7/person 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
Join Mr. Singer as he performs original songs while the wee ones dance and sing along. This joyful jamboree features animal songs and dances for children ages 6 and younger accompanied by a caregiver. FREE. Learn more...

Open Play for ages 0-4 at Wicker Park Early Childhood Center - See Monday listing for details.

Open Tot Gym at Takiff Center - See Monday listing for details.

Parent/Preschooler Playtime - See Tuesday listing for details.


THURSDAY

Storytime Art
The Paintbrush, 2646 N. Halsted, Chicago 
Thursdays 11:30-12:15 through June 8
Drop by for story time, followed by a story-themed art project. The class lasts 45 minutes. Call to register, reservations are required. $25/class. Ages 1-5 with caregiver. Learn more... 

Tunes with Tim
Lincoln Park Guideshop, 2038 N Halsted St, Chicago
Thursdays at 10:00 am; 11:00 am and 4:15 pm through March 8
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. For ages 0-4. $15. Learn more...

Storytime Yoga
Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago
Thursdays 10:30-11:15am
Engage your child’s creativity with a story-themed yoga class you can enjoy together. Yoga poses and stories are woven together to create a unique and interactive practice for this busy age. Ages 2-4. $18. Learn more...

Music sing-a-long with Miss Amelia from Bubbles
Little Beans Café, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago
Thursdays 10:00am
Miss Amelia sings and jams with kids every Thursday at 10am in the Little Beans Chicago lounge. Great activity for all ages. Included with regular playspace admission. Ages 0-6. Learn more...

Mom and Baby Yoga - See Monday listing for details.

Parent/Preschooler Playtime - See Tuesday listing for details.

Bubbles Academy Song and Stories - See Wednesday listing for details.

Open Tot Gym at Takiff Center - See Monday listing for details.

Open Play for ages 0-4 at Wicker Park Early Childhood Center - See Monday listing for details.

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


FRIDAY

Drop-off and Play
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville
Fridays 5-8pm through March 30
Drop the kids off and enjoy a parents’ night out. Skip the babysitter and let your little ones play, learn, and eat dinner at the Museum. Register online - Registration closes at Noon on the Friday of each Drop-off and Play. Ages 3-10. $20 per child (Members); $25 per child (Non-members). 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 8-12. $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...

Pajama Party Drop Off
NY Kids Club Lincoln Park, 2727 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Fridays 6-8pm through June 1
Weekly Friday night Pajama Parties are a one-of-a-kind thematic "after hours" celebration featuring gym exploration, art, story, games, relays and more. All parties culminate in a disco dance party, and dinner is provided. Themes vary weekly, such as "Journey to Mermaid Lagoon," "The Academy of Wizardry and Fairies," "The Chocolate Factory," and more; visit the web site to see all of the weekly themes. Ages 2.5 - 8. $36 first child, $24 each sibling. Learn more...

Tell Me A French Story
Sprout San Francisco, 1943 W. Division St., Chicago
Fridays 10:30 - 11:15am
What better way to learn French then along with your bébé. This is a drop in class for ages 0 - 3 years. Adventure together with some first steps into the whimsical world of french stories and songs with Mathilde. Students will partake in french stories, songs and vocabulary. $10 cash. Learn more...

Drop-In: Open Art
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Fridays through February 24, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Open Art is an exciting way to spend one-on-one time with your kids in a non-class structured environment. There will be daily Creativity Stations to help your child explore a variety of art mediums. Not a drop off, caregiver must be present. $15. Learn more...

Story Adventures Drop In Class
Wonderland Activity Center, 1927 W Belmont Ave., Chicago
Fridays from 3:30 - 5:30
This theme based drop in class takes children on a literary adventure with exciting story reads, songs, games, and art projects. Each class explores the theme of one special book. Adventures are designed to have exciting challenges and activities for 3-5 year olds and fun, flexible play time activities for younger participants. Ages 3-5. $30 per drop in class. Additional siblings add $15. Learn more...

Sing Along with Mr. Singer at the Farm-in-the-Zoo - See Wednesday listing for details.

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.

Oui Chef One-Off Classes - See Wednesday listing for details.

Parent & Tot Yoga (crawling-age 2) - See Tuesday listing for details.

Open Tot Gym at Takiff Center - See Monday listing for details.


SATURDAY

Storytime at Open Books
Open Books, 651 W. Lake St., Chicago
Saturdays at 10am
Kids can join in at 10am every Saturday for a storytime in the children’s section of this West Loop bookstore Every week, there will be a new tale with activities, and (on special occasions) prizes. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Drop In Handbuilding Clay Class
Kids Clay Room, 2646 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Saturdays at 10am, 11:15am and 12:30pm
During our handbuilding classes children will use slab, coil and pinch techniques to create and paint a ceramic project. Children will work with wet clay, cookie cutters, stamps, rolling pins and other clay tools to make a ceramic project. For ages 3 and 4 with caregiver and drop off for ages 5 and up. $30. Learn more...

Pokemon League
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison, Chicago
Saturdays from 10:00am - 12pm
Kids can learn and play the Pokemon trading card game with other Pokemon Trainers, an instructional period from 10-10:30. Kids must bring or purchase a ready-to-play 60 card deck. Best for ages 7-12. FREE. Learn more...

Critter Connection
Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Avenue, Park Ridge
Saturdays at 10:15am
Kids can get up close to a Wildwood animal during a free short, family friendly presentation. They'll learn about the featured animal, what makes him special, what he eats, and more, and have a chance to pet him. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Music with Nicole at Gather - See Monday listing for details.

Drop in Art Class at Magical Minds - See Sunday listing for details.

Fiddleheads - See Sunday listing for details.

Weekend Arts & Stories Program - See Sunday listing for details.

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


MONTHLY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

And here are some drop-in classes and recurring activities that take place once per month. Again, this is just a sampling of the drop-in fun you can find in the ChicagoKids.com Calendar of Events!

Cold Blooded Weekends with the Chicago Herpetological Society
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
First weekend of the month from 10am - 3pm
Get to know a menagerie of reptiles and amphibians during this hands-on experience provided by the Chicago Herpetological Society. Takes place the first weekend of every month. For all ages. Free with museum admission. Learn more...

Family Game Night
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison Street, Chicago
First Fridays of the month from 5-7pm
Family Game Night returns to Cat and Mouse Games by popular demand. Come by the store from 5-7PM to play something fun from our demo library. Maybe you'll discover a new family favorite! This event is open to everyone old enough (and young-at-heart enough) to sit down and play games. For families with kids ages 4+. FREE. Learn more...

Home Depot Kid Workshops
At most Home Depot stores
First Saturdays of the month, check time for your locations
Workshops are offered the first Saturday of every month at most Home Depot stores. The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit. Each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin. For ages 5-12. FREE. Learn more...

Stroller Tour
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
First Wednesdays of the month from 11:30am - 12:30pm
On the first Wednesdays of the month, take a stroller tour designed to allow you to be mindful of your young ones as you look at and talk about art with other adults. These guided tours for moms, dads, and caregivers keep you up to date with contemporary art as you explore current MCA exhibitions. Tours meet at the second-floor admissions desk. Included with admission. Learn more...

Family Days at Smart Museum of Art
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago
First Saturdays of the month from 1-4pm
On the first Saturday of the month, Family Day features hands-on art activities and tours that encourage children and parents to engage in some creative looking. Family programs at the Smart are free and open to all. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Family programs are best for kids 4–12, accompanied by an adult at all times. 1-4pm. FREE. Learn more...

Family Days at Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Second of the month from 11am - 3pm, through May 12
Drop by the MCA between 11 am–3 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month through the spring for free monthly programs designed for kids and their grownups. Experience extraordinary artist projects and our newly opened learning spaces. Through May 12. For ages 12 and under. FREE for all youth 18 and under, and adults with children 12 and younger. Learn more...

Robie House Design Lab
Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
Third Saturday of the month from 10 - 11:30 am
Explore art, architecture, and design at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. At Design Lab, families share in the creative process through active investigations, hands-on exploration, and art-making. Visit each month for an engaging family-oriented tour of Robie House followed by a collaborative design program at Gordon Parks Hall, adjacent to the Robie House. Learn more...


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Note: Always call your destinations in advance. Schedules may change after this post publication, and all events are subject to last minute cancellations.