Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids

Posted: September 12, 2017

Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids in Chicago

(aka the Super Huge List of Awesome Drop-Ins!)

Updated: September 2017.

There are lots of great options for kids to drop in on a class - art, music, dance, yoga and more! The calendar offers dozens of daily activity options, and includes plenty of drop in classes and activities for you to try.

We've rounded up some of the best Chicago kids' drop-in classes and activities by day so that you can plan your week! You'll find even MORE activities in our Calendar of Events. Plus, find additional destinations that offer drop-in play by looking at our Amusement/Play Spaces page.

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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...

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...


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...

Monkeys Make a Mess with Miss Sarah (starts Oct. 2)
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.


Toddler Tuesdays
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
Tuesdays from 10am - noon through January 20 (excluding: Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.)
The second floor opens early with reduced admission and varying engaging programs such as drawing classes with Young Rembrandts, Superhero Princess Party, Arts and crafts, Fire Safety Fun with Fire Zone, Halloween Costume Contest, magic and more. Plus free coffee and muffins! Ages 5 and under. $9, $7 in advance online. Learn more...

Oui Chef One-Off Classes
Oui Chef, 2622 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
Tuesdays from 10-11am and Fridays from 1-2pm
These one hour drop in classes 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 Cookies, Black Bean and Spinach Quesadilla, Corn Muffins with Honey Butter, Apple Grilled Cheese and more. Reservations required. Ages 2-5. $28. 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.


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 Electric Neil at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago
Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15am and 10am
Sing Along with Electric Neil delights young audiences with silly songs and tall tales at the Main Barn in the Farm-in-the-Zoo. This joyful jamboree features animal songs and dances for children ages 6 and younger accompanied by a caregiver. FREE. 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.

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

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


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...

Friday Tot Lot
Sport Center, Schaumburg
Fridays through Dec 15, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
The gym will be filled with mats, balls and riding toys for little ones ages 0-6 to enjoy. Parents must be present at all times. This is not an instructor-led program, but a parent-supervised open gym. Drop-in weekly cost is $5 per family. Learn more...

Drop-In: Open Art
Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Fridays through November 4, 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 Electric Neil 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 Tuesday listing for details.

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


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 10am - 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...

Fiddleheads - See Sunday listing for details.

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

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.

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