Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids

Posted: February 06, 2017

Best Drop In Classes and Activities for Kids in Chicago

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

Updated: February 2017

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.

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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SUNDAY

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...

Crossfit Kids
Atlas Performance, 1030 N Larrabee, Chicago
Sundays at 10:30am
With CrossFit Kids, you can get your kids interested in fitness early, inspiring them to set goals, build self-esteem and become part of a community of athletes and friends. Ages 5-13. Drop-in Sessions are $15 or buy 10 classes for $125. 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 Animal Arts & Seasonal Stories Program
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Saturdays 11am - noon; Sundays 12:30-1:30pm
The Weekend Animal Arts and Seasonal stories focuses each month on an animal that is significant to various tribes, and kids will take part in related arts activities and hear stories about each animal and the season. All ages. Free with admission. Learn more...

Beginners Art Studio
Wonder Works Children's Museum, 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am to 4:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm 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. $10 per child on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. $12 per child on Saturdays. Credit card payment add $2/child. Learn more...

School-Year Crafternoons
The Wishcraft Workshop, 3907 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Monday - Thursday from 4-6pm
Drop-in for creative fun with your No Plan, No Problem membership for students and their guests for these no-reservation-required programs. Members have access to friendly instruction, art/craft materials and a cool place to hang out with friends. Ages 5-11. $25 per visit, or $95 for 5-visit punchcard. Learn more...

Bookworms Drop-In Storytime and Art
BookClub, 1211 North Wood Street, Chicago
Monday - Thursday 10:30am-11:30am and 4-5pm; Saturday 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am
We read stories and make art. Early and emerging readers will deepen their love of words with fun artist-led projects. All of our classes support literacy guidelines with sessions so engrossing your kids won’t notice they are learning. Each week is a different theme. Ages 2-5. $25. Sign up online. 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...

The Storybook Mom
Little Threads, 2033 Roscoe Street, Chicago
Mondays from 10:30am - 11am
Little Threads hosts Story Time with The Storybook Mom Nili Yelin every Monday from 10:30am – 11am. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


TUESDAY

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. $10 per child on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. $12 per child on Saturdays. Credit card payment add $2/child. Learn more...

The Storybook Mom
Little Beans Evanston, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Starting in October, 10:30am
The Storybook Mom tells stories every Tuesday morning at Little Beans Cafe. Ages 0-6. Included with play space admission. 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. Additional children may attend for $8 per child. Learn more...

Bookworms Drop-In Storytime and Art - See Monday listing for details.


WEDNESDAY

The Storybook Mom at Purple Monkey Playroom
Purple Monkey Playroom,, Chicago
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00am
Join The Storybook Mom Nili Yelin every Wednesday at 10:30am at Purple Monkey Playroom. Included with playroom admission. 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...

Kids' Yoga
Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago
Resumes Sept 14, Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30pm
Students will learn traditional yoga poses such as lion, tree and warrior to develop strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Students practice pose sequences designed to help them to discover greater comfort in their bodies while boosting self-confidence. Ages 5-8. $18. 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...

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.

Drop-In Crafternoons - See Monday listing for details.

Bookworms Drop-In Storytime and Art - See Monday listing for details.


THURSDAY

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...

Storytime at Open Books
Open Books, 651 W. Lake St., Chicago
Thursdays and 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...

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

Mom and Baby Yoga - See Monday listing for details.

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.

Drop-In Crafternoons - See Monday listing for details.

Bookworms Drop-In Storytime and Art - See Monday listing for details.


FRIDAY

My French Neighborhood
Sprout San Francisco, 1943 W. Division St., Chicago
Fridays 10:30 - 11:00am
This is a drop in class for ages 0 - 3 years. Adventure together with some first steps into the whimsical My French Neighborhood. Instructor Shara Doliget will share whimsical stories while you and your little one absorb a little language as short French words and phrases are sprinkled in with music and song. $10 cash drop-in. Learn more...

Kids Cupcake Decorating
Give Me Some Sugar, 2205 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Fridays from 4-5 pm (minimum 6 students required to hold class)
Kids will learn basic decorating techniques, play some games and take home their creations. This event is for 8 - 12 year olds. Vegan and Gluten Free options always available at no extra charge. Ages 8-12. $30. Learn more...

Story Art Class
Wonderland Activity Center, 1927 W Belmont Ave., Chicago
Fridays from 3:30 - 5:30
This theme based drop in class class takes children on a literary adventure with exciting story reads, songs, games, and art projects. It's drop in play with a purpose! Each class explores the theme of one special book. Ages 3-5. $30 per drop in class. Additional siblings add $15. Discounted class packs available. Learn more...

Storytime with Storybook Mom at Book Cellar
The Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Fridays at 11am through November 30
The famous Storybook Mom Nili Yelin reads for an hour at the Book Cellar every Friday morning at 11AM during Kid's Reading Hour. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

Sing Along with Electric Neil at the Farm-in-the-Zoo - See Wednesday listing for details.

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

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.


SATURDAY

YoYo University
Cat & Mouse Games, 2212 W. Armitage, Chicago
Saturdays from 11am - 12:30pm
Drop by any time from 11am - 12:30pm, and yoyo experts will be on hand to give lessons to beginning and intermediate players. If you don't have a yoyo yet, don't worry - the store sells all different styles of yoyos in all price ranges. Ages 6 and up. FREE. 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...

Storytime at Open Books - See Thursday listing for details.

Fiddleheads - See Sunday listing for details.

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

Beginners Art Studio - See Sunday listing for details.

Bookworms Drop-In Storytime and Art - See Monday listing for details.


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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.