Hot Topics: Back to School

Posted: July 18, 2019

In the blink of an eye, summer will over and it will be time to go back to school! While we hope you're enjoying your summer, we're happy to share some great Back to School news from our partners.


This School Year, Explore What's Possible at Codeverse
Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse - Chicago's best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6-13! Codeverse is an award-winning, state-of-the-art studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and games, and interact with top-notch technology including, professional-grade sound and light equipment, 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms. Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could toddle, the Codeverse curriculum is designed to be engaging and easy to digest for children of all experience. Codeverse is offering $100 OFF their Codeverse Crew Membership. Membership includes 75-minute weekly after-school, evening, or weekend classes; 1 complimentary 'Kids Night Out' per month; and Early bird specials on Summer Camps and Day-Off Camps. (offer ends 9/15/2019)
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Lumiere Therapeutic Preschool
Our Therapeutic Preschool program is a supportive and inclusive environment for children of all developmental needs. Our small group setting allows for optimal therapy for each child. Each day in our therapeutic preschool, your child will learn literacy, math, science and self-care. We explore these concepts through music, books, movement, sensory exploration, problem solving, and visual spatial tasks. Each activity will be modified to ensure your child's success in our program in order to help them achieve academic milestones and "graduate". Our program also provideS your child with transitional support throughout the day. Our clinic has several rooms devoted to the therapeutic preschool, including a sensory gym, allowing children to regulate their bodies before challenging themselves with academic tasks. Learn more...

Register Now for The Little Gym Fall Classes
As you strive to give your children the best foundation for success, The Little Gym is there to help you along the way. Our professionally developed, non-competitive curriculum has been designed to build motor skills while having fun, and simultaneously fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. Each child receives individual attention from trained instructors, and progresses at their own pace in a non-threatening, warm and nurturing environment. School Year Season begins September 2!
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ART Classes, NEW ART-Based Pre-School Alternative, and Much More!
This fall The Paintbrush is offering all the classes and programming you've come to love -- Paint&Play, Kids' Night Out, ARTist-Inspired ART Classes for kids 2-12, Little ART Explorers class for toddlers, Family Painting classes, day-off Camps, Spanish Immersion ART Classes, Seasonal Workshops, and Birthday pARTies --- and we're introducing our new 3-hour Drop-Off ART&Play Program. for 3-5-year-olds. Classes at The Paintbrush are taught by working ARTists who bring their ARTistic experience and a love of working with children to our unique programs. At The Paintbrush we're not just creating ART, we're providing an early introduction to -- and fostering a life-long love and appreciation for - ART while providing the skills and knowledge required to instill confidence in our students.
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Back to School Backpack Drive
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and itsr partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. This year, ChicagoCAC is asking companies to collect school supplies and backpacks, fill the backpacks with the collected supplies, and deliver the stuffed backpacks to the Center by Friday 8/23. There is no minimum or maximum number of backpacks you can donate. As a reference point, if each company participating donates 25-50 stuffed backpacks, they will reach the goal of 400 backpacks! Visit the web site for details on backpack collection and how your company can help.
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Third Annual DuPage Airport Back to School Celebration
August 8, 10am - 2pm
DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago
In celebration of a new school year, DuPage Airport (DPA) and the City of West Chicago are inviting students and their families to the Third Annual Back to School Celebration. Students will have the opportunity to Sit inside airplane cockpits; Explore airport fire and rescue vehicles; Climb onto airport maintenance and snow removal equipment; Experience flight simulators; Learn about careers in aviation; See vintage aircraft, military planes; and more. Attendees will also get to hang out with WGN-TV, meet first responders from the West Chicago Police and the West Chicago Fire Protection District, members of the Boy Scouts Three Fires Council and Civil Air Patrol, representatives from the Red Cross as well as West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda. Admission to the event is free, but pre-registration is requested.
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Anna and Elsa Kick Off the School Year
August 18, 1-2pm
Learning Express Toys Lake Zurich, 315 S Rand Road
Come sing, dance and smile with Anna and Elsa live. Dress up will be fun. Sunday, August 18th. 1-2 pm. The new movie Frozen 2 will be released this November. Don't be frozen out!
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Fashion Outlets of Chicago Back to School Celebration
August 8-14
5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont
Teachers and students can take advantage of savings during Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s Back to School Celebration by visiting Concierge Services between August 8 and August 14. Upon presenting a valid ID, teachers and students will receive a free seven-day trial of Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s digital Green Savings Card, offering up to $800 in savings from several of the center’s retailers. Festivities include exclusive Back to School deals from participating retailers, teacher and student incentives, fashion shows, sweet treats and “Bling a Binder” program Saturday, August 13. Upon presenting a receipt showing a same-day purchase of $10 or more at Fashion Outlets of Chicago, children can decorate a complimentary binder using more than 75 colors and patterns of fashion duct tape, rhinestones, stickers and various other embellishments. The program will be available from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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