Community Programs for Children and Families
The Western Spring Recreation Department offers classes for school aged children in such areas as: sports, martial arts, and arts/crafts. Visit: http://www.wsprings.com/departments/recreation.asp
Or call Tracy Alden 708/246-9070 for more information.
The Thomas Ford Library offers programs for children, including story time, online homework help and reading clubs. There are special events such as Read to the Dogs at the Library, Lego Play, Chicago Wolves' Read to Succeed Winter Reading Club, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Extravaganza, and Music Programs. For more information, visit: http://www.fordlibrary.org/eventsprograms/index.html or call 246-0520.
Community Extension Project (CEP) Youth Leadership, Inc. offers a mentoring program, tutoring, and social/recreational outings for school aged children. For more information, please visit: http://www.cep4youth.org/programs.html or call 708-579-5898.
The Parent and Community Network of Lyons Township High School offers Parent University every February. Parent University’s agenda includes speakers discussing current issues facing today’s parents and youth from pre-school through high school. For more information, visit: http://www.lths.net/InfoFor/Parents/PCN/ or call Jeanne Widing at 708 - 579-6507.
The College of DuPage offers classes to school aged children in such areas as: Cooking, Sewing, Keyboarding, Lego Robotics and Spanish. Please visit: http://home.cod.edu/academics/conted/youth/ or call (630) 942-2208, for more information.
Language Stars offers play-based, full immersion foreign language programs in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school children. Please visit: http://www.languagestars.com/ or call 1-866-55-STARS for more information.
Fermilab, located in Batavia, IL is committed to enhancing mathematics and science education and stimulating science literacy. Laboratory education programs serve students from prekindergarten to adulthood. For more information contact: the Science Education Office at (630) 840-3092 or visit: http://ed.fnal.gov/lasso/program_search/search_adventures_new.shtml
Giant Steps, currently designated as a therapeutic day school to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism, offers after school activities to complement their education curriculum, and includes a computer lab, sensory and motor rooms, art, as well as fitness facilities. For more information, please visit: http://www.mygiantsteps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=56 or call: 630.864.3800
Aspire provides quality lifetime supports to people with developmental disabilities so they can achieve their individual highest potential where they live, learn, work or play. They provide parent education, support groups as well as Sibshops to help siblings of children with special needs. To learn more about Aspire’s specialized services, call Paula Cox, Manager of Clinical Therapy Services, 708.236.0979 or visit: http://www.aspireofillinois.org/who-we-help/child-parent-groups.html
LADSE, the La Grange Department of Special Education offers Family Education, including Parent Academy which is offered several evenings a year. In addition, they offer a 6 week course starting in February called Positive Parenting, which teaches specific techniques to improve children’s behavior. Please visit: http://www.ladse.org/services/Family%20Ed/family_ed.html or call Julie Pridmore 708.482.1156 for more information.
The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs offers a wide variety of theatre classes for children in first grade through high school. For current brochure of classes please visit: http://www.theatrewesternsprings.com/ctws_home.php or call Leslie Price (708) 246-4043, ext. 227.
Girl Scouts is an organization where girls can "try on" different leadership roles by participating in a wide variety of activities. To find a local troop, please visit: http://www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/find-troop or call: 312.416.2500.
The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For more information, please visit: http://www.bsa-dpvc.org/index.php or call 708-354-1111.
The Greater La Grange YMCA, located at 1100 East 31st Street in La Grange Park, offers a wide variety of programs for children and families including Y Guides and Princesses, as well as sports, arts and crafts, babysitting certification, and book clubs. For more information, please visit: http://chicagoymca.ebookview.net/guide.php?orgid=140&catid=3434&p=2 and click on the links along the left or call (708) 352-7600.