Classes

Fall classes start on September 15th 2014

The Little Beans class roster includes a schedule filled with fun, imaginative and educational options for both parents and kids. Playspace admission is Free for one hour before or after your class during the time you’re enrolled.

To register for classes you can register online (on the class schedule and events pages). For more information or to have a Little Beans employee help you with your registration just email events@littlebeanscafe.com or call 773-251-1025.

Music and Movement (6-24 months)

6-24 months

Tuesdays 10:00am–10:35am

A music class that uses movement to foster children’s love for music, teach parents songs they can take home, and gets children and parents moving and dancing together. The class will be ever changing but with a familiar format. That way children know what to expect and parents don’t go crazy. We will use props, simple instruments, creativity and some good old-fashioned rock and roll. Includes an hour of play after class!

Register

Dates:
9/16–11/4
Teacher:
Miss Elisa
Price:
$120 for 8 weeks or $15 per class

Sign Say and Play – Baby Sign Language (11:00-11:45am)

6 months - 2 years

Tuesdays 11:00am–11:45am

Have you ever wondered what your baby was thinking or why your toddler was crying? This class teaches babies and toddlers simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with their parents and caregivers. Using signs gives your child a way to communicate with you long before they have mastered their verbal speaking skills.
In this class, you and your child will learn signs across 8 fun themes; meal-time, bath-time, feelings, park and more. Signs are introduced by Wendy and Beebo-the signing bear while playing games, singing songs, exploring toys and during early literacy activities. Parents will be provided with countless strategies to make signing at home successful and play activities to help reinforce their child’s language, cognitive, and social emotional development. Come sign and play with your child! For additional information, please visit http://www.babysignsprogram.com/bywendyauffant

Register

Dates:
9/16–11/4
Teacher:
Wendy Auffant
Price:
$150 for 8 weeks

Little Beats Drumming Class

2.5-4 years

Wednesdays 10:00am–10:45am

Does your child like music? Do they like to bang on things around the house and hear interesting sounds? This is the class for you. A teacher from Drum Chicago will be at Little Beans for a fun banging good time. It has been shown that drumming helps kids develop their motor and cognitive skills as well as their social and emotional skills by exercising both the left and right side of the brain. In this class we will teach kids how to communicate through rhythm and learn how to play in a group setting through various games and activities.

Register

Dates:
9/17–11/5
Teacher:
Drum Chicago
Price:
$120 for 8 weeks or $15 per class

Live Music with Charles -Drop in

All ages

Wednesdays 11:00am–11:45am

Our favorite music man, Charles, is back! Charles will be playing live music on his guitar. Enjoy your favorite songs with friends in our lounge. Music is free with playspace admission. Registration not required.

Dates:
9/17–11/5
Teacher:
Charles Murphy
Price:
Free with playspace admission

GRASP GROUP

Moms of new babies

Thursdays 10:45am–12:00pm

Research consistently shows that healthier, happier mothers tend to raise happier, healthier kids. GRASP group is a wonderful way to bring women together to socialize, learn, and share. At GRASP groups, you get to socialize with other moms while learning important parenting tips and mommy self-esteem boosters from a clinical therapist and a child development specialist. Topics range from personal identity changes, post-partum emotional challenges, bonding with your little one, reconnecting with your significant other, and learning information on child development. GRASP group’s 6-week time frame allows moms to really get to know each other in a warm and nurturing environment. Group members are encouraged to bring their baby (0-9 months).

Register

Dates:
8/28–10/2
Teacher:
GRASP
Price:
$190.00

School of Rock Presents Little Wing

4-5 years

Thursdays 3:30pm–4:15pm

School of Rock’s new group-based music classes are now at Little Beans!  Little Wing gives your children the early music education that research shows they need; and also teaches them to love the same classic music you grew up with.  Our innovative PHD-developed classes, infused with rock music, encourage your little artist to explore rhythm patterns, tonal processing, basic music syntax, and make emotional connections to great music. Our curriculum includes classics by The Beatles, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and many others.  Give your child the musical inspiration they deserve! See http://www.littlewing.com for more info!”

To register visit http://chicago.littlewing.com and click “enroll now”

Dates:
3/6–12/18
Teacher:
School of Rock
Price:
$90 per month
Register

Evolve Dance Classes

2 years - 6 years

Fridays and Saturdays

Interested in dance for your little one between 2-4 years? Evolve Dance offers a great dance program at Little Beans. Below are the class options. More information on the classes, descriptions and pricing can be found on their website!

Wednesday (starting July 9th):

  • 3:00-3:50pm – Magical Munchkins (2-young 3 yrs) tap/ballet combo class
  • 4:00-4:50pm – Tiny Movers (3-4 yrs) tap/ ballet combo class
  • 5:00-5:50- Star Shiners (4-5 yrs) tap/ ballet combo class

Friday:

  • 9:45am-10:30am – Magical Munchkins (2-young 3 yrs) tap/ballet combo class
  • 10:35am-11:30am – Tiny Movers (3-4 yrs) tap/ ballet combo class
  • 11:30am-12:30am- Star Shiners (4-5 yrs) tap/ ballet combo class

Saturday

  • 9:00am-9:50am – Magical Munchkins (2-young 3 yrs) tap/ballet combo class
  • 9:50am-10:40am – Tiny Movers (3-4 yrs) tap/ ballet combo class
  • 10:50am-11:40- Star Shiners (4.5-6y yrs)

Winter and Spring 2014 Semester Payment Options

  1. Automatic Monthly Renewal ($17.20/ class for weekdays, $18.00/ class for weekends. Billed monthly)
  2. Semester (1/6 – 6/30) – $356 for weekday classes OR $373 for weekend classes. 10% discount.
Dates:
7/11–12/19
Teacher:
Laura Spicuzza
Price:
See Evolve's Website
Register

Mommy Meditation

Mamas

Fridays 4:00pm–5:00pm

This is a meditation class for moms who haven’t been able to find time for themselves since giving birth to their little bundle of joy. If at the end of the day, you have baby food in your hair, spit up on your shirt and more dirty diapers in your garbage than you can count, this class is for you. The instructor will take you through a series of meditation and relaxation exercises. This will allow you to focus on yourself, learn tips to be present during parenthood and make you a happier and healthier mom who isn’t one finger-painting mishap away from a meltdown. Please arrange for childcare in advance. Parents with kids of all ages are welcome. Class runs 8 weeks. No class on Halloween.

Register

Dates:
9/19–11/7
Teacher:
Nora Dudley
Price:
$15 per class

Puppet sing-a-long with Susanna

Ages 1-5 years

Mondays 11:00am–11:30am

Interactive music and puppet show with Susanna and Blueberry, including parachute time, bubbles, and maraca time.

Register

Dates:
9/15–11/3
Teacher:
Susanna Pineda
Price:
$120 for 8 weeks or $15 per class

Kids Drop Off Workshop: Pirates and Princess Training

3-5 years

Wednesday, 10/1 3:00pm–5:00pm

Two hour drop off workshop for kids 3-5 years. Includes workshop activity with supplies, play and snack.

Do you have an emerging princess or pirate at home? Bring them to Little Beans for a few hours of pirate and princes fun. We’ll make princess crowns and wands with the girls and pirate swords and headbands with the boys followed by a treasure hunt, play and a snack!

Register

Teacher:
LBC Staff
Price:
$30 for one child, $20 for siblings

Little Learners “Preschool Prep” (24-48 months) – Fall

24-48 months

Mondays 10:30am–12:00pm

Little Learners is a 90-minute “pre-school prep” class for children ages 24 to 48 months led by licensed speech and occupational therapists.  Activities include sensory play, circle time with song and book, motor play, arts and crafts, turn-taking games, and snack.  Gentle separation from parents is encouraged.  Little Learners addresses speech and language development, gross and fine motor skills, early literacy, sensory integration, healthy eating, and social play skills.  The class provides socialization opportunities, builds self confidence, and supports pre-school readiness skills. In order to maximize the individual attention each child receives, class size is limited to six to eight children. Please directly Contact Mary Beth Goecke (630.624.8963) with any questions!

Register- Fall

Dates:
10/6–11/24
Teacher:
Mary Beth Goecke and Kristin Harkensee
Price:
320.00

Free Kids Yoga Class (with a focus on kids with ADHD or Anxiety)

Kids 5 years + (parents welcome as well)

Sunday, 10/19 10:00am–11:00am

Heather Bragg is a teacher, tutor and author who specializes in helping students with language-based learning disabilities as well as difficulties with attention, anxiety and executive functioning. Inspired after hearing a presentation by Dr. John Ratey, author of several books on ADHD and the benefits of exercise, Heather created a 30-minute yoga, breathing and mediation routine in order to help her students find focus and relieve anxiety.
This session will be informative for parents and children alike. Participants should be age 5 and above.

Register

Teacher:
Heather Bragg
Price:
Free with admission

Kids Drop Off Workshop: Ninja Training

3-5 years

Wednesday, 11/5 3:00pm–5:00pm

Two hour drop off workshop for kids 3-5 years. Includes workshop activity with supplies, play and snack.

What boy or girl doesn’t want to be a Ninja? But, all good Ninjas need some training in order to be a ninja master! We’ll make ninja belts and headbands followed by a ninja focused karate class, a ninja battle, play and a snack!

Register

Teacher:
LBC Staff
Price:
$30 for one child, $20 for siblings

Kids Drop Off Workshop: Super Hero Cape Making

3-5 years

Wednesday, 12/3 3:00pm–5:00pm

Two hour drop off workshop for kids 3-5 years. Includes workshop activity with supplies, play and snack.

We all have a favorite super hero. We’ll embrace our inner super hero and make a custom cape of our very own followed by a super hero obstacle course, play and snack!

Register

Teacher:
LBC Staff
Price:
$30 for one child, $20 for siblings

Kids Drop Off Workshop: Messy Art

3-5 years

Wednesday, 1/7 3:00pm–5:00pm

Two hour drop off workshop for kids 3-5 years. Includes workshop activity with supplies, play and snack.

There are a lot of great art projects kids do at home, school and in classes but who doesn’t like to get messy. Bring your kids in something you don’t care about and enjoy your time knowing you don’t need to clean up. We’ll explore some messy creations using our senses to talk about what we feel, make a messy project, play and have a snack!

Register

Teacher:
LBC Staff
Price:
$30 for one child, $20 for siblings