Classes

The next session of classes start March 31st, 2014. Classes are listed below and open for registration!

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.

Special offer: Little Beans is excited to partner with Gail Cowan, MSW and certified life coach, to offer three free one-on-one coaching sessions while your child is in class (or in supervised play – see workshop link below). As a busy mom (or dad!), you are used to being the person everyone depends on. This is a rare no-cost opportunity to have someone support YOU in figuring out how to make your life run more smoothly, feel less stress, and achieve personal and/or professional goals. If you’ve ever been curious about life coaching, now is your chance! To reserve your three 45-minute sessions, please contact Gail at cowangail@yahoo.com with information about your child’s class day and time. Sessions will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Little Beats Drumming Class

2.5-4 years

Wednesdays 11:00am–11:45am

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 for Drumming

Dates:
4/2–5/21
Teacher:
Drum Chicago
Price:
$120 for 8 weeks ($20 for single classes)

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!

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:
1/6–6/28
Teacher:
Laura Spicuzza
Price:
See Evolve's Website
Register

Kidding Around Kids Yoga (2-4 years)

2-4 years

Mondays 9:30am–10:15am

Preschool Pranayama!  The classes include meditation, asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing), relaxation…and lots of fun!  We stretch, dance and sing while doing yoga the entire class.  The benefits of Yoga for children are innumerable and I can’t wait to share them with the little yogi in your life! Linda Henning is a youth and adult certified instructor. Includes an hour of play after class. This class is 6-weeks for $60. Find out more at http://kiddingaroundyoga.com/linda/

Register for Yoga

Dates:
3/31–5/5
Teacher:
Linda Henning
Price:
$60 for 6 weeks ($12 for single classes)

Prenatal Yoga with CocoonCare

Expecting Moms

Mondays and Thursdays 5:00pm–6:00pm

Yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. It has been shown to increase strength and flexibility for childbirth, decrease back pain decrease the risk for pre-term labor, decrease postpartum soreness and strengthen the pelvic floor after delivery amongst other benefits. The class is ALWAYS held in a small-group format, with plenty of personal attention and caters to ALL fitness levels.

Classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:00 pm starting Mar 31st. The first week of classes will be FREE. Registration can be done through CocoonCare.

Dates:
3/31–6/26
Teacher:
CocoonCare
Price:
See CocoonCare Website - http://www.cocooncare.com/
Register

Music and Movement (6-24 months)

6-24 months

Tuesdays 10:00am–10:30am

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 for Music & Movement

Dates:
4/1–5/20
Teacher:
Elisa Lutz
Price:
$120 for 8 weeks ($15 for single classes)

Singin’ Beans (All Ages)

All Ages

Wednesdays 10:00am–10:45am

Singin’ Beans is our weekly music “class” with live instruments. A friendly relaxed environment that encourages parent and caregiver participation, Singin’ Beans will introduce children to multiple instruments including guitar, banjo, ukulele, dobro as well as various percussion tools. Includes playspace admission. Registration not required, just come by for class and pay at the register.

Dates:
3/12–5/28
Teacher:
Charles Murphy
Price:
Free with $12 playspace admission

Puppets and parachutes with singing and guitar songs for toddlers and babies

All Ages

Thursdays 12:30pm–2:30pm

Enjoy 30 min sessions of fun in the classroom with puppets and parachutes. Includes singing and guitar songs for toddlers and babies. Sessions are offered every half hour from 12:30-2:30.
Options include:
12:30-1:00pm
1:00-1:30pm
1:30-2:00pm
2:00-2:30pm

Register here

Dates:
4/3–5/22
Teacher:
Kim Hempill and Susannah
Price:
$10 per class only, $18 for play and class

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

Mommy Meditation

Parents

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.

Register for Meditiation

Dates:
4/25–6/13
Teacher:
Nora Dudley - a certified coach specializing in moms and moms to be
Price:
$15 per class

The Music Playhouse Free Demo Class

Thursday, 5/1 10:00am–10:50am

Join us for a Special Demo Class from The Music Playhouse on May 1st at 10am. Register here to try out the fun!

The Music Playhouse is a high quality, high energy, and fun music program with 45 minute classes for kids ages birth through 6, the most critical time for a child’s development!

-Exposure to music in early childhood has a positive effect on the brain
-Fun filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play
-10 week class sessions, 45 minute classes
-Mixed age classes are developmentally appropriate
-Siblings can enjoy class together

Teacher:
The Music Playhouse
Price:
Free Demo Class
Register

GRASP Group

Parents

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 Online

Dates:
5/1–6/5
Teacher:
Sara and Allison
Price:
$190 for 6-week group