The Champaign-Urbana area has a variety of offerings for kids classes and teams in the fall
Activities that keep your kids active and engaged? Check. Activities that stretch your kids brain power? Check. Activities that your kids will be asking to go to? Check. We have the info on a variety of extra curricular activities that kids will enjoy all year long.
Registration for fall activities are up and running at many organizations, although some may not have information ready yet. Please note that all listings are paid sponsors of chambanamoms.
Thanks to Illini Tutoring for presenting this list of kids classes in Champaign-Urbana. At Illini Tutoring, their licensed, certified teachers and tutors help students raise their grades, get higher test scores, and navigate the stress and anxiety of middle and high school. No two students are the same: this is why one-on-one and group tutoring is the best way to help your student succeed in school and in life. Through their combined 30+ years of teaching experience, they help students become the heroes of their own success story through meaningful mentorships and one-on-one and small group teaching. Students come to Illini Tutoring when their grades and test scores should be better. Parents enroll their children in Illini Tutoring’s programs when stress, anxiety, and frustration due to school are taking a toll on the student and the whole family.
Illini Tutoring has been serving students in Champaign-Urbana since 2010. Students trust their certified teachers and tutors to help them excel in their math and science classes. They also help students raise their scores on the ACT, SAT, and PSAT. They offer one-to-one summer tutoring programs in math, science, test prep, and college app essay writing. Moms who want their kids to succeed in school – and in life – trust their tutoring services year after year, and they can’t wait to welcome you into their family of creative thinkers and problem solvers. Illini Tutoring is a mom-owned company with a big heart for the community. They donate thousands of dollars each year to support the local public schools and other community projects.
Dates of Programming: Ongoing
Ages Served: All
Location: 2500 Galen Dr., Champaign
The Urbana Park District has a plethora of options for youth in Champaign-Urbana across their many facilities. From swimming lessons and swim team to dance and theater, chess club to nature activities, you can find a number of options to choose from when you’re looking for activities for your children. They do offer extensive programming for preschoolers and have a number of options for teens, too.
Dates of Programming: Ongoing
Ages Served: All
Locations: Urbana Park District facilities, including Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, Brookens Gym, Phillips Recreation Center, Anita Purves Nature Center and others
For More Information: website
I-Power develops well-rounded children and young adults through gymnastics. I-Power strives to instill self-confidence, strength, responsibility and develop its students’ INDIVIDUAL potential. Programs include Preschool Gymnastics (beginning as early as 6 months) Preschool Educational Prep (Gym N Learn), Boys and Girls School-Age Gymnastics, Competitive Gymnastics, Ninja Classes, Special Events, Birthday Parties, Field Trips, Open Gyms, School Out Days and Summer Camps.
Dates of Programming: enrolling now
Ages or Grades Served: Classes begin at 6 months through high school age.
Location: I-Power School of Gymnastics, 215 S. Staley Road, Champaign
About Soccer Planet: Lil’ Kickers youth soccer classes allow children aged 18 months to 8 years to learn the sport while having fun with others. It is a developmental program aimed at helping kids excel on and off the field. Children engage with friendly, high-energy coaches who help develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills.
Additionally, Soccer Planet offers Drill & Play classes that focus on skill development and sportsmanship for children aged 7-14. Join them for soccer fun in a safe, rewarding environment! Classes meet weekly for 50 minutes per session.
How to Enroll: Visit their website to create an account which allows enrollment in the appropriate class. They offer a free 1-session trial for parents who want to see whether the class is the right fit. Visit the “Youth Programs” page on their website to view program schedules and sign up. They prorate upon enrollment and offer discounts to multi-child families.
Parent Comment: “I want to take the opportunity to compliment your youth coaches. They are AMAZING with these young kids! Encouraging, engaging, and patient. We really appreciate them!” – Carrie T., Urbana
Location: 2310 N. Willow Road, Urbana
About HMD Academy of Taekwondo: HMD Academy of Taekwondo is a highly disciplined, safe and fun martial arts academy focused on personal growth. Children are taught self-defense, and how to focus their attention on achieving goals, and learning to excel in every part of their lives. Enroll now and receive 2 weeks of FREE introductory lessons.
Parent Comment: Parents, through disciplined training, children will learn self-defense, and also develop self-esteem, improved motor skills, and learn how to listen to instructors, teachers, and parents, and carry through on assigned tasks.
Location: 1701 Woodfield Drive, Savoy
About A+ Tutoring with Dr. Daniel Krier, PhD: A+ Tutoring with Dr. Daniel Krier, PhD, offers personalized online tutoring services for students K-12. With over 14 years of teaching experience, his individualized 1-on-1 tutoring service provides individual lessons that meet the specific needs of any student, at any level of education. He also offers ACT/SAT Test Prep tutoring for high school students that will produce higher test scores and a sense of confidence. He provide a stress-free, fun learning environment that will enable your child to focus on achievement in and outside of the classroom.
How to Enroll: Please contact Daniel Krier directly by email for more information and to schedule a phone consultation if desired. Information is also available online. ACT/SAT Test Prep sessions cost $40/hour, and grade-school tutoring costs $35/hour. He offers multi-hour, multi-child discounts of $5 off per session if booking more than one hour per week for your family.
Parent Comment: QUOTE FROM A HAPPY 4th-Grade PARENT FROM SAVOY, IL: “Our son adores working with Mr. Dan and looks forward to their lesson each week. They laugh while having fun learning, and their conversations have taught our boy to speak clearly and confidently. His grades have gone up and his shyness has gone down. Big recommendation!” -ELIZABETH T.
About Not Your Typical Tutor: Empowering the Exceptional Child: They specialize in working with children on the autism spectrum, but they also have experience teaching kids with learning disabilities, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. They are available to help your child with academics, communication, personal care, behavior–whatever is needed.
Parent Comment: “[Toni’s] approach was creative, innovative & confidence building. She helped my daughter be successful and continue to learn Hebrew which came with its own challenges due to her dyslexia. I highly recommend her tutoring services.”
Location: Client’s home or other mutually agreed upon location
About Joy Academics: Michelle is a reading licensed teacher in a local school district. She has a Masters degree in teaching and learning, She has worked in several school settings as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and an alternative classroom teacher. She offers quality and affordable Reading and Math support.
Dates of Programming: Aug. 23, 2021-June 6, 2022
Ages Served: K-5
Location: 502 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
The HEAT is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of the team is to provide every athlete an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competition.
Dates of Programming: Short Course Swim Season August – March; Long Course Season April – July
Ages Served: 3 (sparks – pre swim team) and up
Location: Practices are primarily held at the Stephens Family YMCA; however, some practices are held at Centennial High School
About The Reading Group: They offer 10 sessions (one hour in length) for individuals with dyslexia or other learning challenges. They also offer gifted learning classes for students who may have challenges in math, science, reading or writing. They offer a basic reading program for pre-K students. All courses are taught by certified instructors with an additional 10 hours of training in Orton-Gillingham dyslexia training.
How to Enroll: Parents may call 217-351-9144 to register for the courses but will need to complete an intake process prior to any sessions. They can also email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details related to cost, procedures and classes. They do offer scholarships but they are based on the national poverty levels and the number of individuals in the household established by Health and Human Services.
Location: 3011A Village Office Place, Suite A, Champaign
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