Kidtown USA came from the minds of educators and recreation specialists who created a program licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Each location’s activity stations cater not only to entertaining kids, but also helping them develop skills for creative self-expression and social engagement. Kids explore the indoor play area, which consists of climbing structures—including a pirate ship and a train—before watching puppets act out classic kids’ tales such as Uncle Vanya Goes to the Zoo at Storytime Theater. Make Believe City’s open air and small, miniature rooms emulate imaginative settings such as a firehouse, veterinarian's office, or construction zone. Elsewhere at The Diner, red-and-chrome furniture and a classic checkerboard floor sets the stage for cooking lessons or snack time.
After running a daycare for 10 years and coming home at night to raise her own three children, Tiffani Wilson realized that sometimes parents need a night out. To meet this need Tiffani opened Just Kidding Around, offering parents the flexibility to drop off their kids aged 18 months–12 years for hourly stretches with no long-term commitment, contract, or promises to bring back their leftovers for the staff. Visitors are greeted by a DCFS-, first-aid-, and CPR-certified staff at the pristine, socks-only play area that combines a classroom, indoor playground, and kid-sized lounge. While under the care of Tiffani and her crew, kids take part in age-appropriate learning activities, such as studying math, science, phonics, and art, with plenty of time left over for educational games and video games. Additionally, healthy snacks are provided by Quality Catering for Kids for $5 per meal.
At three brightly colored locations, Children's Land Learning Center fosters imaginations and cognitive abilities with early-childhood educational programs that seek to inspire children's enthusiasm for learning while meeting social, intellectual, and physical needs. In addition to state-licensed kindergarten classes, programs nurture and cultivate the minds of tots as young as 15 months, and daycare for children from six weeks to five years old. Activities cover topics such as art, music, dance, Taekwondo, math, and foreign languages.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Pro Tip: Our Courtesy Cart is available daily to assist you with carting your belongings down to the beach.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paul
and Ada Saffron Sprayground
Recommended Age Group: Adults
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Life moves pretty fast if you don't stop and look around. And if you look closely, you'll see that Glencoe Beach is featured in the hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our Boat Guards and Life Guards possess the Life Guard Waterfront Certificates from the American Red Cross and are certified in Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid certification. The guards are also meet the requirements set forth in US Sailing Safety/Rescue & Power boating certification.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
During your day at the beach, you can rent a shaded sun shelter, play in the sprayground, splash in the lake, play beach volleyball, rent a sailboat, lounge on a rented chair, or enjoy a snack at the concession stand. Closings due to weather or water quality will be posted by 9:45 AM on the weather hotline (847-835-1185, ext. 1) and on the Park Alerts page at www.glencoeparkdistrict.com.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.