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Children's Programs

Are you looking to help your child develop an early love of physical activity? Our youth programs are a fun and safe way to keep your child active, whether you live in Lincoln Park or belong to the broader Chicago community. We offer a number of great opportunities for children to play at The Ray.

For more information on each program, please visit the program specific web page or call membership services at 773-325-4555.

Have questions about the classes? Visit our policies to learn more about membership restrictions, class cancellations and refund requests.​

Programs Offered

Swim Lessons: Our skilled instructors offer private and group Swim Lessons for children as young as 6 months. This is a great way to expose your child to the water as we help them learn to swim.

Babysitting: Babysitting is available as a drop-in service on a first-come, first-served basis Monday - Saturday mornings. Babysitting is available to children three months and older and parents/guardians must remain in the facility.

Parent's Night Out: Fun evening activities for children ages 4 - 7 while parents/guardians get a chance for shopping or dinner outside the Ray! (Children under age 4 may also take part, but parents must remain in the facility.) Check back for info about the next Parent's Night Out.

Sport Skills: Do you have a child who wants to take their game to the next level? We can help! Private and Group Basketball and Racquetball Training are currently available. We can meet your needs for other sports as well.

Fitness Conditioning: Check out our Kids on the Move programs for teens and tweens! These are programs designed to assist youth in learning that fitness can be fun while building lifelong fitness and wellness skills!

Dance: The Ballet Academy in Lincoln Park provides training for serious and recreational dancers. Classes are designed to build confidence, coordination, discipline, concentration and appreciation for the performing arts. Classes are for children ages 3 - 14.

Mailing List: If you would like to receive occasional updates about our Children's Programs, join our mailing list.


Please refer to the Children's Policies for additional information on facility access for children. ​