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Children's Programs

PLEASE NOTE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, ALL group activities, classes, and programs have been paused except for Virtual Youth Karate (see below) ​until further notice. ​Check back here for new information as it becomes available.

Youth Fitness and Sport Programs 

Do you hope your child will develop an early love of physical activity? Our youth programs are designed to provide a fun approach to fitness and staying physically active! Click on the links below to gain more information about each program. Visit our instructional policies page for further information about youth registration, refund policies, and membership type restrictions.

Virtual Youth Karate Classes: Although our youth karate classes are paused at The Ray due to the pandemic, we are incredibly excited to announce that in partnership with IMPACT DOJO, we are able to continue and provide our Karate program online!  Your feedback to us during this closure has been appreciated and many of you have mentioned how much you enjoy seeing your child let out their stay-at-home energy. These online classes will do just that, and allow your child to continue their education in Martial Arts. The health and joy of your children mean more to us than you know!  Let's get them back kicking again!

IMPACT DOJO Martial Arts offers classes that are open to boys and girls ages 6-13. Classes are high energy and full of fun and excitement.  Students learn principles, history, and philosophy of Karate, other martial arts, kickboxing, etc. Classes include physical activity and an education component.!

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 is available as a drop-in service on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday - Sunday mornings, 9 am - Noon. There is NO Babysitting Service available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Babysitting is available to children six months and older and parents/guardians must remain in the facility. For more information or to check out the SItter Schedule, go to our Babysitting webpage.

Basketball skills training is available through several programs here at The Ray:

  • Skills Training: For kindergarten through high school age, Chicago Basketball Club coaches are able to do it all! Skill development and/or agility and conditioning are included by our veteran instructors.  All ages and abilities are welcome and the coaches focus on providing individualized attention to improve your young athlete's skill level quickly and effectively. 
  • Fred's Camp provides fun leagues for young children on Saturday mornings.
  • Our personal trainers provide specific skills training for all ages. If you're looking for a personalized experience, contact us!

In an effort to address public health issues, our basketball training programs are paused until further notice. We will contact all families as soon as we receive word that we are able to continue the programs. Stay healthy and thank you for understanding!

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. For more information, go to our dance page.

In an effort to address public health issues, our dance programs are paused until further notice. We will contact all families as soon as we receive word that we can continue the programs. Stay healthy and thank you for understanding!

Do you have a team or group that is looking for specialized training or is ready for a fun, new approach to fitness and wellness? Fit by Design and Kids on the Move programs are designed to meet your group's specific needs while building lifelong fitness and wellness skills!
Is your child looking to try something new, seeking to further develop his or her boxing prowess or just needs a fresh approach to fitness? Private Boxing instruction is the answer! Our experienced trainers work with all ages and ability levels! 
Do you have a child who wants to take their game to the next level?  We have worked with athletes in a variety of sports including volleyball, racquetball, golf, and skating. Let us know how we can help - either with skills and/or sport-specific strength/agility/conditioning training

Mailing List: If you would like to receive occasional updates about our youth programs and services, email us at

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