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Children's Programs

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.

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.
Youth Karate is offered through IMPACT Martial Arts and is 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.
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.
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!
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
Ages: Grades K through 6     Date & Time: New Dates Coming Soon!
Looking for a stress free evening without the kids? Drop your kids off at The Ray for a Pre Super Bowl Kids' Night In! Give your children a chance to have an active evening! Grades K-6th will participate in sports, games and fun activities on our courts and pizza and dessert will be provided (if your child has food allergies or you would like to provide an alternative meal, let us know). 
Please email Danielle Arens darens1@depaul.edu for more information.

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

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