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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.

NEW!! Friday Fun at the Ray

​Kick off your weekend on the right (or left) foot! The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center and Fred's Camp are pleased to offer a new and exciting sports program for children in grades K - 6. Participants will play a variety of sports, games, and some "old school favorites" in an action-packed 60-minute program. The class will include but not be limited to: Soccer, Capture-the-Flag, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, and some special surprises along the way. As the cold weather sets in, your child has a chance to blow off steam indoors with us! Join your friends and be part of this inaugural offering in the heart of Lincoln Park!
Fridays, 4:15 - 5:15 pm
November 1 - December 13; No class on November 29; 6 week session

Members: $135; Non-members: $160
To register, click HERE!



Youth Karate

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.​​

Basketball

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!

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.

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.​​ For more information, go to our dance​ page.

Fun and Fitness Programs

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!​

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.
Register here. 

Boxing

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! ​

Sports Skills, Strength, Agility, and Conditioning Training

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 wellness@depaul.edu.

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