Outdoor kids classes
Near Woodlawn, Cook

Healthy, educational, and fun! Outdoor activity-based kids classes in local green spaces near Woodlawn, Cook.

Tinkergarten’s kids classes are age appropriate for 18 month - 8 year olds, and are run by parents and other community members. Classes take place in Lawson Park, LaBagh Woods, Thatcher Woods, Thaddeus S. “Ted” Lechowicz Woods, Oz Park, Welles Park, Grant Park, Unity Park, Palmer Square Park, Eggers Grove, Taylor Park, Humboldt Park, Horner Park, Robinhood Park, McKinley Park Play Garden, Smith Park, Ridge Park, Jackson Park (Garden of The Phoenix), Bedford Park, Nichols Park, Harold Washington Playlot Park, Portage Park, Nottingham Park, Jesse Owens Park, Edgebrook Community Church, Walsh Park, The Bucktown Green, Senior Citizens Memorial Playlot Park, Euclid Square Park, Eckhart Park, Independence Irving Park, Wicker Park, Garfield Park Conservatory - Administrative Office, Winnemac Park, Lincoln Park, Milton Lee Olive Park, West Ridge Nature Preserve, An Oak Park Area Park, Glenview Woods, Axehead Lake, Robbins Park, Oakbrook Terrace Park District Lake View Nature Center, Lake Opeka, Northbrook Village Green, Izaak Walton Preserve, Wampum Lake, Somme Woods - Picnic Grove #1, Centennial Park, A Downers Grove area park, Ty Warner Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Twin Lakes Park, Patriots Park, Lake Arlington, An Arlington Heights Area Park, Busse Woods - Picnic Grove 24, Busse Forest Central, Kimball Hill Park, Crete Bike Trail, A Chicago Area Park, Memorial Park, Castaldo Park, A Woodridge Area Park, Adler Park, Hunt Club Park Community Center, Viking Park, A Gurnee Area Park, Riverside Park, A Waukegan Area Park, Greenbelt Forest Preserve, Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access, Main Park, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kingston Park, Northside Park, a Wheaton area park, Lincoln Marsh, Private Residence (Winfield, IL), and East Street Park, and more!

Tinkergarten’s play-based learning curriculum of outdoor activities is the best way for kids to experience Woodlawn, Cook in the summer. Moms, dads and their kids can enroll in a class and join one of our existing playgroups, or improve their own playgroup by becoming a Tinkergarten leader. Join the other parents and kids in Cook to play and learn outdoors together!

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Skill-Based Curriculum

Tinkergarten is not a typical kids’ class—we share ideas with educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, but we’re much more. Our technology-enabled, expert designed curriculum adapts to region and season, is age appropriate, and spans a broad range of skills. Activities progressively build week after week, season after season.
“The classes are so well-thought-out and organized without being rigid.”
– Kate, Mom to a 3 year old
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Outside is healthier

Tinkergarten parents are not anti-tech. Our kids get ample screen time, too. Isn’t our greatest gift, then, to balance that time with healthy, rejuvenating, and developmentally stimulating time outdoors?
“She’ll get plenty of time with the iPad soon. At her age, being outside just seems right.”
– Rachael, Mom to an 18-month-old
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Let them Play, like we did

Our classes bring back something that seems to be lost on this new generation — something that was a most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker outdoors.
“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”
– Julie, Mom to a 3-year-old
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Prepare them

Kids learn leadership, problem solving, persistence, and more through well-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, we think independent exploration, risk taking, getting dirty, and making help kids achieve far greater things than drills at the local tutoring center.
“I've learned to see his play as learning. Amazing!”
– Jon, Dad of a 2-year-old
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It takes a Village

The most critical social development happens in the first 5 years. Tinkergarten is purposefully designed to bring kids together with their peers, their parents, and allow mom and dad to bond with their child more meaningfully.
“He lost himself at Tinkergarten, and before he knew it, he was working with the other kids.”
– Elif, Mom to a 3-year-old