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Dance Party & Birthday Ideas for Kids

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on May 10, 2017 6:30:01 PM

Parties are always a special time for kids, and if you’re anything like me, ensuring all kids' dance parties or birthday shindigs are perfectly planned out is priority number 1 when it comes to the little ones. However, sometimes a dash of inspiration is needed to make sure your parties aren’t a complete flop. 

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There are a plethora of different ways to create the best birthday or kids dance party you and your family will remember for years and we have some great ideas you can use for your next party.

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If you love the thought of a themed party but can’t seem to get the formula right to pull one off, Dance To EvOLvE hosts dance parties for kids that you can tap in to! Our San Diego location has many different themes, but don’t worry Chicago parents, we’re not leaving you in the cold! Dance To EvOLvE also has great birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago that you’re more than welcome to check out here. We cater to any and all children, so finding a theme that best suits your child will be a piece of cake with us. Do they have lots of energy almost 24/7? Are they into dressing up and wearing costumes? Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we make it a priority to ensure your child has the best time having the most fun with us. Does your child like to play the hero and save the day? Then our Superhero Party would be the perfect fit. Maybe they like to use props and obstacle courses. Then our Kids on the Move Party will sure to keep your child up and moving while also having loads of fun. The possibilities are endless! One thing is for sure. Dance to EvOLve definitely knows how to throw an awesome dance party for kids!

First things first. The question we all run into when planning a party is “where do I start?”

 That’s easy! Start by choosing a theme best suited for your kid. There are a lot of great dance party ideas for birthdays you can incorporate that will be a sure hit for your child and their friends. Do you need some inspiration? Dance to EvOLvE hosts parties that we know you'll love. We have a great selection of themes of any birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego you can find here. However, if you’re more of a DIY individual, then here are a few ideas you can use for your kid’s next birthday:

Arts and Crafts Party

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 Throwing an arts and crafts birthday party where kids can make their own crafts is a great way to keep their creativity sharp while also giving them time to socialize with their peers. Arts and crafts are so versatile, it can really range from small scale projects to big ones as well. It's one of the many great ideas, especially for birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago when the weather may not be great for outdoor parties. You can create different stations that kids can visit and participate in. It’s an awesome and inexpensive way to keep their imagination flowing and also gives parents more art work from their very own child for safekeeping. 

 Movie Night Party

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If you’re hosting a birthday party, but want something parents can also enjoy as well, movie nights parties are great options. If you're on the west coast, birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego definitely needs to take advantage of the nearly perfect nights we have. Have your child choose their favorite movie and have a large screening of it for his/her friends and family. You can create a concession section filled with movie theatre candies and LOTS AND LOTS of popcorn. Not only will the kids enjoy being outdoors under the stars, but parents also can enjoy a night out with their kid.

Neon Party

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Who doesn’t love anything glow in the dark? Throwing a Neon birthday party is a fun theme for any child that will leave them in awe. A neon theme is a perfect dance party for kids, but you don’t have to end it at just wearing neon and bright clothes. Let the kids have some fun with glow in the dark paint and let their creativity soar. You can even use mini glow sticks as party favors, get some funky tunes playing, and start a neon dance party that will sure to leave everybody talking about it for days.

Whether you're looking for birthday party ideas in Chicago or San Diego, Dance to EvOLvE has got you covered. At the end of the day, all that matters is your child is having fun, whether it means throwing a Superhero Birthday Party or hosting a Royalty of Fairyland Party. We want to make sure kids are having fun and with the dozens of themes we have and your personal creativity, there’s no doubt your child will have the time of their lives during their next party.

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What 2 and 3 year olds can gain from dance class

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 11, 2017 9:53:01 PM

Have you ever wondered what's the best age for your child to start dance class? Well, we think that a child is never too young to start dancing! Dancing helps them develop many important skills! Putting your 2 or 3 year old in a dance class will allow them to establish better social skills, physical development, and cognitive thinking early on. This age range is a great time to expose a child to dancing! We have various dance classes to choose from that will match your child's specific age level! Who knew something as fun as dancing could have such a significant role in children’s early development!

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Social Skills:

Social skills can sometimes be hard for children to learn. Dance class allows kids to break out of their shell and let loose with other kids their age! In order to teach a child how to appropriately play with other kids, they must be exposed to instructions and teamwork settings early on. Dance classes can teach your child patience and listening skills, as they must follow instructions from their teacher. Dance classes for 3 year olds provide them the opportunity to be able to talk and interact with other kids and teachers. These essential life skills can be developed now from dance classes, and be applied throughout their life!

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Physical Development:

Trying to get a toddler to settle down is nearly impossible! This age group seems to always be jumping off the walls. Whether it’s ballet, tap, or hip-hop, dancing has always been a great way for children to get moving and stay active. It allows them to channel their energy on something specific and have fun while doing it! Dance classes, such as ballet class, help with the development of coordination, strength, movement, and balance. Our dance classes for this specific age group use different movements that combine multiple muscle groups at the same time. Dance classes for 2 year olds use different types of dance to best benefit the development of your dancer!

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Cognitive Development:

Your child is now beginning to understand the idea of instructions and rules. Cognitive development allows your child to respond to instructions and rules and then act on them. However, many children within this age group have a hard time understanding this notion. Heck even some adults do too! Therefore, dance classes for 2 to 3 year olds require a different style of learning compared to the older children. Our dance teachers specialize in early development, and are able to connect dancing to common knowledge and life skills. For example, some teachers will have the children leap over a "river", usually a scarf or mat, so they don't get wet. This allows the children to understand basic skills while having fun! This concept may be common to us, but this age group is just beginning to develop these everyday life skills! There is no better way for kids to mature and grow than by dancing and having a blast!

Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we offer a fun and creative learning environment in which your 2-3 year old can start developing essential life skill. As a teacher and founder of the toddler dance class here at EvOLvE, I can say without a doubt that my dancers never cease to amaze me. At the rate their minds are growing and expanding, this is a prime time for them to start learning dance and developing the motor and coordination skills that dance teaches! 2 and 3 year olds are very versatile and you’d be surprised at the vast amounts of knowledge that they can absorb!

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5 Best April Fool's Day Jokes to Play on Your Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 24, 2017 6:09:00 PM

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you enjoy playing a little prank on your child! April 1st is the one-day out of the year that we get to act like kids too. Heck, your kid gets love and affection from you the other 364 days out of the year, so now it’s your time to have a little fun! Obviously we want to stay away from any pranks that may end in tears so here are 5 kid-friendly April Fool’s Day pranks that parents can play on their kids.

 

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1. Stuff toilet paper in their dance shoes

This April Fool’s Day joke for children will have your kid thinking they grew over night! While your child is asleep, stuff toilet paper inside their dance shoes. As they are getting ready for dance class and putting their shoes on, they will have a startling surprise! Their feet can no longer fit in their shoes! This will definitely throw them off and make them believe they grew while they were sleeping. There is nothing better than messing with their minds!

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2. Fill their closet with balloons

While your child is at school, fill their closet with balloons. When they go to get dressed for their San Diego dance class there will be a surprise waiting for them. The second they open the closet door they will be bombarded with balloons! They won’t have any idea what hit them (literally). Imagine their face when they see 20 balloons coming at them! This April Fool’s Day joke can sure be a priceless one!

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3.  Have Jell-O be their juice  

After a fun filled dance class, your child might be a little thirsty. Prepare a nice after dance class snack for them with some juice to drink. The night before, make Jell-O and pour it into you child’s favorite cup. Put a straw in it so the Jell-O can form around it. When your child goes to drink their juice the next day, nothing will come up! See all long it will take for them to notice what you have done! Being creative is the best part about playing an April Fool’s Day joke for kids.

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4. Put a For Sale sign on the front lawn

This next best April Fool’s joke for kids may require a bit more planning. If you can get your hands on a For Sale sign put it on your front lawn. Tell your child that you guys are moving away from San Diego and they will now be attending our Chicago dance class. Don’t let this prank last too long though, for we know how much kids love our dance classes and we don’t want them to get upset.

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5. Cover the TV remote sensor with a piece of tape 

The last prank can be beneficial to you and your family! When your child is not looking, place a piece of tape over the TV sensor. When they go and try to turn it on, it won’t work! Tell your child that the TV must be broken and you don’t know when it will be fixed. Now you can spend time with your child without having them be distracted. It’s a win-win! Maybe ask them to show some dance that they learned at dance class!

Now that you have a list of the best April Fool’s Day jokes for kids, it’s time to get started!! Just remember that this day is supposed to be fun and a day full of lots of laughs! It’s important to create some memories with your kids by pranking them in a way they will never forget! Someday they will be able to pass the tradition on to their family!

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Summer Break: Camp Time

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 6, 2017 7:29:42 PM

Summer is finally approaching! There’s nothing better than the great weather and free time to spend with your little ones. It’s the perfect time to try something new and refreshing! With so many options, we know it can be overwhelming to find something for your little one to do over summer break. 

So who are we, you may ask? We are Dance To EvOLvE. A mobile dance company for kids ages 2-12! We offer dance classes with styles ranging from ballet, tap, to hip hop. One of our most exciting programs are our summer dance camps! We offer half-day dance camps for kids and full day combination dance/soccer camps beginning in June all the way through August. Our mission is to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles! So take a break from the harsh summer sun and read on to learn more about why so many parents enroll their kids in our summer dance camps!

1) Beat Summertime Boredom

Many kids look forward to summer, but then they get extremely bored halfway through their break! Not our campers! During our summer dance camps for kids, there's so much for your little one to do! From dancing, playing games, or even doing arts and crafts. Kids can also memorize steps, rhythm patterns in music, and formations which keep their brains working while having lots of fun! Our summer dance camps for kids are the perfect way for kids to beat summertime boredom! 

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Children who participate in our summer dance camps have a fun, and safe environment to interact with children their own age. Our summer camps for kids create a team-like atmosphere by encouraging children to work as a team. As kids build up their self-confidence, they will have an easier time making friends. These skills can even help little ones make new friends in school! Our summer dance camps create the perfect environment for campers to make lifelong friendships. For some extra fun outside of our dance camps, many dancers often have playdates with their new buddies. It's a great way for your children to make special, lifelong memories!

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3) Maintain Physical Health 

It's no mystery that dance is a great form of exercise! Our dance camps provide a great way to stay fit during summer break. They are a fun and exciting way to let kids' energy run free. Our campers have the chance to dance and participate in various indoor and outdoor activities which can help with your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, balance, coordination and stamina! It’s a great way for your little one to start understanding what it’s like to maintain a healthy lifestyle! To keep the fitness going all day long, we offer offer half and full day summer dance camps with a soccer option. For more information on our full day camps, make sure to visit our website!

 

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4) Explore New Dance Styles

Our summer camps for kids are the perfect way for your little one to explore new dance styles. Your child can try ballet, hip hop, tap, or all 3! It's a fantastic option for experienced dancers to try new styles of dance, while new dancers can test the waters of each style of dance and pick their favorite! Getting the chance to do many styles of dancing is one of the best reasons for enrolling your child in any of our summer dance camps! Another reason our camps are awesome is because we're easy on your wallet! If you register your dancer for a 2nd Dance To EvOLvE camp, receive 15% rebate! For more information on our discount visit our websitehere

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Dance camps are the perfect way to get the benefits of dance within a short period of time!  If you're interested in signing up your little ones for a summer dance camp, you can find all the information you need on our website! Check it out to learn more about all of our San Diego and Chicago locations, camp dates, and dance styles. We have plenty of options to match up with your child's interests and your schedule! But make sure to hurry and register soon, our camps will fill up! 

Our summer dance camps are an experience your little one cannot miss out on! If you have any questions, make sure to leave us a comment down below or visit our website for our contact information. And don't forget to download the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Dance Camps linked down below! We can't wait to see you all this summer! 

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New Children’s Dance Classes in Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Nov 29, 2016 4:53:14 PM

The Windy City has new children’s dance classes available! Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we are proud to announce that we will be holding kids dance classes in Rogers Park beginning January 2017. Additionally, we will also be hosting after school/daycare programs where your children can dance with us!

If you’re on the fence about signing your child up for kid’s dance classes, check out the reasons we encourage even the littlest ones to start dancing! Here, we have put together great information about the benefits of dance at an early age. It introduces kids to a different way of thinking, expands their socialization skills and keeps them physically healthy.

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What Dancing Does at a Young Age

While you might think that your children are too young to be taking dance classes, think of all the benefits that dance brings along. Dancing allows children the freedom of expression in a way few other activities can. This can often open up a new perspective of thinking that will carry on with them throughout their lives. Examined Existence, a website that studies the different activities that affect the human body, states that “experts from Stanford University say that dancing is great at involving all the brain functions simultaneously – from musical and kinesthetic, to rational and emotional.” Not only does dance help young individuals feel more confident in expressing themselves and utilizing their mind, but overall young dancers have a major advantage of unlocking their fullest potential. Children’s dance classes help those who want to learn the true art form of expression the opportunity to channel their skill and energy into a positive and grand spectrum. As an added bonus, allowing them to exhaust all their energy in a kid’s dance class instead of home means less clean up work and a happier/healthier child (and parent for that matter)!

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The Importance of Arts Within a Community

When it comes to the arts, The Windy City is blowing us away with their new innovative and intricate mindsets.  Whether it be music, drawing or children's dance classes, these mindsets often stem from young individuals that make an impact within the community. Allowing for a community to build means a better future, which is the true purpose of art. In Strengthening Communities Through Dance by Dee Decker, the author states “Many key principles of social interaction including creativity and teamwork are displayed at community dances.  Dancers are allowed to express their creativity in a nonverbal format. [...] Through dance, we are laying the foundation to share in the camaraderie, to be healthier, and to strengthen communities.”

Art allows for individuals to come together to build, create, and discover. Within a community we build relations with one another, we create memories that will last us a lifetime, and we discover ourselves. Be involved in your community by signing your child up for kid’s dance classes and watch the social connections blossom!

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How Can I Make Sure My Child Fully Expresses Themselves

Allowing your child to stray from daily routine by putting them in some extracurricular activity that they enjoy is the first step. The second step is to make sure that your child works to their fullest potential, which means balancing work, nutrition, and fun. The third step, which is the most important step, is to guide them throughout the process and in life in general. It’s not enough to just hold their hands or to sign them up for what you see as beneficial, but actually get involved. Parental Rights, a website that delivers information to protect children by empowering parents states, “students with involved parents tend to earn higher grades, have better social skills, and are more likely to graduate and go on to post-secondary education.” So this means that the parent cheering for their child during a basketball game or practicing dance drills with them before a recital is more encouraging than the parent that just lets their child run amuck. Get involved with your children, because to them you're irreplaceable.  

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Here are some of our newest kid’s dance options in Chicago! Be sure to check out the following locations.

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Little Beans Cafe (1809 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) 

In Bucktown, there are many things to do with your children. You could visit the Windy City Fieldhouse, The Purple Monkey Playroom or perhaps even Old Town’s aquarium. And now at Little Bean’s Cafe, in Bucktown, children’s dance classes have already begun. They have a wide variety of classes from Tiny Mover Tap to Beat Breakers Hip Hop and so much more that your children will love. On top of that, when you register your child at Dance To EvOLvE, you’ll receive a discount during play time at Little Bean’s. Instead of taking your kids out to see the big Bean (because we know you’ve bean there, done that), take them to Little Bean’s where they can dance today for their life tomorrow!

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Studio Fit Chicago

Studio Fit Chicago (1011 W Armitage, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60615)

Studio Fit Chicago wants people to know that there is no "one size fits all" mentality and believes that there should be no stereotype when it comes to overall fitness and dance! Studio Fit is located in the heart of Lincoln Park and encourages those who join to empower their lives by embracing new change. Studio Fit wants to help individuals set goals and pursue passions that are sparked from within. Now that Dance To EvOLvE is having children's dance classes at Studio Fit, it gives children the opportunity to dance to their fullest potential in an overall encouraging and motivating environment. These new kid's dance classes in Lincoln Park will help children discover the true joy of dancing and their best fit in life!

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Glenwood Dance Studio (7017 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626) 

By Rogers Park at Glenwood Dance Studio, located in the heart of the Glenwood Art District, Dance To EvOLvE will also be hosting a few dance classes, such as Magical Munchkins and Tiny Movers for your children of the ages 2-4. Chicago’s Art’s Festival is held in the area yearly with outdoor entertainment and music, so expose them to as much art/culture as you can and they’ll get their chance in the spotlight. These kid’s dance classes in Rogers Park will teach your little ones the basics of tap and ballet while putting in our signature Dance To EvOLvE touch. Be sure to sign up early when Winter registration begins in early January.

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After School Programs

Dance To EvOLvE will also be organized with after school/daycare programs in several Chicago locations. For your convenience, we offer childcare where they can dance, sing, and play with us. Allow your children to play with us as we inspire and motivate them through dance. Dance To EvOLvE will be working at Wee Care Daycare, University Commons Dance, and St. Paul’s. For more information or time listings, visit our Dance To EvOLvE website and see all the different children’s dance classes/after school programs we have to offer.

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7 Tips To Prepare For Summer Dance Camp for Kids

Posted by Brittany White on May 23, 2016 3:11:52 PM

 

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Summer dance camps are one of the best parts about being on summer break for many kids! However, we know it might be the first time you and your kids are separated during summer vacation. We also understand that summer camp might be a new experience and that it might make both dancers and parents a bit uneasy. So we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help put your mind at ease and to get you and your little one prepared for a fun-filled summer at camp!

1) Have A Positive Attitude

The most important part about making yourself and your camper more comfortable with summer camp is to have a positive attitude! If you don’t think camp will be a positive experience for your child, neither will he/she. Remain positive, give him/her a pep up talk in the morning if the nerves kick in. You can also offer words of encouragement and remind your camper of how much fun camp is! For young campers, reminding them that attending camp is definitely something for “big boys” and “big girls” will also make a huge difference. So turn that frown upside down and head to camp with a positive mindset!

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2) Share Your Own Camp Experiences!

Did you go to camp as a child? If you did, don’t forget to show your dancer pictures of yourself from when you were a camper! Explain to them how much fun you had, how many friends you made, your favorite summer camp memories, and all the neat things you learned! Your summer camp tips will excite your children for their own camp and while easing their nerves!

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3) Head To Camp With A Friend!

Having one of your child’s friends attend summer camp with your child will comfort your camper because they will know someone as soon as they arrive to camp! Not only will this strengthen your child’s current friendship because of these new and fun experiences, but it will reduce your child’s anxiety significantly! (especially if your child is shy!) Having a camp buddy will help your child venture out of his/her comfort zone and help add new kids into their friendship circle!

4) Learn About The Camp!

Learning about the camp in advance will most likely ease your nerves! Go online and research the names and faces of the camp staff. You can also get a better idea of what to expect by reviewing camp videos, brochures, etc. which can all be found on the website of the summer camp your child is attending. Reading over camp safety policies or reviewing safety with the camp provider will definitely make you and your child feel a lot better if you’re nervous about the big day! 

 

 

5) Packing For Camp!

We know that as a parent you might feel obligated to pack every single thing you can think of. But don’t worry, you really don’t need to pack too much! An extra change of clothes in a bag is always handy (just to be safe in case of accidents). Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks such as fruits and veggies for breaks (nothing too sugary!). Water bottles are a must, you can even bring one reusable bottle so your child only has to carry one bottle. It’ll also make their bag a bit lighter. A list of emergency contacts is important for your child to leave with the camp providers just in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to label everything with your child’s first and last name just in case he/she loses any of their belongings!

6) Stay Composed!

Resisting the urge to tell your child over and over how much you will miss him/her will make summer camp a lot easier for you and your child. When you constantly tell them that you will miss them, it increases the risk of separation anxiety, especially when you’re saying your goodbyes. Instead, recognize that it is just a few hours a day, and your child will be having so much fun so there won’t be time to get homesick! Give your child a hug and a kiss and send them on their way!

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7) Give Yourself Extra Time On Check-In Day!

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time to get checked in. Make sure you arrive early to talk to the camp staff, get your child checked in, take pictures, and say your goodbyes for the day. You won’t regret giving yourself plenty of time to get all of these things done without feeling rushed!

 

Local dance studios offer a variety of summer options. These summer dance camps offer music and creative movement classes, choreography, and teach kids different dance styles such as hip-hop, tap, and ballet! Start your research and be sure to get registered early because camps fill up fast! For more information and tips for summer dance camps, check out the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Summer Dance Camps linked down below or leave any comments/questions down below! Secure a spot in the perfect dance summer camp for your child today!

 

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Things To Do With Kids in Chicago!

Posted by Brittany White on May 5, 2016 3:13:55 PM

Thinking about having a family day out? Luckily for you, you’re in one of the best cities in America! There are so many different kids activities in Chicago! Chicago is the home to many hidden gems. So sit back, relax, and keep on reading to learn more about things to do with kids in Chicago.

1) The Bean

We have to start off with a classic! If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Chicago and you haven’t visited the Bean, you must go see it! The Bean is located in Millennium Park which is in the Loop area! Kids will love to see their reflections on this enormous stainless steel sculpture! It’s one of the best kids activities in Chicago because it is such a unique and fun experience! Another cool thing about the Bean is that it’s open everyday of the year, rain or shine! It’s also open all day long, so don’t sweat about going to see the Bean at a certain time of day. The Bean is one of the things that makes Chicago so special. You won’t find a giant bean in the middle of a city anywhere else!

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2) The Navy Pier

Another idea for things to do with kids in Chicago is to go to the Navy Pier and watch the new live action Jungle Book movie, or any other kids movie, at the Navy Pier IMAX theatre! This is one of Chicago’s most famous kid-friendly spots. If that doesn’t work for your family, another idea is to take your kids to the Chicago Children’s museum. If you’re interested in stopping by the museum, don’t forget to take advantage of Target Free Night. Every Thursday from 5-8pm all entries into the museum are free! You can also save some cash by visiting the museum the first Sunday of every month to get free entries for anyone fifteen and under!

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3) Bobby’s Tike Hike

If you’re in the mood for an afternoon adventure, Bobby’s Tike Hike is a must! This cycling adventure is a bike tour geared especially for little ones. You can find Bobby’s Tike Hike on the North Side in Streeterville. Your kids will love this because they can explore a hidden garden, pet the Lincoln Park Zoo animals, toss coins into a wishing fountain, and rub Abe Lincoln’s foot! If you’re interested in this activity, make sure you reserve your tour online for a 10% discount! Currently, the prices for this adventure are $33 for adults and $16.50 for kids! And don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all those unforgettable memories, this is one of the best kids activities in Chicago!

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4) Washington Library Center

Do your little ones prefer to be inside and read some awesome books? Well, we have the perfect activity idea! Visit the Washington Library Center! It holds the largest collection of children’s books in the city! This awesome children’s library is called the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library and it is located on the second floor of the Washington Library Center! This beautiful library is located in the Loop and is the perfect fun and cozy environment, especially during the cold Chicago winter! This option is also easy on your wallet because it’s free! You can also enjoy free WiFi internet services while you’re in the library!

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5) Dance To EvOLvE

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, we have just the activity in mind! Here at Dance To EvOLvE we offer kids dance classes in Chicago with styles ranging from tap, ballet, and hip hop at convenient locations all around Chicago. Currently, we offer classes at the Loop, Evanston, Lakeview, North Center, Bucktown/Lincoln Park, and West Loop! Our kids dance classes in Chicago are the perfect fit for families looking to enroll their kids in a fun activity but also need an affordable option. If this sounds like a fun activity for your kids, you can schedule a risk-free trial on our website! Another idea is to check out our summer dance camps for kids ages 3-7 for a super fun summertime activity for kids! If you are interested in our summer dance camps, get the most bang for your buck and register for multiple camps! If you do, receive 15% rebate! Dance To EvOLvE kids dance classes in Chicago are the perfect option for families who want a year round activity and an activity that can even evolve with busy schedules and crazy Chicago weather!

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 Whether we find you at the children’s library or at one of our dance classes, there’s a reason why people from all over the world come to see Chicago, Illinois! Take advantage of all the kids activities this amazing city has to offer. Encourage family bonding time rather than sitting your kids in front of TV, computers, and iPads. And now that summertime is approaching, there’s so many opportunities to take advantage of the awesome weather! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start exploring our beautiful city Chicago!

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Summer Break: Camp Time

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 25, 2016 3:06:46 PM

Summer is finally approaching! There’s nothing better than the great weather and free time to spend with your little ones. It’s the perfect time to try something new and refreshing! With so many options, we know it can be overwhelming to find something for your little one to do over summer break. 

So who are we, you may ask? We are Dance To EvOLvE. A mobile dance company for kids ages 2-12! We offer dance classes with styles ranging from ballet, tap, to hip hop. One of our most exciting programs are our summer dance camps! We offer half-day dance camps for kids and full day combination dance/soccer camps beginning in June all the way through August. Our mission is to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles! So take a break from the harsh summer sun and read on to learn more about why so many parents enroll their kids in our summer dance camps!

1) Beat Summertime Boredom

 

Many kids look forward to summer, but then they get extremely bored halfway through their break! Not our campers! During our summer dance camps for kids, there's so much for your little one to do! From dancing, playing games, or even doing arts and crafts. Kids can also memorize steps, rhythm patterns in music, and formations which keep their brains working while having lots of fun! Our summer dance camps for kids are the perfect way for kids to beat summertime boredom! 

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2) Make New Friends

Children who participate in our summer dance camps have a fun, and safe environment to interact with children their own age. Our summer camps for kids create a team-like atmosphere by encouraging children to work as a team. As kids build up their self-confidence, they will have an easier time making friends. These skills can even help little ones make new friends in school! Our summer dance camps create the perfect environment for campers to make lifelong friendships. For some extra fun outside of our dance camps, many dancers often have playdates with their new buddies. It's a great way for your children to make special, lifelong memories!

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3) Maintain Physical Health 

It's no mystery that dance is a great form of exercise! Our dance camps provide a great way to stay fit during summer break. They are a fun and exciting way to let kids' energy run free. Our campers have the chance to dance and participate in various indoor and outdoor activities which can help with your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, balance, coordination and stamina! It’s a great way for your little one to start understanding what it’s like to maintain a healthy lifestyle! To keep the fitness going all day long, we offer offer half and full day summer dance camps with a soccer option. For more information on our full day camps, make sure to visit our website!

 

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4) Explore New Dance Styles

Our summer camps for kids are the perfect way for your little one to explore new dance styles. Your child can try ballet, hip hop, tap, or all 3! It's a fantastic option for experienced dancers to try new styles of dance, while new dancers can test the waters of each style of dance and pick their favorite! Getting the chance to do many styles of dancing is one of the best reasons for enrolling your child in any of our summer dance camps! Another reason our camps are awesome is because we're easy on your wallet! If you register your dancer for a 2nd Dance To EvOLvE camp, receive 15% rebate! For more information on our discount visit our website here

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Dance camps are the perfect way to get the benefits of dance within a short period of time!  If you're interested in signing up your little ones for a summer dance camp, you can find all the information you need on our website! Check it out to learn more about all of our San Diego and Chicago locations, camp dates, and dance styles. We have plenty of options to match up with your child's interests and your schedule! But make sure to hurry and register soon, our camps will fill up! 

Our summer dance camps are an experience your little one cannot miss out on! If you have any questions, make sure to leave us a comment down below or visit our website for our contact information. And don't forget to download the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Dance Camps linked down below! We can't wait to see you all this summer! 

 

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April Fool's Day Pranks You Can Play On Your Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 29, 2016 10:27:44 AM

April Fool’s Day is one of the most overlooked holidays. I mean a holiday where you’re allowed to prank people all day? Even your kids? There are so many different practical jokes to play on your kids that will get a laugh out of them, and only a little bit of embarrassment. Here are a few ideas…


Food Pranks

There are so many ways you can prank your kids on April Fools Day with their food. One easy, but great idea is to fill up their cup with jello instead of juice. When they go to take a sip from the straw, they will be so confused! And, it’s a win for them too because then it turns into a yummy snack!

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Food dye is a wonderful invention. You can put food dye in just about anything, and get some startled looks from your kids when they realize the milk is suddenly blue. Grab some dye from your local store and go crazy!

As they’re getting ready for their dance lesson, prepare a nice cereal snack for them. Make sure you make it a few hours early though, because you’re gonna need to stick it in the freezer for a while. Imagine their face when they try to get a big spoonful of Lucky Charms, only to realize it’s frozen.

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Mess with their Mind Pranks

These April Fool’s Day jokes will make your kids take a second look. If you have a good 20 minutes to spare, turn as much as you can in your house upside down. This means pictures, clocks, chairs, toys, anything you can think of! This will for sure throw them off.

When you pick up your kids from their dance school on April Fool's Day, make sure you have a crazy wig on! Whether it’s a hot pink afro, or a rockin’ mullet, you’ll be looking great and your kids will be the perfect amount of embarrassed in front of their dance friends.

Another funny idea would be to swap out their dance clothes with a larger size, causing them to think they have shrunk! This means their leotard, tutu, shoes, etc. Plus, you can use the bigger clothes later on!

Chicago

For those of you in Chicago, there are plenty of ways to use the city to your advantage on this holiday. If your child is a big fan of the Cubs, convince them their Chicago dance school got moved to Wrigley Field for the day! This one may cause some disappointment, but could still be funny as long as they have a good sense of humor. Same goes for the Soldier Stadium if they’re more of a Bears Fan.

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San Diego

There are endless possibilities for practical jokes in San Diego. One idea would be to convince them your family is going to be leaving the San Diego sun and moving to a much colder city in the middle of nowhere. 

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Another good one would be to tell them that they are unfortunately going to miss participating in the recital with their San Diego dance school, because you are going out of town. If you’ve ever been to recital before, you know that this is not something to be missed.

Now that you have all of these ideas in your mind, it’s time to get to work! Just remember that April Fool’s Day is supposed to be fun and be a day full of extra laughter! Create some more memories with your kids by pranking them in a way they will never forget, so they can pass the tradition on to their family one day!

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Dance Classes in Encinitas and Logan Square

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Sep 19, 2014 2:19:00 PM

Dance class opportunities are everywhere! No matter where you are, there is always a chance to move and groove to the music whether it is in your living room or in a studio. A couple of our favorite locations are Encinitas dance classes in San Diego and Logan Square dance classes in Chicago. These areas offer kid friendly entertainment as well as vibrant and exciting opportunities to get your toddler up on their feet. Read on to explore the endless dancing opportunities as well as all the fun activities for you and your kid.

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North County is sometimes overlooked due to not being at the heart of San Diego, but that does not mean it isn’t an excellent option for dancing and attractions. Why not check out the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad with your little one or have a blast with the new added features at Legoland.  Another attraction to North County is the dancing features.  Check out Encinitas dance classes as well as Carlsbad dance classes. Your child can have a blast dancing to the music they learned how to make at the Museum of Making Music.

Logan Square Chicago

Logan Square is full of some amazing features as well as vibrant dancing opportunities for your child. Catch a movie at Logan theater where you can find kids movies for only one dollar Tuesday's and Wednesday's at 10am. You can also eat locally at the Logan Square farmer's market every Sunday up until October 26th with live music and all sorts of organic food.  Lastly, catch one of the many kid friendly festivals going on during the Summer time. Along with these attractions comes the opportunity to let loose and dance to the music at local dance studios around the area. Take a dance class in Logan Square in the morning, then eat lunch and practice some new dance moves at your local farmer's market in the afternoon.  children dance classes

Dancing can be done anywhere. However, it is an added bonus when dancing can be done in areas with numerous other attractions to keep your little one active and learning. Mix kids dance classes with some of these amazing attractions and your superstar is sure to have a blast. 

We hope you found this information helpful! If you would like more information on Dance to EvOLvE classes, visit our San Diego Facebook page or our Chicago Facebook page.

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