Enrichment and Education

 

Winnetka Community House offers classes on a variety of subjects for all ages. Whether you’re looking for activities for toddlers, school aged children, adults or even dogs, WCH offers it!

Classes include:

  • Next Program Starts: 12/15/17
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 4 - 10

Dads, join Glitzy Girlz this holiday season for a night with your daughter/s and team up on gift giving for females in the family! Moms, this is your chance to send them ?shopping? together for YOU! Each couple will make three gifts: Ceramic item, wood frame item (you can have your photo taken) and beaded jewelry piece. A gift wrapping station will help conceal your treasures with gift tags and ribbons. Holiday music and a little treat for each couple will end the night. A must attend for the memory book! Each additional child fee is Member is $43 and Non Member is $52 per additional child in the same family.


  • Next Program Starts: 12/15/17
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 4 - 10

Dads, join Glitzy Girlz this holiday season for a night with your daughter/s and team up on gift giving for females in the family! Moms, this is your chance to send them ?shopping? together for YOU! Each couple will make three gifts: Ceramic item, wood


  • Next Program Starts: 01/08/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 2 - 3

Little Bits is a class designed for ages 2-3 to have fun and make new friends while engaging in art, music, free play, story time and end class with a snack. Each week will be centered around a new theme. Children will be taught social skills as sharin


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Amigos Program
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Everyday will be a special day at Fun With Amigos. We will laugh, play, create, sing, paint, cook and discover great wonders all while learning Spanish! Fun with Amigos uses a highly controlled vocabulary introduced in conjunction with fun theme days. All


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Extraordinary Staff
  • Ages: 4 - 5

Join us as we take your child on an educational adventure that emphasizes fun and creativity and developing lifelong thinking skills. Individual themes help establish an early love and interest in exploring our world through science math, art, movement a


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Amigos Program
  • Ages: 4 - 5

Every day promises to include a fun-filled delicious activity! We will chop, mix, slice, peel and eat all while learning Spanish! From the creators of Camp Amigos, Cooking With Amigos uses a highly controlled vocabulary introduced in conjunction with fun-


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - and up

Puppy Class is designed to provide a positive environment for socialization of puppies to a variety of people as well as dogs. Early socialization has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of both human and dog directed aggression, as well as anxiety


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - and up

Obedience 102 is focused on honing the skills of Obedience 101. Additional levels of difficulty and distractions will be added. Dogs of any age may enroll provided they have a basic knowledge of basic obedience commands: sit, down, recall (coming when cal


  • Next Program Starts: 01/09/18
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - and up

Obedience 101 teaches the basics of obedience including sit, down, stand, recall (coming when called), stay and heel - everything your companion dog needs to know! Both verbal commands and hand signals will be used. Dogs of any age may take this class. Po


  • Next Program Starts: 01/10/18
  • Instructor: Extraordinary Staff
  • Ages: 5 - 6

Enrich your child's kindergarten year with an educational adventure!Extraordinary Kids emphasizes fun and creativity, challenges curious minds, enhances learning through hands-on exploration, encourages critical thinking and establishes a life-long lov


  • Next Program Starts: 01/10/18
  • Instructor: Extraordinary Staff
  • Ages: 3.5 - 4

Join us as we take your child on an educational adventure that emphasizes fun and creativity and developing lifelong thinking skills. Individual themes help establish an early love and interest in exploring our world through science math, art, movement a


  • Next Program Starts: 01/10/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 12 Months - 23 Months

Moms and tots come play and learn as we see how much fun it is to be a toddler! We will have lots of exploring time plus an art project, a story and snack to end a day of fun. An adult must accompany each child. No siblings are allowed. Please bring a sip


  • Next Program Starts: 01/10/18
  • Instructor: Amigos Program
  • Ages: 1st - 4th

Learn a new language through games, crafts, and fun all while learning Spanish! Amigos Programs uses a controlled vocabulary that keeps building each week so words grow into phrases which grow into sentences. But, your child will be having so much fun


  • Next Program Starts: 01/11/18
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 15 - and up

Have you been dealing with some bad dog behaviors lately? Is your dog causing you a lot of frustration and heartache? Some problem behaviors get to the point where they are almost impossible for the average owner to handle:jumping, barking, digging, p


  • Next Program Starts: 01/11/18
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 14 - and up

Your pup has learned the basic skills. It's time to up the ante! This class is geared toward strengthening the basic level obedience commands your dog has already learned. We will work on having greater control at farther distances, with more distracti


  • Next Program Starts: 01/12/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Come over and have lunch and fun and make new friends! Come and take a different journey each week. Let's be a pirate and look for treasures one week and the next week become a chef and bake cookies. New adventures awaits you. We will learn through vari


  • Next Program Starts: 01/12/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Each class is centered on a different number and letter which are reinforced through various puppets, songs, games and stories. Children must be 3 years of age by January 12, 2018


  • Next Program Starts: 01/16/18
  • Instructor: And Arts
  • Ages: Kindergarten - 5th

Amazing Art combines all your favorite art projects and mixed media in one unique class. Kids will make tie dye shirts (to be used as art smocks for the session), experience pottery painting, create fired ceramic arts, paint a canvas acrylic painting, do


  • Next Program Starts: 01/22/18
  • Instructor: Michael Theriaut (The Braveway, LLC)
  • Ages: 8 - and up

Give us two hours and we?ll teach you, your family, and your friends how to defend yourselves. Originally certified by the State of Illinois to teach police officers, this is one of the easiest to learn and most effective self-defense classes you can ta


  • Next Program Starts: 01/26/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 5 - 10

Come join Glitzy Girlz www.glitzygirlz.com and beat the Winter ?Blues? at our Glam Spa Retreat. Our class is centered around the color blue. A make-over with hairpiece, sparkle and light make-up application. Each girl will design a crystal bracelet wi


  • Next Program Starts: 01/29/18
  • Instructor: And Arts
  • Ages: Kindergarten - 5th

Pottery Painting is the #1 most requested project in every class! Each week the kids will create a different pottery selection. Some will be functional, others decorative, but every one will focus on a different technique from brush use, color selection,


  • Next Program Starts: 02/04/18
  • Instructor: Sarah Berto
  • Ages: 4 - 8

We spend an hour of fun preparing a plate of eats, setting a tea table, and dressing up in hats/ties/bows and other accessories. This sets the atmosphere for learning how to sit, behave, serve and eat cakes and sandwiches, how to handle napkins and tab


  • Next Program Starts: 02/07/18
  • Instructor: Tiny Staff
  • Ages: 5 - 6

Tiny Treks is an innovative program for families who want to teach their children about the world through exploration of their natural surroundings. We believe children learn best through hands-on experiences which build self-esteem and encourage a love o


  • Next Program Starts: 02/07/18
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 14 - and up

8 weeks to 6 months. Learn how to help transition your dog from being a sweet puppy to the faithful dog you've always wanted. This class will teach you the reasoning behind a puppy's thought process as well as the prevention of and response to unwanted be


  • Next Program Starts: 02/07/18
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 14 - and up

All Ages. You may have heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There is always hope of teaching your dog new tricks, it just requires forming some new habits. Learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay, heel and come. Solve some of


  • Next Program Starts: 02/09/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 8 - 12

Build robotics and use them as controllers for your Scratch video animation projects!! You and your partner will use LEGO Robotics kits to build a controller for your Scratch game (think Wii). This amazing course uses the most innovative tools available t


  • Next Program Starts: 02/09/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 6 - 9

Meet Edison! Students will discover robotics as they work with Edison, the LEGO® compatible, programmable Bot! Students will use barcodes to program Edison to do everything from making music to 'battling" in the Sumo ring! Students will also be introduced


  • Next Program Starts: 02/09/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 3 - 5

BeeBot has buzzed into town to help us learn about robots and programming. Students will learn in a group environment how to give BeeBot commands to program his movements. With hands-on fun and minds-on creativity, BeeBot will spark the youngest imaginati


  • Next Program Starts: 02/25/18
  • Instructor: Sarah Berto
  • Ages: 3rd - 5th

We have lots of fun over 2 hours discussing and practicing behavior in preparation for what is needed to be successful in the corporate world. We talk about how to treat others of the opposite sex with respect and appreciation. We discuss how to dress


  • Next Program Starts: 02/27/18
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - and up

Rally is a fun spin on traditional obedience for both the dog and the handler. Rally is a sport in which all dogs are encouraged to participate. Purebred or mixed breed, every dog can learn the fundamentals for Rally. Dogs must have strong heeling skills


  • Next Program Starts: 03/28/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Come and enjoy a day celebrating spring with Ms. Mary & Ms Elyse. Children will be doing spring art & cooking projects and learning all about spring. Children must be toilet trained to participate in this class.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/02/18
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - and up

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Mellow out your high-energy dog on walks with the extra workout techniques you will learn. Agility training can also help more insecure dogs build


  • Next Program Starts: 04/02/18
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - and up

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Dogs must have either taken Beginner Agility class or prove to be proficient on all of the agility equipment.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/04/18
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - and up

8 weeks to 6 months. Learn how to help transition your dog from being a sweet puppy to the faithful dog you've always wanted. This class will teach you the reasoning behind a puppy's thought process as well as the prevention of and response to unwanted be


  • Next Program Starts: 04/04/18
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - and up

All Ages. You may have heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There is always hope of teaching your dog new tricks, it just requires forming some new habits. Learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay, heel and come. Solve some of


  • Next Program Starts: 04/13/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 8 - 12

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. The microbit is a powerful mini-computer! Students will see their code come to life in a physical and tactile envir


  • Next Program Starts: 04/13/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 6 - 9

Students will have a ton of FUN using their creativity and strategy to develop a multi-level computer game! They will work in pairs to create games like a Retro Arcade, Platformer, Physics Puzzle and 3D Space Adventure!


  • Next Program Starts: 04/13/18
  • Instructor: Explorers Computer
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Young engineers will build working models of simple machines such as a seesaw, a rolling vehicle, and merry-go-round using Lego® Educational kits. Work in teams and have a great time working on activities designed around creativity, exploring, investigati


  • Next Program Starts: 04/20/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 4 - 10

Come join Glitzy Girlz www.glitzygirlz.com this Spring and get adorned in flowers. Staff will give a make-over with flower hair clip, sparkle, light make-up and colorful nails with flower nail decals. Each girl will decorate a flower craft with person


  • Next Program Starts: 04/28/18
  • Instructor: Winnetka Staff
  • Ages: 7 - 12

Here is the chance for your 7 to 12 year old to sell outgrown clothes and toys for fun and profit. The event is open to the public for shopping. There must be one adult per table. Registration must be received by April 21.


  • Next Program Starts: 05/04/18
  • Instructor: Glitzy Girlz
  • Ages: 4 - 11

Come join Glitzy Girlz for a night with your first little besties, your daughters! Our class will be all about bling and beads. Each couple will design a beaded ensemble of two crystals bracelets with a great selection of colorful beads and a charm dan