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: 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 personalization, paints and flower embellishments. A second activity will be designing a crystal bracelet with flower charm. Class will end with a fashion show and parents can come to watch and take photos after class.

  • Next Program Starts: 04/26/18
  • 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 take. We're not going to give you a false sense of security or teach you a bunch of stuff like many self-defense companies teach, that might not work in a real life or death situation. The techniques we teach will stop an attacker immediately. They're easy to learn and use, don't require constant practice or years of training to master, and work regardless of your age, size, strength, speed, skill or physical ability. You'll work with a partner to learn the techniques taught in class which include defenses against armed and unarmed attackers; single/multiple attackers; standing, sitting, and ground techniques; and rape defense/prevention. This isn't a safety lecture, although you will learn ways to make you safer at work, at home, at school, when traveling, and more. Learn to anticipate and avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to defend yourself against a physical attack including; grabs, punches, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, kicks, knives, guns, and more from a much bigger and stronger attacker. Participants will also be given a Personal Safety Guide to help make you and your families safer in all areas of your lives. This Class Could Save Your Life. Every girl at or near dating age should take this class. Our classes are targeted at teens and adults, but 8-11 year olds can sign up and take a class with an adult. We have been teaching our program for over 15 years for police officers, over 40 schools(both students and teachers), 16 park districts, Park District Staffs, Community Education Programs, Libraries, Scout Troops, Battered Women's Shelters, Realtors, Summer Camps, Churches and Synagogues, Clubs, Private Groups, Individuals, and for Companies - both large and small. Our instructors have multiple advanced martial arts, military, and security backgrounds.

  • Next Program Starts: 04/28/18
  • Instructor: Winnetka Community House 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: 04/29/18
  • Instructor: Sarah Berto
  • Ages: 3 - and up

Come and celebrate the joy of being a mother/daughter. What fun it would be to drink herbal teas from pretty china teacups, as well as eating hand made delicacies and sweet treats from Britain and South Africa. Of course there will be fancy hats, fascinator?s and boas in which to donn ourselves, so please come dressed in your prettiest party dress. Through games and activities we will learn a little history about tea and fashion, as well as the etiquette in drinking tea as we share good table manners. Fee is per person.

  • 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 dangle to accent the pieces. They will also decorate a trinket box to store the new treasures complete with personalization, paints and embellishments. A special night together remembered in BLING!

  • Next Program Starts: 06/02/18
  • Instructor: Angela Green
  • Ages: 6th - 9th

SafeSitter Essentials with CPR is a 1 day 6 1/2 hour class designed to prepare students in grades 6-8th to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor led class is filled with fun games and role playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR. Students will learn safety skills, child care skills, First Aid & Rescue skills and Life and Business skills. Please bring a sack lunch with a drink. Parents are invite it to attend the last 15 minutes of class for a graduation ceremony.

  • Next Program Starts: 06/04/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 2 - 3

Does your two or three year old enjoy a variety of activities? Join in free play, circle time, art, songs and simple child-centered projects. There will be interaction with other children and time for lots of individual attention, encouraging children to develop such social skills as sharing, caring and cooperation. Unfortunately, staff may not change diapers. You may register for as many days as you like. Children must be 2 years of age by June 8, 2018 This is a drop off class.

  • Next Program Starts: 06/06/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 1 - 1

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 sippie cup for your child.

  • Next Program Starts: 06/08/18
  • Instructor: Mary Fisher
  • Ages: 3 - 4

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 June 8, 2018