5 places where kids can learn to code

With as fast moving as technology is these days, coding has become almost as essential to a child’s education as math and reading. Unfortunately, not every school is teaching computer programming just yet, but there are plenty of opportunities for kids to learn the skill around our area (and some of the classes are even free!).




Whether your child is interested in app development, 3D printing or just wants to learn more about programming in general, Codeverse has a class to fit their needs (plus the first course is always free here). Bonus: If you’re scrambling to find a sitter for date night, Codeverse has got you covered. Their Kids Night Out program every Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. features STEM activities for 5-13 year olds, like video game development. Kids are also provided with dinner, so parents have one less thing to worry about.


819 W. Eastman St., Chicago and 55 S. Main St., Naperville


We All Code


If you’re not sure your child is ready to take a full-blown course on coding, try out one of We All Code’s single-day coding classes for ages 7-17. During the 3-5 hour workshop, kids will learn about one specific topic, ranging from HTML to JavaScript, and use those skills for fun projects, such as making a robot move. The best part about the interactive workshops? They’re totally free and participants don’t need any prior computer knowledge.


Workshops held at Google, 320 N. Morgan St., Chicago


Kids STEM Studio


The benefits of STEM education are widely known, and Kids STEM Studio in the West Loop puts these elements to use in both fun and practical ways. Think your preschooler is too little to learn the basics of coding? Here you can find classes suitable for kids as young as 4 years old. Little ones learn the basics in the Preschool Coding & Game Design course, then gradually adopt more advanced skills in the Junior and Senior classes. If kids choose to continue, the 3D Coding & Game Design course teaches students how to create their own 3D virtual reality games.


770 W. Gladys Ave., Chicago


Digital Adventures


Digital Adventures offers two courses for wannabe programmers. Their Explorer Class, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, spotlights “accidental learning,” which keeps kids so entertained during the 60-minute time period that they don’t even realize they’re learning complex computer science and design principles. Projects include constructing robots, building mobile apps, designing video games and even hacking Minecraft. Kids from Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to take a deep dive into a tech subject in the BrainSports Class, where projects (like building a robot car) are more long-term.


Various Chicago locations


Code Play Learn


Summer camps are a big part of what Code Play Learn focuses on with dozens of options for kids of all ages. Minecraft, ROBLOX, BattleBot Engineering and Rube Goldberg building are just a few of the choices offered this June, July and August. Year-round classes at the Oak Park location include Computer Game Creation and Lego Robotics. Score serious points with your child and book their birthday party at Code Play Learn. Party themes range from SPHERO coding to Gadget Creation, plus each party goer gets to bring their project home.


Various Chicago locations


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