12 Virtual Events for Chicago Tweens & Teens in May

While we’re at home practicing good social distancing, there are plenty of things to do to keep your Chicago tweens and teens busy. Here are some virtual events from your favorite local businesses and beyond that the whole family can enjoyed!

Teen Game Night: Codenames

When: May 1

Host: Arlington Heights Memorial Library 

Teens can become spies to give and guess clues as in a virtual round of the word-guessing game Codenames online. Don’t blow your cover and tip off the other team of teen spies.

Master Classes Mondays

When: May 4, 11, 18

Host: Paramount School of the Arts

Paramount School of the Arts in downtown Aurora has launched a free series of live, virtual Master Classes for students of theater at all levels. Each class is taught by Paramount artists, staff and the school’s teaching artists with questions answered live.

Afro-Cuban Dance Classes

When: May 4, 11, 18, 25

Host: Hedwig Dances 

Olivia Gonzalez of Hedwig Dance will demonstrate the basic steps of Afro-Cuban ethnic dances, which are rhythmical, energetic, and lots of fun. Each class will begin with basics, building upon them to create more elaborate phrases and further improve coordination.

Photography for Tweens and Teens Virtual Class

When: May 5, 12, 19, 26

Host: Double J Riding Club

Students in grades 4-12 will get to know a camera with this class as they explore the basic fundamentals of photography. Each class will include indoor and outdoor photo shoots assignments, class critiques and post processing tips.

Cuban Salsa Class

When: May 5, 12, 19, 26

Host: Hedwig Dances 

Jessie Gutierrez of Hedwig Dance will introduce the basic footwork of salsa. As classes progress she will expand upon the information, as students learn footwork, body isolations, musicality and turns as well as arm styling to complement their dancing.

Red Kite Fly@Home: Shakespeare & Autism

When: May 5, 12, 19, 26

Host: Chicago Children’s Theatre

The Hunter Heartbeat Method is a series of sensory drama games that utilize the heartbeat rhythm of Shakespeare’s plays and larger than life characters to engage the social and communicative barriers of autism. This class is specifically designed for neurodiverse learners ages 8 and older and adapted for an online learning experience.

Mixed Media for Tweens and Teens Virtual Class

When: May 7, 14, 21, 28

Host: Double J Riding Club

Through different mixed media, students in grades 4-12 will learn what it takes to be an artist. Each week you will receive the materials needed for that weeks class. You can also pick up already set up kits from the farmhouse curbside. 

Virtual Marine Biology Camp

When: Mondays & Thursdays

Host: Oceans Initiative 

Learn about marine biology from a biologist at Oceans Initiative based in Seattle, Wash. Discussions occur on Facebook and Instagram live. 

Moxie Boxing – Teens and Tweens

When: Mondays, Fridays & Sundays 

Host: Hip Circle Empowerment Center

Bring your gym shoes and your sense of humor for this class that blends strength, cardio, boxing moves, and mat work. All fitness and experience levels are welcome.

Improv House Party

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Host: Second City

Join the Second City’s best improvisors … in their homes. Chicago’s funniest comedy talent joins forces with Second City alumni from across the country to bring you a night of fun-filled distraction. You get to join The Second City in creating a singular online experience as your suggestions influence every aspect of this interactive, playful, hilarious performance.

Teen Virtual Art Studio

When: Wednesdays 

Host: Inspired Minds Art

Experienced instructors from Inspired Minds BRIELLE will guide students at their own level and pace in an array of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. This fun, laid back atmosphere focuses on building skill and developing ideas, where each artist feels supported, can let go of stress and just be themselves.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt

When: Saturdays & Sundays

Host: Watson Adventures

Grab your magic wands for a wizarding adventure that takes you virtually to museums across America in search of art that echoes characters, places, and magical objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. This hunt is for ages 10 and older and references the Harry Potter books to provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art.


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