• Evanston Explorers

    Evanston Explorers is a coalition of businesses and City departments offering classes, parties, and activities for children from toddlers to twelve.


    Join the Evanston Explorers email list for access to special events & member-only deals!

  • Current Deals

    Join the Evanston Explorers email list for access to these great deals from participating businesses.

    Little Beans Cafe

    $10 playspace admission for first child (regularly $14) valid Monday-Friday. Redeem in-store.

    15% off special Little Beans produced special events (found on our events page). To redeem, use the code contained in the Evanston Explorers mobile app.

    Lil' Kickers

    $15 off for customers who sign up for Saturday class or$30 off for customers who sign up for weekday classes. Must call in or sign up on site in order to redeem. Mention the promo code EVEXP17 to redeem offer. Can't be combined with any other discounts or deals.


    Evanston Explorers can create a free make & take craft (up to a $6 value) with admission or can take $10 off monthly membership at any level.

    Goldfish Swim School

    Register for perpetual lessons to receive an Extra Casual lesson ($21.75/value) every month you're enrolled!


    10% off the first month when you register for a Super Tots class using the code on the Evanston Explorers mobile app.

    Evanston Public Library

    Join us for dynamic summer fun and learning filled with engaging books, discovery challenges, and design projects. Challenge yourself to exercise your creativity, meet reading goals, and have fun with projects that include art and writing, experimenting with 3D design, learning about your ancestry or constructing all kinds of DIY Maker Projects, to name just a few activities.

    Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services

    The City of Evanston is dedicated to creating the most livable city in America. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department play a critical role in creating opportunities to improve the overall quality of life for residents. Our department encompasses 76 parks, 50 playgrounds, 12 facilities, 6 beaches, an ice rink, and 5 community gardens all within our 7.8 square mile radius.

  • Upcoming Events

    Events at participating organizations

  • 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston, IL 60202

    Little Beans Cafe Evanston is a family cafe and imaginative/active playspace for kids 0-12 years. Little Beans offers daily drop in play, special events, camps, classes, birthday parties and more. Families can enjoy our imaginative playspace best for kids 0-5 years and our active ninja warrior course and gym space best for kids 4-12 years. Our full service cafe serves Intelligentsia coffee drinks along with a large selection of panini's, salads, kids meals, pastries, frozen yogurt and more. For more information about our facility and our offerings visit www.littlebeanscafe.com.

    602 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

    Gather is a community art studio and creativity focused playspace designed for caregivers and children (birth- 8 years old) located in the heart of Downtown Evanston. In collaboration with many community partners, we offer drop in classes that span the creative arts and caregiver resources that allow children and caregivers to learn together. Admission includes access to our imaginative space with developmentally appropriate toys, a library of board books to early readers, use of bountiful art materials, complimentary gourmet coffee, tea and wifi, and daily, enriching programming. Gather also offers registered classes, special events and is an amazing birthday party venue. Visit www.meetatgather.com for more information.

    2454 Oakton St., Evanston, IL 60202

    Lil’ Kickers is a nationally recognized child development program that incorporates soccer for kids ages 18 months to 9 years old. Lil’ Kickers is a unique, non-competitive program that focuses on children’s social, emotional and cognitive skills to build a foundation that will help children be successful on and off the soccer field. Visit LKsoccer.com to schedule a FREE Trial today.

    Evanston Township High School
    1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

    Kit Gymnastics provides a fun and supportive environment in which children experience both personal and athletic growth. We offer recreational classes for ages 1-14, and and a team program for gymnasts that are ready for more rigorous training. No experience is necessary to begin classes. In fact, we welcome those with no experience! We focus on improving form, flexibility, balance, and strength through positive encouragement. We find that creating the space for gymnasts to make their own adjustments enables athletes to become more self-motivated, fostering greater enthusiasm for the sport.

    2008 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202

    Goldfish Swim School specializes in swim lessons for little kids! We start our lessons at 4 months old, because we know how important swimming lessons are. Our 90 degree pool stays warm all year round and our Facility is always tropical and inviting! We have small class sizes and flexible scheduling to make your experience at Goldfish Golden! We strive to give you the best experience while teaching your child the importance of water safety!

    1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
    2026 Central St., Evanston IL 60201
    900 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202

    The Evanston Public Library (EPL) has three locations: the Main Library at 1703 Orrington Ave, the North Branch at 2026 Central Street, and the Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch at 900 Chicago Ave. Borrower cards are free to Evanston residents, Evanston property tax payers, and Evanston businesses.

    2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

    The City of Evanston's Parks & Recreation Division is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all citizens by providing collaborative opportunities for our community to grow, learn, create and play.

    2454 Oakton St., Evanston, IL 60202

    Quad Indoor Sports is a state of the art sports and multi-purpose facility serving the greater Evanston area. Our 102×56 yard Full Field is configurable into F1, F2, F3, F4, and F6 field sizes for league play and practice rentals.

    We are dedicated to providing a weather-immune environment for athletes of all skill levels to have fun, train, play competitively and continually improve their skills. We offer a seasonal variety of sports league programs, tournaments and camps throughout the year. Our facility is also available to host your next corporate outing, birthday party or special event.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is Evanston Explorers?

    Evanston Explorers is a coalition of businesses and City departments offering classes, parties, and activities for children from toddlers to twelve in Evanston. It currently includes Gather, Little Beans Cafe, Little Kickers Socker, Goldfish Swim School, and KitGymnastics as well as the Evanston Public Library and department of Parks & Recreation.

    Why sign up?

    Signing up for the email list gives you access to a set of rotating discounts at participating businesses, and ensures that you're the first to know about events for kids and families in Evanston.

    How do I redeem deals?

    Show that you have our mobile app installed when checking out at participating businesses, or use the coupon codes from your welcome email or the "Deals" section in the app when registering for classes, parties, or memberships. To keep things fresh and exciting, deals will rotate a few times a year.

    Can my business join?

    Evanston Explorers businesses are focused on experiences, offering parties, classes, and playdate activities for Evanston children and families.