Kickoff: The new Lil' Kickers building on South Oak Park Avenue. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Lil’ Kickers has added Oak Park to its growing list of Illinois locations. A child development program, Lil’ Kickers teaches kids as young as 18 months important life skills through soccer-centered activities in over 25 states. The Oak Park branch is located at 809 S. Oak Park Ave.

“We aim to teach kids a little bit more than just soccer,” said Lil’ Kickers marketing director Alanis Loftin. “So listening skills, how to interact in a group learning environment, confidence, friendships, and problem-solving skills.”

The Oak Park facility offers two programs based on age group: Lil’ Kickers, for children age 18 months to 5 years, and Skills Institute, which offers supplemental soccer training for kids 5-10 years old. Each class has about 14 students.

“Depending on the age group, our classes are structured differently just to make sure we’re teaching kids in an age-appropriate way,” said Loftin. “For our toddler classes, we use a lot of sensory tools, so we have bubbles, parachutes, squishy balls and parents are on the field to help facilitate those games.” 

The fall session started Aug. 26, but Lil’ Kickers has ongoing registration. It also allows kids to attend a 50-minute class on a free trial basis. 


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