The Laboratory is nothing short of phenomenal! Ed is a PhD and loves to teach more than anyone I’ve ever met. He has so much patience and enthusiasm and my son cannot wait to go to class each and every week. It’s his favorite class/activity. If you have a kid curious in science of any kind, these guys have the programs your kids and you will love. I can’t recommend The Laboratory enough… I can’t fathom a day my son won’t love coming here!
We had a birthday party here for our 7 year old son. We live in the suburbs, so I wasnt sure how many kids would make the trek to the city and EVERYONE RSVPd b/c they were so excited. I cant reccomend this place enough! they were SO responsive to all my questions and concerns beforehand, EXTREMELY accomodating when we had people rsvp at the last minute and very friendly and inviting. And they set up an awesome party that the kids really enjoyed. we had so many kids (and mostly boys) so our party was chaotic, and they never once showed signs of stress or uneasiness. They were so calm and friendly to the kids and the kids had a wonderful time learning! I definitely reccommend this place as an alternative to the bounce house party!
My daughter is 10 and loved taking the weeklong camp themed as Camp Half Blood. She enjoyed all of the experiments and it is now one of her favorite camps this summer. There is nothing else like it in the city and highly recommend. She can’t wait to attend more!
My 9-year old son just completed a Hogwart’s themed camp at The Laboratory. Not only did he absolutely love it, but he learned a lot as well. Dr. Ed & Ms. Amy are phenomenal – they made science interesting and fun. Dueling with the wand they made in class is spectacular … what a blast! My soon-to-be 4th grader is asking when he can go back … asking to learn more science – nothing better from my perspective!
Two of my children have taken classes regularly at the Laboratory and have loved it each and every time. Amy and Ed are super people and easy to work with. They make every effort to direct my kids’ thinking and curiosity toward the scientific method approach while keeping it fun and engaging. My daughter just finished a Hogswart Camp and loved it! They used every opportunity to incorporate science into the imaginary fun. I especially like that it’s owned and run by local people and is not a chain, so you really get individual attention! Can’t say enough good things about this place and encourage anyone with a curious child to check it out!
My daughter had an amazing time at Percy Jackson week. On Thursday she told me she couldn’t believe how quickly the week was going. She loved the activities and being around other kids who were interested in the same things she is. Amy and Ed are creative, kind, wonderful teachers. My daughter is really looking forward to Harry Potter week later this summer!
My kids, 9 and 11, just finished their first Hogwarts Camp and LOVED IT!! They are already looking forward to next summer and some weekend classes in the fall. Everyone was so wonderful and they learned so much. This is the best find ever. My daughter isn’t a science fan but now is ready to take on the science of cosmetics, DRAGONS and more Harry Potter next summer. They can’t get enough! So much fun with blending kid friendly themes and hands on science. I would recommend this to EVERYONE – whether your kid is a science fan or not. Amy, Dr. Ed, and everyone there were absolutely fantastic!
The Laboratory has been exceptional for our two kids. They’ve taken several robotics/programming and spa science classes and have really enjoyed each and every one of them. The kids get their hands into every single project, and it’s as much a makerspace as it is a laboratory. They come home with something that they’ve created just about every single week. Ed and Amy are great with kids — knowledgeable, patient, and fun. The Laboratory is where kids go to learn to love science!
I first found out about The Laboratory from a friend who was bummed that Harry Potter camp was sold out. On the website, I found the Zombie Survival Camp and knew it was perfect for my precocious 8 year old (going on 40.) It helped immensely that we met the Laboratory Staff at the Adler the Friday before camp started – so we knew they were cool. Only two days into camp, and my son can’t wait to go back! The staff is enthusiastic, energetic, and endearing. I can’t wait to take advantage of Science Night Out and day off/holiday camps with them. Since nothing is perfect, a warning for working parents: There is no before or after-care option, so you have to drop off at 8:45 and be there for pickup at 3:00 – my employer was seriously understanding about it, and it’s still better than a whole day off work – but your mileage may vary!
You have to physically drag the kids out of this place ! The Amy-Ed uber-geek combo is highly motivated, kind and enthusiastic to make the laboratory a highly conducive and fun learning environment for kids. Thank you for the effort.
When we asked our 6.5-year-old daughter if she wanted to sign up for another STEAM class at The Laboratory she said YES. Why? Dr. Ed and Amy are wonderful teachers. They make learning fun. Each week, she leaves class filled with confidence and pride as she explains what she learned. Not only does she love to build robots and make perfume but she’s interested in how the robots work and why difference scents work well together. She loves science and math and her classes at The Laboratory teach her how she can make them part of her life…and have a great time while doing it!
My son finished Zombie Apocalypse Camp at The Laboratory last week, and I cannot say enough good things about his experience! First, he came home every night impatient to return to camp the next day (How often does that happen with a 10-yr old!?!?). Secondly, they learned soooo much in very little time. From brain dissection (not human!), to water distillation, to survival strategies, decision-making and more, they packed a lot of content into very little time. Thirdly, he got to learn in an environment that was engaging, exciting, creative and fun! I wish he could learn like this all the time. He cannot wait to return for more amazing hands-on learning! Thanks so much, Dr. Ed, Amy and Jesse!
If I could give this place 10 stars it still wouldn’t be enough. We just hosted a birthday party here for my daughter’s 7th and chose to build robots. All I can say is–how unique! There is no other place like this in Chicago!!!! The owners are beyond wonderful being both patient and helpful with each kid. It is such a great space and the party was flawless! I HIGHLY recommend this for a private event and I can’t wait to send my daughter for camps and/or classes!!!!
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