CLASSES AT CHENEY MANSIONThe Park District offers classes and programs at Cheney Mansion each season - programs below are divided by family, kids, and adult classes. Be sure to also check out Special Events for more activities at the Mansion. For more information on any of the programs listed below, please contact the Mansion at (708) 383-2612. You can also register online through the Park District of Oak Park - visit https://www.pdop.net.
JUST FOR KIDS PROGRAMS
Cooking Classes for Young Chefs (Ages 8-12)
“Kids Cook!” provides a win-win opportunity! While the kids enjoy these fun cooking sessions in the catering kitchen of Cheney Mansion, parents have the evening free for a quiet, relaxing meal at their favorite eatery! Taught by professional chef Ron Martin, classes are a combination of hands-on and demonstration, training young chefs in the basic techniques of various cooking methods and kitchen skills.
Culinary Camp: Famous Foods (Ages 10-13)
Jun 10-13, 10am-2 pm
Chef Ron Martin will lead young chefs in a weeklong excursion into the flavors of France, Italy, China, & Thailand. Young chefs chop, mince, stir, peel, and create recipes from scratch. Bring a bag lunch!
Culinary Camp: A Journey Through Travel and Taste (Ages 10-13)
Jun 17-21, 10am-2 pm
Chef Martin travels through Mexico and America. Learn to chop, mince, dice and peel. Bring a bag lunch each day.
Princess Picnic (Ages 4-7)
Friday, July 12, 11am-1 pm
Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test... join Princess Belle at Cheney Mansion for a delightful afternoon! Nibble on bite-size sandwiches during a lunch picnic, while listening to Belle's story about finding the good in everyone. Beauty and the Beast projects and games will fill our time, after the picnic fills our bellies.
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Princess Party (Ages 4-7)
Friday, Aug 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Come to our Princess Party with none other than... Rapunzel! Pizza, pedicures, and pop music will keep this party moving. Rapunzel can't wait to visit Oak Park's Cheney Mansion and learn something new about each of you! Create something special for your hair with the help of Rapunzel, dance, and celebrate the end of summer. You'll leave the party wondering which princess will be coming to town next.
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Latin Dancin' at the Mansion
Heat up the dance floor with some hot Latin dancing! Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata will be taught in this fun and active dance class. You’ll learn the basic steps and enjoy the rhythm of these exciting dances. No experience or partner required. All ages. Please bring smooth-soled shoes to class.
Swing Dancin' at the Mansion
Come dance the night away! Learn classic ballroom dances with a special emphasis on Swing. The instructor’s easy-to follow teaching style will have you gliding across the dance floor in just a few weeks. You’ll learn to Swing, Foxtrot and Rumba and burn some calories at the same time! No experience or partner required. All ages. Please bring smooth-soled shoes to class.
Book a Private Cooking Class for a Special Birthday Party or Corporate Team Building!
Cheney Mansion and professional chef Ron Martin will tailor a private group cooking class to fit your taste. Looking for an innovative idea for your best friend’s birthday or “Girls Night Out”? Searching for Corporate Team Building possibilities? Please call 708-383-2612, or e-mail email@example.com.
People are raving about Chef Ron Martin's private cooking classes:
"I wanted to send a note to thank you – so very much! – for putting together such a wonderful cooking class for my team a couple weeks ago. We had so much fun, learned a lot from the special techniques you shared – including how to use our food processors! – and really enjoyed the tasty appetizers you created. Taking a cooking class as a team has been on our list for a number of years, and I am so delighted that we were able to do it this year with such a fantastic chef!" -Barbara N. Hoffman, Director of Development, Ounce of Prevention Fund
"You are simply amazing! My husband just made breakfast for all the kids, and they are sitting on our back patio re-living the Chef Dinner - I specifically asked them about you... and I got a chorus of "He Was AWESOME!". My thanks to you for making this such a memorable occasion for every one of them." -Patricia Lekacz, Glen Ellyn