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://registration.pdop.org.
JUST FOR KIDS PROGRAMS
Cooking Classes for Young Chefs (Ages 9-12)
“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. $35 Residents/$40 Non-Residents
Kids Cook: Chinese New Year
Sat, February 8, 9:30am-12pmCome celebrate the Chinese New Year -Year of the Horse. Chef Ron will teach you how to make Spring Rolls, Twice-Cooked Beef and Sweet and Sour Pork Kebobs.
Kids Cook: Tacos & Nachos
Sat, Mar 8, 9:30am-Noon
Chef Ron Martin teaches his students how to make traditional Oaxacan tacos in addition to nachos and chicken burritos.
Pirates & Princesses (Ages 4-7)
Fri, Jan 17, 6:30-8:30pm
What do pirates and princesses have in common? . . . kids love them! Come to the mansion to live the day in a life of a pirate, a princess, or both! The evening will be filled with hands on activities, crafts, games, and stories shared by a real life princess . . . and pirate! I DA-rrrrrrr-E you to sign up! $30/$45
Wizard of Oz (Ages 4-7)
Su, Mar 9, 11am-1pm
Follow the yellow brick road to Cheney Mansion, where you will spend the day with Dorothy! This Sunday event will bring the characters to life as you travel from room to room looking, learning, and laughing engaged in hands-on, Oz themed activities. We will use our brains like the Scarecrow and heart like the Tin Man as we follow the rainbow, lick lollipops, and click our heels . . . there's no place like the Mansion! Light lunch included. $30/$45
From Puerto Rico with Love! Salsa remains (for good reason) the world's most popular "street" or "club" social dance. Here in the Chicago area, this music is featured at different clubs and venues virtually every night of the week. You'll be introduced to the basic steps, leading and following techniques, awareness of the music, and the "flow" of the dance. Meringue included. No partner required.
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. This style of dancing has come back across the nation. Don't miss out on the fun! Rhumba, foxtrot and other ballroom dances are also covered. No experience or partner required. $60 Resident/$90 Non-Resident
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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