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Good Parent Exam: Take Chicago Children's Theatre's sample quiz for parents looking for winter classes, summer camp spots


Practice the sample questions below and you should do just fine on your upcoming GPE (Good Parent Exam):

True or False? It’s too late to sign my child up for CCT’s next eight-week Winter Session.


However, spaces are filling fast for Chicago Children’s Theatre’s upcoming eight-week Winter Session, January 7-March 2.

Sign your child up before it’s too late for a diverse area of performing arts classes including core courses in beginning, intermediate and advance acting, along with introductory and intermediate musical theater classes, all taught by CCT’s own professional teaching artists.

Other popular classes for kids ages 0 to 13 include Circus and Aerial Arts from Actors Gymnasium, Story Time for Tots, Bubble Jams and Learning Lab: KID Talk (a la TED Talk).

Also back: Open Play, 10 a.m. to Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, have become a morning magnet for West Loop families looking for a welcoming space to let little ones meet and let off steam together while parents enjoy coffee and conversation.

New to CCT’s winter syllabus is Saturday Morning Comics, an introductory visual art class for kids grades 3 to 8. Students will play drawing games and learn about different type of comics. The session ends with a comic expo for family and friends, and participants will leave with a small library of their very own comics.

Also new is Learning Lab: Stop Motion Shakespeare, for students grades 4 to 6 who get to use paper art and illustrations, stop motion animation and video to recreate pivotal scenes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Enroll your child in one winter class or many at, email, or call Chicago Children’s Theatre Guest Services, (312) 374-8835.

True or False? When it comes to summer camp enrollment, the early bird gets the worm.


Smart parents and guardians know to enroll their kids early for summer camps, so be ready when registration opens on Saturday, December 22 for CCT’s summer long-series of weekly Adventure Camps for children ages 3-1/2 to 13 at The Station.

Summer Adventure Camps are carefully designed to grow children’s skills in acting, songwriting, choreography, collaborative story development, scene and prop construction. Week-long camps were filled to capacity last summer, so parents, break out that calendar and plan ahead to secure your child’s spot. A 20% early-bird discount is offered to parents who enroll their child before January 31. Parents who enroll their child between February 1 and March 31 receive a 10% discount.

Save money and secure a spot for your summer camper by logging onto, emailing, or calling Chicago Children’s Theatre Guest Services, (312) 374-8835,

True or False? Following are actual testimonials from moms about CCT’s education programs.

“My daughter told me about the “theme” each week. Like “trust” and I loved that because it tied all of her activities together. I thought the last week showcase was super cute and unique.”
- Rebecca

“You are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with my child, change the program, all of that... yet another example of why I love CCT! You are angels to parents like us! Thank you for all you do each and everyday for these children!”
- Heather

“Hip Hop 4 Tots is a blast! What a wonderful way for the kids to unwind after school.”
- Valerie

“It has been amazing to see what James has done with the skills that he gained from the theater. It has made him confident to be a large part of the plays he has taken part of.”
- Heather


True or False? The new Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, and now serves as a beautiful, mixed-use performing arts, education and community engagement facility that welcomes all Chicago families.


Chicago Children’s Theatre has transformed the former 12th District Police Station, located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood at 100 S. Racine Avenue, into its first permanent home.

The new Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, celebrated its grand opening in January 2017, and now serves as a beautiful, mixed-use performing arts, education and community engagement facility that welcomes all Chicago families.

In addition to presenting live productions in The Station’s intimate 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre continues to grow its roster of performing arts classes, workshops and camps for children ages
0 to 13. Common threads in all of the CCT’s education offerings are student authorship, youth empowerment and community leadership.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is led by Co-Founders, Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, with Board President Eric Neveux. The company is supported by a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals from the fields of entertainment, philanthropy and business. Chicago Children's Theatre’s season is sponsored in part by Goldman Sachs Gives and ComEd.

For more about shows, classes and camps at The Station, visit