We're THRILLED to announce that we've partnered with local mom + children's librarian Miss Rachael Dabkey for three unique, engaging and FUN workshops starting September 21st! Workshops will be held at Waterlemon on Monday's and Tuesday's and are perfect for children ages 4-8. Workshops are all 90-minutes long and each week will feature something new and different that your children will LOVE being a part of.
Why we love this: While children are engaging in fun, creative activities in our play area led by Miss Rachael, you, as parents and caregivers, are getting a luxurious 90-minute break in our cafè to catch up on emails, finish those spreadsheets, complete those reports, upload that blog, make phone calls or do WHATEVER you need to do to CATCH UP. 

Important Note: A max of 2 parents or guardians may be present due to COVID capacity limits. This is not a "drop off" class. Parents or guardians must be present throughout the workshop. 

Masks: Per Illinois Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines, children as well as their parents/guardians must wear face masks when entering our store as well as during the workshops. However, parents/guardians and children may remove masks when seated in our café area just like you would at a restaurant.





Let’s build upon a child’s curiosity and wonder! In Stories & Steam, children will question, create, and discover through books and hands-on activities. Activities include experimenting with chemical reactions, discovering dinosaurs and fossils, and learning about famous artists by creating your very own masterpiece.



Children learn best through play. In this class, children will work on their socialization, early literacy, and math skills through circle time, hands-on activities, and centers. There will be three new activities every week!



In this class, children will have fun participating in engaging, hands-on activities from making slime to paper maché animals. Every week will be different! During our first class, children will be able to vote on activities they want to do in future classes.



Mondays and Tuesdays 9/21 - 12/15



9:00 am - 10:30 am - Stories & Steam

11:30am - 1:00pm - Learn & Play

Session 1: September 21, September 28, October 5 and October 19 (4 days)

Session 2: October 26, November 2, November 9 and November 16 (4 days)

Session 3: November 30, December 7 and December 14 (3 days)



9:00 am - 10:30am - Learn & Play 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Stories & Steam

4:00 pm - 5:00pm - Afternoon Antics

Session 1: September 22, September 29, October 6 and October 13 (4 days)

Session 2: October 20, October 27, November 10 and November 17 (4 days)

Session 3: December 1, December 8 and December 15 (3 days)



  • Cost for 4 day workshop: $125
  • Cost for 3 day workshop: $100
  • Sibling discount of $10 off either package


What Waterlemon will provide: 

  • WiFi
  • Basic supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, glue)
  • Handouts and printables
  • Supplies specific to each program
  • Water and juice for kids and adults



  • Minimum of 5 children aged 4-8 required for class to go forward
  • Maximum of 10 children allowed per class



  • No refunds
  • No cancellations
  • No makeup classes 

Notes: Children will be asked to wash their hands upon checking in for each class. During circle time, children will each have their own carpet square and chair throughout the entire program. Anytime they return to circle time or to a table for an activity, they will return to the same seat. Each child will have their own caddy of art supplies. Hand sanitizer will be available at several locations throughout Waterlemon. 





Rachael Dabkey


Classes are presented by Rachael Dabkey. Rachael has been working with children for over 15 years, including 10 years of experience planning and facilitating programming for children ages 0-12. You may even recognize Rachael from her eight years of serving the community as a Children’s Librarian at the La Grange Public Library. Rachael holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Library and Information Science. Rachael lives in La Grange Park with her husband and five-year-old daughter.