Krystyna K. – Grandmother
A beautiful place, nice and cool with air conditioning, big shelves with books, a large kitchen with snacks and drinks for children, teachers on duty teaching children how to make art work. I see a man supervising boys who are playing games. Near the books is a big shelf with board games, cards and all other sorts of games. I see one of my grandchildren sitting on the carpet playing games and the other one sitting on the couch reading.
Then finally I met the executive director of this amazing place ms. Kandice Henning. She is just an amazing women, with an angel face, who loves children and has lots of ideas. Thanks to her my kids have a safe place to play and meet new people.
Not only does the Alive Center offer fun activities for kids, but it also provides homework help and a nice quiet place to study during the school year. I can’t even imagine for one second if Alive did not exist what would happen to my children they would be outside in the hot sun or just walking on the street in this hot whether.
There are many children with parents that cannot afford to send them on vacation. This is another reason why I am grateful that the Alive Center is here for my kids and and many others. Thank you for creating this safe place for my children!
Sarah K. – Grandmother
We don’t have kids his age in our neighborhood. He also finds it hard to approach other kids and introduce himself. The relaxed, easygoing atmosphere of the Alive Center has been just the right thing for him. I like that he is able to choose from a variety of activities such as WII or ping pong or arts and crafts. He has had fun with some of the workshops such as pizza cooking and improv class.
Thank you for all you do. I wish you the best in your endeavors.
Andrea – Mother
We went in search of the impossible… Where can we find a local, safe, interesting, low-cost world expanding space in which he could read, craft, play, or just “hang out” with other kids his age? We found it at Alive’s teen drop in hours, and we were thrilled. And it’s FREE?!? How do people not know about this place?
Part of me feels like sharing it with everyone, and another selfish part wants it to stay the best kept secret in Naperville. Thank you for providing this service to our town. You’ve filled a void, and I am a grateful parent.
Angel A. – Mother
Alive is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
We are a nonprofit so that we can serve the entire community regardless of socioeconomic status as well as easily work with other local charities and organizations.
We have teen drop-in hours every day after school and during the summer that are free of charge. Our teen events are done at cost. Our adult services – such as meditation, dance, cooking, art – come at a charge but we offer free and reduced classes to the underserved.
Teens and adults can apply for financial aid. Please contact us for more information.