Children Programs

Program Requirements

  • Children must be the correct age by 9/1/20, unless otherwise specified. In order to provide your child with the best possible recreational and/or learning experience, all of our programs are planned according to the ages listed in our brochure.
  • Although your child may turn the correct age during a second session of a program, our age requirement date coincides with the school district’s date to assist with the fundamental growth of the child in the age appropriate programs and therefore would not be eligible for registration.
  • Classes are for child attending only, except for classes with an adult. Parents should not remain in the classroom or gymnasium after dropping off their child. This is in the child’s best interest, as continual interruptions tend to affect participant’s attention span and inhibit the establishment of peer relationships.
  • All children must be potty-trained, unless they are attending a class where an adult stays with them or otherwise stated in the class description. Diapers are not permitted in independent classes unless stated in the class description.
  • Please do not bring food to any class, unless previously arranged. For your children’s safety, all children enrolled in preschool-age programs must be picked up from the specific classroom or program site by their parents or designated guardian. No child will be released from the classroom to anyone other than these individuals.
  • A mandatory sign-in and sign-out procedure for all participants is required for all Park District Programs.
  • Classes that require a parent to attend with a child are shown with this icon:

 

 

Preschool Prep

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
This is a great preparation class for children who want to attend school but are not quite ready for the longer session. The alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes will be introduced. Also, a fun craft will be made each week. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
30132-A2 TU 3/16-5/11  9:45-11:45am  $105/$110 3/30

 

Preschool Blast Off

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
This class is the last step before preschool. The alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes will be introduced. Children will participate in circle time, crafts, and movement. The instructor will not change diapers. Must be 2½ by the start of class. Please bring your own nut free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
31705-A1 TH 1/21-3/11  9:45-11:45am  $105/$110 4/1

 

Lil’ Learners

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
This class will prepare your child for preschool by presenting the basic skills, stressing the social development of your child and the importance of learning through play. Group and individual activities will help your child develop new skills and make new friends. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
30192-A2 F 3/19-5/14  9:45-11:45am $93/$98 3/26 & 4/2

 

Kiddie Kollege

Ages 2-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
This class will prepare your child for Preschool by presenting the basics. We will introduce the alphabet, colors, numbers and seasons. Each week there will be a special theme, color and a new rhyme! The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
31253-A2 W 3/17-5/12  9:45-11:45am $105/$110 3/31

 

Critter Class

Ages 4-12
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
This 4-week class offered by Crosstown Exotics is an introduction to the World’s most misunderstood creatures, reptiles, amphibians and bugs! We will teach the importance of these creatures to the environment as well as their natural history and how to take care of them as pets. Each class students will have the opportunity to photograph, touch and handle the animals. Some classes may take place outdoors, so dress accordingly. No open-toed shoes.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
31220-A1 TH 3/4-3/25 6:00-7:00pm $54
31220-A2 TH 5/6-5/27 6:00-7:00pm $54

 

Let’s Build It: Snap Circuits: Exciting Electronics

Ages 5-11
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
Instructed By: Afterschool Enrichment Solutions
Budding engineers will have the opportunity to design, build, and test a wide variety of circuits and electronic projects! Instructors will guide students through core concepts of electrical engineering as they complete hands-on projects and experiments to explore how electricity is part of our daily lives. No previous experience necessary, just a desire to learn and build. Projects will include various sound producing circuits, musical instruments, a simulated telephone, and even their own radio! Each student will have the opportunity to earn Energy Belts to demonstrate their learned skills!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
38137-A1 TU 2/2-3/23 5:30-6:30pm  $156

 

Let’s Build It: Chain Reactions In Action

Ages 5-11
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room) Instructed By: Afterschool Enrichment Solutions

The ball rolls down the ramp, turns the switch, that moves the post, that activates the zip-line, that knocks the ball down the ramp and into the goal! In this STEAM program, students will be building Rube Goldberg “Mouse Trap” chain-reaction machines featuring levers, pulleys, and other simple machines. Engineering and physics concepts will be introduced through hands-on, innovative lessons and creative play time. Problem-solving and teamwork will be put to the test as the complexity of the projects increases from week to week. On the final class, there will be a building competition – How many contraptions can you connect in the chain reaction? No previous experience is necessary. Each student can earn Energy Belts to demonstrate their learned skills!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
38137-A2 TU 4/13-5/25 5:30-6:30pm  $136

 

Magic Class

Ages 5-12
Instructed by: Magic Team of Gary Kantor
Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from the Magic Team of Gary Kantor! Amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind-reading and more.
All materials are provided, and each child receives a magic kit to take home. Children are grouped by age and always learn tricks that are age appropriate. You can sign up for this class again and again because brand new tricks are always taught at each session!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
31260-A2 TU 4/6 6:45-7:40pm $20
Location:LCC (Room 1) Entry C

 

Chess Wizards

Ages 6-11
Instructed By: Chess Wizards
Enter the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards! You will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone kindergarten through fifth. Whether you have been playing chess for your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or you just want to have a fun experience with your friends – Chess Wizards is the place for you!

Virtual Option via Zoom
Chess Wizards is so popular with kids because of our unique structure. First, we let kids get the wiggles and giggles out with 10 minutes of free play and review of past taught topics. We then go right into the week’s lessons. We separate students based on skill levels and teach different lessons best suited to their individual needs. All lessons have an activity and homework to accompany them and we have well over 80 different lessons to keep challenging our little wizards! Chess has been taught for thousands of years because of its emphasis on logic, tactics and sportsmanship. Let us coach your kids to a higher level of education! Classes are offered through zoom and chesskid.com for a virtual chess board. No chess gear needed to participate.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
38153-A2 TH 4/8-5/20 4:30-5:30pm $112

 

Rising Star Musical Theater

Ages 6-12
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Explore your dramatic and creative side while learning theatrical terms, musical concepts and basic dance steps. Students will learn acting warm-ups, improv games and how to make props while preparing for a short performance, in costume, of a popular musical such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during the final class.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
30151-A1 TU 1/26-3/9  6:45-7:45pm $108

 

Horseback Riding

Age 7 & Older
Get up and go! It’s time to ride at Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. There is fun for all ages at any riding level; no previous experience is needed. Come out to learn both Western and English disciplines taught by highly qualified trainers and instructors. Nova offer both an indoor and outdoor arena, so they are able to offer lessons year-round. A 5-lesson card includes 5 individual one-hour lessons within a group format. Once your lesson card is purchased, call Nova to schedule your lessons at (708) 479-3696. Jeans and hard-soled shoes or boots are required.

Activity  R/NR
32250-A1 $210
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

 

 

COOKING CLASSES

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-6
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Kids should be in the kitchen as early as two to form healthy habits and teach valuable lessons like following directions, reading, math and science. Recipes will focus on prepping and assembling with fun twists! Please bring an apron to class!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
30125-A2 M 3/1-3/22 5:00-6:00pm $67/$72

 

Junior Chefs

Ages 7-11
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Kids who start cooking at a younger age are 50% more likely to make meals from scratch as they grow up. Cooking also teaches kids valuable lessons like following directions, reading, math, science and problem solving. Recipes will include a twist on favorites as well as ethnic recipes to encourage more adventurous taste buds. Please bring an apron to class!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
38540-A2 M 3/1-3/22 6:30-7:45pm $67/$72

 

Movie Night Munchies

Ages 8-13
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
In class, you’ll learn to make some fun, sharable finger foods for an at-home movie experience. We’ll be making something snacky, sweet AND more substantial bites-with lots of kitchen tips and tricks too!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
38542-A1 W 4/14 6:30-8:00pm $38/$43

 

Desserts in Disguise

Ages 8-13
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Salivating at the sight of that luscious bowl of pasta? Look closer! What you see is not always what you get! Our class will be creating sweet treats in disguise!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
30143-A1 M 5/17 6:30-8:00pm $38/$43