Children Programs

Program Requirements

  • Children must be the correct age by 9/1/21, 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 Program Guide.
  • Although your child may turn the correct age during the 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 the registered child 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 participants’ attention span and inhibit the establishment of peer relationships.
  • All children must be potty-trained unless they are attending a class where an adult stay with them or is 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 child’s safety, all children enrolled in programs must be picked up from the specific door by their parent(s) or designated guardian. No child will be released from the building to anyone other than these individuals.
  • A mandatory sign-in and sign-out procedure for all participants is required for all Park District Programs. Children must be accompanied by an adult when escorted to the door.
  • Classes that require a parent to attend with a child are shown with this icon:

 

Wiggles, Giggles & Fun     

Ages Birth-5
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
A parent or caregiver stays to interact with their child to encourage socialization during free play time and participation in circle time learning. You’ll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and an occasional adult-sized giggle. Infants are also allowed in the class to watch the fun, so no need to find a babysitter. Price is for up to two children. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10127-A3 M 7/12-7/26 9:15-10:15am $32/$37
10127-A4  M 7/12-7/26 10:30-11:30am $32/$37

*Third child will be an additional $6

Play School with Me      

Ages 2-3
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Come and enjoy a special hour with your child. Each week, your children will have fun learning nursery rhymes, finger plays, singing songs and doing a craft with you, while preparing for a more structured Preschool. When your child is having fun, they are learning! Register for “On My Own” afterwards to get kids used to being on their own!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10126-A2 W 7/7-7/28 9:20-10:20am $42/$47

On My Own

Ages 2-3
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
This class will help ease separation fears and encourage independence for your child. Children will have fun playing in a semi-structured environment with a variety of toys and creative arts. Your child will experience a wide variety of activities while encouraging development of their listening, sharing and large and fine motor skills. Instructor will not change diapers.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10124-A2  W 7/7-7/28 10:30-11:45am $48/$53

Twilight Tots     

 Ages 2-3
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Working moms, dads or busy daytime parents, come join your child to learn some new moves and polish up on some old ones, too. Each class we will have circle time songs, crafts, large and small motor skill moves, experiments and more!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10133-A2 W 7/7-7/28 6:15-7:15pm $42/$47

Kids in the Garden! 

Ages 2-6
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Bring the children in your life out for a fun planting class to create a unique planter. Children will decorate a pot and plant it with easy to care for flowers that they will take home that day. We will also have crafts and activities with a gardening theme. Open to moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas or whomever wants to create a memorable night with a special child in their life!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11125-A1  M 6/14 6:15-7:15pm $26/$31 per pair

*$9 each additional child

Plant Your Own Beanstalk!     

Ages 2-6
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum! Planting your very own beanstalk is so much fun! Kids will love this “Jack and the Beanstalk” themed gardening class! Kids will learn about all aspects of gardening from soil, planting, watering and harvesting. Kids will plant, do a fun craft and listen to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk! Open to moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas or whomever wants to create a memorable night with a special child in their life!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11251-A1 M 7/19 6:15-7:15pm $26/$31 per pair

*$9 each additional child

Sensory Shenanigans!

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry E
Children of all abilities and ages need and benefit from sensory-based play.  It allows them to connect ideas with concrete experiences, it stimulates the brain which helps strengthen neural pathways, and it helps develop fine and gross motor skills. This class focuses on hands-on learning through a variety of sensory activities. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut-free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11572-A2   M 7/12-7/26 Noon-2:00pm $45/$50

Curious Counters

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry E
Science and math all in one class! The curriculum will alternate between science concepts and math skills. Children learn math best by engaging in dynamic, hands-on games and science projects. They love to ask questions and play games that involve the many aspects of math. From sorting to sizing and doing comparisons, this class will continue to build on those early math and science skills.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11010-A2 M 7/12-7/26 1:00-3:00pm $45/$50

Preschool Academy

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
This is a great Preschool or Kindergarten preparation class! 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
11020-A2   TU 7/6-7/27 9:30-11:30am $59/$64

Princess Adventures

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry E
Have your little princess come dressed in their favorite princess outfit! We will read a different princess story each week, play princess games and make an art project. A princess tea party will be held on the last day of class.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10572-A2   TU 7/6-7/27 12:15-1:30pm $50/$55

Kiddie Kollege

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry E
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
11253-A2 TH 7/8-7/29 9:30-11:30am $59/$64

Summer Scholars!

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
Let’s keep those pre-kindergarten skills sharp! The emphasis in this class is on academics. We will work on writing, phonics, math, literature and science in a fun classroom atmosphere that encourages children to learn, develop independence and sharpen their creative thinking skills. Please bring your own nut-free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10017-A2  TH 7/8-7/29 1:15-3:15pm $59/$64

A to Z Animal Tales

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry E
Toddlers will explore animals of all kinds! They will learn about animals that live in the desert, rainforest, the jungle and on the ice. We will study our furry friends through stories, songs and activities. Each class will include an animal related project. Combine with Alpha Buddies for a longer day!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11250-A2  F 7/9-7/30 9:00-10:30am $50/$55

Alpha Buddies

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry E
Class is designed to teach letter recognition and letter sound in a fun and exciting environment! Each activity done in class will target different types of learners with engaging and wacky ways to learn the letters of the alphabet.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11577-A2  F 7/9-7/30 10:30am-Noon $50/$55

Little Artists

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry E
All children are creative if given the opportunity to develop. If your child loves creating things with their hands, then this is the class to join! Construct a little bit of everything with all different types of supplies. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations as they explore and investigate activities using art.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10573-A2   F 7/9-7/30 12:45-2:15pm $50/$55

I Speak Spanish! –Spanish for Kids

Ages 3-5
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
Instructed by: Language in Action, Inc.
Expand your child’s world! Introduce your child to the Spanish language in this Spanish immersion class developed especially for very young learners. Children will be immersed in the Spanish language through fun and educational activities and music. Each session covers new and exciting material!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
18251-A2 TH 7/15-8/5 4:00-4:45pm $52/$57

Little Professors

Ages 3-6
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
If your child is curious, he/she will love this hands-on science class as we explore the fun things you can do with everyday household items. Kids learn about the world by observing and experimenting. This class will help children discover the what’s, where’s and why’s through age-appropriate experiments and sensory exploration.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
13571-A2 TH 7/8-7/29 9:15-10:30am $51/$56

Kinder-Connection

Ages 4-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry E
If your child is starting Kindergarten this fall, then this class is for them! We will be reviewing the concepts learned in Preschool and begin to introduce some basic Kindergarten skills. This class provides an excellent bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten while having some summertime fun. Please bring your own nut-free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11252-A2  TU 7/6-7/27 9:15-11:00am $59/$64

Cookin’ Up a Story

Ages 4-6
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
Each week, a popular character will be chosen from a classic children’s book. Your child will make a snack creation to go along with the character of the day. The class will conclude with reading a story about the special character while enjoying their finished food. Note any food allergies at time of registration.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
19701-A2  TU 7/6-7/27 11:45am-1:00pm $56/$61

Really Ready for Reading

Ages 4-7
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
This reading readiness program gives children the foundation to begin reading. Sight words, blending sounds and segmenting sounds will be covered.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
Ages 6-7
11580-A2  W 7/7-7/28 1:00-3:00pm $63/$68

Critter Class   

Ages 4-12
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry E
I
nstructed by: Crosstown Exotics
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. Open-toed shoes are prohibited.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
17664-A1 TH 7/29-8/19 6:00-7:00pm $54/$59

Magic Class!   

Ages 5-12
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry E
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. Children can sign-up again since new tricks are taught each session.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
11260-A1   W 6/30 6:45-7:40pm $20/$25

Vamonos Spanish Club for Kids   

Ages 6-10
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
Instructed by: Language in Action, Inc.
Learning a second language can open a world of possibilities for your child. In this class students will learn Spanish conversation and some Spanish grammar, reading and writing skills through interactive, engaging and fun activities. Each session covers new and exciting materials!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
18248-A2  TH 7/15-8/5 5:00-5:45pm $52/$57

Horseback Riding    

Age 7 & Older
Giddy 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 our highly qualified trainers and instructors. We offer both an indoor and outdoor arena, so Nova is able to offer lessons year-round. A 5-lesson card includes five 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 boots are required.

Activity R/NR
12250-A1    $210/$215
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Mad Science!

Ages 7-12
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
Your child will enjoy hands-on experiments with common and safe household items. They will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize how much they are learning. Dress for a mess in case any of our experiments splatter. Activities may include volcanos, soluble messes and ooze crafts.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10137-A2   TH 7/8-7/29 11:00am-12:30pm $56/$61

Summer Cooking classes

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-5
LCC (Kitchen) Entry D
Kids should be in the kitchen early to form healthy habits and teach valuable lessons like following directions, reading, math and science. Recipes will focus on prepping and assembling with fun cooking twists! Please bring an apron to class. Fee includes groceries.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
Pizza Parlor
Mini chefs will make a sweet and savory pizza in this one-hour class.
18541-A2  W 7/7 5:00-6:00pm $30/$35
 Bake Shop
Kids will create and learn how to make some yummy baked treats!
18541-A3  TU 8/10 5:00-6:00pm $30/$35

Juniors Chefs

Ages 6-10
LCC (Kitchen) Entry D
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. Please bring an apron to class. Fee includes groceries.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
Sweet and Savory Nachos
The best part of building nachos is creating a version all your own. Kids will help cook and prep all our toppings and then build a sweet and savory version.
18540-A2 W 7/7 6:30-7:45pm $35/$40
Movie Theater Snacks
Kids will learn to make some fun, shareable finger foods for at-home movie experiences!
18540-A3 TU  8/10 6:30-7:45pm $35/$40

Culinary Chefs

Ages 7-12
LCC (Kitchen) Entry D
Your little chef will learn the basics of cooking, kitchen safety, baking techniques and culinary terms. Each class will have a fun theme to help get your child excited about cooking and eating! Please bring an apron to class!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
10143-A2 TU 7/6-7/27  1:30-3:15pm $66/$71