Children Programs

Program Requirements

  • Children must be the correct age by 9/1/19, 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:

FALL 2019 PROGRAMS BELOW

Musikgarten

Age Birth-5

Wiggly Walkers: On a Trip 

Ages Birth-3½ 
Imagine a place where you can reconnect with your child and make new friends. A place where you can rock gently to a lullaby, dance to a jazzy beat, explore new instruments, and sing songs from different cultures and traditions. And each one of these creative musical activities stimulate your young child’s growing brain and help your child thrive. You won’t want to miss out on this perfect way to capture the fleeting moments of childhood wonder. Don’t forget, this is a 15-week program!

Day/Time: Tues., 9:45am-10:15am
ACTV#20311-A1 Sept. 17 – Jan. 21
(Skip 10/29, 11/26, 12/24, & 12/31)

Day/Time: Tues., 10:30am-11:00am
ACTV#20311-A2 Sept. 17 – Jan. 21
(Skip 10/29, 11/26, 12/24, & 12/31)

Day/Time: Tues., 5:45pm-6:15pm
ACTV#20311-A3  Sept. 17 – Jan. 21
(Skip 10/29, 11/26, 12/24, & 12/31)

Day/Time: Wed., 9:45am-10:15am
ACTV#20311-A4 Sept. 18 – Jan. 22
(Skip 10/30, 11/27, 12/25, & 1/1)

Day/Time: Thurs., 5:40pm-6:20pm
ACTV#20311-A5 Sept. 19 – Jan. 23
(Skip 10/31, 11/28, 12/26, & 1/2)

Fee: $279 (materials on request)
Location: Simply Music and Creative Arts Studio
13919 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox
(Across from Tyler-Bentley Elementary Schools)

 

Precocious Preschoolers: Wing Dancers

Ages 3-5
These classes will tap into your child’s creative spirit, boundless energy and natural love of music. With listening, singing, storytelling, and instruments, you won’t believe how much more the children will fall in love with music. We will teach big exciting musical terms, create and ensemble multiple instruments, sing a newly “made up” verse to a song, or provide an all-new adventure of pretend play. This is a 15-week program!

Day/Time: Tues., 4:45pm-5:30pm
ACTV#20312-A1 Sept. 17 – Jan. 21
(Skip 10/29, 11/26, 12/24, & 12/31)

Day/Time: Wed., 10:30am-11:15am
ACTV#20312-A2 Sept. 18 – Jan. 22
(Skip 10/30, 11/27, 12/25, & 1/1)

Fee: $313 (materials on request)
Location: Simply Music and Creative Arts Studio
13919 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox
(Across from Tyler-Bentley Elementary Schools)

 

WINTER/SPRING 2020 PROGRAMS BELOW

Parent & Tot

Ages Birth-4                    
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
You and your toddler(s) will spend a fun hour together playing under a parachute, crawling through obstacles, singing songs and working on art projects. 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 only.
Activity         Day   Date           Time                       R/NR*       Skip Dates
30128-A1      W      1/8-2/26      9:20-10:20am         $59/$64
30128-A2      W      3/4-4/29      9:20-10:20am         $59/$64      4/1
30128-A3      W      1/8-2/26      10:30-11:30am       $59/$64
30128-A4      W      3/4-4/29      10:30-11:30am       $59/$64      4/1
30128-A5      TH    1/9-2/27       9:20-10:20am         $59/$64
30128-A6      TH    3/5-4/30       9:20-10:20am         $59/$64      4/2
30128-A7      TH    1/9-2/27       10:30-11:30am       $59/$64
30128-A8      TH    3/5-4/30       10:30-11:30am       $59/$64      4/2
*$8 for third child

 

Play School with Me

Ages 2-3                                         
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Come and enjoy a special hour with your child. You’ll sing and dance to your favorite songs, have fun discovering exciting new stories and nursery rhymes, learn new games and at times make a craft in a social setting.
Activity       Day    Date            Time                   R/NR         Skip Dates
30126-A1     F        1/10-2/28     9:20-10:20am    $64/$69
30126-A2     F        3/6-5/1         9:20-10:20am    $56/$61       4/3 & 4/10

 

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 aren’t 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            Time                   R/NR            Skip Dates
30132-A1     TU     1/7-2/25       9:45-11:45am     $103/$108
30132-A2     TU     3/3-4/28       9:45-11:45am     $103/$108      3/31

 

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             Time                     R/NR           Skip Dates
31705-A1      TH    1/9-2/27        9:45-11:45am        $103/$108
31705-A2      TH    3/5-4/30        9:45-11:45am        $103/$108     4/2

 

Lil’ Learners

Ages 2-4
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             Time                     R/NR           Skip Dates
30192-A1      F       1/10-2/28      9:45-11:45am        $105/$110
30192-A2      F       3/6-5/1         9:45-11:45am         $93/$98       4/3 & 4/10

 

On My Own

Ages 2-4
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
This class will help to 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. The instructor will not change diapers.
Activity        Day    Date            Time                        R/NR         Skip Dates
30124-A1      F       1/10-2/28     10:30-11:45am        $73/$78
30124-A2      F       3/6-5/1         10:30-11:45am        $67/$72      4/3 & 4/10

 

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            Time                   R/NR            Skip Dates
31253-A1      W      1/8-2/26       9:45-11:45am     $105/$110
31253-A2      W      3/4-4/29       9:45-11:45am     $93/$98         4/1, 4/22

 

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-5                          
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! Each child will take home their own cookbook of recipes, too. Please bring an apron to class! Note: Session two is a repeat of session one for both lunch and dinner hour.

Lunch Hour
Activity       Day    Date            Time                          R/NR
30125-A1     TU     1/7-1/28       11:30am-12:30pm     $56/$61
30125-A2     TU     3/3-3/24       11:30am-12:30pm     $56/$61

Dinner Hour
Activity       Day    Date            Time                  R/NR         Skip Dates
30125-A3     TH     2/6-2/27       5:15-6:15pm      $56/$61
30125-A4     M       4/6-5/4         5:15-6:15pm      $56/$61     4/13

 

Magic Class

Ages 5-10                
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
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       Time                    R/NR
31260-A1     W       2/5         5:00-5:55pm         $20
31260-A2     W       4/15       6:45-7:40pm         $20

 

Critter Class

Ages 4-12                   
LCC (Room 2) Entry C
Instructed 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. No open-toed shoes.
Activity       Day    Date            Time                   R/NR  
31220-A1     TH     3/5-3/26       5:30-6:30pm       $49

 

Horseback Riding

Age 6 & 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 or gym shoes are required.
Activity          R/NR
32250-A1     $210 (5-lesson card provided by Nova)
Location:      Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. 10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

 

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 Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz or droto be given during the final class. The final class on Tuesday, March 3rd will be held at the Lions Community Center, Room 1 for family and friends to attend.
Activity       Day    Date            Time                   R/NR   
30151-A1     TU     1/21-3/3       6:45-7:45pm       $108

 

Junior Chefs

Ages 6-10
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. Each child will take home their own cookbook of recipes too. Please bring an apron to class!
Activity        Day    Date            Time                   R/NR         Skip Dates
38540-A1      TH     2/6-2/27       6:45-8:00pm       $56/$61
38540-A2      M       4/6-5/4         6:45-8:00pm       $56/$61      4/13

 

Surprise Cakes and Cake Pops

Ages 8-13                                                                   
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Bright and colorful, surprise cakes are a fun way to celebrate birthdays (or any occasion) and will definitely impress your friends and family! Plus, we’ll use our cake remnants to mix up cake pops!
Activity       Day    Date       Time                    R/NR
30143-A1     W       3/11       6:30-8:00pm         $39/$44

 

Regional Cooking

Ages 11-15                                  
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Let’s experiment with simple menus from around the country that students can enjoy recreating at home for their own families. They’ll learn the basics of tools, prepping and cooking techniques.
Activity       Day    Date                    Time                    R/NR  
34314-A1     M       1/13-Tex Mex       6:30-8:00pm       $60/$65
2/10-New Orleans
3/16-Hawaii
5/11-Midwest