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:

Fall 2021 Programs


Ages Birth-4
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. 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.

Level 1

Ages Birth-2 (Non-Walkers) With Caregiver
An early start is the best start! Whether you have a newborn or a walker, nurture your heart-to-heart bond with your child and delight in how your child responds to music as you play instruments, sing, make new friends, cuddle and dance together.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
20311-A1  TU 10/5-10/26 9:15-10:00am $84/$89
20311-A2  W 10/6-10/27 10:10-10:55am $84/$89
20311-A3  TH 10/7-10/28 10:10-10:55am $84/$89

Level 2  

Ages 2-3 With Caregiver
Fall in love with all the ways you can foster your toddler’s love of music while also rediscovering the joys of childhood through their eyes as you play, giggle, dance, pretend, sing and explore instruments together.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
20312-A1  TU 10/5-10/26 10:10-10:55am $84/$89
20312-A2 W 10/6-10/27 9:15-10:00am $84/$89
20312-A3 TH 10/7-10/28 9:15-10:00am $84/$89

Level 3

Ages 3-4 Caregiver attends last 10 minutes of class
Your preschooler is ready for activities that tap into your child’s creative spirit, boundless energy, and natural love of music. You’ll be amazed at how much your child will grow and learn through listening, singing, storytelling, literacy, instruments, and pretend play activities. We like to call it a “pre-orchestra” class. The perfect accompaniment for preschool!

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR
20574-A1  W 10/6-10/27 11:05-11:50am $84/$89
20574-A2  TH 10/7-10/28  11:05-11:50am $84/$89
Location:      Simply Music and Creative Arts Studio
3919 E. Illinois Highway, New Leno
(Across from Tyler-Bentley Elementary Schools

Wiggles & Giggles

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. Third child will be an additional $10 R/NR.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
20128-A1 M 9/13-10/18 9:30-10:30am $62/$67 10/11
20128-A2  M 10/25-11/29 9:30-10:30am $62/$67 11/22
20128-A3  M 9/13-10/18 10:45-11:45am $62/$67 10/11
20128-A4  M 10/25-11/29 10:45-11:45am $62/$67 11/22

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 Skip Dates
20126-A2  F 10/22-12/3 9:20-10:20am $72/$77 11/26

On My Own

Ages 2½-3
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 Skip Dates
20124-A2   F 10/22-12/3 10:30-11:45am $82/$87 11/26

Preschool Prep

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry E
This is a great preparation class for children who want to attend school but aren’t quite ready. The alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes will be introduced. Also, a fun craft will be made each week. Session 2 is a continuation of Session 1. Participants MUST be potty-trained. Please bring your own nut-free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
20132-A2   TU 10/19-11/30 9:45-11:45am $102/$107 11/23

Kiddie Kollege

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) 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 Skip Dates
21253-A1   W 9/15-10/13 9:45-11:45am $93/$98
21253-A2  W 10/20-12/1 9:45-11:45am $102/$107 11/24

Preschool Blast Off

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry E
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. Session 2 is a continuation of Session 1. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
21705-A1  TH 9/16-10/14 9:45-11:45am  $93/$98
21705-A2  TH 10/21-12/2 9:45-11:45am $102/$107 11/25

Lil’ Learners

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry E
This class will prepare your child for preschool by presenting the basic skills, emphasizing 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. Session 2 is a continuation of Session 1. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own nut-free snack each day.

Activity Day Date Times  R/NR Skip Dates
20192-A2  F 10/22-12/3 9:45-11:45am $102/$107 11/26

Parent & Tot Craft Time

Ages 2½-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
Spend time creating, learning and bonding with your child while making a special-themed craft. One of the most important benefits families gain from art and crafts is quality time. Years from now, it won’t matter what you created, just that you did it together.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
20361-A1  W 11/3 6:30-7:45pm $24/$29
20361-A2  W 12/1 6:30-7:45pm $24/$29

Critter Class

Ages 4-12
LCC (Room 1) 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. Class on December 9 will be held in the Bi-Centennial Room, Entry E.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
21120-A1  TH 12/2-12/23 6:00-7:00pm $55/$60


Ages 5-11
LCC (Room 3) Entry D
Instructed by: Afterschool Enrichment Solutions
This exciting new program from Afterschool Enrichment Solutions brings together elements of science, art and math in a hands-on, action-packed environment! Students will conduct experiments, play educational games and unlock their creativity through building challenges and projects. No experience necessary!

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR Skip Dates
28157-A1  TU 10/5-11/30 5:30-6:30pm  $156/$161 11/23

Magic Class   

Ages 5-12
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
Instructed by: Magic Team of Gary Kantor
Children will have a great time learning a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from the “Magic Team of Gary Kantor”! They will 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 learn tricks that are age appropriate. Additionally, you can sign up for multiple classes since brand new tricks are taught at each session!

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
21260-A1  TU 10/12 6:45-7:40pm $20/$25
21260-A2 W 12/15 5:00-5:55pm $20/$25

Rising Star Musical Theater

Ages 6-11
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 warmups, improv games and how to make props. They will also prepare a short performance of a popular musical such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Frozen” or “101 Dalmatians” to be given during the final class.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
20151-A1 TU 9/7-10/19 6:45-7:45pm $117/$122

Let’s Code It – Digital Design

Ages 7-14
LCC (Room 3) Entry D
Instructed by: Afterschool Enrichment Solutions
Your child will have a blast in this exciting new STEM program. Our innovative approach to coding is sure to spark your child’s interest in computer science, using a simple, relatable, block-based programming system called Scratch, developed by the MIT Media Lab. The fun filled curriculum stresses critical thinking, creativity, confidence, teamwork and problem-solving skills to prepare them for the 21st century and beyond. Class topics include video game design, loops, control structure, conditional expressions, control statements, object-oriented design concepts, data structures and variables and mathematical expressions. Students will need to bring their own laptop.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR Skip Dates
26220-A1  W 10/6-12/1 5:30-6:30pm $156/$161 11/24

Horseback Riding

Age 7 & Older
Get up and go! It’s time to ride at Nova Quarter Horses! 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 5 individual one hour group lessons. Helmets are available at parent’s request. Once your lesson card is purchased, call Nova to schedule your lessons at (708) 479-3696. There is a limit of one 5-lesson card per family. Jeans and boots or hard soled shoes are required.

Activity  R/NR
27256-A2   $219/$224
Location:         Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena


Cooking Classes


Mini Chefs

Ages 3-6
LCC (Kitchen) Entry D
Budding chefs will enjoy plenty of mixing and prepping, baking and cooking thanks to small classes that encourage active participation. Please bring an apron to class. Fee includes groceries.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
Back to School Series
20019-A1  TU   9/7-9/28 5:00-6:00pm  $75/$80
Fall Favorite Series
20019-A2  W 10/27-11/17 5:00-6:00pm $75/$80
Holiday Mini Session
20019-A3       M 12/6-12/13 5:00-6:00pm $48/$53

Junior Chefs

Ages 7-11
LCC (Kitchen) Entry D
Now offering a longer class! Young Chefs will explore menus full of exciting discoveries, from how to prepare favorite dishes to twists on classics. More refined skills will be taught in addition to the traditional mixing, prepping, baking and cooking. Bring an apron to class. Fee includes groceries.

Activity Day Date Time  R/NR
Back to School Series
28540-A1  TU   9/7-9/28 6:30-8:00pm $85/$90
Fall Favorite Series
28540-A2  W 10/27-11/17 6:30-8:00pm $85/$90
Holiday Junior Session
28540-A3    M 12/6-12/13 6:30-8:00pm  $56/$61