Early Childhood Programs

Program Requirements

  • Children must be the correct age by 9/1/18, 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:

Parent and Tot

Ages Birth-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) 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.
Day/Time: Mon., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#20128-A2 Oct. 22-Nov. 26 (Skip 11/19)
Day/Time: Mon., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#20128-A4 Oct. 22-Nov. 26 (Skip 11/19)
Day/Time: Thurs., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#20128-A6 Oct. 25-Nov. 29 (Skip 11/22)
Day/Time: Thurs., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#20128-A8 Oct. 25-Nov. 29 (Skip 11/22)
Fee: $48/R • $53/NR; $8 R/NR 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 sometimes make a craft in a social setting.
Day/Time: Fri., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#20126-A2 Oct. 19-Nov. 30 (Skip 11/23)
Fee: $53/R • $58/NR

Sticky Paws

Ages 2½-5
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
All children are creative if given the opportunity to experience art. If your child loves creating things with their hands then this is the class to join! Construct a little bit of everything using all different types of supplies. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations as they explore and investigate activities using art. The instructor will not change diapers.
Day/Time: Tues., 9:15am-10:15am
ACTV#20573-A2 Oct. 23-Dec. 18 (Skip 10/30, 11/6 & 11/20)
Fee: $39/R • $44/NR

Toddling Time Tuesday

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Parents, give yourself a little free time and your toddler some confidence at being on his or her own. Your child will make new friends, play games, listen to stories and music and make simple craft projects. The instructor will not change diapers.
Day/Time: Tues., 9:30am-11:30am
ACTV#20132-A2 Oct. 23-Dec. 4 (Skip 11/6 & 11/20)
Fee: $84/R • $89/NR

Kiddie Kollege

Ages 2½-4
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.
Days/Time: Wed., 9:30am-11:30am
ACTV#21253-A2 Oct. 24-Dec. 5 (Skip 11/21)
Fee: $75/R • $80/NR

Tiny Tot Thursday

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
A little time away from Mom and Dad will help encourage independence and ease separation fears. Tots will delight in this class filled with games, songs, action time and art. The instructor will not change diapers. Please bring your own NUT FREE snack each day.
Day/Time: Thurs., 10:00am-11:30am
ACTV#21705-A2 Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (Skip 11/22)
Fee: $68/R • $73/NR

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.
Day/Time: Fri., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#20192-A2 Oct. 26-Dec. 7 (Skip 11/23)
Fee: $84/R • $89/NR

On My Own

Ages 2½-4
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 be able to 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.
Day/Time: Fri., 10:30am-11:45am 
ACTV#20124-A2 Oct. 19-Nov. 30 (Skip 11/23)
Fee: $56/R • $61/NR

Parent & Tot Craft Time

Ages 2½-5
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
Spend some time creating, learning and bonding with your child while making a special-themed craft. One of the most important benefits families reap from art and crafts is quality time. Years from now, it won’t matter what you created, just that you did it together.
Day/Time: Wed., 6:30pm-7:45pm
ACTV#20361-A3 Nov. 28-Holiday
Fee: $20/R • $25/NR