Early Childhood Programs

Summer 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:


Age Birth-6
Instead of just another sing-a-long class, Musikgarten offers your child music education at an early age. Your child will bounce, sing, and dance while they learn rhythm and other musical concepts through activities, games and instruments. This is a wonderful way to introduce them to music while they learn and have fun at the same time. Don’t forget, Musikgarten is an 8-week program!
Wiggly Walkers: What Do You Hear?

Ages Birth-3½ years with adult 
Day/Time: Tues., 10:30am-11:10am
ACTV#10311-A1 June 4-Aug. 6 (Skip 7/2 & 7/9)
Day/Time: Tues., 6:05pm-6:45pm
ACTV#10311-A2 June 4-Aug. 6 (Skip 7/2 & 7/9)
Day/Time: Wed., 9:30am-10:10am
ACTV#10311-A3 June 5-Aug. 7 (Skip 7/3 & 7/10)
Fee: $165 R/NR (Materials upon request)

Precocious Preschoolers: Summer Fun
Ages 3-5 years with adult 
Day/Time: Wed., 10:25am-11:05am
ACTV#10578-A1 Jun. 5-Aug. 7 (Skip 7/3 & 7/10)
Fee: $165 R/NR (materials upon request)

Music Makers: Music at the Seashore
Ages 4-6 years (Drop-off class; adult attends last 10 minutes) 
Day/Time: Tues., 9:15am-10:15am
ACTV#10569-A1 June 4-Aug. 6 (Skip 7/2 & 7/9)
Fee: $195 R/NR (includes class materials)

Location: Simply Music and Creative Arts Studio
3919 E. Illinois Highway, New Lenox (Across from Tyler-Bentley Elementary Schools)

Wiggles, Giggles & Fun

Age: 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 only. Third child, please add $6.
Day/Time: Mon., 9:15am-10:15am
ACTV#10127-A1 June 10-July 1
ACTV#10127-A3 July 8-July 29
Day/Time: Mon., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#10127-A2 June 10-July 1
ACTV#10127-A4 July 8-July 29
Fee: $35/R • $40/NR ($6 R/NR for Third Child)

On My Own

Ages 2-3
LCC (Room 5) 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. Instructor will not change diapers.
Day/Time: Tues., 9:00am-10:15am
ACTV#10124-A1 June 11-July 2
ACTV#10124-A2 July 9-July 30
Fee: $40/R • $45/NR

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!
Day/Time: Wed., 9:15am-10:15am
ACTV#10126-A1 June 12-July 3
ACTV#10126-A2 July 10-July 31
Fee: $40/R • $45/NR

Parent & Child Gardening

Ages 2-6
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Share the joy of gardening with your child! You and your child will be able to enjoy the planter that you create together all summer long. You will be able to choose from a variety of plants and flowers. For each additional child, please add $6. Open to moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, etc. who want to create a memorable night with a special child in their life!
ACTV#11125-A1 Mon., June 17, 6:15pm-7:15pm
Fee: $22/R • $27/NR per pair ($6 each additional child; fee includes all supplies)

Kiddie Kollege

Ages 2½-4
LCC (Room 5) 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.
Day/Time: Thurs., 9:30am-11:30am
ACTV#11253-A1 June 13-June 27
Fee: $46/R • $51/NR
ACTV#11253-A2 July 11-Aug. 1
Fee: $55/R • $60/NR

A to Z Animal Tales

Ages 2½-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
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.
Day/Time: Mon., 9:00am-10:30am
ACTV#11250-A1 June 10-July 1
ACTV#11250-A2 July 8-July 29
Fee: $41/R • $46/NR

Sticky Paws

Ages 2½-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
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.
Day/Time: Mon., 10:30am-Noon
ACTV#10573-A1 June 10-July 1
ACTV#10573-A2 July 8-July 29
Fee: $42/R • $47/NR

Busy Hands

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
This class is designed to prepare your child for Preschool or Kindergarten by building his/her fine motor skills through fun activities. Children will participate in finger plays, learn proper pencil grip and more. Several teaching techniques will be used to further develop their fine motor skills.
Day/Time: Fri., 9:15am-10:30am
ACTV#11572-A1 June 14-June 28 CANCELED 
Fee: $38/R • $43/NR
ACTV#11572-A2 July 12-Aug. 2
Fee: $46/R • $51/NR

Alpha Buddies

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
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.
Day/Time: Fri., 10:45am-12:15pm
ACTV#11577-A1 June 14-June 28
Fee: $38/R • $43/NR
ACTV#11577-A2 July 12-Aug 2
Fee: $46/R • $51/NR

Let’s Get REALLY Messy!

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
Kids like to get messy and parents like to keep their houses clean. We are the solution! Shaving cream, finger paints and play dough are some of the messy materials we will be using to create our projects. Definitely dress for a mess!
Day/Time: Fri., 12:30pm-1:45pm
ACTV#10650-A1 June 14-June 28
Fee: $39/R • $44/NR

Princess Adventures

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry C
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.
Day/Time: Tues., 10:30am-11:45am
ACTV#10572-A1 June 11-July 2
ACTV#10572-A2 July 9-July 30
Fee: $41/R • $46/NR

Number Krunchers

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry C
Children learn math best by engaging in dynamic, hands-on games and 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 skills.
Day/Time: Wed., 10:30am-11:45am
ACTV#11010-A1 June 12-July 3
Fee: $40/R • $45/NR

Pint-Sized Art & Science

Ages 3-6
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
Preschoolers are scientists! They 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.
Day/Time: Thurs., 9:15am-10:30am
ACTV#13571-A1 June 13-June 27
Fee: $43/R • $48/NR
ACTV#13571-A2 July 11-Aug. 1
Fee: $50/R • $55/NR

Little Rah Rahs!

Ages 4-5
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Standup, it’s time to shout, come on fans, yell it out! Your child will learn cheers, a dance and ripple all while having lots of fun. On the last day of the session, parents can stay to see the awesome routine performed by the cheerleaders!
Day/Time: Wed., Noon-1:00pm
ACTV#10576-A1 June 12-July 10 (Skip 7/3)
Fee: $38/R • $43/NR


Ages 4-5
LCC (Room 3) Entry C
If your child is starting Kindergarten this fall, then this class is for them. In this class, 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.
Days/Time: Thurs., 10:45am-12:15pm
ACTV#11252-A1 June 13-June 27
Fee: $40/R • $45/NR
ACTV#11252-A2 July 11-Aug. 1
Fee: $47/R • $52/NR

Cookin’ Up a Story

Ages 4-6
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
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.
Day/Time: Mon., 1:00pm-2:30pm
ACTV#19701-A1 June 10-July 1
ACTV#19701-A2 July 8-July 29
Fee: $47/R • $52/NR

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-5
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Exposing kids to the kitchen early helps to form healthy habits and teach valuable lessons like following directions, reading, math and science. Recipes will focus on prepping and assembling meals with fun twists! Each child will take home their own cookbook of recipes too. Please bring an apron to class! Please note, session 2 is a repeat of session 1.
Day/Time: Wed., 1:30pm-2:30pm
ACTV#18541-A1 June 12-June 26
Day/Time: Thurs., 5:00pm-6:00pm
ACTV#18541-A2 Aug. 1-Aug. 15
Fee: $45/R • $50/NR

Really Ready for Reading

Ages 4-7
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
This reading readiness program gives children the foundation to begin reading. Sight words, blending sounds and segmenting sounds will be covered.
Ages 4-5
Day/Time: Wed., 12:45pm-2:45pm
ACTV#11580-A1 June 12-July 3
Ages 6-7
Day/Time: Wed., 12:45pm-2:45pm
ACTV#11580-A2 July 10-July 31
Fee: $59/R • $64/NR

Mad Science!

Ages 4-6
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
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 explode. Activities may include volcanos, soluble messes and ooze crafts.
Day/Time: Thurs., 11:00am-12:30pm
ACTV#10137-A1 June 13-June 27
Fee: $39/R • $44/NR
ACTV#10137-A2 July 11- Aug. 1
Fee: $47/R • $52/NR

Five Senses of Fun

Ages 3-5
LCC (Room 5) Entry C
Look, listen, touch, feel and taste! Young children learn through their senses. We have created and gathered a multitude of games, activities, arts and crafts and resources to help your child learn about each of the five senses.
Day/Time: Wed., 10:30am-11:45am
ACTV#11020-A1 July 10-July 31
Fee: $39/R • $44/NR