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 & 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.
Day/Time: Wed., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#30128-A1 Jan. 9-Feb. 27
ACTV#30128-A2 Mar. 6-May 1 (Skip 3/27)

Day/Time: Wed., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#30128-A4 Mar. 6-May 1 (Skip 3/27)

Day/Time: Thurs., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#30128-A5 Jan. 10-Feb. 28
ACTV#30128-A6 Mar. 7-May 2 (Skip 3/28)

Day/Time: Thurs., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#30128-A7 Jan. 10-Feb. 28
ACTV#30128-A8 Mar. 7-May 2 (Skip 3/28)

Fee: $57/R • $62NR; $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 at times make a craft in a social setting.
Day/Time: Fri., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#30126-A1 Jan. 11-Mar. 1
ACTV#30126-A2 Mar. 8-May 3 (Skip 3/29)
Fee: $62/R • $67/NR

Toddling Time Tuesday

Ages 2-4
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.
Day/Time: Tues., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#30132-A1 Jan. 8-Feb. 26
ACTV#30132-A2 Mar. 5-May 7 (Skip 3/26 & 4/2)
Fee: $103/R • $108/NR

Tiny Tot Thursday

Ages 2-4
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
A little time away from Mom and Dad will help encourage independence and ease separation fears. Your child(ren) will delight in this class filled with games, songs, action time and art. The instructor will not change diapers.
Day/Time: Thurs., 10:00am-11:30am
ACTV#31705-A1 Jan. 10-Feb. 28
ACTV#31705-A2 Mar. 7-May 2 (Skip 3/28)
Fee: $82/R • $87/NR

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.
Day/Time: Fri., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#30192-A1 Jan. 11-Mar. 1
ACTV#30192-A2 Mar. 8-May 3 (Skip 3/29)
Fee: $103/R • $108/NR

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.
Day/Time: Fri., 10:30am-11:45am
ACTV#30124-A1 Jan. 11-Mar. 1
ACTV#30124-A2 Mar. 8-May 3 (Skip 3/29)
Fee: $67/R • $72/NR

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.
Days/Time: Wed., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#31253-A1 Jan. 16-Feb. 27
ACTV#31253-A2 Mar. 6-Apr. 24 (Skip 3/27)
Fee: $87/R • $93/NR

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-5
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) 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!
Day/Time: Mon., 9:30am-10:30am
ACTV#30125-A1 Feb. 11-Mar. 4
Day/Time: Mon., 1:30pm-2:30pm
ACTV#30125-A2 Apr. 29-May. 20
Fee: $54/R • $59/NR