Early Childhood 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:

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)

Parent and 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#20128-A1 Sept. 11-Oct. 9
ACTV#20128-A2 Oct. 16-Nov. 13

Day/Time: Wed., 10:30am-11:30am
ACTV#20128-A3 Sept. 11-Oct. 9
ACTV#20128-A4 Oct. 16-Nov. 13

Day/Time: Thurs., 10:00am-11:00am
ACTV#20128-A5 Sept. 12-Oct. 10
ACTV#20128-A6 Oct. 17-Nov. 14

Day/Time: Thurs., 11:15am-12:15pm
ACTV#20128-A7 Sept. 12-Oct. 10
ACTV#20128-A8 Oct. 17-Nov. 14

Fee: $50/R • $55/NR; $10 R/NR for third child

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., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#20132-A1 Sept. 10-Oct. 15
Fee: $86/R • $91/NR

ACTV#20132-A2 Oct. 22-Dec. 3 (Skip 11/5 & 11/26)
Fee: $77/R • $82/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., 9:45am-11:45am
ACTV#21253-A1 Sept. 11-Oct. 16
ACTV#21253-A2 Oct. 23-Dec. 4 (Skip 11/27)

Fee: $77/R • $82/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-A1 Sept. 12-Oct. 17
ACTV#21705-A2 Oct. 24-Dec. 5 (Skip 11/28)

Fee: $70/R • $75/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-A1 Sept. 13-Oct. 18
ACTV#20192-A2 Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (Skip 11/29)

Fee: $86/R • $91/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 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-A1 Sept. 13-Oct. 18
ACTV#20124-A2 Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (Skip 11/29)

Fee: $58/R • $63/NR

Parent & Tot Craft Time  

Ages 2½-5                                                
LCC (Room 4) Entry C
Spend 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: Thur., 6:30pm-7:45pm
ACTV#20361-A1 Oct. 3-Fall/Halloween
ACTV#20361-A2 Nov. 7-Thanksgiving
ACTV#20361-A3 Nov. 21-Holiday

Fee: $22/R • $27NR

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 in some classes make a craft in a social setting.

Day/Time: Fri., 9:20am-10:20am
ACTV#20126-A1 Sept. 13-Oct. 18
Fee: $47/R • $52/NR

ACTV#20126-A2 Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (Skip 11/29)
Fee: $55/R • $60/NR

Mini Chefs

Ages 3-5
LCC (Kitchen) Entry C
Exposing kids to the kitchen early helps to form healthy habits and teach them 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 and the food is already supplied for your mini chef. Note: Session 2 is a repeat of session 1.

Day/Time: Thur., 9:45am-10:45am
ACTV#20019-A1 Sept. 5-Sept. 26 (Skip 10/14)

Day/Time: Thur., 12:30pm-1:30pm
ACTV#20019-A2 Nov. 14-Dec. 12 (Skip 11/28)

Fee: $55/R • $60/NR