Early Childhood & Youth


 

Looking for something for you teen to do? Check out some of our Adult Enrichment classes that cater to ages 13 and up! Also check out our Teen Summer Adventure Club for trips and activities for kids in grade 6th -8th!

Discovery Kids Computer Classes

Calling all Puterbug Detectives! We need your help solving Discovery Kids Computer missions. As the technology revolution continues to unfold and the new wave of digital learning is swiftly becoming a reality, technology education is an important component of core curriculum. This program for early learners develops skills in keyboarding, creative problem solving, school readiness, Common Core Curriculum, STEM initiatives and Internet safety – while having loads of fun! New software every week, with access to online supplemental material for home use. Each child has their own computer to use during class. Don’t miss out on this valuable jump start for your child!

Min/Max:          3/20

Ages:               3-5

Location:          Administrative Building

Day:                 Monday

Instructor:        SmartStarters Staff

Fees:                R: $45/NR: $55

 

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2716-1-1-0         June 27- August 8 (no class 7/4)                                                            3:00pm-4:00pm


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Keyboarding and Koding Kids

The technology revolution continues to unfold and the wave of digital learning is a reality. Knowing how to use computers as tools (not just toys) is a key component of core curriculum. Young learners need to know keyboarding, functionality and coding to be ready to embrace their upcoming academic adventures. The expert staff of Smart Starters, Inc delivers instruction on the tools students need in a dynamic, fun and challenging environment – including knowledge of true keyboarding/function keys , safe Internet habits, document building and coding. Students are 1:1 on the provided netbook computers.  Weekly progress reports sent home with the students. You do not want to miss this valuable new offering to our programs!

Min/Max:          3/20

Ages:               1st-5th grade

Location:          Administrative Building

Day:                 Monday

Instructor:        SmartStarters Staff

Fees:                R: $45/NR: $55

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2705-1-1-0         June 27- August 8 (no class 7/4)                                                                        2:00pm-3:00pm


 

Art 101 – After School Art Club- A Guided Study in Creativity

Art 101 – Summer Art Camp/Guided Study in Creativity

In Art club, students are encouraged to express themselves freely through their medium of choice.  There will be a plethora of art supplies on hand from drawing media to painting media, stencils, texture plates, and clay.  This art class provides freedom of choice for the students’ size and subject that they want to work with. The instructor, Mr. K, Dan Kwarcinski, is well-versed in almost all forms of fine-artistry and will provide ample examples and instruction throughout the course. Online registration for individual art classes is not available at this time.

Min/Max:          2/20

Ages:               7 – 14

Location:          Administrative Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                 Friday

Instructor:        Dan Kwarcinski

Fees:                Session 1 & 3-R: $40/NR: $45, Session 2- R: $47/NR: $52

Any Individual class: R: $15/ NR: $17

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2204-1-1-1         May 13, 20, 27  (3 classes)                                                        3:30pm- 5:00pm

2204-1-2-1         July 8, 15, 22, 29 (4 classes)                                                      3:30pm- 5:00pm

2204-1-3-1         August 12, 19, 26 (3 classes)                                                     3:30pm- 5:00pm


Art 200 – Advanced Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

The goal of this class is to experiment and master a variety of medium including: chalk pastels, acrylic paint, and watercolor paint.  In this course we will be concentrating on developing technique.  We will experiment with different ways to use these mediums and research techniques used by the great masters of the arts. Supplies are included. Online registration for individual art classes is not available at this time.

Min/Max:          2/20

Ages:               10+

Location:          Administrative Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                 Friday

Instructor:        Dan Kwarchinski

Fees:                Session 1 & 3-R: $27/NR: $32, Session 2- R: $40/NR: $45

Any Individual class: R: $17/ NR: $19

 

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2204-1-1-2         May 13 and 20 (2 classes)                                                         5:15pm- 7:00pm

2204-1-2-2         July 8, 15, 22 (3 classes)                                                           5:15pm- 7:00pm

2204-1-2-3         August 12 and 19 (2 classes)                                                     5:15pm- 7:00pm


Family Paint NightBring the whole family for pizza & paint party

The Park is thrilled to offer an exciting new painting class for EVERYONE!!  These step-by-step classes are great for a family bonding experience that everyone will treasure.  You will share in a fun social event, – with a break to enjoy some pizza – and bring home pairs of ready-to-frame 16×20” masterpieces on canvas.  They will look great as a group of family paintings, or in separate rooms of your house.   This is a great opportunity for everyone to bond and paint with friends.  All supplies are provided.

*To ensure your spot at an easel be pre-registered 3 days in advance!! We also request students wear clothing that can take a few accidental splatters.

                                   

Min/Max:           4/50

Ages:               Recommended 7+

Location:          Admin. Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                 Friday

Instructor:         Dan Kwarcinski with Painting & Creations Staff

Fees:                $47 per pair, $12 for an additional workstation (canvas & paint) if painting with more than one child

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

5504-1-1-0         May 27                                                                                                 5:45-8:05pm

5504-1-2-0         July 29                                                                                                  5:45-8:05pm

 

 


Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

White Wolf Academy of Martial Arts teaches Tae Kwon Do with influences from other arts to strengthen the Body, Mind, and Spirit.  Tae Kwon Do is great for increasing focus and discipline and lowering stress at school or work to leave you stronger, more coordinated and flexible for a healthier lifestyle.  Tae Kwon Do will increase your self confidence and self esteem making you more confident and successful.  Self Defense is an important aspect of Tae Kwon Do.  You will be taught to increase your awareness and gain the ability to confront any situation with exceptionally calm and clear strength and fortitude.

 Min/Max:           5/20

Ages:               5-12

Location:          Administrative Building

Day:                 Tuesday and Thursday

Instructor:         Chad Koch

Fees:                R:$80/NR:$90

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2403-1-1-0         May 3- June 9 (no class 5/17, 5/19) (pending confirmation)                      6:00-7:00pm

2403-1-2-0         June 14- July 7                                                                                      6:00-7:00pm

2403-1-3-0         July 12- August 4                                                                                  6:00-7:00pm

2403-1-4-0         August 9- September 1                                                                          6:00-7:00pm


Giving Artfully Kids

Children making an impact!  Come join us for a program where children will be making a difference.  Giving Artfully Kids’ mission is to teach children about philanthropy and giving thru crafting.  Each class, students will explore 1-2 social issues and then craft an item to help an organization supporting that issue.  Examples of our projects include dog and cat toys for local animal shelters, blankets for children in hospitals, cards for the military and hats and scarves for the homeless.  It is our goal to inspire children to continue to give to others after they complete this program.

 Min/Max:           4/14

Ages:               6-12

Location:          Admin. Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                 Wednesday

Instructor:         Giving Artfully Kids Instructor

Fees:                R: $53/NR: $58

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2103-1-1-0         June 15- July 6                                                                                      4:00-5:30pm

2103-1-2-0         July 20- August 10                                                                                 4:00-5:30pm

Summer Art – Mini Camp

Is your child an aspiring artist?  Then come join Sandy and the Park District of Forest Park’s Summer Art Mini Camp. This 2 day camp will have your child exploring different art projects using various types of media.  No experience necessary. It is recommended that all participants wear old clothing.

Min/Max:           5/15

Ages:               6-8

Location:          Administrative Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                 Tuesday & Wednesday

Instructor:         Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $15/ NR: $25

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2104-1-1-0         July 26- July 27                                                                              10:00-11:30 am


 

Rock Painting

Monday, June 16

Join us for a night of creativity and fun as we turn that plain, old rock into a work of art! Let your imagination run wild while painting rocks into ladybugs, minions and much, much more!

Min/Max:          5/15

Ages:               6-10 years old

Location:          Park District of Forest Park

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:        Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $10/NR: $12

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2125-1-1-0         June 16                                                                                     10:30-12:00pm

2125-1-2-0         June 16                                                                                     3:45- 5:00pm


JUST MOMMY AND ME

In this 1 hour class participants explore simple landscape painting using just three colors.  With follow along instruction, Mom’s and kids ages 6-13 explore art and bond in fun.

Min/Max:           10/20

Age:                 Mom, with ages 6-13

Location:          Administrative Building-2nd Floor

Day:                 Wednesday

Instructor:         Antonia Ruppert

Fee:                  R $15/NR $20 per person

 

Code                Date                                                                                                     Time

2224-1-1-0         June 15                                                                                     6:30pm-7:30pm


TRAVEL POSTCARD MAKING FUN

Get ready for summer travel.  In this 1 hour class, family participants can explore easy postcard making using stencils, travel stamps and watercolor pencils.

Min/Max:           10/20

Age:                 Families, individuals ages 5 & up

Location:          Administrative Building-2nd Floor

Day:                 Wednesday

Instructor:         Antonia Ruppert

Fee:                  R: $18/NR: $23 per person

Code                Date                                                                                                     Time

5514-1-1-0         July 13                                                                                                  6:30pm-7:30pm


Decorate Your Own Flip-Flops- NEW!!

Thursday, July 7

Add your own personal touch and show off your style as Ms. Sandy helps you personalize those shoes we all love to wear in the summer! Participants should bring 1-2 pairs of flip-flops to decorate. All other supplies provided.

Min/Max:          5/15

Ages:               5 and up

Location:          Park District of Forest Park

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:        Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $10/NR: $12

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2101-1-1-0         July 7                                                                                       10:00-11:30am

2101-1-2-0         July 7                                                                                       3:00- 4:30pm

 


 

Magic Class!

Co-op with Oak Park Park District

MAGIC CLASS! – Co-op with Oak Park Park District

Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from the “Magic Team of Gary Kantor”!  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 always learn tricks that are age-appropriate.  Additionally, you can sign up for this class again and again since brand new tricks are always taught each time.

Min/Max:           1/20

Ages:               5-12

Location:          Park District of Oak Park- TBD

Day:                 Monday OR Tuesday

Instructor:         The Magic Team of Gary Kantor

Fees:                $20

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2202-1-1-0         (Tuesday) May 17                                                                                  6:45-7:40pm

2202-1-2-0         (Thursday) July 14                                                                                 6:45-7:40pm

2202-2-3-0         (Tuesday) August 16                                                                              5:00-5:55pm

 


Kids Cooking Class

Have your kids whip up their own after school goodies!  This class will teach new chefs how to make everything from French toast to their own personal pizzas.  All food and supplies are included in these hands-on, fun-filled classes.  Participants should bring a container to carry food home.

Min/Max:           4/7

Ages:               5-8

Location:          Administrative Building, 2nd floor kitchen

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:         Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $15/ NR: $20

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2107-1-1-0         May 19                                                                                                 3:45-5:00pm

2107-1-2-0         May 26                                                                                                 3:45-5:00pm

 

 


newBreakfast (Brunch) Cooking Class- NEW!!

Breakfast or Lunch?? Who wants to cook Brunch?  Ms. Sandy will show you how to make this late morning/early afternoon meal time fun with food! Participants should bring a container to carry food home.

Min/Max:           4/7

Ages:               5-7

Location:          Administrative Building, 2nd floor kitchen

Day:                 Monday

Instructor:         Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $15/ NR: $20

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2107-1-1-0         June 13                                                                                        10:30am-12:00pm

2107-1-2-0         June 20                                                                                        10:30am-12:00pm


 

 

Powerplay!

Beyond School Grant Program

The PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant is a program of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). Funding and materials for this program are provided through the sale and subsequent renewals of the Park District Youth License Plate Programs and through Friends of Illinois Parks. The Park District of Forest Park is a recipient of the PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program which involves implementing a model program that focuses on health, nutrition and fitness for children, ages 5-13. For more information on the Youth License Plate Program, please call our office at 708-366-7500 or feel free to stop by our Administrative Office to pick up an informational packet.

For individuals registered for Afterschool Day Camp (Kid Fit conducts an afterschool fitness activity):
Check back in the Fall for new dates!


 

Youth Sport and Fitness Classes

Super Soccer Stars

At Super Soccer Stars, dynamic coaches work with children ages 2 – 12 to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement and low child-to-coach ratios ensure that each child will improve his or her soccer skills through engaging activities and games – all while having endless fun! www.supersoccerstars.com. All registration will go through http://il.supersoccerstars.com

Min/Max: 3/15
Ages: 2 – 8 (see age divisions below)
Location: Park District of Forest Park
Day: Tuesday
Instructor: Super Soccer Stars
Fees:    R: $100/NR: $115

Dates                                                                                                    Time

May 24- July 12 (3-young 5 year olds)                                                    10:00-10:45am

May 24- July 12 (older 4- 5 years old)                                                     10:00-10:45am

May 24- July 12 (2-3 year olds)                                                               10:50-11:30am

May 24- July 12 (ages 5-8)                                                                     11:45-12:45pm

 

July 19- August 30 (3-young 5 year olds)                                                10:00-10:45am

July 19- August 30 (older 4- 5 years old)                                                 10:00-10:45am

July 19- August 30 (2-3 year olds)                                                          10:50-11:30am

July 19- August 30 (ages 5-8)                                                                 11:45-12:45pm

 


Kick & Play  

Kick & Play is a parent-child pre-soccer and movement program specifically designed for toddlers between 12 and 24 months. Our experienced instructors along with our puppet friends, Mimi & Pepe, take you and your little one through a world of exciting physical activity. Individual attention, positive reinforcement, and engaging original music help to develop pre-soccer skills that will have your toddler learning to balance, run, kick and play – all while having a blast!  http://chi.supersoccerstars.com/kickandplay/. All registration will go through http://il.supersoccerstars.com

Min/Max: 3/12
Ages: 12 – 24 months
Location: Park District of Forest Park
Day: Tuesday
Instructor: Kick & Play
Fees: R: $100/NR: $115

Dates                                                                                                    Time

May 24- July 12 (12-24 months + parent)                                     10:50-11:30am

July 19- August 30 (12-24 months + parent)                                            10:50-11:30am


 Flag Football League

Boys and girls ages 7 through 14 can experience the fun of flag football.  Teams will be formed and games will be played throughout the Fall.  There will be two divisions and teams will be made during the second week of play.  Fee includes t-shirt, awards and entry into punt, pass and kick contest.  The Park District is also accepting applications for parents that would like to coach.  PLEASE REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7.

 

Min/Max:           20/50

Ages:               7-14

Location:          Veteran’s Stadium, 7501 W. Harrison St, Forest Park

Day:                 Friday and Sunday

Instructor:         Park District Staff

Fees:                R:$50/NR:$70

Code                Dates                                                                                                    Time

2315-2-0-0         September 9-October 23                                                                        6:00-8:00pm

 


Safe Sitter® Babysitter Training Course (1 day w/CPR training)- Co-Op with River Forest Park District

Are you interested in making some money babysitting? Don’t miss out on this excellent babysitter training course taught by a certified Safe Sitter Instructor. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate babysitting training program designed for young adolescents to prepare them for the profound responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children. The Safe Sitter Class will help you not only land babysitting jobs, but feel prepared to babysit. The class includes the following curriculum: Babysitting as a Business (babysitting ethics), Success on the Job, Child Care Essentials, Safety for the Sitter, Injury Management (first aid), Preventing Problem Behavior, Care of Choking Infant, and Care of Choking Child.  Participants will also be trained in Infant & Child CPR. Please bring a Teddy Bear or life-like doll and a NUT-FREE snack. Fee includes The Official Safe Sitter® Babysitter’s Handbook with completion card.

Min/Max:          7/12

Ages:               11-15

Location:          The Depot at the River Forest Park District

Day:                 Saturday

Instructor:        Trained Safe Sitter® Instructor

Fees:                R: $73/NR: $82

Code                Dates                                                                                        Time

2602-1-0-0         June 25                                                                                     10:00-4:00pm

 

Looking for something for you teen to do? Check out some of our Adult Enrichment classes that cater to ages 13 and up! Also check out our Teen Summer Adventure Club for trips and activities for kids in grade 6th -8th!