Youth Enrichment Programs

MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT FOR KIDS AND PARENTS

A fun, interactive, playful, and informative class helping to educate kids and parents about mindfulness, breathing techniques, relaxation, coping skills, and emotional regulation. Parents/guardians/caretakers will work with their child as they use  yoga, dance, and movement games to foster creativity.

The instructor, Alison Binns, is a Forest Park resident and also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. She has experience working in residential treatment centers, private practice, and the Chicago Public School system.

Min/Max:         4/10

Ages:               3-5

Location          Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                Thursday

Instructor:       Allison Binns

Fees:               R: $60/ NR: $65

 

Code               Date                                                                Time

2709-2-1-0      Sept. 7 – October 19 ( no class Oct.12)        10:00am-10:45am

2709-2-2-0      Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (no class Nov 23)               10:00am- 10:45am

 

 

 

 

ART 101-AFTER SCHOOL ART CLUB

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.

 

Min/Max:         7/18

Ages:               7-14

Location          Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                Friday

Instructor:       Dan Kwarcinski

Fees:               R: $28/NR: $33

 

Code               Date                                                    Time

2204-2-1-1      Oct. 6 & Oct. 20 (no class 10/13)      3:15pm-5:00pm

(2 classes)

2204-2-2-1      Nov. 3 & Nov. 17                                3:15pm-5:00pm

(2 classes)

 

 

 

ART 200-ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

The goal of this class is to experiment and master a variety of drawing and painting medium including: chalk, pastels, oil 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.

Min/Max:         6/18

Ages:               9-16

Location          Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                Friday

Instructor:       Dan Kwarcinski

Fees:               R: $30/NR: $38

 

Code               Date                                                    Time

2204-2-1-1      Oct. 6 & Oct. 20 (no class 10/13)      5:15pm-6:45pm

(2 classes)

2204-2-2-1      Nov. 3 & Nov. 17                                5:15pm-6:45pm

(2 classes)

 

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY PIZZA AND PAINT

The Park District now offers an exciting new painting class the whole family will enjoy.  These step-by-step class is great for young adults.  Your famiy will share in a fun social event-with a break to enjoy some pizza and bring home a ready-to-frame 111 x 17 or 16” x 20” masterpiece on canvas.  This is a great opportunity for your family  to bond and paint.  All supplies are included.

**To ensure your spot at an easel, please pre-register 3 days in advance!  We also request students bring an apron or wear clothing that can take a few accidental splatters.

 

Min/Max:         8/18

Ages:               8+

Location:         Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                Friday

Instructor:       Dan Kwarcinski

Fee:                 $32 (Resident and Non-Resident)

 

Code               Date                                        Time

3203-2-1-0      September 29                         6:00pm-8:40pm

 

 

 

DISCOVERY KIDS PUTERBUGS

The curriculum is built on a nationally-recognized teaching and learning approach developed by founder and former school-teacher, Judy Patterson.  The approach begins with a positive attitude towards learning.  Patterson, with a career that spans over 30 years in education, developed the Imagine Tomorrow Approach to help children exceed expectations, and reach their full potential.  Patterson believes that every aspect of the program must be infused with the Imagine Tomorrow Approach so that children are constantly met with encouragement and success, Patterson proudly states, “it’s so simple, yet it’s so powerful.” We Build confidence and leadership in our students by focusing on their success.

 

The Imagine Tomorrow Approach is a unique recipe that leads to success in every child.  Everything that is developed and delivered has consistent elements; children are treated with respect, expected to deliver to high expectations, and opportunities are constantly created to lead a child to success, then celebrate the satisfaction of achievement.  “We teach children what it feels like to be successful, a feeling that they love to get, again and again”. We have always said, people sign up for computer classes, but our families stay with our program for years because of the feeling their children get inside when they experience Imagine.

Min/Max:         3/20

Ages:               3-5

Location:         Administrative Building

Day:                Monday

Instructor:       Puterbugs Staff

Fees:               R: $70/NR: $80

 

Code               Dates                                      Time

2716-2-1-0      September 11 – October 30    3:00pm-4:00pm

2716-2-2-0      November 6 – December 11   11:00am-12:00pm

 

 

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, functionally and coding to be ready to embrace their upcoming academic adventures.  The expert staff from 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 program!

 

Min/Max:         3/20

Ages:               3-5

Location:         Administrative Building

Day:                Monday

Instructor:       Smart Starters, Inc.

Fees:               R: $70/NR: $80

 

Code               Dates                                      Time

2705-2-1-0      November 6 –December 11   3:00pm-4:00pm

 

 

 

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

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

Day:                Tuesday or Friday

Instructor:       The Magic Team of Gary Kanto`r

Fee:                 $20

 

Code               Dates                                      Time

2202-2-1-0      October 19 (Thursday)                      6:45pm-7:40pm

2202-2-2-0      December 5 (Tuesday)                      5:00pm-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 this hands-on, fun-filled class. 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               Date                                        Time

2107-2-1-0      Sept. 21                       3:30pm-5:00pm

 

 

 

KIDS PASTRY CLASS

In this pastry class, students will learn the basics of making cupcakes and then decorating them.   All food and supplies are included in this hands-on, fun-filled class. Participants should bring a container to carry food home.

Min/Max:         3/5

Ages:               6-9

Location:         Administrative Building, 2nd Floor Kitchen

Day:                Thursday

Instructor:       Sandy Byrnes

Fees:               R: $15/NR: $20

 

Code               Date                                        Time

2107-2-2-0      Oct. 19                                                3:30pm-5:00pm