Early Childhood & Youth

Youth Sports and Fitness (continue scrolling for Youth Enrichment programs)

FUNDAMENTALS OF LACROSSE (K-1ST GRADE)

Ready to start lacrosse?  Join IGLA this fall for a weekly one hour clinic for the younger lacrosse player.  These clinics are exclusively for girls in Kindergarten through 1st grade that want to learn the FUNamentals of lacrosse.   The goals of this program are to introduce and develop basic skills for our youngest players using fun game and coaching techniques.

 U7 CLINIC (recommended for all K-1st graders) – 1 day per week for 6 weeks, 5:30pm-6:30pm class which includes a 30 minute practice and a 30 minute scrimmage game. Sticks available and soft balls provided. No goggles or mouth required; however, recommended.

Max:                 10

Grades:            K-1st grade

Location:         Centennial Park (River Forest)

Corner of Chicago and Lathrop Avenues

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:       Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association

Fee:                  R:$130/NR:$150

Code                    Dates                           Time

2326-2-0-0         Sept. 15-Oct. 20            5:30pm-6:30pm

 


 

GIRLS FALL 2016 LACROSSE LEAGUE (2ND-9TH Grade)

Be part of a youth lacrosse league exclusively for girls from Chicago, and the north, northwest, west and south suburbs.  The emphasis of this program is to develop the girl within the sport of lacrosse.  The goals of the program are to understand the rules of lacrosse, active teamwork, sportsmanship and foster personal development in a respectful environment led by positive coaching.  The Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association is adopting the US Lacrosse “PLAYERS FIRST” ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL which means smaller fields and a smaller number of players.  Kids are more engaged, get more touches on the ball, and further develop their skills.

FALL IGLA PROGRAM LEVELS (based on the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model)

Register at your local Park District.

League Uniform: IGLA pinny is required and may be purchased during registration at www.iglax.org

 


U9 PROGRAM (recommended for all 2nd and 3rd graders) – 2 days per week for 7 weeks, one 60 minute weekday practice from 5:30pm-6:30pm and one Sunday practice and game (30 minute practice and 30 minute game). Sunday practices and games start between 12pm and 2pm.  A stick and soft ball are required to participate.  Goggles and mouth guard are optional; however recommended.

Max:                  10

Grades:             2nd & 3rd Graders

Location:          Centennial Park (River Forest)

Corner of Chicago and Lathrop Avenues

Day:                   Thursday and Sunday

Instructor:       Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association

Fee:                  R:$180/NR: $200

Code                    Dates                           Time

2326-2-1-0         Sept. 15-Oct. 20 (Th)     5:30pm-6:30pm (Practice)

Sept. 18-Oct. 23 (Su)     Start between 12pm-2pm (Practice and Game)


U11 PROGRAM (recommended for all 4th-5th graders) – 2 days per week for 7 weeks, one 60 minute weekday practice from 5:30pm-6:30pm and one Sunday practice and game (30 minute practice and 45 minute game).  Sunday practices and games start between 12pm-3pm.  A stick, hard ball, goggles and mouth guard are required to participate.

Max:                 10

Grades:             4th & 5th Graders

Location:          Centennial Park (River Forest)

Corner of Chicago and Lathrop Avenues

Day:                   Thursday and Sunday

Instructor:       Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association

Fee:                   R:$180/NR:$200

Code                   Dates                           Time

2326-2-2-0        Sept. 15-Oct.20 (Th)      5:30pm-6:30pm (Practice)

Sept.18-Oct. 23 (Su)      Start between 12pm-3pm (Practice and Game)


U13 PROGRAM (recommended for all 6th graders and some 7th graders) – 2 days per week for 7 weeks, one 75 minute weekday practice from 5:30pm-6:45pm and one Sunday practice and game (30 minute practice and 45 minute game). Sunday practices and games start between 1pm-4pm.  A stick, hard ball, goggles and mouth guard are required to participate.

Max:                 10

Grades:             6th-7th Graders

Location:          Centennial Park (River Forest)

Corner of Chicago and Lathrop Avenues

Day:                  Thursday and Sunday

Instructor:       Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association

Fee:                    R:$180/NR: $200

Code                     Dates                           Time

2326-2-3-0         Sept. 15-Oct. 20 (Th)     5:30pm-6:45pm (Practice)

Sept. 18-Oct. 23 (Su)     Start between 1:00pm-4:00pm (Practice and Game)

 


U15 PROGRAM (recommended for some 7th graders and all 8th & 9th graders) – 2 days per week for 7 weeks, one 75 minute weekday practice from 5:30pm-6:45pm and one Sunday practice and game (30 minute practice and 45 minute game).  Sunday practices and games start between 2pm-5pm.  .  A stick, hard ball, goggles and mouth guard are required to participate.

Max:                 10

Grades:            7th, 8th and 9th Graders

Location:          Centennial Park (River Forest)

Corner of Chicago and Lathrop Avenues

Day:                  Thursday and Sundays

Instructor:       Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association

Fee:                   R:$180/NR:$200

Code                   Dates                           Time

2326-2-4-0       Sept. 15-Oct. 20 (Th)     5:30pm-6:45pm (Practice)

Sept. 18-Oct. 23 (Su)     Start between 2:00pm-5:00pm (Practice and Game)


 

AFTERSCHOOL SPORTS AND NUTRITION (Fun with Football)

Join the Park District and SportsKids, Inc. for a chance to make new friends and learn to be healthier!  Are you ready for some football? This class will cover passing, catching and other football fundamentals.  This program also incorporates health, nutrition and fitness into a program that is fun for all.

Min/Max:           6/12

Ages:               5-8 years old

Day:                 Monday

Location:         Veteran’s Stadium

Instructor:       SportsKids, Inc.

Fee:                  R: $25/NR: $35

 Code                   Date                                         Time

2305-2-1-0         September 19-October 10          3:15pm-4:00pm


BEGINNING YOUTH SMART GOLF

Come attempt different swings and putting techniques while using colorful golf equipment. Age appropriate instruction will be used to help understand positions.  Challenging drills will add to this fun and instructional class.

Min/Max:        6/12

Ages:                 5-8 years old

Day:                  Monday

Location:          Veteran’s Stadium

Instructor:       SportsKids, Inc.

Fee:                   R: $25/NR: $35

Code                    Date                                         Time

2414-2-1-0         September 19-October 10          4:00pm-4:45pm

 


INTRODUCTION TO ARCHERY

Learn the basics of using a recurve bow in a safe environment.  Targets and blunt-tipped arrows will be used.  A nationally recognized nine-step progression is taught.  Fun games will also accompany learning.  Bows, arrows, and targets are all provided for the class.

Min/Max:           6/12

Ages:               8-14 years old

Day:                 Monday

Location:         Veteran’s Stadium

Instructor:       SportsKids, Inc.

Fee:                   R: $25/NR: $35

Code                     Date                                         Time

2410-2-1-0         September 19-October 10          5:00pm-5:45pm

 


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, 2nd Floor

Day:                 Tuesday and Thursday

Instructor:      Chad Koch

Fees:                 R: $80/NR: $90

Code                     Date                                                                                                                       Time

2403-2-1-0         Sept. 6-Oct. 6     (no class on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29)                                   6:00pm-7:00p

2403-2-2-0         Oct. 11-Nov.10    (no class on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3)                                        6:00pm-7:00pm

2403-2-3-0         Nov. 15-Dec. 13    (no class on Nov. 24)                                                       6:00pm-7:00pm

2403-2-4-0         Dec. 15-Jan. 17     (no class on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29)                                6:00pm-7:00pm

 


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 two divisions and teams will be made during the second week of play. Fee includes t-shirt, awards and entry into pass and kick contest.  The Park District is also accepting applications for parents that would like to coach.  Please register by Wednesday, September 7th.

 Min/Max:       20/50

Ages:               7-14

Location:       Veteran’s Stadium- 7501 Harrison Street (the multi-purpose field)

Day:                 Fridays and Sunday

Instructor:     Park District Staff

Fees:                R: $50/NR: $70

Code                    Date                                         Time

2315-2-0-0         Sept. 9-Oct. 23                       6:00pm-8:00pm

 


BOYS BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Boys in Grades 2 through 5 can experience the sport of basketball in the Park District of Forest Park Boys Basketball League.  Intramural teams will be formed by grade divisions.  Practices and referred games will be scheduled after registration is complete.  Practices and games will be held between 5:15pm-7:15pm for one hour each day listed.  You will receive a schedule at the beginning of the season.  This is a recreational league.  Please register early!  Fee includes T-shirt and award.  (No activity on November 8th November 24th, December 22nd, December 27th, December 29th,  January 3rd and January 5th).

Min/Max:         10/30

Grades:             2-5

Location:          Field Stevenson School

Days:                 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Instructor:       Park District Staff

Fees:                R: $60/NR: $75

Code                     Dates                                       Time

2302-2-0-0         November 1-January 26             5:15pm-7:15pm


PEE WEE BASKETBALL CLINIC

This class is especially designed for the little enthusiastic basketball youngster. Basic motor skills and eye-hand coordination will be stressed and taught. Fun, skill oriented activities will be played to expose the youngster to the ever popular sport of basketball.

Min/Max:         6/10

Ages:                  5-8

Location:          Field Stevenson School Gymnasium

Day:                  Tuesday

Instructor:       Park District Staff

Fees:                R: $10/NR: $15

Code                     Dates                                       Time

2332-2-0-0         October 18                              7:30pm-8:30pm


FREE THROW SHOOTING CONTEST

Come join us for a free throw shooting contest.  Each participant will compete against other individuals in the same age category.   The best of 15 free throws will be the winner.  The competition will start at 7:30pm and end at 8:30pm.  Pre-registration is required.  Winners for each age group will be contacted on Monday, November 7th to pick up their prize.

 

Min/Max:         6/10

Ages:                  6-11

Location:          Field Stevenson School Gymnasium

Day:                  Tuesday

Instructor:       Park District Staff

Fees:                 Free, pre-registration is required

Code                   Dates                              Time                                  Ages

2322-2-0-1         November 1                 7:30pm-8:30pm             6-8

2322-2-0-1         November 1                  7:30pm-8:30pm             9-11


Youth Enrichment Programs

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:        3/18

Ages:                 7-14

Location           Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                  Friday

Instructor:       Dan Kwarcinski

Fees:                 Session 1 (4 classes) – R: $45/NR: $50

Session 2, 3 & 4 (2 classes) – R: $28/NR: $33

Code                Date                                                                                                Time

2204-2-1-1         Sept. 9-Sept. 30                                                                        3:15pm-5:00

2204-2-2-1         Oct. 7-Oct. 21 (no class 10/14)                                             3:15pm-5:00pm

2204-2-3-1         Nov. 4 & Nov. 18                                                                    3:15pm-5:00pm

2204-2-4-1         Dec. 9 & Dec. 16  -Holiday Themed Projects                   3:15pm-5:00pm


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:      2/18

Ages:               9-16

Location          Administrative Building, 2nd Floor

Day:                 Friday

Instructor:      Dan Kwarcinski

Fees:                Session 1 (3 classes) – R: $42/NR: $47

Session 2 & 3 (2 classes) – R: $30/NR: $38

Code                  Date                                                        Time

2204-2-1-2       Sept. 9-Sept. 23                                    5:15pm-6:45pm

2204-2-2-2         Oct. 7-Oct. 21   (no class 10/14)       5:15pm-6:45pm

2204-2-3-2         Nov. 4 & Nov. 18                                 5:15pm-6:45pm

 


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:      4/8

Ages:               6-12

Location:        Administrative Building, 2nd Floor Kitchen

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:      Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $30/NR: $40

Code                    Date                                         Time

2107-2-1-0         Sept. 15 & Sept. 22                   3:30pm-5:00pm


KIDS BAKING CLASS

In this baking class, a variety of items will be made by the students. All food and supplies are included in this hands-on, fun-filled class. Participants should bring a container to carry food home.

Min/Max:       4/8

Ages:               6-12

Location:         Administrative Building, 2nd Floor Kitchen

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:      Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $30/NR: $40

Code                    Date                                         Time

2107-2-2-0         Oct. 13 & Oct. 20                      3:30pm-5:00pm


“DESSERTS R US” FOR KIDS

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this class just for kids!  Learn the basics of dessert making and make some fun, tasty treats in the process.  All food and supplies are included in this hands-on, satisfyingly sweet class.  Participants should bring a container to carry food home.

Min/Max:       4/8

Ages:               6-12

Location:        Administrative Building, 2nd Floor Kitchen

Day:                 Thursday

Instructor:      Sandy Byrnes

Fees:                R: $15/NR: $30

Code                    Date                                         Time

2107-2-3-0         November 17                            3:30pm-5:00pm


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 12-October 31          3:00pm-4:00pm

2716-2-2-0         November 7-December 12         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 7 –December 12        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 Kantor

Fee:                  $20

Code                     Dates                                       Time

2202-2-1-0         October 11 (Tuesday)                5:00pm-5:55pm

2202-2-2-0         December 9 (Friday)                  6:45pm-7:25pm