Youth Enrichment Programs

Magic Classes of Gary Kantor Co-Op with the Oak Park Park District

Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn fascinating tricks from a professional magician!  Amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind-reading and more.  While the tricks may appear difficult, you’ll discover that they are easy to learn and perform.  All materials are provided, and each child will receive a magic kit to take home.  Children are grouped together by age and always learn tricks that are age-appropriate.  Brand new tricks are taught each session!

Min/Max:        1/12

Ages:                5-12

Location:        The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                 Friday or Wednesday

Instructor:     Gary Kantor

Fees:                R: $20/NR: $25

 

Code                       Date                                                                 Time

2202-3-1-0           January 13 (Friday)                                      6:45pm -7:40pm

2202-3-2-0           March 22 (Wednesday)                               5:00pm -5:55pm



DISCOVERY KIDS-PUTERBUGS

Calling all Puterbugs Detectives!  We need your help in solving Discovery Kids Puterbug missions.  The technology 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.  This program teaches young children how to apply today’s technology along with developing skills in keyboarding, creative problem solving, school readiness, common core curriculum, STEM initiatives and Internet Safety.  “Missions” do not repeat-new software lesson from Discovery every week, all year. With enrollment, families receive free access to online supplementary materials.  Each child will have a computer to use-no sharing.  Returning students will continue progression in the curriculum.

Min/Max:                  3/20

Ages:                           3-5

Location:                    Administrative Building

Day:                             Monday

Instructor:                  Puterbugs Staff

Fees:                            R:$70/NR: $80

Code                            Dates                                                                           Time

2716-3-1-0                  Jan. 9- Feb. 27 (no class Jan. 16 or Feb 20)       11:00am-12:00pm

2716-3-2-0                 Mar. 6- Apr. 10                                                          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:                    1st-5th Grade

Location:            Administrative Building

Day:                     Monday

Instructor:          Smart Starters, Inc.

Fees:                    R: $70/NR: $80

Code                    Dates                                                                                       Time

2705-3-1-0         Jan. 9- Feb. 27 (no class Jan. 16 or Feb 20)                   3:00pm-4:00pm

2705-3-2-0         Mar. 6- Apr. 10                                                                     3:00pm-4:00pm


ENGINEERING – SPECTACULAR SPORTS!  CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking, mini-golf to airplane acrobatics! This unit is a great way to get “sporty” kids building and get LEGO® fans interested in sports. Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, such as stamina and strength. Other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, such as the physics involved in golf and the components of a stationary bike. But the best part for the students is the way the models move and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built – hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model, watching the gymnast spin around the bar and seeing the tiny airplanes spin around and around on the air show model. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport, or build a model of their favorite sport!

Min/Max:           8/16

Ages:                    5-9

Location:            The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                     Tuesday

Instructor:         Bricks 4 Kidz

Fees:                   R: $58/NR: $73

Code                      Date                                                                 Time

2710-3-1-0           February 7- February 28                             4:00pm -5:00pm


ENGINEERING – TRANSPORTATION TIMELINE!  CO-OP WITH THE RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Explore the history of transportation from horse and buggy and trains to the development of the automobile and flight. Each lesson introduces terminology related to each mode of transportation, like “lift and propulsion” for the airplane, as well as describes how each “vehicle” works. And the best part is — the models are so much fun to play with! Lots of building fun ahead with motorized models of a car, dragster, helicopter, airplane & more! These models rock, roll and spin! Students will use our proprietary project kits and model plans to build exciting moving LEGO® creations. Our one-of-a-kind models incorporate gears, axles, motors, battery packs, & remote controls! Students will follow our step-by-step model plans to create their vehicle, then customize it to their own specifications and take a mini-figure for a ride!

Min/Max:        8/16

Ages:                 5-9

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Tuesday

Instructor:       Bricks 4 Kidz

Fees:                 R: $58/NR: $73

Code                 Date                                                                 Time

2710-3-2-0      April 4 – April 25                                           4:00pm -5:00pm


BEGINNING FUN-GINEERING  – CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Young engineers will build working models of simple machines such as a seesaw, a rolling vehicle, and hockey player using Lego® Educational kits. Children will have a great time working on activities designed around creativity, exploring, investigating and problem solving in a fun group environment! While building these fun and interactive models, they will learn about levers, pulleys, gears, wheels and axles.  2 students per Lego® kit.

Min/Max:        6/12

Ages:                 4-6

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Friday

Instructor:        Computer Explorers

Fees:                   R: $95/NR: $119

Code                   Date                                                                 Time

2711-3-1-1          January 27- March 3                                    3:45pm- 4:45pm


3D PROGRAMMING & DESIGN   NEW! CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

With a partner, learn to program a computer in an innovative 3D programming environment, created by Carnegie Mellon University. This course makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share with friends. This object-oriented program is fun and challenging, as you learn fundamental programming concepts in a virtual world.

Min/Max:       6/12

Ages:               8-12

Location:        The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                 Friday

Instructor:      Computer Explorers

Fees:                 R: $95/NR: $119

Code                     Date                                                                 Time

2711-31-2            January 27- March 3                                     5:00pm -6:00pm


UNDER THE MICROSCOPE- CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Guess what we discover under the microscope? Together, we will explore a whole new world of learning and excitement. Using the computer and a child-friendly digital microscope, students will explore the concepts of magnification, science, nature study & digital editing.

Min/Max:        6/10

Ages:                 5-7

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Friday

Instructor:       Computer Explorers

Fees:                  R: $64/NR: $80

Code                  Date                                                                 Time

2711-3-2-1        April 14- May 5                                              3:45pm -4:45pm


CSI CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION   NEW! – CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Get ready to become part of the biggest crime scene of the century! Did you commit the crime or the friend sitting next to you? It’s up to you to solve the crime using CSI techniques used by the experts. Think Digital Microscopes to examine fingerprints, hair and powder samples left at the crime scene, and so much more! The last class will end with the entire class participating in a crime scene activity. Which one of your classmates is the suspect in the case? Possibly, maybe…even you!

Min/Max:        6/12

Ages:                 8-10

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Friday

Instructor:        Computer Explorers

Fees:                  R: $64/NR: $80

Code                  Date                                                                 Time

2712-3-3-0       April 14- May 5                                              5:00pm – 6:00pm


GIRL POWERED PRE-ENGINEERING USING LEGO®  – CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

This class is for girls who love to build!  Taught by women engineers and scientists, this course will provide a supportive environment for girls to build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars.  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Min/Max:         9/16

Ages:                  5-6

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Saturday

Instructor:       Play- Well TEKnologies

Fees:                  R: $24/NR: $30

Code                  Date                                                                 Time

2710-3-1-1        March 4                                                          11:30am -1:00pm


GIRL POWERED PRE-ENGINEERING USING LEGO®  – CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

This class is for girls who love to build!  Taught by women engineers and scientists, this course will provide a supportive environment for girls to build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars.  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Min/Max:         9/16

Ages:                 7-12

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Saturday

Instructor:        Play- Well TEKnologies

Fees:                  R: $24/NR: $30

Code                  Date                                                                 Time

2701-3-1-2       March 4                                                           1:30pm -3:30pm


STEM CHALLENGE WITH LEGO® – CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

Min/Max:         9/16

Ages:                  7-12

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                   Saturday

Instructor:        Play- Well TEKnologies

Fees:                   R: $24/NR: $30

Code                  Date                                                                 Time

2710-3-3-3       March 4                                                           1:30pm -3:30pm


ART 101 – AFTER SCHOOL ART CLUB- A 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. Students may arrive at 3:15pm but instruction will not begin until 3:30pm

Min/Max:        3/18

Ages:                  7 – 14

Location:         Administrative Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                   Friday

Instructor:     Dan Kwarchinski

Fees:                 Session 1 & 2- R: $36/NR: $41

Session 3- R: $24/NR: $28

Code                    Dates                                                                                        Time

2204-3-1-1         January 6, 13, and 20                                                             3:30pm- 5:00pm

2204-3-2-1         March 10, 17 and 24                                                               3:30pm- 5:00pm

2204-3-3-1         April 21 and 28                                                                        3:30pm- 5:00pm


PAINT!- AFTERSCHOOL STEP-BY-STEP PAINTING FOR KIDS

An easy to follow step-by-step guided painting lesson. Includes a pizza dinner.

Min/Max:        3/18

Ages:                  7 – 14

Location:         Administrative Building, 2nd Flr

Day:                   Friday

Instructor:     Dan Kwarchinski

Fees:                  R: $23/NR: $ 28

Code                 Dates                                                                                        Time

2204-3-0-0       February 10                                                                                   3:15pm – 5:00pm


CARTOONS, COMICS & ANIME- CO-OP WITH RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT

Learn how to draw the Marvel way! Some of the most exciting work today is being done in cartoons, comics, and anime. Come join our class and learn how to draw some of these colorful characters! We will learn how to pose, compose, and bring to life classic characters as well as some of our own!

Min/Max:           5/14

Ages:               8-15

Location:          The Depot, River Forest Park District

Day:                 Wednesday

Instructor:         Julie Green Studio

Fees:                R: $75/NR: $94

Code                Date                                                                 Time

2104-3-1-0           February 15 – March 15                                                  4:00pm -5:15pm


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

2107-3-1-0         February 16 & 23                       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: $15/NR: $20

Code                Date                                         Time

2107-3-2-0         March 16                                   3:30pm-5:00pm

2107-3-3-0         April 13                                     3:30pm-5:00pm