Youth Recreational Programs
Make your own masterpieces and explore your favorite art form. This class focuses on a variety of art media including but not limited to, painting, drawing, and collage. Students will have a blast discovering their creativity and self-expression.
AGE: 6-12 FEE: $48R/$72NR
DATE: 1/29-3/4 & 3/25-4/29
This class focuses on the basics of drawing. Students will learn a variety of skills and gain knowledge. All drawing levels are welcome.
AGE: 6-12 FEE: $40R/$65NR
DATE: 1/29-3/4 & 3/25-4/29
Slime Is All The Rage! Celebrate The End Of The School Year Creating Slime In The Concoction Lab. Participants Will Bring Home The Slime They Made As A Souvenir!
AGE: 6-12 FEE: $26R/$39NR
It takes years to build it, but only minutes to ruin it-reputation! A good reputation is important in life. Poor body language, a simple misunderstanding, a mishap on social media, or perhaps a nasty rumor can damage your kind, trustworthy, and classy image. Learn the best tips how to build , protect, and if necessary, rehab a reputation through games. Participants will learn how to minimize the damage from unhealthy people who thrive on preying (rapor-like) behavior. Fun dramatizations, props, games, and treats drive home the points during this life coaching workshop.
AGE: 6-12 FEE: $26R/$39NR
Learn to read music and play tunes! Brought to you by AES and the music path company, this amazing program teaches young students the beginnings of music! Using specialized, proprietary music start keyboards, students learn to play familiar tunes in a group setting by color, letter, and note matching while using problem-solving strategies - without sacrificing any important musical knowledge - we are not taking shortcuts to playing and reading music. Prepare your student to take any instrument by giving them a solid musical foundation with this exciting after school program!
AGE: 5-10 FEE: $115R/$170NR
DATE: 2/3-3/9 & 4/6-5/11
Did you ever dream of being a part of a drumline? Here's your chance! Percussion academy focuses on providing musical instruction on the art of rudimental drumming. Rudiments are the foundation of drumming for drumline and drumcorps. Students will learn to read, write, and understand the essential rudiments of drumming. The goal of the academy is to change lives through the art of drumming one note at a time by providing both instruction and mentorship to motivate the youth. Continuous participation will require the one-time purchase of a drum pad, drum stand, and drumsticks. No additional purchases will be required of first-time participants.
AGE: 8-16 FEE: $78R/$117NR
DATE: 1/25-2/29 & 3/14-4/25
Explore your artistic side with smart start art from afterschool enrichment solutions. The sky's the limit as we daydream about the future- the inventions, homes, landscapes, and modes of transportation of tomorrow! Discover your creativity and imagination as an artist, developing fine motor skills, style, and vision as we explore different artistic techniques through a variety of inspiring projects. Sketch and draw, shade and color, cut, glue, fold... Create! See your imagination come to life! Learn about great artists from throughout history and the present day, through a weekly featured artist and fun, exciting games. Earn artbelts(tm) as you learn and progress. No experience necessary, every child is an artist" - pablo picasso.
AGE: 5-9 FEE: $90R/$135NR
DATE: 1/31-3/6 & 4/3-5/15
The lego robotics academy is a comprehensive, repeatable after school program where children learn to design, build and program robots. Using a creative educational approach that supports science, technology, engineering and math (stem), this class is led by teacher-led instruction followed by fun, engaging and dynamic activities. The robotics academy is a repeatable program where children are placed based on skill and experience. Students can move up a level each time they take the class to take on more advanced concepts and activities. At the end of each session, students will be given a gift and a robotics academy student progress booklet.
AGE: 6-14 FEE: $72R/$108NR
DATE: 1/21-2/25 & 4/7-5/11
Learn about how machines move by building race cars, cranes, a motorized dog, solar windmills, and a pneumatic lift through basic science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) concepts. Chasewood learning provides instruction followed by hands- on learning experience. Students gains skills and confidence through crating, exploring, and problem- solving.
AGE: 7-14 FEE: $72R/$108NR
Prepare your kids for the future! In this exciting class, children learn programming essentials with software developed by mit, and other recognized teaching institutions. It allows children to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations.It encourages systematic reasoning, creativity, and helps them to work collaboratively. This class is a multi-level program where children are placed based on skills and experience. Students can move up a level each time they take the class to more advanced concepts.
AGE: 8-14 FEE: $72R/$108NR
Discover science! Learn to make a stress ball, the biology of blood clots and guts, and the formation of the growth of crystals focusing on fun experimentations!
AGE: 8-10 FEE: $60R/$90NR
Amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind-reading and more! You'll discover tricks and quick to learn and easy to perform. All materials are provided, and each participant receives a magic kit to take home. This class will take place at the Plainfield park district's parc building (24550 west Renwick road, Plainfield).
AGE: 5-12 FEE: $30R/$45NR
Develop your child's intellect through the royal game of chess! Current research has shown a strong link between chess and academic performance in a variety of areas, including mathematics and language arts. Also, chess has been proven to enhance children's motivation, concentration, focus, social skills, and creativity. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Each class will consist of a fun, interactive teaching period and guided practice time. Both beginner and experienced players are welcome and will get to the next level under the guidance of an experienced chess scholars coach. There will also be a chess competition with prizes at the end of the session!
AGE: 5-14 FEE: $86R/$129NR
DATE: 2/4-3/10 & 4/7-5/12
"Todo sobre mi - all about me" learning spanish is as easy as uno, dos, tres! In afterschool amigos spanish club, children will learn the vocabulary basics of self, family life, numbers, colors, shapes, greetings, days of the week and more. We will be singing, clapping, and counting our way towards learning the spanish language. Each child will receive a participation award.
AGE: 5-11 FEE: $90R/$135NR
DATE: 2/6-3/12 & 4/9-5/14
Moms, you deserve it! Drop the kids off for a well-needed 2.5 Hours of free time for you and fun for them. Children will spend their time making a mother's day craft, playing games, and so much more. Drop off and pick up at any time. A small snack will be provided (inform front desk of allergies).
AGE: 5-12 FEE: $15R/$23NR
Are you ready to become a chef in this hands on class? Participants will learn the fundamentals of the kitchen including safety and preparation. Explore flavors, make your own cook book, and more! Each session will offer new and exciting recipes to take home and share.
AGE: 6-12 FEE: $50R/$75NR
During this class, our chefs-in-training will learn how to make delicious, nutritious, and seasonal recipes including pumpkin spice dip, apple pie, creamy cucumber salad, black bean salsa, baked sweet potato fries, and more! We will travel across the globe to learn about the cuisine and traditions of mexico and russia. Our little chefs will learn about seasonal eating, as well as the foundations of kitchen and knife safety. They will practice a variety of techniques such as mixing,measuring, chopping, dicing, whipping, brushing, decorating, and more!
AGE: 5-10 FEE: $108+
DATE: 2/3-3/2 & 3/23-4/27