PART DISTRICT OF FRANKLIN PARK PROGRAMS

| April 4, 2013

PARK DISTRICT OF FRANKLIN PARK:

Youth Programs

After School Program

Monday-Friday, January 7-May 22 • 3:00 -6:00 p.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Are you looking for an affordable, fun and reliable place for your child to go after school? If so, the Park District has what you are looking for. Our After-School program allows children to get exercise in our gym through fun games and activities, have a small snack, and get help with their homework if needed. Our goal is to make your night easier by finishing homework and wearing the kids out with play and social interaction.

Grades 1-8, Daily fee $9 and $3 for transportation, $11 for non-District 84 schools

 

2012-2013 Tot School

Monday, Wednesday and Friday and/or Tuesday, and Thursday, September 5– December 7 • 9:15 p.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Is your child too young for Preschool? Look no further! This early childhood education class is a great way to introduce your child to school. This innovative program offers a range of opportunities to help each child develop to their full potential. We follow a yearly curriculum, and students have the chance to explore different learning centers, such as dramatic play, books, music, blocks and puzzles. Snack time and gym time are also included daily. Open registration, so students may register at any time.

Ages 24–35 month, call for pricing

 

2012-2013 Kindergarten Enrichment

Monday – Friday, August 15–- December 17 • 12:30 p.m. –- 3:30 p.m.

Location: Sunflower Nature Center at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue

Our new Kindergarten Enrichment program provides a quality enrichment experience for kindergarten-age children attending half-day kindergarten programs. This unique and multifaceted program is designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of activities, including art, music, theater, movement, science and child-led play. The program follows the District 84 school-year calendar. Working parents who desire extended hours for their child can enroll in the Early Start Program beginning at 11:30 am and ending at 12:30 pm. Children in the Early Start program must bring a lunch and beverage. Open registration, so students may register at any time. Call Phyllis Schmidt at 847-451-8135 with any questions.

AGES 5–6, Call for pricing

Tot Classes

The Park District offers more tot classes. Visit www.fpparks.org for a full listing of tot programs.

Dance Classes

It is recital season for our Winter/Spring dance classes. Dance courses begin in January. Register today by calling the Park District at 847-455-2852. Our programs offer a variety of dance classes for children ages 3-14. Have your child try Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Cheerleading, Tumbling and Tap at the Community Center, just to name a few.

Youth Athletics

Kid’s Karate Club

Beginners: Wednesday, March 13-May 8 • 6-6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, March 15-July 10 • 6-6:45 p.m.

Orange Belts & Above: Wednesday, Mar 13-May 8 • 6:45-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 15-Jul 10 • 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Location: North School, 9500 Gages Street

Want to be the next Karate Kid? You can, with the Kid’s Karate Club program. This progressive martial arts program teaches the basics in karate, self defense, sparring and safety. Parents may participate with their children at no additional cost as part of our parent helper program. Family involvement and respect are key elements, and children are encouraged and motivated to do their best in all aspects of their lives. There are many karate programs, but only one Kid’s Karate Club. Uniforms are mandatory ($35) and may be purchased from the instructor. Additional costs include belt testing ($38). For more information, visit Kids Karate and Safety Time programs at www.kidskarate.com.

AGES 4-14 years, $45R/$60NR

Micro T-ball

Saturday, March 16- May 5• 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Ages 3-4), 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Ages 4-5)

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Batter up! Your micro player is in store for a lot of fun with our most popular micro program. Participants learn the fundamentals of baseball and interact with other players along the way. Each week, participants work on basic skills and play an informal game. This class provides great memories, so bring a camera with plenty of film or memory. Each participant receives a baseball. Please bring your own glove.

Ages 3-5 years, Fee: $40/$45

The Park District offers more youth athletic classes. Visit www.fpparks.org for a full listing of athletic programs.

Youth Programs

Stars of Tomorrow Acting Class

Tuesdays and Thursday, March 12-April 25• 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: North School, 9500 Gage Street

This theater class is designed to teach children and teens the basics of theatrical performance as well as scenic design. Students learn improvisation, pantomime, prop work, how to create a character, and how to collectively put on a show. The work culminates with a performance for families to showcase what the students created. The skills learned in this class are designed to introduce children to the creative art of theater and enhance their development. Please note: Performances will be held the last day of class.

Ages 6-14, Fee $65 R/$75NR

Magic Class

Tuesday, March 19 • 6:45-7:40 p.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn fascinating tricks from the Magic Team of Gary Kantor! Amaze your family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind reading and more. While tricks may appear difficult, you’ll discover that they are quick to learn and easy to perform. All materials are provided, and each child receives a magic kit to take home. Children are grouped by age and learn tricks that are age appropriate. You can sign up for this class again and again — brand new tricks are taught at each session! Pre-registration is required.

Ages 5-12 years, Fee: $18/$22

Camps

Spring Break Camp

Monday, March 25-Friday March 29 • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Location: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison   Avenue

If you want to keep your child active during spring break, our camp is the place to be. Arts, crafts, sports, board games and a trip to the Ice Arena make this camp full of action! If the temperature is good, we will be going outside, so dress accordingly. Be sure to bring a sack lunch every day and a snack for before and after campers.

Ages 5-14, See our brochure for prices or call 847-455-2852

Tot Camp

Session I: June 3- 28 • 9-11

Session II: July 8-August • 2 9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

This camp is designed to let little ones do what they do best: play! Our smallest campers get  messy with crafts, explore  nature and participate in  outdoor play activities. The children will enjoy costume/ dress-up day, carnival day, sensory art projects, fairy  princesses and princes day,  frolicking in the sprinklers  and a variety of nature  activities. Each week is centered on an exciting theme. All activities are designed to encourage children to use their imaginations and make their own play choices. We maintain a six-to-one camper to counselor ratio. Note: Children must be at least 24 months old. Birth certificates are required at registration. Being toilet trained is preferred but not required at registration. Diapers must be changed immediately before class. If your child requires a diaper change during class, family will be contacted and asked to come to the Community Center right away to change the diaper. Staff does not change diapers. Each camper will receive one camp shirt. Additional shirts are available for $8.

Ages 24-35 months, Fee: $135 R/$145 NR

Sunshine Camp

Monday, Wednesday and Friday and/or Tuesday Thursday

Session I: Tuesday/Thursday, June 4-June 27 • 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Monday/Wednesday Friday, June 3-June 28• 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Session II: Tuesday/Thursday, July 9–August 1 • 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Monday/Wednesday Friday, July 8-August 2 • 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Location: Sunflower Nature Center, 10040 Addison

This three-hour camp is a great way to introduce preschool/prekindergarten children to fun camp experiences. Campers enjoy nature study, art and crafts, outdoor play stations, water play, guest speakers, sports, fun camp songs and making new friends. Each week is centered on an exciting theme. All activities are designed to encourage children to use their imaginations and make their own play choices. We maintain a 6 to 1 camper to counselor ratio. You may register for both M/W/F and Tu/Th camp if you would like a five-day camp experience. Children must be toilet trained. Each camper receives a shirt, and additional shirts may be purchased for $8.

Ages 3–5 ½, 2-Day $110 R/$120 NR, 3-Day $160 R/$170 NR

 

Afternoon Adventure Camp

Session I: Tuesday/Thursday, June 4-June 27 • 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Monday/Wednesday Friday, June 3-June 28• 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Session II: Tuesday/Thursday, July 9–August 1 • 9:00–11:00 a.m.; Monday/Wednesday Friday, July 8-August 2 • 12:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: North Park, 10040 Addison

This camp is designed for 3-5yr olds and Sunshine Campers who want to keep exploring and having fun all afternoon at North Park! We will play games, explore nature, and get creative with art and music. No matter what your adventurer is into, they will create great summertime experiences!

Ages 3–5 ½, 2-Day $115 R/$125 NR, 3-Day $165 R/$175 NR

 

Discovery Day Camp

Monday, Wednesday and Friday and/or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Session I: May 28-June 14 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Before and After Camp available)

Session II: June 17-July 5 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Before and After Camp available)

Session III: July 8-26 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Before and After Camp available)

Mini Session I: July 29-August 2 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Before and After Camp available)

Mini Session II: August 5-9 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Before and After Camp available)

Location: North Park, 10040 Addison

Summer’s around the corner and our summer camp is the place to be! Discovery Day Camp is the perfect place for children to meet new people, exercise their imaginations and experience new activities. Themed days, field trips, demonstrations and special event days send your child home with a lot to talk about. We pride ourselves on being the area’s best summer camp, with our unique combination of qualified staff, a variety of activities, fun outings and great facilities, including some that are air-conditioned for a quick cool-down. Come discover our innovative curriculum, which uses child-led play to encourage creativity and challenge your child. Our campers develop their mental and physical abilities by thinking and making decisions for themselves with gentle guidance. We believe children need to form their own set of values that will shape their relationships with others and increase their self-confidence. Experiences like this camp are one step in that process. In order to be prepared for our camp experience, campers need to bring a lunch with a drink, and a few snacks (especially if they are in Before and After Camp). We also recommend sunscreen, a water bottle, a swimsuit and towel, gym shoes and a change of clothes. Upon registering, please provide us with your camper’s health history (allergies, medications, etc.) and emergency medical contact information. Each camper receives a shirt, and additional shirts may be purchased for $8.

Ages 4-14, Session I: 5-Day Camp, $225 R/$275 NR, 3-Day Camp, $170 R/$195 NR

Teen Programs

Teen Nights

Friday, March 22 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: TBA; Call the Park District at 847-455-2852 to find out location!

Are you sick of doing the same boring thing every Friday night? If so, come by Teen Night. Listen to music, hang out with your friends and play some games. With different locations for Teen Night you will have the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, air-hockey, foosball and table tennis. Don’t sit home on the computer! Come out and hang out face-to-face with your friends.

Ages Grades 6-8, Fee $5 at the door

 

The Park District offers more teen and youth activities. Visit www.fpparks.org for a full listing of teen and youth programs.

 

Aquatic Programs

Learn to Swim

Session II:

Class A Tuesday & Thursday, March 12-April 18 • 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Class B Tuesday & Thursday, March 12-April 18 • 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Class C Tuesday & Thursday, March 12-April 18 • 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, Melrose Park

Join our fun and safe swimming classes instructed by our water safety instructors. These classes will help your child learn to be safe when they are in, on or around water–while having fun! We will emphasize swim strokes/techniques, a variety of safety skills, and emergency readiness. Your children will learn skills that are important for their safety, which will stay with them forever.

Ages 5 and up, $45R/$52NR

Adult Aquacize

Monday & Wednesday, April 3-May 13 (Session II) • 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, Melrose Park

Have fun while enjoying great and effective programs for rehabilitation, arthritis sufferers, pregnant women and seniors. These exercises will give you the gentle resistance needed to keep muscles toned and strong, without added stress to joints. Various water tools will be used. Aquatic shoes are recommended for comfort. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.

Ages 18 years and up, $35R/$40NR

Adult Open Swim

Monday & Wednesday, April 3-May 13 (Session II) • 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, Melrose Park

Enjoy the opportunity to stay fit and enjoy a summer activity during those cold, winter months! Kickboards and pull buoys are available for your training use. A swim cap must be worn by all participants and will be available for purchase at the pool. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.

Adults, $30R/$35NR

 

Register early for our swim programs! Classes begin in January and fill up fast

Visit www.fpparks.org for a full listing of swim programs.

Adult Programs and Trips

Knitting, Crocheting & Needlepoint Club

First and third Tuesday of each month • 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

This free program is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to knit, needlepoint, crochet or simply get together with others to complete their projects. Two members have volunteered to bring extra supplies and give tips and instructions to those who may need them.

Ages 18 years and up, Free

Adult Fitness Programs

The Park District offers various fitness classes including Adult Aquacize, R.I.P.P.E.D., Yoga, Total Body Fitness, Step, Zumba, Zumba Toning with Mat Pilates, Adult Hip-Hop Cardio and Table Tennis.

FitnessCenter

Now offering junior memberships for ages 1117!!!

Have your parent register you for The Fitness Center at the Park District of Franklin Park; 9560 Franklin Avenue The fitness center includes two separate rooms and 17 state-of-the-art Life Fitness machines. A FitnessCenter pass may be obtained at the Community Center, with various membership plans to choose from. A yearly pass is less than $10 per month, payment plans are available.  Fitness Center hours are 6 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm on Saturdays and 9 am-7:30 pm on Sundays.

  • Visit us online at www.fpparks.org, available in      Spanish and Polish.

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