Early Childhood Classes

Bedtime Buddies

Do you want to have your own special buddy to sleep with at night? Come to the park district to create your very own cuddly buddy! Participants will stuff a bear, make bedtime wishes, and create a birth certificate. All supplies are included. 

Location:       ARC Butterfly Room
Day/Date:     Thursday/May 13

Time:             6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      5/10

Fee:               $30.00 R/$35.00 NR

Summer Instructional Soccer

This class will be an introductory and fun-filled instructional soccer lesson coached by US Soccer licensed coaches from Chicago Empire FC South. Each activity in the program will be high-energy and a lot of fun, all while teaching the fundamentals of soccer. Please be sure to bring your own shin guards as they are required. Personal water bottles are highly recommended.  Prior participants are welcome! Athletic attire preferred. One t-shirt is included in registration.  

Instructor:     Chicago Empire FC South

Location:       ARC Indoor Turf Field
Day/Date:     Thursday/June 17 - July 15

Time:             6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      6/20

Fee:               $50.00 R/$55.00 NR

Summer Chefs

Your chef in the making will prepare simple foods while learning basic cooking skills. All recipes are easy and kid friendly. A variety of ingredients are used in this class. Please inform the instructor of any food allergies.

Location:       ARC Caterpillar Room
Day/Date:     Tuesday/August 3 - August 24

Time:             5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      5/12

Fee:               $30.00 R/$35.00 NR

Mesmerizing Magic Class

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. Class will be held at the Oak Forest Park District (Central Park Building), 15601 S. Central Park Ave.

Instructor:    Gary Kantor

Location:       Oak Forest Park District
Age:               3 – 12 years
Min/Max:      5/12

Fee:               $20.00 R & NR per date


Monday/April 5

Tuesday/June 15


6:45 - 7:40 p.m.

5:00 - 5:55 p.m.

Superhero Academy

Calling all Superheroes! Join us for an afternoon of SUPER fun. Participants will play games, make crafts, and visit with a SUPERHERO. Please dress as your favorite superhero! A special guest will be joining us for an evening of fun and adventure. Dinner will be served. 

Location:       ARC Caterpillar Room
Day/Date:     Tuesday/May 25

Time:             6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      5/10

Fee:               $40.00 R/$45.00 NR

Wacky Tacky Water Games

Get ready to get wet! Participants will get to play Drip Drip Drop, Sprinkler Twister, Sponge Races, and have a summer treat. This class will be all outside. Please wear your bathing suit and bring a towel. Flip flops and water shoes are allowed in this class. In case of severe weather the class will be rescheduled. 

Location:       ARC Side Parking Lot/Butterfly Room
Day/Date:      Sunday/June 13

Time:             1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      5/20

Fee:               $14.00 R/$19.00 NR

Its a Pizza Party

This class is for all the pizza lovers out there. Participants will read pizza books, make pizza crafts, and of course, eat pizza. Come out and have a “pizzarific” night!

Location:       ARC Butterfly Room
Day/Date:     Tuesday/June 15

Time:             6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      5/12

Fee:               $18.00 R/$23.00 NR

All Star Multi-Sports Jr. Program

Not sure what sport your child is interested in? This class is for you! Stay active and work on balance, motor skills and hand eye coordination all while learning the rules of baseball, football, floor hockey, soccer, basketball, and more! We will focus on a new sport each class and work on basic rules and mechanics all while we play games that keep everyone moving.  There’s no reason to pick a sport when you can play them all! Personal water bottles are highly recommended.  Coaches will provide more information on equipment.  None will be needed on the first day.  Athletic attire preferred.

Location:       ARC Indoor Turf Field/Gymnasium
Day/Date:     Monday & Wednesday/June 7 - June 23 OR

                       Monday & Wednesday/August 2 - August 18

Time:             5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Age:               3 – 5 years
Min/Max:      8/20

Fee:               $70.00 R/$75.00 NR per session

Midlothian Tae Kwon Do

Come take a journey, with Master Grove into the exciting world of Tae Kwon Do. Experience the coordination, balance and stamina that comes from kicking, jumping, building stances and self-defense techniques of the most popular martial art in the world!! This structured environment will allow you to feel secure though challenged, while focusing on building self-discipline. When your skills are prepared you will be given the exciting opportunity to achieve new belt ranks. Personal water bottles are highly recommended.  Athletic attire preferred.

Instructor:    Dexter Grove

Location:       ARC Prairie/River Room

Day:               Monday & Wednesday

Time:             6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Age:               3 – 12 years
Min/Max:      5/20

Fee:               $80.00 R/$90.00 NR (per session)








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May 3 - May 26

June 7 - June 30

July 7 - July 28

August 2 - August 25