Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Develop important physical, social, creative, and emotional skills

Research shows that early childhood provides a critical window for developing many important physical, social, creative and emotional skills.

To make the most of this time when your little one is prime for learning, the Park District offers a variety of programs. From music and art to computers and cooking, we have something that will interest your child and inspire them.

In some classes, children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy quality time together. In others, children can learn independence while their special adult is not present. All early childhood classes are led by caring and expert staff who design age-appropriate activities to ensure your child has the best possible experience.

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Programs with Adults

4130102 / Tot Rock

This interactive class has everyone on their feet! We all learn together while engaging in active, creative, music-based activities, while using rhythm instruments and movement props. All class procedures are designed to keep staff and students safe. Activities are age appropriate by class and include songs and rhymes, rhythm and coordination, fine and gross motor, imagination and sensory, listening and following directions skills. Sing, dance, play, learn and imagine with us! www.rockitkids.com
4130102-2 - Tot Rock
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$48.00/$76.00
7/12/2024 - 8/2/2024
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
12m-24m w/Adult

4130103 / Kid Rock I

This interactive class has everyone on their feet! We all learn together while engaging in active, creative, music-based activities, while using rhythm instruments and movement props. All class procedures are designed to keep staff and students safe. Activities are age appropriate by class and include songs and rhymes, rhythm and coordination, fine and gross motor, imagination and sensory, listening and following directions skills. Sing, dance, play, learn and imagine with us! www.rockitkids.com
4130103-2 - Kid Rock I
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$48.00/$76.00
7/12/2024 - 8/2/2024
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
2y-3y w/Adult

4130104 / Family Kid Rock

This interactive class has everyone on their feet! We all learn together while engaging in active, creative, music-based activities, while using rhythm instruments and movement props. All class procedures are designed to keep staff and students safe. Activities are age appropriate by class and include songs and rhymes, rhythm and coordination, fine and gross motor, imagination and sensory, listening and following directions skills. Sing, dance, play, learn and imagine with us! www.rockitkids.com
4130104-2 - Family Kid Rock
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Availability
Cancelled
Res/NonRes
$48.00/$76.00
7/12/2024 - 8/2/2024
10:45 am - 11:25 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
1y-5y w/Adult

4130107 / Happy Hunters

Join us for a morning of exploration and fun. Meet at our new beautiful Maine Park Playground and Pavilion and start our morning together with a circle-time, story, craft time and scavenger hunt adventure! Each week will be a new theme build around our story and craft. Both Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be the same activities. No rain dates, refunds will be issued for class cancellations due to weather.
4130107-2 - Happy Hunters
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Availability
Waitlist
Res/NonRes
$65.00/$101.00
7/17/2024 - 8/7/2024
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
2y-3y w/Adult
4130107-4 - Happy Hunters
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$65.00/$101.00
7/16/2024 - 8/6/2024
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
2y-3y w/Adult

5130101 / Jigglejam Music

Get ready to wiggle, JIGGLE, & giggle! Join the Jigglejam dance party & sing along to Jodi’s imaginative tunes & classic favorites. Shakers, puppets, bubbles & more surprises add to the JiggleFUN. As a children's educator & entertainer, Koplin has Jigglejammed with families all over Chicagoland and beyond for 25+ yrs. Through the magic of music your kids develop rhythm, language, fine & gross motor skills in a nurturing safe environment. Every child present must be registered. (Want to bring siblings? Register them both for the older class). No class Nov 26-28
5130101-1 - JIgglejam Music 6-16 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/1/2024 - 12/10/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
6-16 months
5130101-2 - JIgglejam Music 6-16 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/2/2024 - 12/11/2024
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
6-16 months
5130101-3 - JIgglejam Music 6-16 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/3/2024 - 12/12/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
6-16 months
5130101-4 - JIgglejam Music 12-24 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/1/2024 - 12/10/2024
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
12-24 months
5130101-5 - JIgglejam Music 12-24 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/2/2024 - 12/11/2024
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
16-36mo w/Adult
5130101-6 - JIgglejam Music 12-24 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/3/2024 - 12/12/2024
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
12-24 months
5130101-7 - JIgglejam Music 24-42 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/1/2024 - 12/10/2024
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
24-42 months
5130101-8 - JIgglejam Music 24-42 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/2/2024 - 12/11/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
24-42 months
5130101-9 - JIgglejam Music 24-42 months
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$184.00/$283.00
10/3/2024 - 12/12/2024
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Location
Maine Park
Ages
24-42 months
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Programs without Adults

4130110 / Safari Animal Yoga

Relax your morning away while posing like a giraffe and stretching like a lion. Did you know that many yoga moves actually mimic the shapes of animals? Children have time to pause and hit the reset button while building strength and balance. Learn and practice animal poses and work on achieving your inner Zen. Help your child relax and stretch after a long day of play. Bring a yoga mat to class weekly. Instructor: Carol R.
4130110-1 - Safari Animal Yoga Age 3
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Availability
Cancelled
Res/NonRes
$145.00/$221.00
6/13/2024 - 8/8/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3
4130110-2 - Safari Animal Yoga Age 4
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Availability
Cancelled
Res/NonRes
$145.00/$221.00
6/13/2024 - 8/8/2024
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3

4130112 / Kid Rock II

This interactive class has everyone on their feet! We all learn together while engaging in active, creative, music-based activities, while using rhythm instruments and movement props. All class procedures are designed to keep staff and students safe. Activities are age appropriate by class and include songs and rhymes, rhythm and coordination, fine and gross motor, imagination and sensory, listening and following directions skills. Sing, dance, play, learn and imagine with us! www.rockitkids.com
4130112-2 - Kid Rock II
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$48.00/$76.00
7/12/2024 - 8/2/2024
11:30 am - 12:10 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3y-5y

4130113 / Baby Rock

Baby Rock is the newest member of the Rock 'n' Kids family! A unique combination of sensory experiences with stimulating music and exercises to help strengthen and stretch your baby. Activities will include sing-a longs, exposure to simple instruments and sensory props, bean bag massage, motion exercise, bubbles, and more! Please bring a blanket or mat and get ready for a rockin' good time with your tiniest dancer! Class is designed for babies that are not yet walking. Learn more at www.rockitkids.com. An adult must accompany their child.
4130113-2 - Baby Rock
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$48.00/$76.00
7/12/2024 - 8/2/2024
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
Age 3-12 months w/ a

4130240 / Brickton Art Camp

Join Brickton Art Studio for their Early Childhood art camp. They will provide a mix of both child-led art and sensory activities as well as instructed art making exploration. We will explore new materials through open-ended art play. Each child will also have the opportunity to create an individual, multi-step art project. Smocks will be provided, but please dress for mess. Please bring a small peanut/tree nut free snack and water.
4130240-2 - Brickton Art Camp
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$153.00/$232.00
7/22/2024 - 7/26/2024
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location
Centennial Activity Center
Ages
3.00-5.99
4130240-3 - Brickton Art Camp
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Availability
Available
Res/NonRes
$153.00/$232.00
7/29/2024 - 8/2/2024
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location
Centennial Activity Center
Ages
3.00-5.99

5130119 / Safari Animal Yoga

Relax your morning away while posing like a giraffe and stretching like a lion. Did you know that many yoga moves actually mimic the shapes of animals? Children have time to pause and hit the reset button while building strength and balance. Learn and practice animal poses and work on achieving your inner Zen. Help your child relax and stretch after a long day of play. Bring a yoga mat to class weekly. Instructor: Carol R.
5130119-1 - Safari Animal Yoga
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$127.00/$194.00
9/12/2024 - 10/24/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3-4
5130119-2 - Safari Animal Yoga
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Availability
Unavailable
Res/NonRes
$127.00/$194.00
10/31/2024 - 12/19/2024
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location
Maine Park
Ages
3-4
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