Early Childhood & Youth

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Wiggles and giggles

Each week join us for an evening of fun and play. This class focuses on the opportunity to socialize, story time, free play and a craft. This is a parent inclusion class. Age: 1 to 3  Fee: $25/R - $38/NR For details, click here.

junior chefs

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 to 12     Fee: $50/R - $75/NR For details, click here.      

rock the runway

Designed to provide the foundation to understanding and practicing techniques of trained runway models that demonstrate poise, confidence and positive body image.  Topics will include healthy eating, grooming/hygiene, positive communication skills and of course, The Runway! Age: 10 to 17    Fee: $60/R - $90/NR  For details, click here.

summer unicorn party

UNICORNS! What better way to celebrate summer? Watch the magic and glitter come alive in this one day program. Participants will make unicorn slime, a unicorn picture frame, play themed games and have a magical time! Age: 5 to 10   Fee: $23/R - $34/NR  For details, click here.

etiquette class

This 4-week class is designed to demonstrate proper etiquette and good manners (that are always in style), which will include topics such as mealtime manners, the art of table setting, phone manners, grooming/proper hygiene, successful job interviews and internet safety. Age: 7 to 13     Fee: $60/R - $90/NR For details, click here.

the fundamentals of drawing

This class focuses on the basics of drawing. Students will learn a variety of skills and gain knowledge.  All drawing skills are welcome. Age: 5 to 12    Fee: $35/R - $53/NR For details, click here.

kids crafts corner

Express your creativity during Kids Craft Corner! In this relaxing environment, participants will explore individuality, build confidence, and make friends. Exciting new projects will be offered each session. For details, click here. 

art attack

Make your own masterpieces and explore your favorite art form. This class focuses on a variety of art medias including, but not limited to, painting, drawing and collage. Students will have a blast discovering their creativity and self-expression.
Age: 5 to 12    Fee: $35/R - $53/NR For details, click here.

smartphone photography

Dabble into the art of photography! Passionate students will be given techniques and tricks to capture their best photos! Students will focus on the fundamentals of basic photography including subject matter, lighting, composition, and more. A smartphone is required. Age: 8 to 14   Fee: $25/R - $38/NR For details, click here.

spectacular magic

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 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield, IL). Age: 5 to 12     Fee: $30/R - $45/NR
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summer slime, squishy toys & splat balls

Slime, squishy toys, and splat balls continue to be all the RAGE with kids!  Why is the world squishing? We will find out! Create summer slime in the concoction lab then learn the science of “splat” during splat ball scatter, and finally, compare/contrast the properties of squishy toys to the human body.  This is CRAZY summer fun for kids!  Every participant will go home with the slime they made and a squishy toy! Age: 6 to 12   Fee: $25/R - $38/NR   For details, click here.

lego engineering academy

Learn about machines and how they move by building race cars, cranes, a dog, solar windmills, and a pneumatic lift. Learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math while gaining skills and confidence through exploring and problem-solving.
Age: 7 to 14   Fee: $72/R - $108/NR For details, click here.

lego robotics academy

This a comprehensive, repeatable after school program where children learn to design, build and program robots. Instructors use a creative educational approach with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Age: 6 to 14   Fee: $72/R - $108/NR
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parent-tot spanish

Spend some great time winding down the day with your toddler while you sing and dance to songs in Spanish! Learn Spanish greetings, colors, numbers, parts of the body, animal and food words. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Age: 3 and under   Fee: $38/R - $57/NR For details, click here.

i speak spanish!

Did you know that young children learn language naturally and much more easily than older children and adults? Introduce your child to the Spanish language in this Spanish immersion class developed especially for very young learners. Children will be immersed in the Spanish language through fun and educational activities and music. Each session covers new and exciting material! Age: 3 to 6   Fee: $53/R - $80/NR For details, click here.

youth spanish!

Looking for something fun and educational for your child? In this class, students will learn Spanish conversation and some Spanish grammar, reading, and writing skills through interactive and engaging activities. Age: 6 to 11   Fee: $53/R - $80/NR
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Zumba® kids

Zumba Kids® Classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Age: 7 to 11   Fee: $12/R - $18/NR 
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kinder kids

Kinder Kids is an excellent way to introduce young children to dramatic art!  This high-energy, FUN & EDUCATIONAL program teaches early, positive social skills and strives to build the self-esteem of all participants through the use of drama techniques.  The class encourages imaginative thinking and expression! Participants work on non-verbal communication and movement, as well as develop speech with ad-libbing and memorization of mini-scripts along with a variety of theater games. Age: 4 to 6   
Fee: $40/R - $60/NR and *$90/R - $135/NR For details, click here.

drama kids

DRAMA KIDS is a remarkable, high-energy program that enhances critical thinking and public speaking skills, while boosting self-esteem!  Each FUN & EDUCATIONAL class will provide children many opportunities to use their imagination and express themselves.  The class encourages both effective verbal and non-verbal ways to communicate.  Character analysis, creative movement along with memorization of mini-scripts, improvisation, classroom performing and theater games aid in raising CONFIDENCE!  All students love to ‘ACT UP’ with a PURPOSE!
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perserverance punch

What do Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, J.K. Rowling, and Mark Zuckerberg all have in common? PERSERVERANCE! Despite being told they couldn’t do something, they persevered to be famous and wildly successful.  They kept “punching through” until they got what they wanted, and this is the growth mindset we want for our children. Through outrageously fun group games, kids will learn how amazing the “one-two” punch of perseverance can result in amazing opportunities. We will also explore when it’s not to appropriate to persevere. We will enjoy a cup of “decked out” party punch at the end of class to celebrate our new skills.  Age: 6 to 13   Fee: $23/R - $35/NR For details, click here. 

youth private music lessons

Experience specialized fun, high quality instruction that gets results. Sign up for thirty minute private lessons at the Recreation Department front desk (fill out form and make payment). You will be contacted to set up days and times for the lessons once the paid registration has been received. Instruments are not provided. Age: 3 to 18   sessions run from June TO august
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tot rock

Maracas and clackers and tambourines, too; it’s musical fun just for you! Tot Rock is a unique music and learning program designed specifically for 1 year olds. Each session focuses on a new educational theme that incorporates hand held instruments, play props, sensory integration, coordination exercises, and socialization. Structured and unstructured time is included in each class. Sing, dance, and play today! This is a parent inclusion class. Age: 1   Fee: $51/R - $77/NR For details, click here.

kid rock 

Kid Rock is a music and movement program designed to stimulate development through interactive play. Fine and gross motor skills, cooperation and following directions are improved through imagination exercises, and by using rhythm instruments and movement props such as tambourines, maracas, scarves, and a parachute. Each session focuses on a new educational theme. This is a parent inclusion class. Age: 2 to 5   Fee: $51/R - $77/NR  For details, click here.