Early Childhood

The Wauconda Park District Early Childhood Recreation Department offers programs for birth through age 6. A large variety of classes ranging from educational, social, gross motor, crafting, and more await you and your child.

Baby Playtime (6-18 mos w/parent)

This class is designed to be your baby’s first chance to meet new friends and give you the chance to socialize with other moms experiencing a lot of the same things. We will use music, a variety of toys, parachute, sensory objects and of course, B U B B LE S! T his class will focus on motor, sensory and social skills. We will have a circle time each week for you and your baby to sing and bond. The instructor will have literature and ideas for new moms to help enhance this wonderful time of life. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee: $24/$30 (4 weeks)

Limit: 5/12

Code/Dates/Time:  

1201 – 4/5-4/26  9:15-10am

1202 – 4/5-4/26  10:15-11am

Day: Thu

Super Sensory (12-18 mos w/parent)

Your child is at an amazing stage. They are now getting up and moving, expanding their boundaries and trying to better understand the world around them. The senses are the gateway to unlim ted learning experiences. Sensory play
and activities include anything that stimulates your child’s senses including: taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing. These activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Each week we will focus on different aspects of learning through a variety of sensory activities specifically designed to address these skills. Please dress for possible messy activities. Let us know of any allergies at the ti me of registration as some activities may involve food or items that may end up in mouth or on skin. This is a  parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $24/$30 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1203          Thu          2/15-3/8        9:30-10:20am

 

Music and Movement (18 mos-2.5 years w/parent)

Y our child is up and  o ing around, so this is a great class to spend some time together dancing, singing and playing. Each week we will focus on a different theme that will incorporate educational and age appropriate music for toddlers. Some music may be traditional and others will be presented through rhymes and finger play. The movement part of the class compliments the music using instruments, parachute, ribbons, bubbles & more! This is a parent child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $24/$30 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1204          Wed          1/7-2/7             9:30-10:20am

Barnyard Banter (18 mos-3 years w/parent)

Come on down and see what’s happening in fall on the farm. Each week we will play and learn about all the exciting things found in and around the barnyard. We w ill listen to age appropriate stories, use puppets, stuff ed animals and lots of toys. During our playtime we will act out the familiar and  favorite animals  ound living at the f arm. The kids will love spending time each class dancing and singing to barnyard music. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:           Time:

1212          Wed         4/16-5/7       9:30-10:20am

 

Simply STEM for Toddlers (2.5-3 years w/parent)

Simply STEM for Toddlers (2.5 – 3 yrs w/parent) U sing simple lessons, crossing the curriculum, we will help your child develop their scientific skills. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math . This is a hot topic in the schools, and we  ant to bring it down to the introductory level. It is a hands-on, inventive and creative way to teach children educational concepts while they are having fun and playing. Each week will have a different them e to guide the learning process. We will incorporate stories, songs, and craft s to expand the experience. There will be plenty of time for exploring, predicting, building and solving. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $26/$33 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:           Time:

1218           Wed         2/14-3/7       9:30-10:30am

 

Look What I Can Learn (2-3 years w/parent)

This class is designed just like our “F un”damentals class, but for our younger population.  Each week we will focus on a different preschool concept from shapes, colors, numbers, AB C ’s, and more.  Children and their caregiver will learn through stories, songs, educational manipulatives, and    crafts. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:     Date:              Time:

1211           Tue         2/27-4/10       9:30-10:30am

Preschool Open Gym (Walking-5 years w/parent)

Come for open play at the Community Center Gym . During this unstructured play, children can socialize through group and parallel play. This is the perfect ti me for you and your child to meet your friends or make some new ones.  This is a drop-in program. No advance registration is necessary. No supervision is provided, so parent/caregiver must stay with their children at all times in the gym.  Check the open gym schedule on our web site for no class dates. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  FREE

Day:           Time:

M/W/F       11am-12pm

I’m a Big Kid Now (2-3 years)

Have you taken all of our Parent/Tot classes? Is your two-year-old ready to try a class on their own? Then this is the perfect class for them! Each week we will have some great toys out for the children to pl y with to help ease the separation. After playtime, we will introduce the children to carpet time with songs, stories and dance. The children will get a chance to try their hand at arts and craft s, too. Each class will also have a snack ti me to allow the children to sit together and socialize. Please inform us of any allergies at ti me of registration. We encourage parents to drop off and leave quickly as this aids in the children’s transition to “school”. Children do not need to be potty trained, but a parent will need to return if changing is required. This is a drop-off program. Note:

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $68/$85 (10 weeks)

$54/$68 (8 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:            Time:

1216          Wed        1/10-3/14        9:30-10:45am

1217           Fri           4/6-5/25        9:30-10:45am

Mom’s Time Out (2.5-3 years) NEW Longer Time!

Mom, need a break to do some shopping or run errands? Th s program will offer you a chance to get your little one active and socializing while you get some things done. We start each class with fun free play then move into circle time with stories and music. Every class will offer a craft time, too. We will provide snack and juice each week . Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a popular class, so sign up now! This is a drop-off program.  No Class 1/15 or 1/29.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $85/$105 (8 weeks)

$75/$94 (7 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1216           Mon        1/8-3/12      9:30-11:30am

3221            Mon        4/9-5/21      9:30-11:30am

 

ABC’s and 123’s (3-5 years)

Songs, games, crafts, and more await your child as they explore the world of numbers and letters in this fun and educational program.  This class is designed to reinforce number and letter recognition, introduce early writing skills, and encourage an excitement for learning. Each w eek your child will proudly come home with finished products to reinforce the covered skills. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:            Time:

1224           Tue        1/16-2/20        9:30-10:30am

 

Prepping for Preschool (3-5 years)

Every year we get lots of questions from parents asking us if their child is ready for preschool. We asked our preschool teachers to help us develop a list of skills that they think make a well-rounded preschooler and we are putting that list to use in this great educational class. Many times parents       think about the academic skills, but this list is more about the basics needed to be successful . With these skills, in place, the academics will follow. We will focus a lot on fine motor skills involving pencil grip and writing, painting, scissors and gluing. As well, we will also be working on butt ons, zippers, and puzzles. Some of our time each week will also be spent on following directions through carpet/story time, songs, dances and simple academic work sheets. Each class  will have a short playtime as well, to work on socialization and friendship. This is a drop-off program. Note: No class 11/22.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $39/$49 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

3240           Wed       2/14-3/21        12:15-1:30pm

3241            Wed       4/11-5/16          9:30-10:45am

Friday Flings (3.5-6 years)

Parents, are you ready for the weekend? While you do the things you need to do, let your little one come learn with a weekly theme especially designed for their enjoyment. Each class we will have different toys and games for the children to explore. We will have fun at carpet ti me hearing a story and singing songs, followed by art ti me to make a special craft. Once we have worn ourselves out, we will serve a small snack and drink. Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. If the weather permits, we will go outside to the ay g round.  Please dress your child f or outdoor play.         Children must be toilet trained.    This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $10/$12 per class   **OR**   $70/$88 (8 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:      Day:       Date:     Time:            Theme:

1231          Fri            1/12        9:30-11:15am  Happy New Year

1232          Fri            1/19       9:30-11:15am   Snowy Day

1233          Fri            1/26       9:30-11:15am   Winter Sports

1234          Fri            2/2         9:30-11:15am     Ground Hog Day

1235          Fri            2/9         9:30-11:15am      Valentine Party

1236          Fri            2/16       9:30-11:15am      Inside Beach Day

1237          Fri          2/23       9:30-11:15am    Transportation

1238          Fri           3/2         9:30-11:15am     Little Chefs

 

1239          Fri           3/9        9:30-11:15am      Dinosaurs

1240          Fri           3/16      9:30-11am           St. Patrick’s Day Fun

1241           Fri           3/23     9:30-11:15am      Let’s Take a Vacation

1242           Fri          4/6        9:30-11:15am      Spring Time

1243          Fri           4/13      9:30 – 11:15am    Down on the Farm

1244          Fri           4/20     9:30 – 11:15am    Earth Day

1245          Fri           4/27      9:30 – 11:15am    Celebrate Mom

1246         Fri            5/4        9:30 – 11:15am    End of Year Fun

“FUN” damentals (3.5-6 years)

This class is all about encouraging your child’ s love of learning. Each week we will cover different educational themes including shapes, numbers, colors, ABC ’s, opposites and more! We will teach and reinforce these concepts through a variety of activities, materials and movement. Completed     projects will be sent home for your child to share all that they have learned. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1205           Thu        4/12-5/17        9:30-10:30am

 

Kindergarten Kapers (4.5-6 years)

Are you looking for something educational and creative for your Pre-kindergarten or Kindergarten student to do in the afternoon? Come to the Community Center and we will take a different adventure every month. Ms. Lynn, our certified Pre- K teacher,  will focus on Kindergarten and readiness
skills that children need to b e successful in school including working with letters, numbers, sounds and writing. Having fun and making friends is also stressed.  Please pack a sack lunch f or y our child, as each class w ill start with group lunchtime to chat, share stories and learn about the day’s upcoming activities.  Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop – off program.

Location: Community Center

R (Or WPDPS Family)/NR Fee:  $41/$52 (3 weeks)

Limit:  5/16

Code:       Day:       Date:              Time:

1266           Mon        1/8,1/22,1/29   12:15-2:45pm

1267           Mon        2/5,2/12,2/26   12:15-2:45pm

1268          Mon         3/5-3/19            12:15-2:45pm

1269          Mon         4/9-4/23           12:15-2:45pm

Lunch Bunch (4.5-6 years)

Ms. Lynn, certified Pre-K teacher, is opening up her classroom again this year for some lunch and l earning on Wednesday afternoons. If you are already in Pre-K, stay with us until 2 :45 p m , if not pack a sack lunch and head over to the Community Center to join the fun. Each month a different enrichment theme will b e covered. Kindergarten readiness skills will be addressed during every class, while we delve further into unique topics than time allows in the regular class. Socialization, creativity, and education all rolled into one in this great prog am .  Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center
R (Or WPDPS Family)/NR Fee:

$55-$69 (4 weeks)

$41-$52 (3 weeks*-March)

Limit:  5/16

Code:       Day:       Date:              Time:

1258           Wed         1/10-1/31         12:15-2:45pm

1259           Wed         2/7-2/28          12:15-2:45pm

1260          Wed         3/7-3/21*         12:15-2:45pm

1261           Wed         4/4-4/25          12:15-2:45pm

 

Shapes, Textures and More (2-3 yrs w/parent)

Each week through arts and crafts, toys, books and song, we will introduce your child to the fantastic world of shapes and textures. Children will be encouraged to expand their senses through touch and taste. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and make a little mess as we create and learn. This is a parent/child program. Note: No class 3/26.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1207           Mon        2/26-4/9          9:30-10:30am

 

Colors of the Rainbow (2-3.5 yrs w/parent)

Each week we will explore a color of the rainbow through books, songs, crafts and sometimes even treats. A list of colors we will cover will be sent home at the first class. We encourage the kids to wear and bring a special something of that color for “show and tell”. Children will leave each class with finished products to show off the color they have learned. Be prepared to get a little messy. This is a parent/child program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (6 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1208           Wed        4/11-5/16        9:30-10:30am

 

Take Me to the Zoo (2-3 yrs w/parent)

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Let’s go on an imaginary trip to the zoo to visit all our famous zoo friends. Each week we will learn and discover all we can about a special family of animals living at the zoo. Through books, stuffed animals, puppets, songs, games, and especially our imagination, we will be the zoo keepers, animals and visitors at the zoo. Each week children will come home with a “souvenir” craft from their day at the zoo! This is a parent/child program. Note: No class 1/15.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $28/$35 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1215           Mon        1/8-2/5              10-11am

 

Let’s Move!

Physical activity is an essential component of a health lifestyle. Encouraging this active play can help children develop these health habits early in life. Come to the gym and join us for this new movement and play class. We will have plenty of room to move, run, exercise and play. Each week we will offer gross motor activities to get your child active while having fun and learning new skills. We will also introduce simple games, songs and dances. This class will help your child work on following directions, building positive self-esteem and coordination while keeping their body and mind active.

Location: Community Center Gym

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:                     R/NR Fee:     Age:

1209           Tue         4/17-5/8           9:30-10:20am         $25/$32            2-3 w/parent

(4 weeks)

1210          Tue          4/17-5/8          10:30-11:30am        $27/$34            3-5 w/o  parent

(4 weeks)

Playing with Playdough (3-5 yrs)

There are so many unique ways to make playdough, so each class we will make a new playdough or use some fun premade dough to roll, mold and create. While we are having fun, we will also be working on some preschool skills such as fin-motor with cutting, rolling and shaping as well as letters and numbers with cutters, stencils and learning mats. We will send home some finished products as well as recipes to try at home. Dress your child for the possibility of getting messy. Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $18/$23 (3 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1229           Fri        1/12-1/26             12:30-1:30pm

 

Our Awesome Outdoors (3-6 yrs)

Spring has come to the Park District; what a great place to take advantage of all of that nature and discovery has to offer. The grass is turning green, the sun is shining, flowers are growing and the shoreline is coming alive. We will spend as much time as possible outside, so dress for the weather, even if it’s raining, there will be puddles and clouds to observe. We will have a back-up site inside for severe weather. Each week we will search for new plant and animal life, explore our surroundings and learn new educational science and nature facts. Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center-Back Patio

R/NR Fee:  $32/$40 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1221           Mon        4/16-5/7           1-2:15pm

 

Simply STEM for Preschoolers (3-5 yrs)

Using simples lessons, crossing the curriculum, we will help your child develop their scientific skills. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. This is a hot topic in the schools, and we want to bring it down to the preschool level. It is a hands-on, inventive and creative way to teach children educational concepts while they are having fun and playing. Each week will have a different theme to guide the learning process. We will incorporate stories, songs, and crafts to expand the experience. There will be plenty of time for exploring, predicting, building and solving. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $34/$43 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1225           Thu        1/11-2/1             9:30-10:45am

 

Pretty Princesses (3-6 yrs)

Does your daughter love to be with her girlfriends dressing up, singing, dancing and looking pretty? Have her joiun us as we live in a make-believe world of princesses. Each class will offer plenty of dress up, stories, crafts and playtime but with different activities, so sign her up for both! They are also encouraged to wear their own costumes or gowns if desired. We will serve or create a royal treat, so please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $10/$13 (single class)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1250           Thu        2/22                   1-2:30pm

1251            Thu        4/19                   1-2:30pm

 

Everything is Awesome with Legos (3-6 yrs)

Does your house look like a Lego museum or toy store? Did  your child love the Lego movie and all the characters? Sign them up for this class to hang out with other Lego loving kids. We will build, create and imagine. A small snack will be served while we enjoy a Lego story. Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $8/$10 per class

Limit:  5/10

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1227           Fri              3/9                  1-2:30pm

1228          Fri              5/11                 1-2:30pm

 

Science, Math and More (4-6 yrs)

STEAM is the new word in education these days. We’ve added the “A” for art. Help your child get a jump-start on these learning objectives, designed just for their level. This class is for the older preschooler or kindergarten student. Children will make, create, and experiment with all things math and science. Kids will be having so much fun in this hands-on class, while critically thinking and building. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1264           Fri        2/2-2/23              12:30-2pm

1265           Fri        4/6-4/27              12:30-2pm

 

Crazy Concoctions (3-5 yrs)

Wacky and wild creations are what this class is all about. Join us every week to make fun and inventive concoctions. Through measurement, pouring, mixing and more, we will see what we can discover. This class is part science and part craft. Some projects may include home-made play-doh and paints or even an exploding volcano, plus lots more! Dress to get messy and have a friend sign up to share the fun. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $32/$40 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1248           Thu        1/18-2/8            1-2pm

 

Valentine Crafts and Cookies (3-6 yrs)

Spend an evening making lots of heart decorations to adorn your house or give to loved ones. This class is sure to help spread the cheer of Valentin’s Day. We will use plenty of different arts and craft supplies to make some really special projects. After we are done crafting, w will decorate Valentine cookies using lots of frosting and sprinkles. Before we go home, we will enjoy our cookies while listening to some holiday themed stories. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $12/$15

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1257           Mon           2/12                6-7:30pm

 

Cooking with Characters (4-6 yrs)

Each week your child will create a signature snack creation to go along with the characters and stories of the week. We are sure to pick the most popular characters old and new to excite your child. Themes are listed below for the different sessions. Every class will start with introducing our character and reviewing our recipe. The majority of the class will be spent making the food. If time, a small craft will be made. The class will conclude with a story about the week’s character while enjoying our finished food. Each recipe will be sent home to try again with your family. Please inform us of any allergies at the time of registration. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $36/$45 (3 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:        Theme:

1254           Tue        1/16-1/30           1-2pm         Super Heroes

1255           Tue         2/13-2/27         1-2pm          Favorite Story Books

1256           Tue         4/10-4/24         1-2pm         Children’s Movies

 

Playing with Paint (3-6 yrs)

This class is perfect for the creative child who wants to really get their hands dirty. Perfect for the parent that doesn’t want to clean it all up! Leave all of the mess to us with this great class. Each class, we will mix, measure and create different paints and more! The first part of each class will be making our paint mixtures and then we will have fun playing and creating some incredible pieces of art. Please dress your child in clothes that WILL get messy and possibly covered in paint. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $35/$44 (4 weeks)

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1214           Thu        2/15-3/8            1-2:15pm

 

Leap into Literacy (3-5 yrs)

Leap Into Literacy is a fun, engaging and hands-on program to promote the development of early literacy skills in young children. This new program is taught by Sharen DeRose, a Speech/Language Pathologist, who has worked with early childhood students for the past 30 years. She is currently retired but continues to have a passion for children’s literature to develop children’s language and early literacy skills. Strengthen your child’s early literacy skills with emphasis on award winning children’s literature to facilitate vocabulary development, listening awareness, rhyming, syllable/word awareness and comprehension strategies (predicting, retelling, etc.) Multi-sensory games, activities and art projects will be utilized to enhance the session’s story. Follow-up parent activity provided at the end of the session. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

$32/$40

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:                   Age:          R/NR Fee:

1270           Thu        2/15-3/22          9-10am                   3-4 yrs       $45/$56

1271           Thu        2/15-3/22           10:15-11:45pm      4-5 yrs       $56/$70

1272          Thu         4/12-5/17           12:30-1:30pm       3-4 yrs       $45/$56

1273          Thu         4/12-5/17           1:45-3pm               4-5 yrs       $56/$70

 

Mother’s Day Gifts (3-6 yrs)

Kids, we know how hard it is to surprise mom. Do you want to make something special for her for Mother’s Day? Have dad sign you up for this one-time class to make some keepsake presents that mom will absolutely love. When we’ve finished the fits, we will wrap them with lovely paper and create a beautiful card. This is a drop-off program.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $13/$16

Limit:  5/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1262           Tue          5/8                    6-7:30pm

 

Spring Fling (3-6 w/parent)

Springtime has never been more delicious in Wauconda! Join us for this interactive program that will excite both you and your child through crafts, literacy and culinary arts. Each participant (alongside an adult) will create two special treats, and receive a special Paint-Your-Own cookie to take home. The addition of story and craft time make this program memorable for both parent and child.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $20/$25

Limit:  10/15

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1275           Fri               2/9                 1-2pm

 

Little Stars Arts Academy (3-4 yrs)

Creative play (theater, music, dance and art) helps young children develop their senses through exploration and discovery. It lets little ones express how they view the world and their place in it, as well as provide an excellent outlet for creativity, energy and fun. Note: No class 3/27.

Location: Community Center

R/NR Fee:  $60/$75 (6 weeks)

Limit:  6/12

Code:       Day:       Date:               Time:

1276           Tue        1/23-2/27           5:30-6:30pm

1277           Tue        3/13-4/24           5:30-6:30pm