Youth Programs

Musical Show: Seussical Jr.

Grades K-8th
Casting call for performers! Auditions for the Seussical Jr. musical will be September 11th and 12th from 5-8pm. Students can come to one or the other audition date, they do not need to attend both. Please prepare a simple song to sing as part of your audition. Please register for auditions by September 7. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers and he must also guard an abandoned egg that has been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faced ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Practices will be held on Saturdays starting September 15, 5-8 year olds 9-10:30am and 9-12 year olds from 10:30-12:00 PM. Dress rehearsal will be Nov 5 for 5-8 year olds and performance on Nov. 6. Dress rehearsal will be Nov 12 for 9-12 year olds with performance on Nov 13. Directed by Jackie Weiss

Location: Arrowhead Community Center
Res/Nonres: $136/$176
Max: 25 per show

I Can Cook-New Menus

Ages 7-12 years
Simple dishes that kids can make themselves-and the whole family will enjoy. In this class junior chefs will assemble main dishes and a delectable dessert as they learn valuable kitchen skills, teamwork and safety. Instructed by Chef Tamara Womack

Location: Arrowhead Community Center
Res/Nonres: $34/$44
Min/Max: 4/8

Date Day Time Theme
Sept 25 TU 6:30-8:00 PM Fall Into Baking
Oct 23 TU 6:30-8:00 PM Spooky Treats & Halloween Eats
Nov 13 TU 6:30-8:00 PM Thanksgiving
Dec 18 TU 6:30-8:00 PM Christmas Baking

 

Winter Break Cooking Camp

Instructed by Chef Tamara Womack

Location: Arrowhead Community Center
Res/Nonres: $66/$85
Min/Max: 4/8

Date Day Time
Jan 2-4 W-F 10:00-12:00 PM

 

Harry Potter Wizard School

Ages 8-12 years
Calling all wizards to Hogwarts for a fun night of Harry Potter themed science fun! We will create exploding polyjuice and make veritaserum slime.Then the young wizards will craft their own wands and snitch ornaments. Instructed by Jen Peppmuller and Tiffany Pekoc

Location: Arrowhead Community Center
Res/Nonres: $22/$28
Min/Max: 8/16

Date Day Time
Oct 9 TU 5:30-7:00 PM

 

Fall Outdoor Nature Art

Ages 6-10 years
Join us for an outdoor art class as we explore nature in the fall. We will gather items to make nature point brushes and create masterpiece using flowers, leaves and grasses. We will make a sunflower weaving art project and also do leaf resist art painting. Instructed by Jen Peppmuller and Tiffany Pekoc

Location: Arrowhead Community Center
Res/Nonres: $22/$28
Min/Max: 8/16

Date Day Time
Nov 1 TH 5:30-7:00 PM

 

Discovery Kids Computer Class – Robot Programming

Ages 7-12 years
Calling all Puterbug Detectives! We need your help in solving Discovery Kids Puterbug missions. Knowing how to use computers as tools (not just toys) is a key component of young learners’ academic careers. This program teaches young children how to apply today’s technology along with developing skills in keyboarding, creative problem solving, school readiness, common core curriculum, STEM initiatives and Internet safety. “Missions” do not repeat – original software lessons from Discovery every week, all year. Each child will have a computer to use – no sharing. NEW THIS SEASON! As the children progress through the program, they will be introduced to the logic of coding and programming ROBOTS. Fun learning for all!

Location: Joliet PD Multi Purpose Ctr
Res/Nonres: $70/$80

Date Day Time
Sept 8-Oct 13 SA 9:00-10:00 AM
Oct 20-Nov 24 SA 9:00-10:00 AM

 

Magic Class

Ages 5-12 years
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 cars, ropes, coins, mind reading and more. While tricks may appear to be difficult, you will 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. Brand new things are taught each session. Instructed by the Magic Team of Gary Kantor.

Res/Nonres: $20/$26
Min/Max: 6/12

Date Day Time Location
Oct 22 M 5:00-5:55 PM Channahon Park District
Dec 19 W 6:45-7:40 PM Joliet Park District

 

Keyboarding and Koding Kids – Robot Programming

Ages 7-12 years
Knowing how to use computers as tools (not just toys) is a key component of core curriculum. Young learners need to know keyboarding, functionality and the logic of coding to be ready to embrace their upcoming academic adventures. The expert staff of Smart, Starters, Inc. delivers instruction on the tools students need in a dynamic, fun and challenging environment.
This newly revised curriculum includes keyboarding/function keys, coding, programming and safe Internet habits. Everyone works at their own skill level and returning students will continue their progression through the program. 1:1 ratio on all equipment, including the robots. Not to be missed!

Location: Joliet Park District Multi Purpose Center
Res/Nonres: $70/$80

Date Day Time
Sept 8-Oct 13 SA 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Oct 20-Nov 24 SA 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

 

Robotics

Ages 9-11 years
Join this fun class building your own interactive robots to take home and keep. Students will start out making small micro vibrobots and work their way up to a larger bot. They will learn basics of robotics, soldering, coding and sensors that are used in robots. They will have new bots to take home every week. Robot kit and other materials included.

Location: Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (25307 W Eames Street)
Res/Nonres: $175/$200
Min/Max: 3/10

Date Day Time Deadline
Sept 10-Oct 1 M 5:00-5:40 PM Sept 7
Oct 8-Oct 29 M 5:00-5:40 PM Oct 5
Nov 5-Nov 26 M 5:00-5:40 PM Nov 2
Dec 3-Dec 24* M 5:00-5:40 PM Nov 30

*December 24 will be rescheduled.

Intermediate Robotics

Ages 9-12 years
Build on skills learned in beginning robotics. Working on more advanced robots, students will make 1 to 2 robots to bring home depending on skills and time. Prerequisite-beginning robotics.

Location: Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (25307 W Eames Street)
Res/Nonres: $175/$200
Min/Max: 3/10

Date Day Time Deadline
Sept 10-Oct 1 M 6:00-6:40 PM Sept 7
Oct 8-Oct 29 M 6:00-6:40 PM Oct 5
Nov 5-Nov 26 M 6:00-6:40 PM Nov 2
Dec 3-Dec 24* M 6:00-6:40 PM Nov 30

*December 24 will be rescheduled

Beginning Computer Animation

Ages 6-11 years
Learn to create your own characters on the computer! Students will learn animation techniques, adding effects, character voices and music making their own animation to share. Materials are included.

Location: Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (25307 W Eames Street)
Res/Nonres: $125/$150
Min/Max: 3/10

Date Day Time Deadline
Sept 10-Oct 1 M 7:00-7:40 PM Sept 7
Oct 8-Oct 29 M 7:00-7:40 PM Oct 5
Nov 5-Nov 26 M 7:00-7:40 PM Nov 2
Dec 3-Dec 24* M 7:00-7:40 PM Nov 30

*December 24 will be rescheduled

Intermediate Computer Animation

Ages 8-12 years
Build on skills used in beginning animation and step up your animation skills with a more advanced program. Prerequisite-beginning computer animation course. Materials included.

Location: Fine Tunes Center for the Arts (25307 W Eames Street)
Res/Nonres: $125/$150
Min/Max: 3/10

Date Day Time Deadline
Sept 10-Oct 1 M 8:00-8:40 PM Sept 7
Oct 8-Oct 29 M 8:00-8:40 PM Oct 5
Nov 5-Nov 26 M 8:00-8:40 PM Nov 2
Dec 3-Dec 24* M 8:00-8:40 PM Nov 30

*December 24 will be rescheduled