Youth Classes

ONGOING PROGRAMS

MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL OPEN GYM

AGES 8-14 YEARS
Join us at Nash Recreation Center every Monday for a safe and supervised afternoon in the gym. We will have a new sport each Monday guided by an experienced staff member. Drop in and make new friends in a friendly and safe environment. This program is for ages 8-14 years old. Ends Monday, May 14!

Time: 3:30-5 pm   Fee: FREE for members or daily admission fee

GEOCACHING

Any age

Looking for a unique and fun way to spend time outdoors at our parks? Geocaching (geo-cashing) is an environmentally friendly outdoor recreational activity.  This outdoor treasure hunting game involves searching for hidden objects using clues and GPS (global positioning system) coordinates. There are 8 geocaches strategically placed within and near the Oregon Park District’s parks and facilities.  Enjoy learning and taking in the beauty of these destinations while on your real life treasure hunt for geocaches!  You will need a www.geocaching.com membership, a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so you can navigate to a cache, a pen or pencil to sign the cache log, and you may want to bring an exchangeable treasure!  To start your adventure, retrieve a free Oregon Park District Geocaching Log Book & Guide online or at Nash Recreation Center today!

CHILDCARE SERVICE

This drop in service is available for all visitors to Nash to enjoy our facility and stay active while ensuring the safety of your child. Call Nash Recreation Center for more details.

Mondays-Thursdays 430 pm – 730 pm

 

DATED PROGRAMS

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten

We will be going on the road again this summer! On Monday, June 11th, we will be traveling to Merlin’s Greenhouse and Flowers, 300 Mix Street in Oregon. Along with other activities , we will tour the greenhouse and learn everything there is to know about flowers. On Wednesday, June 13th, we will be heading to the Oregon Park District Community Garden, South 10th Street in
Oregon, where we will learn about planting in garden plots from Tyler Hagemann, the horticulture supervisor for the Park District.  We will also pick vegetables and enjoy samples. Later in the
summer, families are invited to help themselves to our crop from our labelled plots! On Friday, June 15th, we will pack up and head to Mighty Vine, 222 Centerpoint Drive in Rochelle. We will go on a tour in our lab coats, hair nets, and booties! We will also have samples to taste and samples to take home!  Children should be dropped off at the Children’s Center at 9 am each day and picked up at the Children’s Center at 11 am each day. The children will be transported to our destination each day by the Children’s Center staff in the Park District van. On our first day of camp permission slips for the transportation for the week will need to be signed. Please leave a car seat/booster seat at the front desk at the Park District for your child on each of the three days. Dress your child for the weather, but the children do need to wear gym shoes or appropriate shoes/boots for being in a garden or field. Please be sure to apply sunscreen and bug repellent to your child prior to bringing him/her to the camps.

Deadline: 6/4
Fee: $20/$24 NR
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160014-15 6/11 – 6/15  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

COOKING WITH KIDS – BATTER UP!
Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten

Our little chefs will enjoy mixing up their “batter” and other ingredients to make delicious “sporty” snacks such as Home Run Hot Dogs, Dribblin’ Dippers, and Touchdown Tacos! All of the chefs will bring home a cookbook with all of our favorite recipes!

Deadline: 6/11
Fee: $25/$30 NR
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160014-16 6/18 – 6/22  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

WE’RE GOING BUGGY!
Ages 3 – 5 years

Campers will learn about grasshoppers, fireflies, click beetles, busy spiders and more interesting bugs while enjoying the stories of Eric Carle. Crafts, games and buggy activities will all be part of the fun. The crispy critter snacks will also be yummy!

Deadline: 7/2
Fee: $25/$30 NR
Code: FULL
Date: Day: Time:
160014-03 7/9 – 7/13  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

COOKING WITH KIDS – COOKING UP A STORM!
Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten

Our little chefs will be cooking up a “storm”! They will create yummy items such as Mud Puddles, Tortilla Twisters, Blizzards, and Snowplows! Cooking is fun for the little ones, but they really enjoy eating their creations! Cookbooks will come home on the last day of cooking class with all of the favorite recipes!

Deadline: 7/2
Fee: $25/$30 NR
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160014-05 7/16 – 7/20  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
Ages 3 – 5 years
It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday! Our flags and other red, white, and blue crafts will be a part of our patriotic week as our proud little Americans parade through and around Nash on
Friday, June 29, at 10:45 am. Have your child bring a plain white t-shirt to class on the first day.

Deadline: 6/18
Fee: $25/$30 NR
Code: FULL
Date: Day: Time:
160014-02 6/25 – 6/29  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

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Pop Up Play (Adult & Child)

any age

Bring your child out to the park for socialization as well as creative play in a new space.  This program is FREE and meant to benefit both adult and child in active play and discovery.  Every third Tuesday beginning in April, an OPD staff member will meet you at the park with the matierals for the planned activity. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled for that day.

See schedule below:

Tuesday, June 19-Cardboard Creation @ Park West 9-10 am

Tuesday, July 17-Sidewalk Painting @ Mix Park 9-10 am

LEAPING INTO KINDERGARTEN LITERACY
Ages entering kindergarten

Provide your child with an early introduction to sight words, reading, writing, and more! This class is designed to enrich your child’s reading readiness and provide a jump on Kindergarten
literacy skills.

Deadline: 7/16   Fee: $25/$30 NR  
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160014-06 7/23-7/27 M/W/F 9-11:00 am

KIDS ON COMPUTERS, IPADS AND MORE!
Ages 3 – entering 2nd grade

Kids on Computers, iPads and more is a great opportunty for children to gain exposure to computers, iPads, and an interactive whiteboard! Age appropriate phonics, math, and reading skills
will be offered through the use of a variety of games, exercises, and apps! This class would also be a great way to review skills before school starts!

Deadline: 7/23 Fee: $15/$18 NR
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160011-01 – FULL
7/30-8/3 M/W/F 8:45 – 9:45 am
160011-02 7/30-8/3 M/W/F 10:00 – 11:00 am
160011-03 7/30-8/3 M/W/F 11:15 – 12:15 pm

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Village Bakery Decorating Classes

K-3rd Grade

Join The Village Bakery and their talented staff for an exciting decorating experience.  This is a family oriented  program and we invite each youth participant to be accompanied by a parent or grandparent.  Adult required to attend. Don’t miss this amazing experience to take home some memories.  Everyone takes home approximately a dozen baked goods.

Code: Date: Day: Time: Fee: Deadline:
6/15 Father’s Day Treats k-3rd grade 160015-13 6/15 Fri 1:00pm – 3:00pm $16/$20NR 6/8
7/21 Summer Treats  3-5 year olds 160015-14 7/21 Sat 9:00am – 11:00am $16/$20NR 7/14

 

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Culinary Kids with Ms. Teresa
ages 6 – 9 years

Let your little gourmet join Ms. Teresa for a fun culinary experience each month. The class is designed to introduce each participant to the basics of the kitchen in a creative environment.  Delicious creations will be created in class and brought home. Recipes will change each month, but will always include a main dish, side and dessert. Cost includes one meal large enough to feed a family of 4.  Two children can work on the same meal for the family. All you need to do is preheat the oven, sit back and relax. Recipes will be shared at the end of each class.

MEALS: 6/21 Chicken Kabobs
7/12 Breakfast
8/9 Burgers & Zucchini Boats
Fee: $25/$30 NR Day: Thursday
Code: Date: Time: Deadline:
160015-63 6/21 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 6/15
160015-64 7/12 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 7/6
160015-65 8/9 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 8/3

 

 

 

 

 

White Pelican-Early Bird Kayak Club

any age

Get up-close views of pelicans, herons, cave swallows, and eagles on an early-morning kayak trip from the dam to Castle Rock State Park on the beautiful Rock River.  Cost includes kayak, paddle, life-jacket, and shuttle back to White Pelican launch point at Kiwanis Park in Oregon.  All ages and experience levels are welcome.  Don’t miss this great opportunity with White Pelican! Meet us at Kiwanis Park where White Pelican is located at: 201 N. 2nd Street Oregon, IL 61061.

Fee: $30/$36 NR  Deadline: 6/2
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160020-15 6/9 Saturday 7 am- 9 am

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White Pines Ranch-Horseback Riding & Horse Care Lessons

9 years and up

Participants will learn the basic skills needed to care for a horse, as well as enjoy leisure trail-rides.  They will get hands-on experience grooming, saddling, basic ground work, and riding.  Each lesson includes 45 minutes of horse care and a 45-minute trail ride.  Lessons will be differentiated, but are not compounded, so participants can enjoy one lesson or all four (All riding will be trail-rides with no advanced riding). Meet us out at White Pines Dude Ranch located at: 3581 W. Pines Rd, Oregon, IL 61061.

Fee: $200/$240 NR (Full Session)  Fee: $60/$72 NR (Individual Session)  Deadline: 6/24
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160015-16 7/8-7/29 Sunday 1:30- 3 pm