Youth Classes



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. No program: 2/26, 3/26, 4/2. 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


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 9 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 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!


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






3-5 years

Head to the gym and burn off some energy!  In these five week sessions, preschoolers will enjoy free play, gross motor development, creative movement, and fun! Class is led by Amanda Harbaugh. Students enrolled in the morning session of the Children’s Center will be walked directly to gym class!  Children must be age 3 prior to the first day of class.  Classes held at Nash.

Code: Date: Time: Fee: Deadline:
160016-04 4/4-5/2 11-11:45 am $20/$24 NR 4/2

walking to 3 years

Let’s head to the gym and burn off some energy!  These five week sessions will include marching, jumping, skipping, and dancing.  Class is instructed by Amanda Harbaugh. Class includes structured play, free play, and parachute time.  Toddlers must be accompanied by a caregiver. Classes held at Nash.

Code: Date: Time: Fee: Deadline:
160016-01 4/4-5/2 10-10:45 am $20/$24 NR 4/2





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

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

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: Date: Day: Time:
160014-03 7/9 – 7/13  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am

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

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: Date: Day: Time:
160014-02 6/25 – 6/29  M/W/F 9:00 – 11:00 am



1st – 3rd grade

Kids can cook! This class, taught by Mrs. Kerwin, is designed to teach kids some of the basics of food preparation and give mom and dad a night off from preparing dinner. We will be taking a
kid-friendly, step-by-step approach to preparing a variety of dishes.  A main dish, salad, and dessert will all be brought home by your chef! Portions will easily feed 4-6 people. The cost per family is $25 residents/$30 non-resident. Two children can work on the same meal for the family. All you need to do is to preheat the oven, sit back, and relax while your dinner is cooking! Enjoy!

MEAL for April 18th — Bubble-Up Pizza Casserole

Fee: $25/$30 NR Day: Wednesday
Code: Date: Time: Deadline:
160015-03 4/18 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4/11




Ages 4-14 years
Frolic with the Fairies is an afternoon of fun in Fairyland where little girls can come dressed as a Princess Fairy and participate in a number of activities. The event concludes with a Fairy
Fashion Show at 3:30 pm. No need to buy a special fairy outfit.  Show off your easter dress and add some wings or make a floral crown and you will fit right in. If participants choose the
full fairy experience, it will include a hair appointment and make-up with a whimsey flair if desired. Fairies will also design a floral crown, create a fairy wand and make a teacup fairy
garden. Fairies can then walk the runway showing off their clothing and accessories at the Fairy Fashion Show. Parents, grandparents, friends, etc. should purchase their Fashion Show
tickets in advance, as seating will be limited.

Code: Date: Day: Time:
160018-38 4/14 Saturday 12-4:30 pm
Code: Date: $30/$36 NR
Day: Time:
160018-39 4/14 Saturday 12-4:30 pm



Bike Night

Any age

Join us for Bike Night at Park West in between the tennis courts and the skate park. This event promotes bicycle safety for participants, families and vehicle operators alike!  Stop by different community booths to learn about resources available and gain more information on bicycle use in our town. Visit the brave members of the Oregon Fire Protection District along with the Oregon Police Department. We will have a bicycle rodeo set up for your child to ride through and stop of stations to learn more about bicycle control and safety. We hope you bring your bike and family for an evening of fun, giveaways, bicycle information and more.

Tuesday, May 1st            5-7pm              FREE


Aireloom Music-Introduction to the Magic of Music

5-9 year olds

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn music with your little one!  Aireloom Music is a hidden gem in Mt. Morris that provides musical instruction, materials, instruments and more for those of all ages.  With a new location, they are taking a large stride in reaching out to more children who may be interested in music.  These four week sessions are designed to introduce children to different musical instruments, practice some tone/beat, rhythm, basic cords, etc.  Your student will learn at least one song.  Included in the registration are home spun toy instruments made by Aireloom Music such as guitars, drumsticks, drums, etc.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to come.  Parents can also simply drop off and pick up if preferred.  Come let your student learn some fun songs in a laid-back atmosphere with their friends after school.

Aireloom Music is located on the college campus in Mt. Morris: 122 S Wesley Ave, Mt Morris, IL 61054

Fee: $43
Deadline: Date: Day: Time:
4/26 5/3-5/24 Thursdays 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Fabulous Fridays

18 months-5 years

Do you need extra time to complete that to-do list, attend an older child’s school event or finish up some work at home?  Maybe you just want to go do something for yourself!  Come and check out Fabulous Fridays, every second Friday of the month!  You can tie up those loose ends while your little one has some play time in our Extended Time room at the Blackhawk Center.  Please bring a nut-free snack and a drink.  Registration is required in advance.  Contact Amanda Zimmermann at (815)732-3101 or if you would like to schedule a time to see the extended time classroom beforehand.

Fee: $10/$12 NR  Day: Friday
Code: Date: Time: Deadline:
160016-14 4/13 8-10:30 am 4/9
160016-15 5/11 8-10:30 am 5/7





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, April 17-Parachute/Balls @ Fairgrounds Park 9-10 am

Tuesday, May 15-Sidewalk Chalk @ Park East-Upper 9-10 am

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

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

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

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





Roxys-Paint N Sip

5-12 years

This art workshop is built for kids 5-12 years old with parental assistance.  Amy Fenwick, owner and founder of Roxy’s Boutique in Dixon, will provide step by step instructions in order for everyone to be able to paint their own masterpiece  You and your child will work with acrylics to create a lovely piece of art.  Sip on juice and enjoy snacks.  All supplies are included. Class will be held in the River Room at Nash Recreation Center.

Fee: $35  Day: Saturday
Code: Date: Time: Deadline:
160015-06 4/21 1-3 pm 4/7

Spring Taft Campus Luncheon

any age

Thousands of participants have come to Taft Campus to teach and learn about the outdoors and to experience the vitality and sense of renewal started by Lorado Taft, yet those that live closest to it have yet to visit.  Join us in an excellent homemade luncheon serving Maple Vinaigrette Salad, Grilled Chicken Breast, Mushroom Gravy, Wild Rice, Egg Noodles, Vegetable Medley, Yeast Rolls, Hot Bread Pudding (dessert) and beverages served by Taft Campus.  An optional tour will be given following the luncheon along with other family-friendly activities throughout our time spent on campus.  Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to visit and experience Taft.  You may come as early as 1 pm and stay as late as 6 pm to enjoy the scenery of the campus or simply head out whenever you would prefer.  Lunch will be served at 2 pm.

Fee: $13/$15 NR  Deadline: 4/18
Code: Date: Day: Time:
160015-08 4/22 Sunday 1-6 pm

Stronghold Spring Dine, Climb and Tour

any age

Enjoy this new dual option program with Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center! With registeration you may either choose the Dine & Tour option or the Dine and Climb option.  This makes the program great for all ages!  Lunch will be served at 1pm by Stronghold’s talented kitchen staff under the management of chef Teri Faulkner. Refreshments including coffee will be available. Doors open at 12:30pm.  Following lunch then you can choose to do the tour or the climb.

Tour-Enjoy a tour through the castle.  The tour includes information about the Strong family, the process of building their castle and brief touches of depression era history.  Attendees also get a glimpse into castle structure and medieval life.

Climb-This activity will include the high ropes course with an exciting zip line finish!  All particpants must be 12 years and older for the climb.

Deadline : 4/9

Dine & Climb 160015-09 4/15 Sunday 12:30 pm $25/$30 NR
Dine & Tour 160015-10 4/15 Sunday 12:30 pm $25/$30 NR





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:
3/28 Easter Treats 3-5 year olds 160015-11 3/28 Wed 10:ooam – 12:00pm $16/$20NR  FULL
5/11 Mother’s Day Treats k-3rd grade 160015-12 5/11 Fri 4:00pm – 6:00pm $16/$20NR 5/4
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






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




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


S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This design is poised to transform our economy in the 21st century. This movement is widely adopted by institutions, schools, and individuals.

Grades 3-8th

$11/$13 NR

Class will meet in the Blackhawk Center aerobics room!






Towards Technology

Within this class, students will learn how to maneuver a compass/gps mechanism to better direct where to go.  They will also learn about the progression of fires and how to use bow drills. They will learn about flint and steel and other ways to make a fire.  All materials are provided.  Don’t miss this educational, interactive experience.

Deadline: Date: Day: Time:
3/19 3/26 Monday 12:30-2:30 pm