Let’s make the best of your time at home! Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department invites you to take part in social distance friendly activities from the comfort and safety of your home or neighborhood. For more information please see the specific event descriptions below. Please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at email@example.com with any questions.
Youth Classes & Programs
|Online Magic with Gary Kantor||Ages 5-12||Date Any||Time-Any||$13||More Details||Click Here to Register|
|Balloon Animal Workshop||Ages All||Date Any||Time:Any||$13||More Details||Click Here to Register|
|Virtual Slime with Lisa Lombardi||Ages: All||Date:Any||Time: Any||Price: $15||More Details||Click Here to Register|
|Science of Carnivals||All||Any||Time:Any||$15||More Details||Click Here to Register|
(you choose your day)
|You choose your time||$80|
(3- 30 min sessions)
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More virtual fun to do at home
VIRTUAL MAGIC CLASS WITH GARY KANTOR
Professional magician Gary Kantor now teaches his popular magic class ONLINE. This 45-minute online class teaches children how to perform a number of mind-boggling tricks using everyday household items. Gary will start by explaining the secrets to the tricks, and then both Gary and the children will practice everything together in great detail. The children will have a blast as they learn exactly what to say and do when performing in front of an audience. Since this class is online, it can be taken whenever it is convenient for your schedule. This online course is completed by watching pre-recorded videos which can be watched as often as you like. Once you register you will receive an emailed link to the class and the password to the videos. Your entire family can even take this class together! Class is recommended for ages for ages 5-12 and costs $13.
Supplies Needed for First Session:
Deck of cards
Crayons (they cannot be broken)
Paper bag (standard lunch bag size)
2 pieces of yarn (one should be about 2 feet long, and one should be about 4 inches long)
Piece of paper
Pencil or pen
LEARN TO MAKE BALLOON ANIMALS WITH GARY KANTOR
Professional balloon artist Gary Kantor introduces a 45-minute online class that teaches children the techniques needed to take plain balloons and transform them into incredible balloon animals (like dogs, butterflies, fish, etc.). By watching these online videos children will create their own balloon animals, with Gary walking them through each step in the process. This class is not just for kids; parents will have a blast joining in on the experience! During this online course you can follow along with the pre-recorded videos and go at your own pace. Once you register you will receive a link and password for the videos via email. You will need to purchase your own balloons (Recommended: 260Q Latex Balloons) and balloon pump.
VIRTUAL SLIME WITH LISA LOMBARDI COACHING
E-Learning is almost done for the year and school will be out! Have the slime of your life creating Mindful Slime with Coach Lisa Lombardi! We will please our senses and stay in the present. Any worries will be put aside as we have a blast creating STRETCHY SLIME, GOOEY OOBLECK, AND CLOUD DOUGH! Our slime creations will pop like fireworks, smell like summer and be colored to remind kids of the beach. This online experience will be a “one and done” encounter with a duration of about 30 minutes. As a virtual experience, you get to choose the date of class to fit your schedule! Once you register, you will receive a private link to access the class via YouTube anytime. Families have the option to email Coach Lisa during spring/summer with any questions!
THE SCIENCE OF CARNIVAL GAMES, FUN MIRRORS, AND THE CONCESSION STAND
STEP RIGHT UP….STEP RIGHT UP….WIN A “BIG PRIZE”, a carnival barker’s famous words! Carnival games have a rich history and are played not only at traveling carnivals, but also charity fundraisers, amusement arcades, and state fairs. Is there a science to winning these games OR is it all luck? Which games should we play for the best chance at winning? Are these games rigged to scam you? How can we use our communications skills to find out? We will turn into investigators and build confidence as we pull back the curtain on the amusement industry. Popular games explored: Balloon Darts, Ring a Bottle, Duck Pond, and Fool the Guesser. Next, we will learn why we look so wacky in Fun House mirrors and the science behind Pop Rocks, Root Beer, Popcorn, and getting rid of a BRAIN FREEZE. If you have M&M’s candy, get them ready….we will do the coolest experiment!
Learn how to play the piano! Private lessons are offered for beginner to advanced students in 30 minute weekly sessions. Lessons are tailored to meet different styles of learning to assure success. If you come with a desire to learn the music will follow! We will use color coded lessons for younger students to make learning fun. Come as a beginner or to resolve problems from previous lessons. Each mini-session will feature three 30-minute lessons. Lessons will be held virtually using Google Hangouts or Facetime. Each participant must have a full size keyboard or piano at home in order to have the most successful lesson. Register early, spaces fill quickly!
INTERACTIVE FACEBOOK FUN!
Be sure to follow the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Facebook page to see live, interactive and recorded videos of crafts, events, sports tips, and so much more! The page is filled with things to do at home at your kitchen table, in your back yard, or in your bed! Every day new content is featured, so be sure to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook so you never miss the fun!
|National Night Out||All Ages||10/6||5:30pm-9:00pm||Free||More Details Below||No Registration Required|
|Zombies Virtual Dance Party||All Ages||10/17||6pm-7pm||Price: $15||More Details Below||Click Here to Register|
|Bizz Boo & Trunk or Treat||All Ages||10/24||10am-2pm||Free||More Details Below||No Registration Required|
National Night Out
Tuesday, October 6
Beecher Community Park(901 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville)
Join the Yorkville Police Department in this outdoor community Event on Tuesday, October 6 at Beecher Community Park. From 5:30pm-7:00pm families will have a chance to meet their favorite super heroes, complete Superhero Training, and check out some of our Hometown Heroes crime fighting vehicles in the Touch-A-Truck! Food will be available for families to enjoy during the event, while supplies last. At 7pm get cozy in your car for a Drive-In Movie Featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on a 30-foot inflatable screen!
Zombies: Virtual Dance Party
Saturday, October 17
Calling all zombies, werewolves and cheerleaders! Join Addison in Zombieland for the ultimate virtual Halloween Dance Party on Saturday, October 17 from 6-7pm!
This hour-long, interactive event will be hosted by your favorite zombie-loving cheerleader, Addison, and will get your family FIRED UP for Halloween this year! All ages are welcome! For $15/family you will receive access to the virtual dance party and a package in the mail from Addison and Zed with activities for your family to enjoy leading up to the Dance Party! Please note, registrations must be completed by Thursday, October 8 to receive the mailed Halloween Package.
Halloween costumes are encouraged for all ages as prizes will be awarded for the best individual and group costumes! Please note, this is a family-friendly event and all costumes must be appropriate. This is a virtual event hosted on Zoom. An access link will be emailed the week of the event.
Saturday, October 24
From 10am-2pm, the Yorkville Chamber’s annual Biz Boo! Business Trick-or-Treat is back, with businesses welcoming families for treats and fun activities. Some new formats and guidelines will be in place, so watch for a list of participating businesses that will be published. Businesses may sign up by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 24
Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)
Families will check out the creative, spooky and fun vehicle designs as they line the Eastern most end of Riverfront Park! Treat bags filled with goodies will be given to each child as they enter the event as individual vehicles will not be passing out candy. Want to join the fun and decorate a trunk for the event? Please email the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at email@example.com to secure your spot and receive additional information.
Riverfront Park(131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)
Due to popular demand, the Scarecrow Walk is back again this Fall! Take a walk through the woods on the Eastern end of Riverfront Park and discover some spooky and fun scarecrows! The scarecrows will be on display through Halloween, so grab your shoes, family and friends and see what’s waiting for you along the trail! Add a scarecrow to the walk! Local organizations and businesses are encouraged and welcome to add your scarecrow to the walk! Please send your scarecrow design proposal to Recreation@yorkville.il.us for approval and additional information on how to participate. Please note that this Scarecrow Walk is family friendly.
NOW OFFERING CLASSES IN PERSON!
All classes will be held in person at Hiding Spot Park (307 E Park St, Yorkville). All classes will follow all state guidelines. Please see the descriptions below for more information.
T-Ball can be a boring game if taught the wrong way! The All Star approach to T-Ball is one that will engage all players no matter their skill level. Our coaching technique will provide basic building blocks in a safe environment. We have created a system that keeps players moving and learning even while in the dugout! Mechanics and hand-eye coordination are keys to early success. Players in this program will be more confident in this active class as we work on the proper mechanics of catching, throwing, fielding, base running, and batting. This fun and exciting program will prepare each player for t-ball or coach pitch leagues. All of our programs are based on learning teamwork and sportsmanship. Participants need to bring their own glove to each class
|T-Ball||Ages 3-4||9/5-10/17||12:30pm-1:15pm||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
|T-Ball||Ages 4-6||9/5-10/17||11:30am-12:30pm||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
|T-Ball||Ages 3-4||9/14-10/26||6:30pm-7:30pm||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
|T-Ball||Ages 4-6||9/14-10/26||5:30pm-6:30pm||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
All Star Soccer
Taught the All Star way, this program will keep everyone active and engaged both mentally and physically. Our lesson plan is designed to teach the game by hiding drills in fun games and using association techniques that get down to each player’s level. Soccer is a game that is action packed, so there will be no sitting and waiting. While engaging players at all times, we will cover simple foot skills, dribbling, passing, shooting, basic rules, and even work on spreading the field. This class will not only keep players active, but will be a great base to prepare them for the next level of play. All of our programs focus on teamwork and sportsmanship. Participants are required to bring a water bottle, shin guards, and a soccer ball (size 3) to each class.
|Soccer||Ages 3-4||9/5-10/17||9:45-10:30am||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
|Soccer||Ages 4-6||9/5-10/17||10:30am-11:30am||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
All Star All Sports
This is for the all-around athlete or for a child who wants to take a shot at different sports! Stay active and work on balance, motor skills and hand-eye coordination all while learning the rules of different sports! We will focus on a new sport each class and will work on basic rules and mechanics all while we play games that keep everyone moving. There’s no reason to pick a sport when you can play them all! TN
|All Sports||Ages 3-4||9/14-10/26||4:45pm-5:30pm||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
All Star Parent-Tot
This program gives you and your child an opportunity to bond and have fun together while learning a variety of sports. This class is great for improving simple motor skills such as catching, throwing, batting, shooting, passing, running and helps in developing hand eye coordination. This is a great introduction to the All Star programs and staff where parents can help in making their children feel comfortable!
|Parent-Tot||Ages 2-3||9/5-10/17||9am-9:45am||$75/$80||More Details or Register Now|
Rocket League is a family friendly game where you play soccer as cars. Players aim to score the most goals within the time limit. Rocket League is an easy game to pick up, you can learn the basics and controls within two minutes of playing. Within 10 minutes of starting you'll already think you're able to compete. The more you play, the more you improve and understand the controls. Register as an individual with your team of 3 players in mind, you will finalize your team with GGLeagues directly. Please contact Tyler Nelson(firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
|Rocket League 3 VS 3||9/12-10/17||2pm-3pm||Any Age||$10 Per Team||Register Now|
|Rocket League 3 VS 3||11/7-12/12||2pm-3pm||Any Age||$10 Per Team||Register Now|
|Rocket League 1 VS 1||9/12-10/17||2pm-3pm||Any Age||$10 Per Person||Register Now|
|Rocket League 1 VS 1||11/7-12/12||2pm-3pm||Any Age||$10 Per Person||Register Now|
Late Fall Soccer Scrimmage League
Are you looking for more soccer experience this year? This league is designed to further develop your soccer skills in a fun recreational atmosphere! Teams will meet for an hour and fifteen minutes on Saturdays. The first 30 minutes will consist of a practice with your team and the last forty-five minutes will consist of an intra team scrimmage!
Divisions(click on the desired division to register):