Summer Programs

  1. Youth Classes and Programs
  2. Special Events
  3. All Star Sports

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 recreation@yorkville.il.us with any questions.

Youth Classes & Programs

Pirates Summer Survival KitsAges 3-5July 7 &
July 9
9:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Farm Days Summer Survival KitsAges 3-5July 16 &
July 19
9:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Super Heroes Summer Survival KitsAges 3-5July 21 &
July 23
9:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Stem Challenge Summer Survival KitsAges 6-9July 7 &
July 9
10:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Star Wars Summer Survival Kit Ages 6-9July 16 &
July 19
10:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Magic and Myths Summer Survival KitAges 6-9July 21 &
July 23
10:30amSee Description for PriceMore DetailsClick Here to Register
Online Magic with Gary KantorAges 5-12Date AnyTime-Any$13More DetailsClick Here to Register
Balloon Animal Workshop Ages AllDate AnyTime:Any$13More DetailsClick Here to Register
Virtual Slime with Lisa LombardiAges: AllDate:AnyTime: AnyPrice: $15More DetailsClick Here to Register 
Science of CarnivalsAllAnyTime:Any$15More DetailsClick Here to Register
Piano Lessons5+Monday-Thursday
(you choose your day)
You choose your time$80
(3- 30 min sessions)
More DetailsClick Here to Register
At Home Paint Kits-Learn to Paint Baby Yoda5+Thursday, July 165:30pm-7:00pm$30More DetailsRegister Now
Bizzy BagsAges 2-56/5-6/30Time: Any$12More DetailsRegister Now


Summer Survival Kits

July Age 3-5 Kits

Each kit will contain 10 self paced activities designed for ages 3-5. Each week will feature an optional Zoom Session on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9:30am. The ZOOM class will allow your child to interact with other children their age while being guided by Miss Rhian. All kits cost $12 for the first kit/child and $5 for each additional kit/child. Kits are available the Thursday before the class is scheduled to begin for curbside pick up at the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department(201 W Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) from 8:30am-10:30am as outlined below. Delivery of kits is available for an additional $5 fee. Check out the weekly themes below:

Pirates

  • ZOOM class on July 7 and July  9
  • Kits available for pick up on Thursday, July 2
  • Register Now

Farm Days

  • ZOOM class on July 14 and July 16
  • Kits Available for Pick up on Thursday, July 9
  • Register Now

Super Heroes

  • ZOOM class on July 21 and July 23
  • Kits Available for Pick up on Thursday, July 16
  • Register Now

July Age 6-9 Kits

All Kits contain 10 self-paced, age appropriate crafts and activities. Two optional ZOOM sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10:30am. The ZOOM classes will allow your children to interact and brainstorm ideas for their weekly crafts and activities. All Kits cost $12 for the first child/kit and $5 for each additional child/kit. Kits are available for curbside pick up the Thursday before the first scheduled ZOOM from 8:30am-10:30am at the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department (201 W Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville). Delivery of Kits is available for an additional $5 fee. See below for the weekly themes:

STEM Challenge

  • ZOOM Class on July 7 and July 9
  • Kits available for pick up on Thursday, July 2
  • Register Now

Star Wars

  • ZOOM Class on July 14 and July 16
  • Kits available for pick up on Thursday, July 16
  • Register Now

Magic and Myths

  • ZOOM Class on July 21 and July 23
  • Kits available for pick up on Thursday July 16
  • Register Now

AT HOME PAINTING KITS-LEARN TO PAINT A SLEEPY SLOTH

Paint your own masterpiece with Petite Palette of Sandwich! Children ages 5+ will create their very own adorable Baby Yoda through an interactive, virtual painting lesson with an experienced painter! This class is held on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30-7:00pm and is $30 per kit. All kits include the necessary items to create the masterpiece including the canvas, brushes and paint! Kits will be available for curbside pick up from 8:30am-10:30am on Tuesday, July 14th at the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department (201 W Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville). Kits are available for in town delivery for an additional $5 fee(Yorkville Addresses Only). Please note, the registration deadline is Sunday, July 12 at 3pm.

BIZZY BAGS

Do you need a few minutes to make a phone call, cook dinner or simply some piece and quiet from your 2-5 year olds this summer? Then it’s time to get a BIZZY BAG! Each bag contains 12 quiet learning activities that will keep your child’s hands busy and mind entertained! For $12 you will receive 12 individually bagged activities that you can keep at home or on the go!

JUNE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Caterpillar Pattern Making
Butterfly puzzles
Play dough Monsters
Counting Clip Card
Color Matching
And More!

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
Rubber band
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)
One die
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!

PIANO LESSONS

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!