Explore our Youth Variety program offerings each season! We have something for nearly all interests. We also offer Youth Athletics and Theater programs.

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S.A.M.A. Karate Of DeKalb

Learn discipline, focus, self-confidence, coordination, fitness, self-defense and more through the study of karate. Classes are taught by Sensei Shannon Marbutt and his assistants. Belt, tests, uniforms, and other equipment are available at reasonable fees payable to the instructor. Voted "The Best" Martial Arts programs in 2021 DeKalb County's Finest, as part of the Daily Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards.

Save the date and pre-register for our FREE KARATE TRIALS on September 1, October 6, November 10, and December 20.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Session 1: August 9 - September 1
Session 2: September 13 - October 6
Session 3: October 18 - November 10
Session 4: November 22 - December 20, No class 11/24/22

Tiny Dragons & Heroes (Ages 3-4- must be potty trained) 5:00-5:30 pm

Beginner Kids (Ages 5-13; white and orange belts only): 5:30-6:30 pm

Intermediate & Advanced Kids (Ages 5-13; yellow belt and higher): 6:30-7:30 pm

Haish Gynasium, Large Gym

Tiny Dragons & Heroes
(at least 1 adult is required per family registration)
Child and One Adult: $56 R/$70 NR; Additional Child/Adult: $25 R/$31 NR per session

Beginner Kids $48 R/$60 NR per session

Intermediate & Advanced Kids $48 R/$60 NR per session

Check out our Teen/Adult Karate here!

Discover Skateboarding

(Ages 5+)

DeKalb is home to one of the best indoor skateparks geared towards learning and progressing in skateboarding. Skateboarding increases confidence, body awareness, balance, and happiness. Some kids may feel a huge sense of accomplishment from facing their fears. Falling and getting back up becomes easier, and the ability to break down steps to achieve your goals becomes second like nature. Equipment Included!

August 8, September 12, or November 14

5:00-6:00 pm

Fargo Skateboarding, 629 E Lincoln Hwy
$12 R/$14 NR per session date

NEW! Kids Pizza and Paint Nights

(Ages 6-13)

Join us for a fun night of painting and pizza! Artists of all abilities will be guided through a step-by-step canvas painting that you will bring home. Celebrate your masterpieces with pizza and sparkling grape juice! Register for a single night or create new paintings during all three events.


August 19- Campfire
September 23- Strawberry
October 21- Painting ON 3 mini pumpkins
November 18- Astronaut Turtle
December 16- Gingerbread House

5:30-7:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$27 R/$34 NR per session date

NEW! Teen Paint Night

(Ages 12+)

Let's get spooky with a fun night painting with acrylics. In this teen painting class, students will paint a detailed alien spacecraft on a fun, galaxy 11 x 14" background.

Friday, September 30
5:30-7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center
$19 R/ $24 NR

NEW! Monet Water Lilies

(Ages 7-12)

Put on your beret and splash into watercolors to create your own version of Monet's famous Water Lilies!

Wednesday, October 5
5:00-7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center
$15 R/ $19 NR

NEW! Mommy & Me Painting

(Ages 3-4; with parent/guardian required)

Children and adults will have fun painting and listening to lively music. In this collaborative class, each group will create an underwater drawing with stamp-on fish scales.

Thursday, October 6
10:00-10:45 am
Sports & Recreation Center
$11 R/ $14 NR

NEW! Matisse Line Creations

(Ages 7-12)

Ready for a challenge? Practice the power of one line like Henri Matisse! Play with color and create something simply beautiful.

Tuesday, November 1
5:30-7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center
$13 R/ $16 NR

Sewing Class Series

Join our fun new sewing club class series! Don't have access to sewing supplies? Or do you have sewing supplies you'd like to donate to the DeKalb Park District? CONTACT US!

NEW! Sewing Club: Quilted Pillows

(Ages 10-18)

Join our new sewing club series! In this beginner class, students will create their own 18' x 18' quilted pillow. Students should bring their own sewing machine, bobbin, packet of pre-cut 5" fabric squares (come in packages of 42), and 20" coordinating fabric. We will provide the rest of the materials and the step-by-step instruction.

Saturday, August 20
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$29 R/$36 NR

NEW! Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

(Ages 8+)

Have you always wanted to learn to use a sewing machine? The time has come! The instructor will go over the basic functions of the machine - how to thread, wind your bobbin, and common mistakes to watch out for. We will provide needles and thread. Students should bring their own sewing machine and bobbin; an adult sewing machine is recommended. Students with experience can learn new techniques and practice their skills.

Friday, September 9

5:00-6:30 pm

Sports and Recreation Center

$12 R/$15 NR

NEW! Bat Plushies: Hand Sewing

(Ages 7-14)

Fall means it's time to get spooky and scary! In this beginner class, students will practice hand sewing cute, colorful bats using felt.

Friday, October 14

5:00-7:00 pm

Sports and Recreation Center

$13 R/$16 NR

NEW! Sewing Club: Bookmarks

(Ages 8+)

Learn to sew a simple, fabric bookmark with your sewing machine. This is a great beginner project for the new sewer. Learn how these simple techniques can be used in many other sewing projects. Students must bring their own sewing machines.

Friday, November 4
5:00-6:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center

$12 R/$15 NR

NEW! Christmas Tree Felt Ornaments

(Ages 7-14)

Time to decorate your holiday tree with your very own artwork! In this beginner class, students will use felt to create their own festive ornament. Learn to hand sew on buttons and insert hanging ribbon.

Friday, December 9
5:00-7:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$13 R/ $16 NR

NEW! Sewing Club: Holiday Stockings

(Ages 12 +)

Let's get festive! Class participants will learn how to sew their own stocking to hang for the holidays. Students must bring their own machines and thread. Fabric will be provided.

Thursday, December 15
5:00-7:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$19 R/ $24 NR

NEW! Creative Writing Workshop

(Ages 10-17)

Find out how writing can be fun! In this workshop, we will focus on creative writing projects to help kids become comfortable with expressing themselves through words and stories. All participants will receive their own writing journal.

Every other Tuesday, August 30-October 11
(8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11)
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$26 R/$33 NR

NEW! Basic Knitting for Kids

(Ages 10-16)

Learn how to knit in this kids class for beginners. We will cover basic skills like casting on, types of stitches, and how to combine them. Participants will leave this class with a finished project of your choice. No prior experience necessary. Simply come, learn, and have fun! Light snacks will be provided.

Wednesdays, October 19-November 9
4:00-6:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$30 R/ $38 NR

NEW! Origami Creations

(Ages 7 - 12)

A fun class for beginner paper folders! Learn about the history of origami and some basic folds. Then use your skills to create several of your own pieces to take home!

Sunday, November 20
2:00-3:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$10 R/ $13 NR

NEW! Fairy Garden Workshop

(Ages 7 - 14)

Everyone needs a little whimsy in their life. Let our instructor walk you through the creation of an adorable fairy garden! This kids-themed workshop will set you up with a fall fairy garden that you can customize throughout the changing seasons.

Wednesday, September 28
4:00-5:30 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$31 R/ $39 NR

NEW! Stuff & Fluff

(Ages 6 - 12)

It's so fluffy!! Let's show some hometown Huskie Pride by bringing to life your very own stuffed Huskie dog! Each dog will come with it's own personalized collar and adoption certificate.

Monday, October 3

Registration Deadline: September 23 to reserve your puppy!

4:30 -5:45 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$31 R/ $39 NR

NEW! Unicorn Party

(Ages 3 - 12)

Do you believe in the magic of unicorns? Unicorns will surround you during our unicorn party filled with music, unicorn crafts, dance, light desserts and refreshments. Wear your favorite unicorn outfit to show off your magical spirit! An adult is required to stay with any participant under 5 years of age.

Wednesday, October 12
4:30-5:45 pm
Haish Gymnasium
$19 R/ $24 NR

NEW! National Cookie Day: Cookie Decorating

(Ages 5 - 12)

"Sometimes me thinks 'What is friend?' And then me say, 'Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'" - Cookie Monster. Let's get together on national cookie day and decorate yummy cookies for all our friends. Each participant will decorate one dozen cookies to share.

Sunday, December 4
3:00-4:15 pm
Haish Gymnasium
$21 R/ $26 NR

NEW! Escape Room

(Ages 5-10)

We invite you to use your skills to escape! With your team, figure out how to get out of the "locked" room before time runs out! Girl Scout and Cub Scout Patch Eligible! Parents/Guardians must be present for all official Cub Scout activities.

Saturday, October 15

General Public: 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Girl Scouts: 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Cub Scouts: 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Haish Gymnasium
$12 R/ $15 NR per person

Horseback Riding Lessons

(Ages 6+)

Would you like a horse experience but don't know where to start? Willow Creek Farm is your go-to whether you're a beginning rider, or looking to get back in the saddle after some time off. Specializing in English and Western instruction, we have horses for every part of your riding career. Lessons will include detailed explanation of grooming practice, correct tack-up routine, riding skills, and more! Participants should wear long pants and shoes with no more than a 1" heel.

Semi-Private Lessons: 45-minutes Each
Willow Creek Farm, 10340 IL Rt. 64, Sycamore
1 Lesson: $64 R/ $80 NR
4 Lessons: $260 R/ $313 NR