Explore our Youth Variety program offerings each season! We have something for nearly all interests. We also offer Youth Athletics, Dance, 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 TRIAL on December 20!

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Session 1: January 10 - February 2
Session 2: February 14 - March 9
Session 3: March 21 - April 20, No class 03/28/23 & 03/30/23

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 per session

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!

January 9, February 13, & March 13

5:00-6:00 pm

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

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.


December 16- Gingerbread House
January 27- Shark
February 17- Butterfly
March 17- Whimsical Flowers

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

NEW! Winter Cheer Clinic

(Ages 5-15)

Come learn how to jump, stunt and do basic tumbling with our experienced cheer coaches at our 1-day cheer camps! All skill levels are welcome. Beginners will learn new skills and returning cheerleaders can perfect their skills.


Session 1: January 14
Session 2: February 11
Session 3: March 25

(Ages 5-9) 8:30-10:30 am
(Ages 10-15) 10:35 am - 12:35 pm
Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$35 R/ $44 NR per session

NEW! Super Hero Academy

(Ages 4-8)

The world needs more superheroes! Training missions like web launching, super strength and agility training, and more will help train those future superheroes to catch the villains to protect the DeKalb Park District. All superheroes will design their own cape to take home and receive a certificate of completion.

Wednesday, February 15
5:00-6:30 pm
Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$22 R/ $28 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 winter fairy garden that you can customize throughout the changing seasons.

Monday, February 6
4:00-5:30 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$31 R/ $39 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! 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, March 3

5:00-6:30 pm

Sports and Recreation Center, Art Room

$12 R/ $15 NR

NEW! Let's Make a Mess!

(Ages 5-10)

Let's get messy! We bring the fun and clean up the mess! Each session will include a project that your child can bring home. We encourage kids to wear clothes they can get dirty.


Session 1: January 14- Slime
Session 2: January 21- Paint
Session 3: January 28- Tie Dye

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sports and Recreation Center, Art Room

$13 R/ $16 NR

NEW! Pioneer Skills

(Ages 7-12)

Learn to live like pioneers in this workshop series! Choose from one, or all three sessions, that will help you gain useful new skills while having fun.


Session 1: February 11- Butter Churning & Food Prep
Session 2: Februay 18- Candle Making
Session 3: February 25- Whitling Workshop

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sports and Recreation Center

$13 R/ $16 NR per session

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.

Friday, March 10
Registration Deadline: February 22 to reserver your puppy!
4:30-5:45 pm
Sports and Recreation Center
$31 R/ $39 NR

NEW! Cupcake Wars

(Ages 7-13)

This competition is bound to be both fierce and tasty! We supply the cupcakes and you supply the artistry to compete against other decorators in a themed competition.

Sunday, March 19
2:00-3:00 pm
Haish Gymnasium
$19 R/ $24 NR

NEW! Minecraft Engineering

(Ages 7-14)

Does your child love Minecraft? Imagine if children learn Civil Engineering and City Planning while they are in a Minecraft world. Students work as civil engineers and city planners to design and create a structured city that includes roads, bridges, and city zones containing housing, schools, government buildings, parks, and more.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 14

5:30 - 6:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom (link provided after registration)
$100 R/ $125 NR

NEW! S.T.E.M. Fun!

(Ages 5-10)

Have fun with STEM while exploring math and science concepts through hands-on experiences. We will end each session with a special surprise bang! Participants will earn a fun patch. (A parent/guardian must be present for all official Cub Scout activities).

Sunday, February 19

General Public: 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Girl Scouts: 1:00-2:00 pm
Cub Scouts: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym
$19 R/ $24 NR

NEW! Learn to Code

(Ages 8-14)

Learn to create interactive media projects, such as stories, animations, and games, using popular computer programming platforms. This class is a multi-level program where students start with Scratch and work their way to learning www.construct.net.

Tuesdays, February 21 - March 21
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom (link provided after registration)
$100 R/ $125 NR