Explore our Youth Variety program offerings each season! We have something for nearly every interest. We also offer Youth Athletics and Dance programs!

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Summer-Long Programs: May 28-August 9

(Ages 3-5; All participants must be fully potty trained)

Looking for exciting activities especially for younger children that last all summer long? Take advantage of weekly, themed activities in a fun, structured environment. Sign your kids up for one program or all three! Discounts available when you sign up for all 11 weeks of summer!

Location: Sports & Recreation Center

*4-Day rates available for the weeks of Memorial Day and Fourth of July. 

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Summer-Long Programs Weekly Themes

Summer-Long Program Week 3 Newsletter

Morning Minis

8:30 - 11:30 am

This morning program is designed specifically for our motivated and active young kids. A variety of activities and events are designed to get the young generation moving. Activities include daily trips to the park, kids concerts, or external entertainment on select weeks.

Weekly Rate: $69

Lil' Lunchers

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

This lunchtime program is designed to promote social interaction amongst our young kids. This program begins with a full lunch provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank and ends with small activities related to story time and imagination games.

Weekly Rate: $48

June Lunch Menu

Afternoon Adventurers

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Our young adventurers will spend the afternoon participating in crafts and activities that change with the theme each week. Weather permitting, kids will embark on weekly outdoor adventures including a trip to the Splash Pad. A small snack is provided each afternoon from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. 

Weekly Rate: $69

June Snacks 

If you missed our Virtual Parent Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:00 pm, no worries! You can watch the recorded meeting below.

Virtual Parent Meeting

Summer-Long Forms & Waivers:

Please email forms to Recreation Supervisor Emily Kvasnicka at ekvasnicka@dekalbparkdistrict.com when completed! 

Emergency Contact Form

Medication Dispensing Info & Waiver

Use of Inhaler & Auto Injector Waiver

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 2022 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 May 23, June 27, and August 1! 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Spring Session 2: April 30 - May 23

Session 1: June 4 -27
Session 2: July 9 - August 1

Beginner Kids- White & Orange Belt (Ages 5-13): 5:30-6:30 pm

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

Haish Gymasium, Large Gym

Beginner Kids- White & Orange Belts
$48 R/ $60 NR per session

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

Check out our Teen/Adult Karate here!

Sensei Shannon Marbutt 

SAMA Karate Instructor

Sensei Shannon has been involved in karate for about forty years. Sensei Shannon holds the rank of 6th degree black belt  in karate. He is registered and certified under Great Grandmaster Andrew Torok through the KSDI of Northern California.  Sensei Shannon established S.A.M.A. Karate back in 1992. 

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 juice! Register for a single night or create new paintings during all upcoming events. Generously Sponsored by Papa Johns' Pizza of DeKalb. 


May 17 - Bear

June 21 - Pirate Cat
July 26 - Dancing Panda
August 16 - Whale

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

NEW! Mother's Day Craft Workshop

(Ages 5-13)

Explore your creative side while making some handmade gifts for mother's day. This workshop will allow kids of all ages to construct up to three unique, handmade gifts.

Saturday, May 4
10:00 - 11:00 am
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$12 R/ $15 NR

Cheer Clinics

(Ages 5-15)
Come learn to jump, stunt, and do basic tumbling with our experienced cheer coach at our one day clinics. Beginners will learn new skills and returning cheerleaders will perfect their skills.

Session 1: March 3
Session 2: April 28
Session 3: May 19

2:00-5:00 pm

Haish Gymnasium, Large Gym

$35 R/ $44 NR

Jenny Harvel

Cheer Coach 

Jenny fell in love with the sport when she was just a kid and Jr coached many years during high-school and is now currently an Allstar cheerleading coach at an Allstar gym near by. She has coached there for the past 8 years and had very successful teams ranging from 4 year olds to 18 years old ! They travel all over the place , in many different states competing against people from all over the world! Her passion has always been cheerleading and when she began coaching , Jenny fell in love with a completely different side of cheer.

Most of her clinics that she hosts here for Dekalb consist of flexibility, tumbling , stunting , jumps, and routine training! Jenny can't wait to share her love of the sport with you all and she hopes to see you at the next clinic! 

NEW! Baby & Toddler Sensory Playtime

(Ages 6 mos. - 3, with Adult)
Littles come play! This class will work on fine and gross motor skills and language through play and exploration. This curated class offers sensory bins, story time, movement, and creation. Bring an extra outfit because sometimes play is messy! Quality time with a caregiver/parent is required.


June 1- Rainbows & Colors
June 8- Animals
June 15- Transportation
June 22- Water & Environment

9:00 - 10:00 am or 10:30 - 11:30 am
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$14 R/ $16 NR per session date

Natalie Carrillo 

Baby & Toddler Sensory Playtime Instructor

Natalie Carrillo is currently a High-Impact Tutor at the Illinois Tutoring Initiative- a bold vision for supporting student learning and social-emotional. She currently works with elementary students in Math and Reading Skills. She has a strong-willed toddler who seeks active play , nature, sports, and imagination! She is eager to share her exploration of play in her sessions. 

NEW! Weaving for Beginners

(Ages 9 - 16)

If you have tried paper weaving before and would like to take it a step further, this class is for you. Using yarn, students will learn the basic over and under weaving method. Your final weaving will be hung on a dowel rod for display. 

Thursday, June 27
5:00-7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$17 R/ $21 NR

NEW! Beaded Keychains

(Ages 9-16)

Create cute and fun double stranded beaded keychains using fun and colorful beads.

Thursday, July 11
5:00-7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$17 R/ $21 NR

NEW! Craft Tea Party

(Ages 6-12)

Come in your fanciest outfit or costume and have a tea party with friends. Kids will use markers to design their own fancy paper fan. Enjoy light snacks and tea while playing board games. Don't forget to pose for pictures in front of the enchanted garden backdrop!

Friday, August 2
5:00-6:30 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$21 R/ $26 NR

NEW! radKids SafetyClass

(Ages 5-12)

Since 2001 radKIDS has become the National Leader in Children's Safety Education. Empowering children and parents with a revolutionary skill-based curriculum, that strengthens children personal boundaries and parental confidence. Join Tom Scott, radKIDS certified instructor, as he teaches kids to replace fear with knowledge, skill, and power, by enhancing a child's critical thinking abilities and physical resistance skills, this program provides the opportunity for children to recognize, avoid, resist, and if necessary escape violence or harm while remaining joyful and safer in our world today.

Monday - Friday

Ages 8-12: July 15-19

Ages 5-7: July 22-26

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Sports & Recreation Center, Fitness Studio
$125 R/$156 NR

NEW! Starved Rock Trip

(Ages 12-18)

Take a hike at Starved Rock State Park! Gather your friends and come on an adventure with us as we hike the trails of Starved Rock, see the waterfalls, and get some exercise. We will break for lunch, so please send a packed lunch with your child.

Friday, June 28
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Lobby
$18 R/ $23 NR

NEW! Kane County Cougars Trip

(Ages 12-18)

Step up to the plate and join us for a teen trip to the Cougar's game! Price includes lunch. 

Wednesday, July 10
9:45 am - 3:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Lobby 
$25 R/ $30 NR

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. After signing up you will be contacted to schedule a lesson. 

Semi-Private Lessons- 60 minutes each 
Willow Creek Farm, 10340 IL Rt 64, Sycamore, IL
1 Lesson: $64 R/ $80 NR
4 Lessons: $260 R/ $313 NR