Check out the educational programming offered for your children. If you are interested in any of these programs, you may click on the button below to see class times and availability.


young rembrandts

The Joliet Park District has partnered with Young Rembrandts to offer 60-minute drawing classes on Thursdays. Classes begin at 3:35pm at the Multi-Purpose Center. Young Rembrandts will coach students through basic drawing skills that over time will advance into more complex subject matter. Students can look forward to getting super creative by learning a different kid-tested drawing lesson each week as they incorporate their own individual style and flare! As a parent, you can look forward to asking your child about the ART TERMS taught in each lesson. In fact, after dinner, ask your child to demonstrate to the entire family HOW to draw. Young Rembrandts believes that all children can, and should, learn to draw. Give your child the gift to discover the power of drawing. You'll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. Class size is limited and open to grades 1-6. Enroll today!

Weeping Willows

Your child will be nurtured as he/she learns to cope with separation and is introduced to group interaction. Hands-on activities will allow him/her to learn while exploring. Gross-motor skills will be developed through indoor and outdoor activities. Children must be age 2 by the beginning of class. Children do NOT need to be potty trained to enter this class. Parent will be notified in case of an "accident" during class that needs immediate attention. Registration is limited.

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Me Two Plus Three

Please let me go to school too! Your child will enjoy coming to school in this loving and nurturing environment. This class features circle time including finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs and stories. Socialization, taking turns, listening, and sharing using fun games will help our little munchkins with preschool preparedness. We will use developmental centers including art, music, drama, manipulatives for self exploration as well as teacher directed activities. Child does not need to be potty trained. Please discuss with your child that this is their special time at school and you will not stay during class time.


Flying Solo

Did your child miss the September 1st preschool age requirement but seems ready for preschool? This class is designed with your bright child in mind. Gym and music time is included. Class introduces individual and group learning.


ABC/123 May Review

This class will help your child review the ABC's, numbers and shapes. Your child will review and learn through developmentally age-appropriate skills in a fun and safe environment. With our daily themes, children will have the opportunity to express their knowledge and creativity through crafts, games, music and play.

Sunshine Scientist

Curiosity, exploration, and "How does that happen?" will be discovered in this basic science class designed for your preschooler. The students will study the wonderful world of science through hands-on experiences. A variety of science experiments focusing on chemistry and physics will be explored during the first session. If your child is enrolled in Sunshine and Rainbows your child will be escorted to or from their classroom.

Sunshine Budding Artist

Pre-K/K Sampler Palette - budding artists, through fun, skill-building exercises, will enjoy a variety of art mediums in this "sampler palette." During the creation process, they will learn the basics of art materials for their ages, such as pencils, paint, glue, tissue paper, crayons, markers, collages and more. While learning colors, shapes and more, the students will proudly create their own masterpieces. Students enrolled in Sunshine and Rainbows will be escorted to or from their classroom to help you save driving time.

Sunshine Bears

Enroll your preschooler in this active movement, tumbling and beginning gymnastics class that precedes or follows your child's preschool class. Your child will be escorted to or from their classroom. Creative circuits based on lesson plans make learning fun and keep students active. Class begins with an opening activity/stretch and continues with three circuits. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of sport tumbling and gymnastics.

Messy Fingers

Playdough, silly putty, and clean mud are just a few of the soft and squishy concoctions that your child will be making and playing with in this hands-on class. The children will follow recipes to create these gooey mixtures out of everyday household ingredients like flour, liquid soap, salt, water, and glue. Math, science, and language skills will be incorporated in this messy science class. Different mixtures will be made each session. If your child is enrolled in Sunshine & Rainbows your child will be escorted to or from their preschool classroom.

Kids at Hart After School Program at Hartman Recreation Center

Nothing to do after school? We fight boredom! Come out for sports, games, crafts and socialization. Homework help is also provided. This program is excellent for children with working parents. The Kids at Hart program follows the Joliet District 86 public school calendar. The Joliet Park District's refund policy will be strictly enforced and there will be no proration of fees for days not in attendance.

Home School Fridays

Attention Home-schoolers! Join us for exciting science and nature programs planned just for home-schooled students: a perfect addition to your ecology, biology & geology curriculum. Home School Fridays offer a great opportunity for hands-on learning. There is plenty of outdoor exploration so children should come dressed for the weather.

Pee Wee Open Gym

This program has been cancelled for 2017.