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Youth Recreation Programs

Smock It To Me! (parent-tot)


Come make a crafty mess and let us worry about the clean-up. Children are encouraged to wear smocks or clothes they can get dirty.

2 1/2 - 5 yr olds w/parent

Tuesdays | 10:30-11:30 am | Sports & Rec Center | $26rs/$31nr

Sessions: Feb 11-25 | Mar 17-31 | Apr 14-28

Craft & Creations - NEW!

Have you ever come home to a child enthusiastic to create mosaics on your walls or your children covered in paint?
Look no further, for we have a wonderful space for your child to create! In this class we will be doing paper art, paintings, drawings, graphic art, and much more.

K-5th grade | Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00pm
$39rs/$44nr | Sports & Rec Center

Jan 29 - Mar 4 | Mar 11 - Apr 22 no class 3/25


Theatre: "Take a Bow"

Basic techniques of acting and storytelling are taught in a fun and creative setting. Children act out scenes and share imaginative stories together.

6-10 yr olds | Saturdays
10:30am-12:30pm | Sports & Rec Center | $26rs/$31nr

Sessions: Feb 22 | Mar 14 | Apr 25 | May 23

"Magic of Acting" - Two day workshop!

Basic techniques of acting and storytelling are taught in a fun and creative setting. Children act out scenes and share imaginative stories together.

7-10 yr olds | 1:30-3:30pm | Sports & Rec Center | $46rs/$51nr

Thurs & Fri: Jan 2 & 3 | Mon & Wed: Mar 23 & 25

Private Theatre Lessons

Basic techniques of drama are taught in a fun and encouraging way. Each lesson is designed and tailored to fit the participants needs, desires and skill level. Instructor, Bev Lamkey, has an extensive background in drama and storytelling. She loves working with others to bring out their theatrical talents.

8yrs - adult (seniors welcome) | $25rs/$30nr per hour lesson

Please contact Haish Gym to schedule lessons - (815) 756-8560


Big Tales & Little Tales

Storytime for little ears with big imaginations! Come and hear all kinds of fun stories. They will be interwoven with puppets, music, games and creative activities. (Parents may join us if they wish, or can just drop off child).

3.5 - 6 yr olds | 10:30am - 12:00 pm | $19rs/$24nr | Sports & Rec Center

Session 1: Feb 13 | Session 2: Apr 23


Parent-Child Creative Kids Corner

We'll have fun with arts and crafts, stories, puppets, music, etc. Guaranteed smiles and stretching imaginations!

2 1/2 - 5 yr olds w/parent | Wednesdays | 1:30-3:00am | Sports & Rec Center
$19rs/$24nr per date

Meeting Dates: Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 15

"If I Were a Princess" Party

Princess adventures come alive through stories, creative drama, dance, music, and crafts. Children can come dressed like a princess or wear a tiara if they desire. Imagination will provide the rest of the magic.

4 - 7 yr olds | 1:30-3:00pm | $21rs/$26nr | Sports & Rec Center | Thursdays

Jan 30 | Mar 19 | May 21


Grandma, Grandpa & Me Party

Let's have a party with our loved grandparents! We'll dance, sing, share stories, play games, and have a great time together. Please bring along one or two of your grandparent's!

4 - 7 yr olds w/ grandparent(s) | 1:30-3:00pm
$21rs/$26nr | Sports & Rec Center |

Saturday, April 11

Music Programs by Dylan Schweitzer

Private Guitar Lessons (Youth & Adult) $15/$20 per lesson - Register at Haish Gym
Private Ukulele Lessons (Youth & Adult) $15/$20 per lesson - Register at Haish Gym
Private Voice Lessons (Youth & Adult) $15/$20 per lesson - Register at Haish Gym
Private Bass Guitar Lessons (Youth & Adult) $15/$20 per lesson - Register at Haish Gym

Horseback Riding Camp

In conjunction with Sellebration Farm located in Sycamore, horseback riding lessons are offered in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Students will participate in mounted and non-mounted sessions each day in the open-air arena. Activities will include horse body language, horse science, horse safety and riding skills. Helmets are provided for campers that do not have their own. Long pants and boots or shoes with a heel are required. There is a weight limit of 225 lbs for riders, per the Humane Society.

Location: Sellebration Farm, 72872 Moose Range Rd, Sycamore, IL

$150rs/$155nr per session
9-16yrs | Tues-Fri | May 26 - May 29
Session 1: 9:00-10:30am
Session 2: 12:00-1:30pm

Youth 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. Parents...see page 20 for info on Adult Karate programs.
Belt tests, uniforms, and other equipment are available at reasonable fees payable to the instructor.

Tues & Thurs | $54rs/$59nr | Haish Gym
Class Age Time Session
Tiny Dragons 3/4 yrs (must be potty trained) 5:00-5:30pm Nov 5-Dec 17 no class 11/26, 11/28
Jan 7-Feb 13
Feb 18-Apr 2 no class 3/24 or 3/26
Apr 7 - May 14
Beginner/ Intermediate Kids 5-13 yrs (white, orange, yellow belts) 5:30-6:30pm Nov 5-Dec 17 no class 11/26, 11/28
Jan 7-Feb 13
Feb 18-Apr 2 no class 3/24 or 3/26
Apr 7 - May 14
Advanced Kids 5-13yrs (green belt and higher) 6:30-7:30pm Nov 5-Dec 17 no class 11/26, 11/28
Jan 7-Feb 13
Feb 18-Apr 2 no class 3/24 or 3/26
Apr 7 - May 14



Birthday Parties at Haish Gym

Why do the work when we can help? Show up and enjoy the party?! Let our party coordinator help you choose a date and set up the perfect party for your child. Prices are based on 8 kids and a 2 hour rental.

Good Time Package: $125 ($10 per extra child)
Includes set up and clean up for a themed room, cupcakes and lemonade, and a small party favor bag.

Super Fun Package $165 ($9 per extra child)
Includes all of the above and a full gym to run and play in.

Ultra Fun Package $185 ($7 per extra child)
Includes everything in the "Super Fun" package plus a staff member on site to host games/activities for an hour of the rental.

To make a reservation, call (815)756-8560.