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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
$26rs/$31nr | Sports & Rec

Sessions: Jan 15-29 | Feb 12-26 | Mar 12-26 | Apr 16-30

"Take a Bow" Spring Break Theatre Workshop

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

7-12 yr olds | Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 1:30am-3:30pm
$49rs/$54nr per workshop | Sports & Rec Center

Mar 25-29

"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.

7-12 yr olds | 1:30-3:30pm | $40rs/$45nr | Sports & Rec Center

Thurs, Dec 27/Jan 3

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

Session 1: Jan 19 Session 2: May 11


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 | Thursdays | 1:30-3:00am
$19rs/$24nr | Sports & Rec Center

Meeting Dates: Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 23

Thank you for Grandparents 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!

3 - 7 yr olds w/ grandparent | 1:30-3:00pm | $19rs/$24nr | Sports & Rec Center | Saturday, April 27th


Parent-Child Blended Learning
Sign Language

A great opportunity for parents and children to team up and learn sign language skills necessary for social signing interaction.

5-13 yr olds + Parent | Tuesdays | 6:00-6:50pm
$54rs/$59nr per couple (additional child $15) | Sports & Rec Center Conference Room

Session 1: Jan 22 - Feb 26
Session 2: Mar 5 - Apr 9
Session 3: Apr 16 - May 21


Daddy & Me Party

(children with their dad, grandpa, or male guest)
Let's share stories, arts/crafts, music, games, puppets and party treats as we celebrate the wonder of our kids and their dads!

3-6 yr olds | 1:30-2:30pm | $19rs/$24nr per party | Sports & Rec Center

Saturday, Dec 8 Saturday, March 9th


If I Were a Princess

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.

4-6 yr olds | 1:30-3:00pm | Thursdays | $19rs/$24nr | Sports & Rec Center

Dec 13th, Anna & Elsa Let it Go Party
Feb 7th, Winter Party
April 11th, Spring Party

STEM CLUB: Powered by NIU STEAM

BuildIT! Rollercoasters
Saturday, February 2 | 9:00am-12:00pm
7-10 yr olds | $41rs/$51nr | Sycamore Park District
Spend the morning learning about the physics of roller coasters!
ElectrifyIT! Electric Cars
Wednesdays | Feb 13 - Mar 20 | 4:00-5:30pm
7-10 yr olds |$87rs/$97nr | Sycamore Park District
Learn hands-on skills and understand all about electricity and circuits!
PlayIT! Musical Instruments
Saturday, April 13 | 9:00am-12:00pm
7-10 yr olds | $41rs/$51nr | Sycamore Park District
Students will explore and build their own musical instrument using math and physics skills.

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


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.