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Welcome to the DeKalb Park District Virtual Community Center!

Virtual Community Center
We are so glad that you are here! While our facilities, playgrounds, and sports courts are closed, and our in-person programs/events postponed until further notice, it is important now more than ever to keep both your mind and body healthy during the stay-at-home order.

We hope that you use this Virtual Community Center as a resource for your household during the pandemic. See new things, experience new wonders, be creative, challenge yourself and most of all-have fun!

Even though we cannot be together, we are not alone and are in this together, DeKalb. We look forward to seeing you soon! #dekalbparks

Virtual Girl Painting

Do you have a virtual program idea for us? Contact us!

Take a scroll through our Virtual Community Center-whether you are visiting a local museum, learning a new skill, exploring the surface of Mars or hiking a glacier at one of our national parks, there is much to discover!

Slide to view program tabs for Field Trips & Tours, Nature, Athletics, Martial Arts, Local History, Art, Dance, Fitness, Early Childhood and more! Be sure to check back for new additions throughout the season.

Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & Theme Parks!

British Museum
Vatican Museum
Royal Academy of Arts
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo
Georgia Aquarium
National Aquarium
Biltmore House
Walt Disney Parks

World Wonders & Beyond

Machu Picchu
Great Pyramid of Giza
International Space Station
Mars Surface Replica

Over 21 Tours

Whiskey Acres
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Glenturret Distillery

Not sure what to pick? Try Google's Random Street Generator and go on a virtual tour on random streets across the planet. Refresh your browser to land somewhere new each time!

Chess Wizards are bringing chess class online!

Grades: Kindergarten - 6th
Instructor/Student Ratio:1:6 maximum
Tech Requirements: Computer or tablet, Microphone and Internet
Skill Levels: All Skill levels are welcome

Sample Class Structure

5 minutes before class: Login, homework review
1 hour class:
Concept of the day (10 Min); Reinforcing puzzles (10 Min); Game play, with instructor review (20 Min); Variation games and fun activities (15 Min); Assign and explain homework (5 Min)

1 Hour 64 Squares-Infinite Possibilities

Beginner: known as Nifty Knights
Intermediate: Known as Brilliant Bishops
Strong Intermediate: Known as Rad Rooks
Not sure what level to sign up for? Here is the Chess Skill Level PLACEMENT TEST

Class Information

Dates: May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, & June 27th
Class Day: Saturdays
Time: 10am to 11am
Total # of Classes: 5
Fee: $65

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DeKalb Parks

Explore all of the parks within the DeKalb District! Did you know there are 44 park sites and nearly 700 acres to discover?

DeKalb County Forest Preserves

These preserves serve as small living museums that give us the opportunity to study and reflect on the past, add serenity and beauty to the present. If you are an aspiring naturalist, take the City Nature Challenge.

National Parks

Google will take you on a mind-blowing virtual tour of some of our most breathtaking National Parks! Choose from the Kenai Fjords, Hawaii Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, or the Dry Tortugas.

You can also go on a virtual hike at Yosemite National Park.


If you loved our Goat Yoga, make a donation and explore e-learning options with Live, Learn, and Lead vocational farm with options to take a farm tour, farm class, or even schedule a Zoom meeting with a goat!

Air Pano has hundreds of 360 degree video and photo options to explore amazing locations all over the planet! This site is a must-see for hours of awe-inspiring footage.


Join Athletic Coordinator, Jeff Myles of the DeKalb Park District for a series of Softball and Baseball Drills that you can do from the safety of your home or backyard! You can also team up with Soccer Coordinator, Dan Herrmann for some Soccer Drills that you can do in your favorite local park.

You can also check out our Zoom Hot Shots Sports classes for ages 2-6 and 6-13. A variety of options are available from Lil' Dribblers to Pee Wee Soccer to Hockey Fundamentals.

Learn More

DeKalb Urban Challenge

Individuals and families are invited to participate in the DeKalb Urban Challenge, a game to test your Knowledge, Strategy, and sense of Adventure! Teams of up to five people may participate in a series of hints and clues across DeKalb to find the correct locations (teams only eligible for prizes during the month of May).

Independence Day 5K

Staff is exploring ways to offer our Independence 5K this summer, but if you don't feel comfortable, participate virtually!

Virtual races are very similar to live races. On Saturday, July 4th, runners are invited to participate in our annual 5K. A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on a trail, on a treadmill, or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.

Young Rembrandts "E-Drawing" Classes

Ages 5-10
Stuck at home all day and love to draw? Young Rembrandts is excited to offer a new series of drawings featuring our Founder, Bette Fetter as the Instructor. These lessons provide fresh, interactive and fun content. E-drawing will continue to develop your little Artist's fundamental art literacy skills and academic knowledge and fun. Registered participants will receive a link to the online courses via the email address provided. A bonus drawing lessons will also be included! Keep your kiddos busy with Young Rembrandts at home. Sign up for Session 1, followed by Session 2.

Items needed: a piece of paper, a pencil, a sharpie, and colored markers/crayons

Cost: $48 for 4 classes, plus one bonus class! Each class is 40-50 minutes-that's nearly 5 hours of drawing fun.

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Dimensions Dance Academy Virtual Summer Camps and Workshops

June 15-July 25

Classes will be conducted through the Zoom application from the comfort of your own home! Zoom links will be emailed to you upon registration.

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Children's Division Camps(Ages 3-7)
Disney Dance Camp
Mondays 10:00-10:45am | 6 weeks: June 15- July 20
Fee: $50

Each fun filled class will be built around your favorite Disney characters who will inspire your creative one as they learn basic dance steps and expressions. Your dancer can dress as their favorite princess and enjoy story time, craft and of course dancing set to Disney soundtracks. Join us as your dancer embarks on a magical journey through song and dance!

Small Fry Hip Hop Camp
Wednesdays 10:00-10:45am | 6 weeks: June 17- July 22
Fee: $50
Dancers will discover new ways of moving with this street based dance style! Upbeat classics new and old will keep dancers engaged while also learning about rhythm and musicality.

JoJo Jazz Camp
Fridays 10:00-10:45 | 6 weeks: June 19- July 24
Fee: $50
Want to learn to dance like JoJo Siwa?! This high energy class will teach basic jazz steps and routines set to your favorite JoJo songs. Wear your best JoJo bow and get ready to groove!

Sign up for all three camps for $125!

Beginning/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced

Workshops are sold by the week, or attend all 6 weeks for a discounted rate! Dancers may register for individual classes at $10/hr.

Beginning/Intermediate Workshop (Ages 8-12)
6 weeks: June 15 - July 23 | $45/week or All 6 weeks- $225 (1 week FREE!)
This workshop will meet 3 days a week and includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Each week there will be a guest speaker covering important dance topics such as nutrition, stage makeup, acting and college or professional career in dance.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshop (Ages 12-18)
6 weeks: June 15 - July 23 | $70/week or All 6 weeks- $350 (1 week FREE!)
This workshop will meet 4 days a week and includes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Each week there will be a guest speaker covering important dance topics such as nutrition, stage makeup, acting and college or professional career in dance.

Adult Classes (Ages 14+)

Beginning Ballet Barre & Stretch
Saturdays 10:00-11:00am | 6 weeks: June 20- July 25
Fee: $50
Stretch your body and get a low impact workout during this ballet barre and stretch class. Enjoy instruction from our knowledgeable staff from the comfort of your own home!

Lunch Time Stretch & Refocus
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-12:45pm | 6 weeks: June 16- July 23
Fee: $75
Are you currently working remotely? Step away from your computer, refocus your mind and stretch your body during your lunch break! This class will consist of gentle stretching, yoga and basic pilates exercises. Get ready to feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day!

Tap & Musical Theater
Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm | 6 weeks: June 17- July 22
Fee: $50
Have a blast as you tap dance to your favorite Musical Theater classics! Don't have tap shoes? That's ok! Grab your sneakers and get ready to find your inner performer.

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm | 6 weeks: June 16- July 21
Fee: $50/person
Grab your partner and move your coffee table! Salsa classes with Annie Hawkins will be sure to set your Tuesday nights on fire. All experience levels welcome, a partner is suggested.

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. Zoom links will be emailed to you upon registration.

Fee: $30 (Resident) $38 (Non-Resident) per session

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Tiny Dragons Ages 3-4 yrs
Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 6/2/2020 - 6/25/2020

Tiny Dragons Ages 3-4 yrs
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 7/7/2020 - 7/30/2020

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 5-13 yrs
Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 6/2/2020 - 6/25/2020

Beginner/Intermediate Ages 5-13 yrs
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 7/7/2020 - 7/30/2020

Advanced Kids Ages 5-13 yrs
Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 6/2/2020 - 6/25/2020

Advanced Kids Ages 5-13 yrs
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 7/7/2020 - 7/30/2020

Teen/Adult Ages 14+
Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 6/2/2020 - 6/25/2020

Teen/Adult Ages 14+
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dates: 7/7/2020 - 7/30/2020

Device & Weapon Class Ages 16+
Dates: 6/6/2020 - 8/1/2020
Description:This advanced class is intended to expand training and allow students to learn new abilities and techniques. It is great for gaining additional expertise and adding further discipline into a training routine. This class is the next step taken after a martial artist feels they have advanced to a certain point or even mastered a particular fighting style. Students must be advanced and approved by head instructor Shannon Marbutt. No Class on Saturday, July 4th.

Ellwood House Museum

Our friends over at the Ellwood House Museum have some wonderful, e-learning resources such as the Architectural Scavenger Hunt, Tour Your House, and Spotlight on the Ellwoods program (Harriet Ellwood, May Ellwood, and the Ellwood House servants).

Glidden Homestead and Historical Center

Learn more about the Glidden family and barbed wire here!


Keeping active is more important than ever! Check out some free resources below that will help you create a routine from the safety of your home, local neighborhood or favorite park to maintain your body's health.

Kids Yoga
Yoga for Older Adults
10 Week 'Beginner to 5K' Training Plan
Cardio Fitness
Fitness for Older Adults