Tot 2-6 years

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Tot Spot Class Fall 2019

Hands-on exploration and interactive stories engage children as they learn about science, language, engineering, art, mathematics, and social skills. Class topics repeat throughout the same week at different times.

Cost per child per class: $12 public; $10 members

Advance registration required; payment must accompany registration. Please call 815-963-6769 or click to register below.  

In our classes for 2-year-olds, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults are not required to attend classes for 3 to 6 year-olds, but are welcome to attend.

We Say Thank You

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Come practice sharing and caring for others and brush up your good manners. Discover how lots of helping hands make work easy, and have a super time assembling a “thankful” turkey.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:  Click to register 
Session 1 Tues., Nov. 19; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Nov. 20; 9:30 – 10:30 am
Session 3 Wed., Nov. 20; 11:00 – Noon This class is FULL
Session 4 Wed., Nov. 20; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session 5 Thurs., Nov. 21; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Nov. 22; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Sessions for 2-year-olds:  Click to register 
Session 7 Tues., Nov. 19; 9:30 – 10:30 am This class is FULL
Session 8 Thurs., Nov. 21; 9:30 – 10:30 am This class is FULL

 

O’ Little Pine Tree


Tromp through an imaginary forest to find a little pine tree. Investigate why this kind of tree is green all year, and discover the many creatures that make their homes in and around evergreen trees. Take part in art and music that celebrates the winter holidays.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:  Click to register 
Session 1 Tues., Dec. 3; 11:00 – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Dec. 4; 9:30 – 10:30 am
Session 3 Wed., Dec. 4; 11:00 – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Dec. 4; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session 5 Thurs., Dec. 5; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Dec. 6; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Sessions for 2-year-olds:  Click to register 
Session 7 Tues., Dec. 3; 9:30 – 10:30 am
Session 8 Thurs., Dec. 5; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Winter/Spring 2020 Registration Coming Soon!!

Polar Bear Picnic

Leap from iceberg to iceberg and land in an exciting polar bear expedition.  Explore ice and snow and learn how animals survive in the wintertime.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., Jan. 14; 11:00 am – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., Jan. 15; 9:30 – 10:30 am  

Session 3 Wed., Jan. 15; 11:00 am – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., Jan. 15; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., Jan. 16; 11:00 am – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., Jan. 17; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., Jan. 14; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 8 Thurs., Jan. 16; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Let’s learn about “the people that we meet each day”: our community helpers such as mail carriers, police officers, firefighters, and garbage collectors.  Find what it takes to do their jobs as we visit Discovery Town, the special exhibit in Discovery Center. 

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., Feb. 18; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., Feb. 19; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., Feb.19; 11:00 am – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., Feb. 19; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., Feb. 20; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., Feb. 21; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., Feb. 18; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., Feb. 20; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Here a Chick, There a Chick

“Peck” up some fascinating facts about this feathery farm friend.  See how chicks grow inside eggs and make an art project to crow about! 

 

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., Mar. 3; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., Mar. 4; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., Mar. 4; 11:00 – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., Mar. 4; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., Mar. 5; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., Mar. 6; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., Mar. 3; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., Mar. 5; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Fit Kids

Go on a nutrition safari to hunt for healthful eating habits.  Discover fun ways to build strong bones, mighty muscles, and a healthy brain that can last a lifetime!

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., Mar. 17; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., Mar. 18; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., Mar. 18; 11:00 – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., Mar. 18; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., Mar. 19; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., Mar. 20; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., Mar. 17; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., Mar. 19; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sleepy Time Pajama Party

Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal or bedtime buddy to this special time of fun, music, art and stories.  Discover why we yawn and why we all need sleep.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., Mar. 31; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., April 1; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., April 1; 11:00 – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., April 1; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., April 2; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., April 3; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., Mar. 31; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., April 2; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

The forecast calls for showers of fun in this class.  Young weather watchers will learn what makes storm clouds and a rainy day as we have plenty of “muddy” fun in stories, art and music.

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., April 14; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., April 15; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., April 15; 11:00 – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., April 15; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., April 16; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., April 17; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., April 14; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., April 16; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Tons of Trucks

Honk! Honk! Have tons of fun discovering all kinds of trucks in our world and why they are important. Learn about construction trucks, pickup trucks, garbage trucks, trucks that bring food to our stores and more. Then make a truck art masterpiece to take home.

 

Sessions for 3 to 6-year-olds:

Session 1 Tues., May 5; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 2 Wed., May 6; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 3 Wed., May 6; 11:00 – Noon  

Session 4 Wed., May 6; 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Session 5 Thurs., May 7; 11:00 – Noon 

Session 6 Fri., May 8; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Sessions for 2-year-olds: 

Session 7 Tues., May 5; 9:30 – 10:30 am 

Session 8 Thurs., May 7; 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Toddler Time

Being one is FUN! Take advantage of this playgroup designed for children ages 12 months to 24 months as we explore interesting materials, sing songs, and read stories while meeting new friends. Toddler Time is held on one Tuesday each month, and repeats on the successive Thursday. Session time is 9:30-10:30 am.

Choose from these dates:

Sept. 10 or Sept. 12,

Oct. 8 or Oct. 10,

Nov. 12 or Nov. 14,

Dec. 10 or Dec. 12.

Enrollment is limited. Advance registration is required. To register click here, or call 815-963-6769. The fee is $6/family per session. Toddler Time meets in the Tot Spot classroom (main floor, east end of the building).

Winter/Spring 2020 Toddler Time Playgroups - Registration coming soon!

Choose from these dates:

Jan. 7 or Jan 9.

Feb. 11 or Feb. 13

Mar. 10 or Mar 12

April 7 or April 9

May 12 or May 14

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