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Tot 2-6 years

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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.  

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available through the close of registration. 

In our classes for 2-year-olds, children must be accompanied by an adult.  In classes for ages 3 – 6, parents are welcome to wait in the seating area outside the Tot Spot classroom.

 

Tot Spot Classes Winter/Spring 2024

 

February 20-24

Mini-Makers Engineering Challenge

Are you ready to imagine, create, and rebuild? Become a mini-maker as you learn the engineering process, create blueprints, and assemble structures using a variety of common and surprising building materials.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., Feb. 20; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., Feb. 21; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., Feb. 21; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., Feb. 21; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., Feb. 22; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., Feb. 23; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., Feb. 24; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., Feb. 20; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., Feb. 22; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., Feb. 23; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

March 5-9

Amazing Oceans

With more than 70% of our planet covered in oceans, let’s learn about the wonders of ocean life! Create the ocean zones in a jar, make saltwater paintings, and learn how blubber keeps ocean animals warm.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., March 5; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., March 6; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., March 6; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., March 6; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., March 7; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., March 8; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., March 9; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., March 5; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., March 7; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., March 8; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

March 19-23

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and other insects)

Come with an appetite to explore the world of Eric Carle and one of his most beloved books. Learn the lifecycle of a butterfly, design caterpillar hats, create a long chain-link caterpillar, and review the characteristics of insects that live in our world.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., March 19; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., March 20; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., March 20; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., March 20; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., March 21; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., March 22; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., March 23; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., March 19; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., March 21; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., March 22; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

April 2-6

Mission to Space

Just in time for the solar eclipse on April 8th, join us for a Mission to Space! Use Legos to build a lunar surface, test rover mobility, and explore life as an astronaut in our cardboard classroom rocket.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., April 2; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., April 3; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., April 3; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., April 3; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., April 4; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., April 5; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., April 6; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., April 2; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., April 4; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., April 5; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

April 16-20

Healthy Habits

Start your week by taking care of you! In this class, we explore various ways to take care of our bodies. Make a healthy foods collage, explore the benefits of exercise, and determine how germs spread.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., April 16; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., April 17; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., April 17; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., April 17; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., April 18; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., April 19; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., April 20; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., April 16; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., April 18; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., April 19; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

April 30- May 4

Spring Into Spring

With snow melted and temperatures rising, come join us for this class all about Spring. Create fizzing rainbow art, make craft birds fly in our classroom wind tunnel, and learn about animals that come alive in the Spring months.

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., April 30; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., May 1; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., May 1; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., May 1; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., May 2; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., May 3; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., May 4; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., April 30; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., May 2; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., May 3; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

May 14-18

Nature Explorers

Get connected with the natural world in this engaging class. Go on a nature hunt, learn the parts of a flower, and plant seeds to take home and grow yourself!

Sessions for 3- to 6-year-olds: Click to register
Session 1 Tues., May 14; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 2 Wed., May 15; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 3 Wed., May 15; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 4 Wed., May 15; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Session 5 Thurs., May 16; 11:00 – Noon
Session 6 Fri., May 17; 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 7 Sat., May 18; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for 2-year-olds: Click to register
(With an adult, NO siblings, please.)
Session 8 Tues., May 14; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 9 Thurs., May 16; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 10 Fri., May 17; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

Toddler Time

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

Choose from these dates: January 16 or 18, February 13 or 15, March 12 or 14, April 9 or 11, May 7 or 9.

Enrollment is limited to 6 families. Cost is $6.00 per child for members and $8.00 per child for the public. Advance registration is required.  To register online click here or call 815-963-6769. Toddler Time meets in the Tot Spot classroom (main floor, east end of the building).

 

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