Youth Programming

Youth Programming

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The Community House was founded by members of the community who recognized the importance and impact a comprehensive, high quality, community recreation plan has on improving the quality of life of residents.  We continue to offer a wide array of programming for all ages and interests, regardless of participant’s address.

We feature all the best in programming you expect for your kids; sports camps and leagues, day camps, after school programming, theatrical opportunities, and educational and social opportunities.  We also offer unique and innovative programming to help kids grow and learn like fencing, sign language, dance/yoga classes, song writing, improv and so much more.  If you don’t see something your looking for, Email Us!

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Magical Storytime with The Great ScottRegister

Join the fun with magician The Great Scott for this one of a kind program. Children laugh until their sides hurt and participate throughout the 30 minute magic show mixed with two silly picture books. Each month is a whole new show with its own theme, magic and stories, so don’t miss a single one! Member Family Fee (families of 3 or more children): $25 per family. Non-member Family Fee: $35 per family.  

  • Code5143410-4
  • Age2-8 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorThe Great Scott
  • Min/Max10/60
  • TypeYouth General
  • Dates05/15/15 - 05/15/15
  • DayFriday
  • Time10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Member/NonMember Fee$10 / $13

Garfield Park Conservatory Register

Come spend the day with us as we go on an adventure exploring the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago! We will head to Chicago to spend a beautiful spring day learning about all of the various plants in the conservatory. Please provide your child with a sack lunch. *Extended Hours Available 

  • Code5143304-4
  • Age6-13 years
  • LocationThe Youth Center
  • InstructorThe Community House Staff
  • Min/Max5/13
  • TypeYouth General
  • Dates05/15/15 - 05/15/15
  • DayFriday
  • Time8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$0 / $0

American Red Cross Babysitter's CertificationRegister

Get the knowledge, skill and confidence you need to care for infants and school-age children. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; safety and safe play; and first aid. The course will combine video, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion for a complete learning experience. Please bring a sack lunch.

  • Code554410-1,2 &3
  • Age11-15 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorJenna Jakalski
  • Min/Max7/14
  • TypeYouth General
  • Dates06/25/15 - 08/12/15
  • DayWednesday Thursday
  • Time10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$65 / $85

Intro to Fashion Design Register

Do you think you could be a fashion designer? This workshop is for fashionistas and entrepreneurial spirited teens who are interested in the Fashion Industry, excited to learn what a day in the life of a real fashion designer looks like, or dream about launching their own line or product. You will learn about mood boards, identifying your target customer, sketching and line sheets, patterns, sample making, and getting your product into production. You will make a mood board of your ideas, be given sewing and pattern making information and the Steps to Production. Aspiring designers will also receive hand out lists of manufacturers and suppliers in Chicago, NY. and LA. and lists of accredited Fashion Schools across the country.

  • Code5143207-1, 2 & 3
  • Age14-18 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorFashion Designer & Entrepreneur: Denise Belyea
  • Min/Max6/14
  • TypeSummer Camps
  • Dates05/16/15 - 08/08/15
  • DaySaturday
  • Time10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$198 / $215

Musical Theatre Camp Register

Summer Music Theater Camps: For one week, campers will develop a show, complete with song, dance, solo work, and ensemble performance. The week will focus on famous shows, actors, and composers. The final performance will include numbers from Broadway’s favorites!

  • Code5143414-1
  • Age8-14 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorStage Door Fine Arts
  • Min/Max8/20
  • TypeSummer Camps
  • Dates07/27/15 - 07/31/15
  • DayMonday-Friday
  • Time9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$185 / $195

Musical Theatre CampRegister

Summer Music Theater Camps: For one week, campers will develop a show, complete with song, dance, solo work, and ensemble performance. The week will focus on famous shows, actors, and composers. The final performance will include numbers from Broadway’s favorites!

  • Code5143414-2
  • Age11-14 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorStage Door Fine Arts
  • Min/Max8/20
  • TypeSummer Camps
  • Dates08/10/15 - 08/14/15
  • DayMonday-Friday
  • Time9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$185 / $194

Little Chefs Cooking CampRegister

We are taking a trip around the world! This camp will help Little Chefs learn about cooking a wide variety of foods all with a fun theme. We will focus on following recipes, learning about ingredients and working cleanly and safely in the kitchen. Each day we’ll prepare the food and then eat our meal together. Very Fun!

Kitchen Rules: Closed toe shoes must be worn and long hair MUST be tied back. Please notify staff of any food allergies.


A Taste of Italy: Wednesday, June 10: Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta, Caesar Salad, Soft Garlic Rolls, Frozen Pie

American Classics: Thursday, June 11: Juicy Burgers, Roasted Potato Wedge Fries, Fancy Fruit Salad, Brownie Sundaes

Mexican Fiesta: Friday, June 12: Salsa & Chips, Chicken Fajitas, Roasted Corn Salad, Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

  • Code5143601-1
  • Age6-9 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorChef Mary Gail Bennett
  • Min/Max6/10
  • TypeSummer Camps
  • Dates06/10/15 - 06/12/15
  • DayWednesday Thursday Friday
  • Time10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$125 / $160

Junior Chefs Cooking CampRegister

We will learn recipes and techniques from some of the most famous chefs of all time. This camp will allow Junior Chefs to experiment hands on with simple yet sophisticated menus that they will enjoy recreating at home. Each day we will prepare the food and then eat our meal together. How fun is that?

Kitchen rules: Please wear closed toe shoes and long hair must be tied back. Please notify staff of food allergies.


Ina Garten – How Easy is That: Wednesday, June 17: Crispy Parmesan Chicken, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Corn and Zucchini, Chocolate Cake

Emeril Lagasse – Bam!: Thursday, June 18: Muffaletta Sausage Sandwich, Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Fruit Salad, Bananas Foster

Julia Child – Art of French Cooking: Friday, June 19: Quiche Lorraine, Fruit and Cheese, Tossed Salad, Sauteed Corn, Chocolate Puff Pastry Tarts

  • Code5143601-2
  • Age9-14 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorChef Mary Gail Bennett
  • Min/Max6/10
  • TypeSummer Camps
  • Dates06/17/15 - 06/19/15
  • DayWednesday Thursday Friday
  • Time10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Member/NonMember Fee$125 / $160

Pee Wee Soccer & BasketballRegister

Pee Wee Soccer – This program is perfect for your child who full of energy and parents who are looking for an introduction to soccer and basketball. Parents will be working with their children on developing socialization, teamwork, direction following, and key motor skills. Dribbling, shooting and passing will be some of the skills that the children will learn. The first weeks of class will focus on soccer, while the later weeks will focus on basketball. The last week of class will include a combination of both sports. Please bring a water bottle. Games will be played at the end of each class.

  • Code5343321-5
  • Age3-5 years
  • LocationThe Community House
  • InstructorSports R Us
  • Min/Max6/20
  • TypeEarly Childhood
  • Dates06/16/15 - 07/28/15
  • DayTuesday
  • Time11:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Member/NonMember Fee$80 / $115