Virtual Program Guide

Welcome to the Parks & Recreation Department’s virtual program guide! We hope you’ll find these programs, resources & challenges engaging & exciting for you and your family! If you have any questions regarding anything included below, feel free to reach out to our Parks & Recreation Department staff

Stevie Ferrari | Director of Parks & Recreation | sferrari@brookfieldil.gov
Ben White | Recreation Supervisor | bwhite@brookfieldil.gov
Kelly Pichton | Early Childhood Supervisor | kpichton@brookfieldil.gov
Call our department at 708-485-1474

Specialty/Paid Sessions

Magic @ My Home! Session A

Professional magician Gary Kantor now teaches his popular magic class ONLINE. This 45-minute online class teaches children how to perform a number of mind-boggling tricks using everyday household items. Gary will start by explaining the secrets to the tricks, and then both Gary and the children will practice everything in great detail. The children will have a blast as they learn exactly what to say and do when performing in front of an audience. And since this class is online, it can be taken whenever it is convenient for your schedule. And the videos can be watched again and again. Your entire family can even take this class together! Additionally, be sure to sign up for this class again since new tricks are taught each session. Class is for ages 5-12. (When you register, you will be told the household items that are needed for the class.)

Dates: launches May 1st
Instructor: Gary Kantor
Time: 45 minute long video class
Cost: $11 R/$13 NR
Min/Max: N/A

Balloon Animals @ Home! Session A

Professional balloon artist Gary Kantor introduces a 45 minute online class that teaches children the techniques needed to take plain balloons and transform them into incredible balloon animals (like dogs, butterflies, fish, etc.).   By watching these online videos children will create their own balloon animals, with Gary walking them through each step in the process. And this class isn’t just for the kids; parents will have a blast if they join the experience.  Additionally, you can sign up again since each session makes different animals.  Ideal class age is 7 and above.  (Note: you will need your own balloons and balloon pump.  The pump and balloons cost about $13, and when you register you will be given information on places to purchase these.)

Dates: launches May 1st
Instructor: Gary Kantor
Time: 45 minute long video class
Cost: $11 R/$13 NR
Min/Max: N/A

Art for Kids! Mixed Media at Home

Join Ms. Jenine for a fun at home art class using everyday materials in creative and exciting ways! We will make collages, draw, and paint! Projects include nature collages, mandalas, paper collage/drawing of futuristic homes, spaceships, and more!  Classes are designed for creative exploration and inspiration!

Instructor: Jenine Clevenger
Dates: May 4 – 18
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: $ 25 R/$ 30 NR 
Min/Max: 5/15

Supplies needed:

  • Paper (the thicker the better ie. Card stock, normal paper is ok too)
  • 4 Cardboard rectangles or squares approx  8×10
  • A variety of pretty outdoor natural materials like pine needles, bark, grass, flower pods etc..
  • Glue
  • Magazines or other colorful paper to cut for collage.
  • ball point pen
  • markers
  • pencil with eraser
  • tinfoil
  • crayons
  • scissors
  • circle shapes to trace from smaller to larger, at least 4 (can use tp tube, cups, lids etc..)

Brookfield Bed-Time Stories

It is always important to us that you feel safe and proud to call Brookfield home. Our officers in the Police Department are the BEST. They will check in on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays at 7pm on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page to read a book to you and your little ones. It takes a village & Brookfield has the best!

Dates: Tuesday, Thursday & Sundays in May
Time: 7pm

Tots Prep Activities

Check our Facebook page every morning for quick videos from our Tots Prep Teachers!

Free Resources & Activities!

STEM

Easy Science Experiments (ages 11+, parent supervision)
More Science Experiments!
Museum of Science & Industry – Science @ Home! 
 STEM Games for Kids – Maryville University

ART & CREATIVE CRAFTS

Build Your Own Museum
Tie Dye @ Home!
Recycled Arts & Crafts Ideas
Art Institute of Chicago
Metropolitan Museum of Art – MetKids

GREAT OUTDOORS

US National Parks Service!
Illinois DNR – for Kids!
Bring the Zoo to You! (Brookfield Zoo)
Stargazing in Chicagoland!
Wildlife Discovery Center – Facebook Live Tuesdays/Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays at 11:30 am

STAY ACTIVE

GoNoodle Games
Fitness Blender
HIGH Fitness Live
30-min Barre class (no equipment needed)
MapMyFitness App
20-min Full Body Workout (no equipment needed)

Daily & Week Challenges with Brookfield Staff

Friday, May 1 | National Space Day
Monday, May 4 | May the Fourth be With You
Tuesday, May 5 | Cinco De Mayo
Wednesday, May 6 | National Beverage Day
Thursday, May 7
Friday, May 8 | Mother’s Day Craft…with Tots Prep? Jenine?
Monday, May 11 |
Tuesday, May 12 | Take-Out Tuesday
Wednesday, May 13 |
Thursday, May 14 | National Chicken Dance Day
Friday, May 15 | Peace Officer Memorial Day
Monday, May 18 | National Visit Your Relatives Day…on Zoom
Tuesday, May 19 |
Wednesday, May 20 |
Thursday, May 21 |
Friday, May 22 |
Monday, May 25 | Memorial Day & Backyard BBQ’s
Tuesday, May 26 | National Paper Airplane Day…guided activity???
Wednesday, May 27 |
Thursday, May 28 | National Burger Day
Friday, May 29 |

Brookfield Community Links & Services

Village of Brookfield
Brookfield Public Safety – Twitter
Parks & Recreation Program Registration
Brookfield Public Library – virtual programming offered!
Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

It is always important to us that you feel safe and proud to call Brookfield home. Our officers in the Police Department are the BEST. They will check in on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays at 7pm on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page to read a book to you and your little ones. It takes a village & Brookfield has the best!