Now that it’s a new year, it’s time to plan some educational and healthy activities everyone in the family can enjoy.
The Chicago Park District offers a variety of special events and classes to choose from in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. Most residents know about the indoor pool at Mann Park, which offers open swim times for adults and families, swim lessons and aquatic aerobic classes. New classes are starting next week. Not everyone knows about all the other activities offered by the park, 3035 E. 130th St.
Little ones have two classes just for them. Art & ABCs at Mann from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Jan. 6 to March 21 in Mann Clubroom 3. There is no charge. Children should be between 3 and 5 years old.
Fun and Games at Mann is from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, Jan. 7 to March 20. It’s for ages 3 to 5 and is also free.
Older kids, ages 8 to 13, might enjoy playing dodgeball, which meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 8 to March 19 at Mann Park. It’s $10 for residents, $20 nonresidents.
This activity teaches the basic fundamentals of catching and throwing. It stresses participation and teamwork.
Floor hockey for ages 8 to 12 meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 8 to March 19 in Mann Gymnasium North. It’s $10 residents, $20 nonresidents.
Basic skills and fundamentals of hockey will be taught through demonstration and team play indoors. Participants will also learn rules and hockey etiquette. Athletes may have the opportunity to compete with their peers at Chicago Park District area, regional and citywide championship games.
Adults 18 and older can get fit with low impact aerobics from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 6 to March 21 in the Mann gymnasium. This activity offers low-impact, fat burning cardiovascular aerobics, designed to reduce stress on the spine and joints while using all major muscle groups.
Also for ages 18 and older is Woodcraft at Mann, where attendees will learn to use scroll and band saws to create a variety of wood projects. Projects are based upon age, skill level and interest and include birdhouses, small cabinets and bookcases. No experience is necessary.
This class meets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6 to March 20 in the Mann Woodshop. It costs $20 for residents and $50 nonresidents.
For seniors, there is the Senior Citizens Club at Mann, which will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays, Jan. 6 to March 21.
The club is ideal for those interested in socializing with friends and neighbors. They will participate in activities such as bingo, card playing, board games and more.
Online registration and in-person registration is going on now. Winter programs run Jan. 6 through March 17. Visit chicagoparkdistrict.com for more information. Call Mann Park at (773) 646-0210.
Sounds like plenty of activities to keep us all busy and give little excuse for hibernating this winter. Let’s get out and enjoy our park.