Two tumbling programs, Zumba Kids and Kids Yoga classes start in January
The Bensenville Park District is offering several youth fitness programs that begin in January, including two tumbling programs—tiny tot tumbling (ages 3-5) and tumbling (ages 6-9)—in addition to Zumba Kids and kids yoga.
“Tiny tot tumbling is specifically designed for preschoolers,” says Cultural Arts Supervisor Faith Hollander, who oversees the tumbling programs. “It teaches both body awareness and coordination.”
Tiny tot tumbling students are taught very basic tumbling moves and motor skills. The four-week program runs 5:15-6 p.m. and 6:15-7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning January 10. A second four-week session begins February 21. Fees are $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents.
The tumbling program for 6-to-9-year-olds builds off the tiny tot program, providing athletes an opportunity to learn even more about their bodies and what they can do. Participants can expect to improve flexibility, strength and balance in the class as they learn forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels and more. Fees are $35 ($45 for non-residents), and the four-week program runs 5:15-6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning January 11. A second four-week session is offered beginning February 22.
Kids yoga classes are for children ages 4-12 and run 4-5 p.m. Mondays, beginning January 2. The January fee is $24 for residents and $32 for non-residents (a free class is offered January 9). Additional sessions are offered in February, March, April and May with the same fee structure.
“Yoga is a fun way for kids to build fitness and learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress and connecting to their bodies,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Kids yoga introduces age-appropriate yoga poses, creative movement, breathing exercises, games, mindfulness and relaxation in a fun way.”
Zumba Kids classes are back by popular demand, delivering a high-energy dance party combining movement, music, games and cultural exploration in each class. The program features kid-friendly routines and music such as hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more.
“It’s so much fun that kids won’t even notice they are working out,” Acevedo says.
Zumba Kids is geared toward children ages 4-12 and runs from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Fridays, beginning January 6. The January fee is $18 for residents and $24 for non-residents (a free class is offered January 13). Additional sessions are offered in February, March, April and May, and fees vary by month.
Register for each program at least a week in advance at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.