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Early Childhood


The Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of early childhood education classes coordinated and instructed by Christine Faudel. Mrs. Faudel has been teaching in Lake Forest for over 25 years. Her dedication and experience provides programming of the highest quality to the community. Sej Saed is our Early Childhood Assistant and has also developed a strong report with the community as a n educator. He has been teaching the youth of Lake Forest for many years and we are very excited to have him as a part of our team. The Recreation Department also employs a number of other professionals to teach enrichment classes. Our early childhood classes are developed to meet the needs of each child. Through play, sensory exploration, and experimentation children will be sure to have new experiences that they can use to make connections to their everyday life. Programs focus on being fun and a safe place to meet, make new friends and learn new skills.  
Classes include the following themes:
Craft Development
Our current Fall 2018 offerings are as follows:
Family Indoor Playground
Bring the family to share games, friends, and fun! Instruction will include circle time, free play, large motor equipment, and more. Great for social and physical development of your young ones. Please register each child attending the class, but only pay for the first child.

Date: Sep 18 - Dec 11
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Gymnasium
Instructor: Tara Eggers
Big Chef, Little Cook
(3-5Y with Parent)
Here's a chance to be creative with your toddler! Our recipes are creative and fun. Each week, take your culinary creation with you and leave the rest to us. Please join us for this popular class.
Date: Sep 18 - Oct 23 (Session I) & Oct 30 - Dec 4 (Session II)
Location: Everett Park, Recreation Annex
Instructor: Sej Saed
We Built It
(3-5Y or 4-8Y, with a parent)
Join this fun, new class and work side-by-side with your young child as you both partake in a hands-on woodworking experience. Parents and children will use real tools to construct structures such as a tool box, doll crib, rope ladder, bat and ball holder, and much more! Participants are instructed on basic tool safety and wear protective gear while having constant support and guidance from start to finish. 
Dates: Sep 20 - Oct 25 (Thursday Session I) & Sep 22 - Oct 27 (Saturday Session I)
           Nov 1 - Dec 13 (Thursday Session II) & Nov 3 - Dec 15 (Saturday Session II)
Location: Everett Park, Recreation Annex
Instructor: Sej Saed
Kindermusik By: Kindermusik Northshore
Kindermusik Foundations
Hear squeals of delight as your baby anticipates the next zoom lift, giggles while dancing and socializing, and enjoys wide-eyed excitement for tummy tickle rhymes, massage, and exploration time. We'll explain why the research reveals this is important as we nurture and stimulate our lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. The $40 home materials fee payable to Kindermusik Northshore provides full-length CD, baby board book, visual stimulation banner, and specially designed instrument.
Dates: Sep 13 - Nov 1 (Session I) & Nov 8 - Jan 17 (Session II)
Location: Studio 4, Lake Forest Recreation Center
Instructor: Katherine Varadi
Kindermusik Level Two
Imagine twirling around the room, marching with happiness, and singing out with joy to the music! This class is lead by licensed teachers who cherish your child's blossoming social skill with "turn taking" activities, finger games, and playing simple instruments. Keep boosting your child's brain and fun using the essential home materials of two CDs, two music and movement books, an activity book, and a specially designed instrument, all in a carry bag. $60 payable to Kindermusik Northshore the first day of class.
Date: Sep 13 - Dec 20
Location: Studio 4, Lake Forest Recreation Center
Instructor: Katherine Varadi
Kindermusik Level Three
Carefully integrated curriculum of music, pretend play, literature, and a lot of movement. Children will reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions, solve problems, and interact with peers while letting their imagination soar. Parent Sharing Time will be during the last 15 minutes of class. A required $62 home materials fee payable to Kindermusik Northshore covers two CDs, two story books, and their own set of ankle bells and rain shaker. Kinderhaven blue students will have the convenience of being walked by an adult to class every day after school. 
Date: Sep 14 - Dec 21
Location: Studio 4, Lake Forest Recreation Center
Instructor: Katherine Varadi
View our brochure to see our current offerings. 


John Eldridge, Program Manager
Phone: 847-810-3940


Christine Faudel, Program Coordinator


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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