Gurnee Park District News

This July, We Are Parks and Recreation at Gurnee Park District

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Month-long celebration highlights the essential services of local parks and recreation.  This July, join us for Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who are providing services that are vital to the health of Gurnee. Four Gurnee Park District employees a...
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Halloween crafts with Growing Tree Preschool: How to make a glow in the dark ghost.

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​Our Growing Tree Preschool students spent three days creating spooktacular Halloween decorations to bring home. Special thanks to Gurnee Park District Growing Tree Preschool Teachers Robin Pfenning and Elaine Fox, from Room 3 at Hunt Club for their creativity and leadership! It was so much fun to follow along and see the final ghostly and glowing ...
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Teaming up with Warren Special Recreation Association for Inclusion.

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Blog Author: Amber Bodame CTRS, Inclusion & S.O. Coordinator at WSRA | To meet the needs of people with disabilities who choose to participate in park district programs, the professional staff at Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) assist participants and their parents with the inclusion process. Inclusion...
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The benefits of dance class for your preschooler

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Blog Author: Kris Norwood, Performing Arts Coordinator ​ Gurnee Park District dance classes look to teach our favorite tiny dancers basic dance skills while having fun! Learn how our preschool dance classes keep children active, encourage social development, enhance critical thinking skills and improve confidence. Active Learning  Physica...
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Preschool Activities for Your Little Learner

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​Blog Author: Sue McDougle, CPRP, Preschool Manager |  Each day at Growing Tree Preschool is filled with a myriad of opportunities to learn, grow and play. Our active learners at Growing Tree Preschool truly engage and are hands on each day.  From matching activities to science as well as cause and effect, there's always a new way to...
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Motor skills. What are they and how you can help your preschooler?

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Blog Author: Sue McDougle, Preschool Manager | Fine motor skills are the ability to coordinate movements using the small muscles in the fingers, hands and forearms. The building blocks to developing good fine motor skills include hand strength, finger strength, hand eye coordination as well as: ​Bilateral Integration: The ability to move both ...
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Why Choose GPD Summer Camp? Weeks of Fun, Years of Memories!

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Blog Author: Sabrina Hinkens, Youth Program Supervisor - Summer Camp builds confidence and independence and allows children to meet lifelong friends. Register for your summer today! Plan summer based on your child's age, interests and scheduling needs.  Our dedicated and talented camp staff's number one priority is the safety an...
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Start Preschool! Options for 2 1/2 to 4 year olds!

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Blog Author: Sue McDougle, Preschool Manager -  If your child is ready to make friends, learn and have fun in a safe and dynamic classroom setting than they're ready for Preschool! Growing Tree Preschool is a curriculum based preschool program with childcare options available before or after class. Rather than childcare with curriculum include...
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