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Welcome to the Huntley Park District
Virtual Recreation Center! 

Huntley Park District is committed to providing you and your family opportunities to have fun while at home! As the weeks go on, we intend to provide you with both our own virtual programming and resources for further recreation. Continue to check back, as well as follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, while we update this page with more content!

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MAD SCIENCE AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

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We know this school year is different, and we're ready to help keep your kids engaged and learning from the comfort and safety of home.  With the help of our weekly, LIVE, interactive Mad Scientist, your child can continue to explore science around them.  Participants will receive their own Experiment Pack with our cool Take-Homes delivered right to your door.  Each program is one-hour long and meets once a week.  There are a variety of different themes to choose from that cover subjects from engineering to biology.  Registration deadline is one week before the activity begins.  Live classes are recorded so if you miss one, you can still access that week's activity.  

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New classes just added starting in November

Enter into the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards! You will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone kindergarten through fifth. Whether you have been playing chess for your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or you just want to have a fun experience with your friends - Chess Wizards Online is the place for you!  Classes are offered through Zoom and chesskid.com for a virtual chess board. No chess gear needed to participate.  To determine which level to sign your child up for please review the Placement Test to best determine your child’s ability level.

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ARTS & CRAFTS


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Cartoon Drawing Lessons

Young Rembrandts is keeping young artists busy learning with new drawing techniques and skills - ONLINE! We bring our time-tested curriculum and step-by-step teaching method into your home with our NEW video lessons. All you need is a pencil, paper, and markers. Easy to follow, fun 45 minute cartoon drawing lessons can be enjoyed on your own schedule by the entire family. Registrants receive a weekly e-mail lesson link via Constant Contact.

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OTHER RESOURCES

What Mom’s Love - Arts and Crafts in motion! Let your kids help build obstacle courses, games, and other fun activities to keep everyone entertained.

Art for Kids Hub -  Have your child watch and learn at-home art lessons.

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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Virtual Magic Class

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 for up to one month.  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.

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Virtual Balloon Animal Class

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. The video link is good for up to one month.  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.

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OTHER RESOURCES

Playtivitites Great resource for family and kid activities to do in the comfort of your home.

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MUSIC

Virtual Rock 'N' Kids

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Enroll in this virtual class session to sing, dance, play and learn! Rock 'n' Kids provides the Tot Rock and Kid Rock music and creative movement programs for children ages 1-6. Registered participants will receive an email with that week's private 30-minute virtual class, allowing families to participate on their own time. The session's musical activitiewill be based on the theme of "My Box of Crayons!" Each class will explore a different color through music and movement, and will include opening songs, weekly theme introduction, DIY instrument and prop ideas, 4-6 additional music activities, and closing songs. Class activities will involve rhythm, fine and gross motor, imaginative play, sensory integration and listening skills. Rock 'n' Kids has been enjoying children's wiggles and giggles for 25 years! You won't want to miss this chance for safe, musical fun and learning with your child!

OUTDOORS

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Healthy Kids Virtual Running

This spring the Huntley Park District teamed up with Healthy Kids Running Series but unfortunately never got to launce.  Now they have transitioned this opportunity to a virtual space and we encourage you to check it out.  A Virtual Race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog or walk on the grass, on the sidewalk, on the trail, on the treadmill or on the track. Your child will run their age appropriate race distance, at their own pace, and Mom and Dad record the time! Parents then upload the time after each race into the Series specific results sheet found on our Results Page. Families can also choose their own start and finish line, or if available, use an existing one provided by HKRS! Don't forget to run the Parent Mile on Week 5 Mom and Dad! All participants will receive a T-Shirt and a medal for their participation; however, pickup will be arranged after the Park District is reopened.  

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OTHER RESOURCES

Disney Parade - Check out a virtual parade!

Full screen 360 degree Virtual Tours – Travel the globe without all the stress of traveling the globe.

Red Wood National Park Tour - Go on a virtual hike through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

San Diego Zoo - Watch live animal videos, play games and get engaged with numerous activities. 

US National Parks - Go on 12 virtual hikes of US National Parks from the comfort of your couch.

Virtual Field Trips - Enjoy some of the greatest sights on earth with the family.

NEWWorld-Famous Tours - Visit 56 world-famous sights without leaving your home!

ESPORTS

Rocket League
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Rocket League is a video soccer game held in a virtual stadium featuring rocket-powered cars playing in a challenging, fast-paced soccer contest with elements of a demolition derby. All players will need the Rocket League game and the ability to play online matches. Rocket League Registration for Fall 2020 has closed.  Please check back for future eSports opportunities.

**Once registered, directions more directions and links will be provided at the bottom of your emailed receipt.**
 

DIVISION A - MOST COMPETITIVE [DIAMOND +]

This is the most competitive level league. Players can be at any skill level, but recommended skill is Diamond+.

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DIVISION B - MODERATELY COMPETITIVE [CAPPED AT PLATINUM]

This is a moderately competitive league. Players must be at the gold or platinum skill level; players higher than platinum are not eligible for this division.

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DIVISION C - LEAST COMPETITIVE [CAPPED AT SILVER]

This level is the most beginner-friendly, and least competitive league. Players must be at silver skill level or below to be eligible.

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