Youth Classes

Register for classes at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Ave.) or by phone at 219-326-9600. Visa/MasterCard are accepted.

Ceramics

If you are looking for a fun, creative outlet, try one of our ceramic classes. It provides a great way to get away and meet friends, all while making some unique projects for yourself or gifts for others.  We offer pre-registered specialty classes as well as open classes, held in the Ceramics Room at the Civic Auditorium. The fee of the specialty classes varies per project and includes everything necessary to complete the project. The cost is $6 per class during the open classes.  Also offering group classes for birthday parties, youth groups, or other organizations. Contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov to schedule your group class.  Check back for a new list of classes.

Kooking with Kids

This five-week cooking class is a fun, interactive cooking class that provides a hands-on experience for children in cooking/preparing healthy dishes and snacks with the five food groups. Kids cooking programs are a fantastic way to get kids interested and even excited about healthy foods. Participants have the opportunity to create healthy meals that teach kids important math and reading skills as they follow recipes and measure ingredients. Children will learn about food safety and meal planning in a fun, interactive way.  Check back for new dates!

Kid's Art Classes - Parties on the Gogh

We are thrilled to collaborate with Parties on the Gogh's owner Kristi Chadderdon for a variety of new inspiring classes! Let your artistic abilities shine by attending one of these new classes.  Classes will change monthly, so keep an eye on this page!  Youth specialty classes are offered throughout the year with varying fees based on the project.  Minimum and maximum class size requirements.  Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  All classes are held in the Ceramics Room in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium,1001 Ridge Street, (enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.   

Kid's Pottery - Wheel Throwing

The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. This class focuses solely on techniques in throwing clay forms on a pottery wheel. During the five-week class, students will learn to apply aesthetics, proper thickness, and craftsmanship needed to make functional pottery. You'll be guided by local artist Alayna Bublitz who has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics. Learn the process of making, decorating and glazing your work. A class for all skill levels. The fee for the program is $47. We offer children's classes (ages 7-17) on Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. All classes are held in the Ceramics Room in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

New Dates TBA.

 

Kids Yoga

Our program brings life and excitement to each of the Kids Yoga poses. Children can imitate, feel and experiment with different poses in an interactive, fun, and imaginative way.

Toddler Yoga

A supportive, fun-loving and active yoga class.  As tot's mobility increases, classes offer tot-centric poses that encourage and support their physical explorations.  Toddlers become more confident in their moving bodies as they practice yoga both in and out of class.  Class incorporates movement, repetition, music and songs, props and more!  Poses and much needed relaxation included for caregivers as well!

Classes held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, (enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Mobile babies up to 3 years of age are eligible for this class with a caregiver. The fee for the six-week session is $60. Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Class size requirements are needed.

Pre-school Yoga

Yoga designed for the pre-school-aged child.  Kids practice age-appropriate poses that develop strength, coordination, gross and fine motor skills, flexibility and balance.  This class promotes movement and learning with fun themes and imaginative exploration.  Each class is filled with movement, locomotions, music, mat work, breathing techniques and so much fun.

Classes held on Thursdays from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, (enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Children 3 to 5 years of age are eligible for this class with a caregiver. The fee for the six-week session is $60. Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Class size requirements are needed.

Kid's Yoga

Kids will practice various poses for a complete exercise with themed classes that promote learning with an engaging, whole body approach. In yoga class, kids will learn self-care strategies, tools for anxiety, coping methods, social skills, fitness & self-esteem, community building, and energy regulation.

Classes held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, (enter through the door at the end of the ramp on Plain Street).  Children in grades K-5 are eligible for this class. The fee for the six-week session is $60. Pre-registration is required by calling 219-326-9600 with your credit card or visiting 250 Pine Lake Avenue weekdays 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Class size requirements are needed.

Instructor Christie Trksak is a La Porte resident, mom of two and owner of Divine Child Yoga LLC.  She has been teaching yoga since 2015 and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  Christie is also a Certified YogaKids® instructor and holds specialty certifications in Baby & Toddler Yoga and Prenatal Yoga.  She also has 10 years experience coaching gymnastics and was a Program Director for her former gym in Illinois. 

Check back for new dates this fall!