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Belleville
City of Belleville
101 S. Illinois St.
Belleville, IL 62220
Ph: 618-233-6810

Early Childhood Activities
Listed below are detailed descriptions of programs offered throughout the year.

PLEASE VISIT OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES PAGE TO SEE WHAT IS BEING OFFERED AT THIS TIME.

Little Sluggers T-Ball
Ages 3 to 5 Years
Little sluggers is a non-competitive, co-recreational approach to teaching safe baseball to preschool age children. Teams consist of a maximum of nine players. Each team will practice for the first 25 minutes and then will bat and field against another team during the last 20 minutes. All players will receive a T-shirt and safety ball. This is a parent participation program.

Alphabet Academy
September through May - Ages 3 to 5 Years
The Belleville Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a quality early childhood experience for your child, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually at the Nichols Community Center. Children are involved in hands-on learning through fine and large motor skill activities, dramatic play and creative arts, science, math and language experiences, cooking, and more. The program provides a stimulating learning atmosphere in large, well-equipped rooms and focuses on age-appropriate development of social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills. Child must be potty trained. We accept CHASI approved participants. Must have a pre-approval letter at the time of registration.

Kiddie Camp
June through July - Ages 3 to 5 Years
Kiddie Camp is a summer camp program for children ages 3 to 5 years old during the summer. It features weekly themes and daily activities including arts and crafts, story time, finger plays, songs, outdoor games, and supervised free play. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Children will bring a sack lunch to eat at noon. Kiddie Camp is held in the air-conditioned facility at the Nichols Community Center.

Kids in Action
Ages 3 to 6 Years
These age appropriate programs allow children to participate in a variety of activities including sports, games, gymnastics, creative movement, while acquiring better hand-eye coordination, balance agility, sports skills, and self esteem.

Karate Class
Grades:  Pre-K to 4th
Learn the basic techniques of Karate from Sensei Ken Valentine.  Karate emphasizes strength, endurance and flexibility while promoting a variety of self qualities; Confidence, discipline, respect and defense.

Little Kickers Soccer
Spring & Fall - Ages 3 to 5 Years
Little Kickers is a non-competitive, co-recreational approach to teaching safe soccer to preschool age children. Teams consist of a maximum of 9 players. Each team will practice for the first 25 minutes and then take the field against another team during the last 20 minutes. Each player will receive a t-shirt. This is a parent participation program. Parents / Guardians will be required to assist their child on the field. Outdoor program offered at Laderman Park in spring and summer. Indoor program offered at Nichols Community Center in Fall and Winter.

Little Dribblers Basketball

Ages 4 to 6 Years
A non-competitive, co-recreational approach to teaching safe Basketball to children before school leagues begin. The basic fundamentals of dribbling, passing and shooting will be taught with the emphasis of team play. A game will be played at the end of the session for the parents/guardians to see their new skills! All players receive a T-shirt.

Silly Scientists
Ages 6 to 8 Years
We believe children gain knowledge of science through discovery, and our creative science projects give our students a hands-on way to explore all areas of basic science. Children love the fun experiments, and parents will be fascinated to see their child’s interests grow!!!  

Nerf Nights
Ages 5 to 13 Years
Come and enjoy our fun program, NERF NIGHTS!!!  Participants must provide Nerf Gun and Nerf Ammunition. We provide safety glasses. Pizza and drink is also supplied! This has become one of the most popular games in the area! Don't miss out!

Calls from Santa
Ages 3 to 6 Years
Receive a special "Call from Santa" for children ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. The Downtown Belleville Optimist, Westside Optimist, Belleville Jaycees, Telephone Pioneers and Community Volunteers will be making calls in December. Forms may be obtained from the Parks & Recreation Office, City Hall, our website or through publications in the Belleville News Democrat.