Our youth programs are designed to provide each age group with opportunities in cooking, art, continuing education and fitness to enrich their childhood.

According to the US Department of Education, youth engaged in after school programs benefit in the following ways:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Increased cultural awareness
  • Reduced drug abuse and tobacco use
  • Reduced juvenile crime
  • Lowered childhood obesity
  • Improved social skills
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

Participants who are transferred to after school programs from Walker School are encouraged to bring a snack to enjoy prior to the start of the program. This year we will provide a fifteen-minute transition period from 2:45PM until 3:00PM to allow time for a snack and to expel some energy between school and park programs. The programs will then run from 3:00PM until 4:15PM from September through December and January through May, with each session requiring registration and payment as listed below.

School Holiday Information

Bedford Park District programs are not in session during District #104 school holidays.

Youth Open Gym

Physical activity is essential to the health and well-being of our youth. Join Anita for an afternoon of fun including Mini Golf, Capture the Flag, American Eagle and much more. Registration is mandatory for this program for parents choosing to send their children in Kindergarten through 4th grades to the Swanson Center after school on a daily basis.

This system will ensure that we have parent emergency contact information and a current waiver on file. The rate will be prorated for youth registered in one or two after-school programs at the Bedford Park District as follows:

  • Participants registered for one after-school program will have their rate reduced by $10
  • Participants registered for two or more after school programs will have their rate reduced by $20
  • Location: Swanson Center
  • Time: 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Age: Grades K - 6
  • Fee: $50R/$75NR

Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts classes are essential to child development and promote self-confidence, improve fine motor skills, and teach an abundance of subjects including science. Crafts also allow kids to explore new ideas and then express themselves by making something. We are thrilled to offer after school arts and crafts opportunities for children of all ages. Children need a safe place to go after school and the Bedford Park District art studio is the ideal place to inspire creativity. Participants will work on various projects every week and take them home upon completion.


Grades 2 & 3


Grades K & 1


Grades 4 & 5

  • Location: Art/Ceramics Studio
  • Time: 2:45PM - 4:15PM
  • Date: September 6th – December 22nd
  • Age: Grades K - 5 (see days)
  • Fee: $25R/$30NR

Enrichment Program

Bedford Park District continues to offer educational opportunities for youth in Kindergarten through 8th grades to enhance the learning experience they already receive in school in a fun non-structured environment. Activities include homework help, science experiments, math quizzes, cultural growth and more.

  • Location: Swanson Center
  • Date: Monday
  • Time: 2:45PM until 4:15PM

Zumbatomic — Zumba for Kids

Join Tara for an energetic afternoon of Zumba geared for children of all ages. The Zumbatomic program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! We feature age-appropriate music and moves that gets kids moving.

4-year-old Playschool, K, & 1

2:45PM until 3:30PM

2nd grade and up

3:30PM until 4:15PM

  • Location: Swanson Center
  • Day: Monday
  • Fee: $30 per session, payable to the instructor

Culinary Kids

Join our most popular after-school program. Each week children will prepare diverse foods and try mouthwatering recipes they cooked themselves! Our young chefs will be divided into three age groups as follows:


Grades 4 & 5


Grades 2 & 3


Grades K & 1

  • Location: Community Building Kitchen and Prep Station
  • Time: 2:45PM until 4:15PM
  • Fee: $30R/$35NR (includes food and beverages)

Cooking/Crafts Combo

The cooking/craft combination class is designed for junior high school students in grades seven and eight. It works with their busy schedule by alternating cooking and craft opportunities each week on Friday afternoons.

  • Day: Friday
  • Grades: 6th and up
  • Time: 3:00PM until 4:15PM
  • Fee: $30R/$35NR