Youth Activities

Youth Activities and Recreation


The Carbondale Park District offers a number of sport, league sport, educational, fitness and leisure programs for a wide range of youth age groups.

All Species Puppet Parade
This parade takes place on Earth Day–Saturday, April 22, 2017. We will kick off at the LIFE Community Center and conclude at Turley Park with youth activities, story-telling, and songs.

Egg Hunt Extravaganza
Bring a basket, bag, or box to put your eggs in! We will see you promptly at 12:00pm at Evergreen Park’s Giant Sycamore Shelter Saturday, April 8. Children that are walking through 12 years are invited to participate.

Parents’ Night Out
Swimming, games, pizza, crafts, snacks, and no mess to clean up when you get home! Your child will have a great time with our Recreation staff.

Martial Arts
Hey Kids! Stay active, have fun, learn valuable life skills, and get some quality martial arts training. Karate can aid in development of strength, stamina, reflexes, balance, coordination, and flexibility.

Junior Dawgs Basketball
This coed recreation basketball league is for youth K-6th grade. Games and practices take place at the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale.

Soccer Skills Clinic
Become familiar moving with a ball at your feet and developing coordination and balance. A perfect program for kids who are brand new to soccer! Each class, kids participate in a variety of age appropriate activities.

This program will teach archery basics and proper shooting techniques. Participants experience a safe, fun, and well-balanced introduction to recreational and competitive archery. Learn the proper way to handle and shoot a bow and arrow. Equipment is provided.

T-Ball Skills Clinic
This program teaches participants the fundamentals of softball/baseball including fielding, throwing, running bases, and hitting.

Puppet Workshop
Imagine creating a character, then bringing that character to life at the 3rd Annual Earth Day All-Species Puppet Parade. During this four week program, participants in this program will design and construct a puppet. All materials provided.

Upcoming Youth Recreation Events

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Youth Events

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All Events

Youth Recreation Classes

Course Name Time Duration Start Date
Karate Intermediate Session 4
T, Th. 5:30 – 6:30 pm
8 Classes April 4, 2017
Mushin Ryu Jujitsu W2
Wed. 5:30 – 6:30 pm
8 Classes March 22, 2017

Youth Agencies

Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale

The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC) serves children ages 6-18 years old by providing a curriculum of entertaining activities during after-school hours. BGCC works to generate, enhance, and reinforce, academic, social, and character education in collaboration with schools, community groups, and families.
Tina Carpenter, Program Director
618-457-8877 x23

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts provides educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
Trina Thomas, 618-867-6293

Carbondale Junior Sports

Carbondale Junior Sports, Inc organizes, promotes, and sponsors junior sports program. Our sports programs promote and encourage the spirit of competition, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. Programs include baseball, flag football, tackle football, softball, and wrestling.

Carbondale Soccer Inc.

CSI offers recreational soccer for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 14 years old in the Carbondale area. The focus of the program is on fun, instruction and making and growing of friendships.
Whitney O’Daniel, 618-534-7492

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout program is for every girl, everywhere.
Kristin Heavrin, 800-345-6858

4-H in Jackson County

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnerships with caring adults. Jackson County 4-H prepares young people to step up to challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.
Michelle Bisel, 1-618-687-1727

Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356