Our first year hosting the After School Club has been a very fun time! We are so proud of our children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade here in District 15 as well as St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine and St. James in Arlington Heights. What started out as 3 schools near the rink has expanded to more than 8! We currently provide transportation to Winston Campus, Hunting Ridge, Jane Addams, Lincoln Elementary, Kimball Hill, Marion Jordan, Lake Louise, Pleasant Hill, St. Thomas of Villanova and St James in Arlington Heights. Children attending schools that we do not provide transportation for are also welcome, if parents can make arrangements to get their children to the facility.
The children enrolled in our program have experienced great report cards, our mentors work really hard with them for the 1st hour to get all their homework done. Of course, having a nutritious snack helps little brains work extra hard! Once their homework is finished it’s time to play! We offered a range of games and toys out on the skating floor, encouraging the kids to play with the other children even if their ages are different because we believe in teaching kindness and cooperation among all our Club Members. Our games and activities are non-competitive and our adults on hand are out on the floor supervising. Some of our children make up their own games using our huge bouncy balls and plastic cones. We occasionally have snowball fights with 250 cotton snowballs and have pop-up tents for the kids to hide and form teams! At any given time, the kids are skating, dancing, running and jumping rope. We don’t have any ‘high tech’ games like electronics because we want our kids to be active and get fit.
We are now on the preferred provider list for District 15 and proud of the program we’ve worked so hard to put together. For next school year 2015/16 we are adding Early Care to help parents that need help in the early morning and will transport the children to their schools in our shiny new bus that is in the process of being painted with outer space murals to compliment our space theme for Orbit Skate Center. Early care will start as early as our enrolled families need, even at 6am for a nominal additional fee either on a full or part time basis.
We are expecting a larger enrollment for the next school year, families can register their children now for an annual fee of $50 per family to hold their spots. Monthly billing makes paying tuition online or at the rink very affordable. If you need before or after school care, stop by the rink and check out this wonderful program!