Recreation

500 E. Lake Shore Drive Decatur, IL
62521

Lapsits: Parents and children interact with each other around a theme, including books and activities. The focus is on parent-child interaction and literacy. Lapsits are free and are held in public libraries and schools. Call or check the website for locations and times.

Baby Talk Times: Small parent-child groups are held for families with children birth to three to share parent questions and concerns, to celebrate babies’ achievements, and to have fun with books, toys, songs, and fingerplays. Call or check the website for locations and times for this free program.

Community Based Family Support: Parents receive encouragement and support in raising their children through personalized family visits, developmental screenings, parent-child groups and developmental information.

http://www.babytalk.org
217-475-2234
55 S. Country Club Rd.
Decatur, IL
62521

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.
Children under 2, members, and ACM members are free. Non-member children 2 and up pay $5. Offer exhibits that challenge a child’s mind in the areas of arts and sciences.

http://www.childrensmuseumofil.com/
217-423-5437
220 W. McKinley
Decatur, IL
62526

Fitness classes, arthritis programs, water exercise, preschool program for ages 3-5. Progressive swimming lessons, gymnastics, and dance. They can serve children ages 6 weeks to 13 years of age during the summer. Call for more details.

http://www.decaturymca.org/
217-872-9622
620 E. Riverside Decatur, IL
62521
http://www.decatur-parks.org/
217-422-8535
Pershing Early Learning Center
2912 N. University
Decatur, IL
62526

Early Beginnings offers home visiting, parental support, parent workshops, community referrals, and play groups. Free developmental screenings are offered for all children ages 0-5 residing in Decatur Public School District #61. Program eligibility will be determined at initial screening, which includes a parent interview. Funding provided by ISBE and DHS/MIECHV.

217-876-8329
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL
62521

Features of the area include: forest, wetland, grassland, restored Illinois prairie, a large nature center, a museum, a restored farmhouse, nearly nine miles of hiking trails, and a paved bike trail. Classes are also offered.

217-423-7708
71 S. Country Club Rd.
Decatur, IL
62521

The Zoo is open daily April to October with special summer hours of: 10 AM-7 PM daily, with last admission being at 6 PM. On 8/20, they return to regular hours, which are 10 AM-5 PM on weekdays with last admission being at 4 PM, and 10 AM-7 PM on weekends, with last admission being at 6 PM. Admission prices are: $5.25 for adults, $3.25 for children 2-12, $4.25 for seniors 65+, and children under 2 are free. Free days are on Thursdays.
There are additional charges for the Z.O. & O. Train and for the Endangered Animals Carousel.
Project Playground is open daily and is free to the public. It is ADA- accessible.

http://scovillzoo.com/
217-421-7435