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Crystal Lake Park District offers Safety Town for kids

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:58 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:06 p.m. CST

CRYSTAL LAKE – Safety Town is a nationally recognized program that introduces safety skills to 5- and 6-year-olds.

Children learn safety through role playing and participating in simulated life situations.  A miniature town is used as the scene for safety lessons. Safety also is taught through songs, poems, art projects, stories, movies, and visits from the police and fire departments.

The Crystal Lake Park District offers parents a choice of an eight-day session or a four-day session.

T-shirts are included in the class fee. Students should bring a bike helmet to class. Parents must accompany each child to the first class for a brief orientation. 

The four-day class consists of onsite activities and water safety, but no visits from police or fire departments.

The cost for the eight-day session is $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. The cost for the four-day session is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Safety Town is not just for preschoolers. During a Safety Explorer class, 7- to 10-year-olds will participate in rap sessions that are age appropriate. Discussions will include, but are not limited to, peer pressure, Internet and mall safety, staying home alone and first aid/CPR. 

The cost is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Register at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Ave., or online at 

For information, call Jenni Silka at 815-459-0680, ext. 219.

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