UNI Panther Play

The Department of Kinesiology will be offering its early childhood movement program for children between the ages of 2 – 5 during the FALL Semester 2019. The program’s schedule will include six (6) Saturdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 12, 19 (October 5 is UNI Homecoming so NO Panther PLAY on that Saturday). ALL sessions will be held in Gym 84 of the Wellness/Recreation Center (lower level gymnasium space).

Each Saturday there will be sessions from 9:00 to 9:50 AM and from 10:00 to 10:50 AM. The 9:00 session will be mainly for the 4-5 year olds while the 10:00 session will be mainly for the 2-3 year olds. You may park in the lot directly north of the Wellness Center or in the lot across Hudson Road and take the tunnel to the Wellness/Recreation Center, entering through the northeast doors. Parking is FREE for Panther PLAY participant families.

Registration fees for the FALL 2019 semester will be $30.00 for EACH CHILD. Since our program is very cost friendly ($5 per/session) we will not be offering discounts to UNI employees. You may register a sibling (ages 2-5) for $25.

A parent or guardian is required to accompany EACH child during each session, we hope that you can provide 1 to 1 interaction for your child. If you have more than ONE child attending we ask that you have ONE adult for each child. We have found that most children feel more secure when a "familiar face" is nearby and although we take care in providing a challenging, yet safe environment, the adult parent/caregiver is still essential in promoting safe behaviors and activities within this environment.

IMPORTANT: We also REQUIRE that when circumstances dictate that older siblings must accompany the adult and UNI Panther PLAY™ participant to the session, the older child take a passive role during the session so as not to inhibit or endanger the younger children.

We ask that older children who may need to come with a parent or guardian stay with that parent or guardian during the entire session. Older children MAY NOT be on ANY EQUIPMENT or ENGAGED IN ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES that are planned for the 2-5 year old participants.

Best practice is to bring alternative activities for older children to engage during our sessions.

Registration for the FALL 2019 UNI Panther PLAY™ Program will begin immediately and continue until all of the registration slots are filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kimberly Hurley, UNI Panther PLAY™, 119 WRC, Kimberly.Hurley@uni.edu  Phone: 319-273-2685.

Our FALL 2019 program will have planned physical activity stations that focus on age-appropriate movement skills (gross & fine motor skills) that encourage success in a fun atmosphere. We are excited to offer this hand's on opportunity to our Cedar Valley area parents, children and university student communities. We look forward to having you join the UNI Panther PLAY™ family to share in our fun and excitement.

PLEASE NOTE when you sign up your child that we use videotape or photo sessions to improve our educational program and do NOT share these outside of educational purposes.