Swap screen time for sports during the Schaumburg Park District’s Family Fun Night

By Schaumburg Park District

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With the average American household boasting 23 tech devices according to Parenting.com, it may sometimes be easy to overindulge in screen time.

The Schaumburg Park District offers an opportunity to turn off TVs, tablets and other devices during Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Celebrating Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, the event features an evening of basketball, volleyball, Dodgeball, T-ball, soccer and a preschool tot lot.

The Sport Center also will have its gymnastics area open with obstacle courses for the ultimate in active fun.

Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free to Schaumburg Park District residents and $8 for non-residents. The first 200 residents will receive a free give at the door.

For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Youngsters are flipping for Schaumburg Park District gymnastics

By Schaumburg Park District

gymnastics_fall_SCFrom team competition to classes allowing tots to jump and bounce in a safe atmosphere, the Schaumburg Park District’s gymnastics program provides multiple options.

Session I classes begin Sept. 8 and run through Oct. 24, with Session II beginning Oct. 26 and continuing through Dec. 18. Team-level classes begin Sept. 8 and run through May 27. Private gymnastics lessons also are available. Classes take place at The Sport Center, 1141 Irving Park Road.

Upcoming class levels include:

•Parent/Tot (ages 2-3)

•Tot (3 and older by September 1, 2015 and potty trained)

•Jr. Gymnastics Beginner (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2015)

•Jr. Gymnastics Intermediate (pre-requisite: Jr. Gymnastics Beginner)

•Girls/Boys Beginner

•Girls/Boys Intermediate (Instructor permission required)

•Girls/Boys Advanced (Pre-requisite: Girls/Boys Intermediate with instructor permission)



For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Safe Halloween Fun at the Bash

By Hoffman Estates Park District

HallweenBash_facebookSafe Halloween fun! Pumpkin decorating, games, crafts and snacks. Come to the Triphahn Center in Hoffman Estates dressed in your costume. Preregister by 10/24, no registration at the door. For kids 12 years and under.





Pumpkin Fest is Fun for All Ages

By Hoffman Estates Park District

PumpkinFest_facebookEnjoy live music, crafts, games and more. Fun for the whole family!


Calling all carvers! Enter our pumpkin carving contest (limited to 30 entries see below) to compete for a variety of prizes. Pumpkins will be available at the event, along with paint, carving tools, craft materials. You can carve and/or decorate a pumpkin. You may also bring your own pumpkin, already carved. Judging will be limited to 30 pumpkins and will be judged by popular vote at the event and online. Winners will be announced after the event.  There are no fees or registration required to carve a pumpkin or to enter the Pumpkin Contest, but we are asking for 4 non-perishable food items (canned goods, dry packaged goods) to donate to the local food pantry in lieu of a fee. Donations will be made to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.

For more information contact Jody Dodson at jdodson@heparks.org or 847-285-5432.




Teens Have a Blast at Fall Corn Maze

By Hoffman Estates Park District

cornmaze_facebookTeens join us for a 20 acre corn maze. Enjoy hanging out by the campfire eating hot dogs and s’mores. Dress warm, wear old shoes and bring a flashlight. Meet at the Triphahn Center. Program #245703. heparks.org






Nature Lovers Needed for Wildflower Seed Collecting

By Hoffman Estates Park District

WildflowerEvent-10_squareNature lovers, we need you! Volunteers of all ages are needed to collect native plant and wildflower seeds for future plantings. Part of the National Public Lands Day. Take part in the largest single day volunteer effort in the nation.

Come learn about our natural areas, hosted by our Parks Department. This event is FREE and occurs rain or shine.

RSVP to Sandy Manisco at smanisco@heparks.org or 847-781-3672.

Charlemagne Park is off of Algonquin Road, behind a church on Bordeaux.



Start on the right track with a Youth Fitness Training Orientation

By Schaumburg Park District

Youth FitnessBeing old enough to use Schaumburg Park District fitness facilities may be an exciting milestone for adolescents as they incorporate regular workouts into their lifestyles.

Teens wanting to use cardio and fitness equipment should first undergo a Youth Fitness Training Orientation. Held at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, the program teaches youths the correct ways to utilize appropriate equipment at District facilities.

Upcoming orientations are available for participants ages 12-13 and include:

  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 5
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 19
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 3
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 17
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 31

Cost of the orientation is $10. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Give baby an afternoon of fun at Open Play

By Schaumburg Park District

If you have an infant, toddler or preschooler, you know how daunting it can be to get out of the house, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate.tiny tot-sc

Luckily the Schaumburg Park District offers a nearby option for keeping little ones active and entertained rain or shine—Tiny Tot Open Play.  The fun returns from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Creative Activity Room of the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

The weekly, unstructured, drop-in playtime allows children 5 and younger to explore the indoor playground, which features cushy mats, slides, tunnels and a ball pit. Cost is $3 per child.

For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit www.parkfun.com.

T-ball teaches early fundamentals of teamwork

By Schaumburg Park District

For preschoolers and kindergarteners, T-ball may be an ideal way to learn basic batting, base running and other skills needed for baseball.

The Schaumburg Park District offers Jr. T-Ball for children ages 3-6 through All Star Sports Instruction. The District also offers a Little Sluggers T-Ball class for children ages 4 to 6. Both programs help boost confidence by building mechanics, hand-eye coordination and teamwork.

Classes are held at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Upcoming Jr. T-Ball classes include:t-ball-fall

• 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 20 (3-4 years)

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 11-Nov. 23 (4-6 years)

•9:45-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (4-6 years)

• 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15 (3-4 years)

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (4-6 years)

Upcoming Little Sluggers T-Ball classes include:

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 14
  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 9

For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Groove with your baby during Zumbini

By Schaumburg Park District

One thing about those babies and tots—they love to move!zumbini-2

Introduce your youngster to the benefits of fitness at an early age with Zumbini through the Schaumburg Park District. This exciting class where child development meets the magic of Zumba returns Sept. 18 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Classes meet Fridays from 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. through Nov. 6.

Children will be introduced to music from around the world, and receive a Zumbini Bundle containing a songbook and two copies of CDs featuring music from the class.

Cost is $100 for residents and $120 for non-residents, with a 50 percent discount for a second child. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit www.parkfun.com.