Reel in a great time at Volkening Lake Fest and Fishing Derby

By Schaumburg Park District

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend enjoying fishing, paddle boats and playtime at Schaumburg Park District’s Volkening Lake.

Volkening Lake Fest and Fishing Derby is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  June 16 at the lake, 900 W. Schaumburg Road. The event features a bounce house, inflatable slide, face painting, an interactive DJ and of course, plenty of fishing and paddle boating.

A hot dog or brat, chips and can of soda or bottled water is included in the fee.

Fishing Derby participants will be divided into age groups of 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 17 and an adult group. Prizes will be awarded for the shortest, longest, most fish caught and most unique catch in each age group. Participants must bring their own poles and bait.

“Enjoy fresh air, fishing, a walk around scenic Volkening Lake and a hot dog picnic,” said Stacy Johnson, assistant aquatics supervisor. “Families will fish together and win great prizes.”

Cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Pre-registration ends June 15. Day-of registration will be available at Volkening Lake for $25.  Admission is free for children 2 and younger.

For information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Be part of living history at Spring Valley Country Fair

By Schaumburg Park District

Take a trip back in time to the 1880s during Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Country Fair, sponsored by Spring Valley Nature Club.

Admission is free to the two-day fair, is set for noon to 4 p.m., June 23 and 24 at Volkening Heritage Farm, 201 S. Plum Grove Road.

See the best in 19th century farm equipment as you stroll through this recreation of an 1880s country fair. Visit the livestock and domestic arts tent, be drawn in with blue ribbon winning skits and other live entertainment and purchase the latest wears from Spring Valley Handy-Crafters.

“Country Fairs were a fun experience in the 19th century,” said Patty Kennedy, farm program coordinator. “Visitors will see interpreters showing animals, baked goods and farm equipment in competition for blue ribbons – the quintessential prize for the best of the fair.”

Food and other refreshments also will be available for purchase. Parking is available on Plum Grove Road, across from Heritage Farm.

For more information, call (847) 985-2102 or visit

It’s picnic time at Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Join in on the fun at Schaumburg Park District’s Summer Picnic!

SPD Summer Picnic, sponsored by Schaumburg Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, is set
for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 19 at Atcher Island, 730 S. Springinsguth Road.

Bring the whole family and enjoy unlimited use of the pool, an interactive DJ, face painting, games and great food.

“Our Summer Picnic is a fun way for families to spend the evening out by the pool,” said Heather Hagstrom, aquatics supervisor. “Children love playing games splashing around in the pool.”

Admission is $5 per person and includes all activities, choice of a hot
dog or brat, chips and a drink. Registration is not required.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Bark, growl and howl for Yappy Hour

By Schaumburg Park District

Let your summer evening go to the dogs during Schaumburg Park District’s Yappy Hour.

Set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 22 at K9 Dog Park, 120 Remington Road, the annual happy hour for four-legged friends and their owners features wine, beer and soda. Activities for pups include a dog agility course, bobbing for hot dogs and crafts for children.

“It’s nice to go out on a summer evening,” said Mike Wold, Meineke Recreation Center Manager. “This is a chance to hang out and socialize with other dog owners, while your dog socializes as well.”

A copy of each dog’s vaccination records must be brought the day-of the event. Participants must be 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Resident admission for adults 21 and older with beverage is $12; $5 without beverage for guests 18 and older and $3 for children ages 3 to 17. Non-resident admission for adults 21 and older with beverage is $18; $11 without beverage for guests 18 and older and $5 for children.

For more information, call (847) 985-2143 or visit

Celebrate Schaumburg Park District pools all summer long

By Schaumburg Park District

Enjoy a summer of Aquatics Appreciation with special events at District pools!

Flick N’ Float, featuring “Moana,” kicks off the fun at 7 p.m., June 15 at Atcher Island, 730 S. Springinsguth Road.

A barbecue lunch and deck games event is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. July 17 at Meineke Pool, 220 E. Weathersfield Way and the Bock Family Obstacle Course Challenge takes place 10:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 at Bock Park and Pool, 1223 W. Sharon Lane. Families are invited to dress in pirate gear and join in on an obstacle course like no other.

“We’re really excited about Aquatics Appreciation events this summer,” said Stacy Johnson, assistant aquatics supervisor. “It’s always great to see everyone out there at our pools having a wonderful time.”

For information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Break a world record for swim lessons at The Water Works

By Schaumburg Park District

Schaumburg Park District is taking part in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for swim lessons.

The Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, will join aquatic facilities worldwide at 10 a.m., June 21 to host The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Designed to promote the importance of teaching children to swim and prevent drowning, the event includes a 30-minute-long free swim lesson for participants ages 1 and older.

“Swim lessons save lives,” said Heather Hagstrom, aquatics supervisor. “We thought this would be a great program to build awareness.”

Swimmers will be divided into groups based on age. Last year’s record for the event included 600 locations in 27 countries.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Easter Events in Hoffman Estates

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Don’t miss these upcoming holiday events:

April 8 – Doggie Eggstravaganza

April 9 – Free Egg Slide ice skating event

April 15 – Egg Hunts with the Easter Bunny

April 15 – Aqua Egg Hunt - SOLD OUT

April 16 – Easter Brunch – SOLD OUT

Free Community Walking Events

By Hoffman Estates Park District

HoffmanWalks-5 date - letterYou’re invited to a series of free walking events, called Hoffman Walks. The next event is Sat. April 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Charlemagne Park. On one Saturday each month, HE Parks will host a 2-hour walk at a park or facility open to all ages and abilities. Participants can walk as long as they’d like.

“Walking is a great way to improve health, well-being and peace of mind,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities for HE Parks.

The benefits of walking are numerous, including boosting energy, reducing the effects of sitting, improving strength and heart function. In September 2015, the Surgeon General issued a Call To Action to increase walking among Americans of all ages. It stated that one out of every two adults in America living with a chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, and recommended that increasing activity level through walking can significantly reduce risk of chronic disease.

“We felt that walking is an easy, entry-level type of activity,” said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of recreation for HE Parks. “Our hope is that once an individual makes walking a habit, that this will lead them to more kinds of activity.”

Registration is not required.

Sat. April 8, 9 AM at Charlemagne Park (3799 Bordeaux) – Stroll around this beautiful park pond to celebrate spring and all its critters and flowers!

Sat. May 6, 9 AM at Fabbrini Park (1670 Glen Lake Road) – Bring mom for a walk in the park. All moms in attendance will get a special gift.

Watch for more events to come in the Summer Guide. For more information, visit

Spend spring break staying active with SPD

By Schaumburg Park District

Spring break

Help your little sprout blossom this spring with chess, Lego and active adventures.

Among the choices during spring break is the full-day So Cool Spring Break Camp, at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. The camp features games, field trips and crafts. Other camps take place at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane.

“Spring break camps are a safe and fun option for children when they’re off from school,” said Kathleen Benson, Bock manager and general program coordinator. “It’s an excellent way to keep them engaged while making memories during their break.”

The full list of options includes:

  • So Cool Spring Break Camp at MRC, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 27-31* (ages 6-12) *Register for select days or entire session.
  • Chess Scholars Spring Break Chess Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, March 27-31, Bock (ages 5-12)
  • LEGO Mindstorms Invasion of the Robots Mini-Camp, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday through Wednesday, March 28-29, Bock (ages 9-14)
  • Pre-Engineering Spring Break Mini-Camp with Lego Robotics, 10-11 a.m., Tuesday through Wednesday, March 28 and 29, Bock (ages 6-9)

For more information, call (847) 985-2141 or visit


Party with your pals at Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

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Seventh and eighth graders— text your friends and let them know The Party’s Back!

The Party’s Back is set for 7-10 p.m., Feb. 3, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Junior high students from District 54 and other schools are invited to enjoy a night of music, dancing and food. A photo booth also will be available during the festivities.

“We have a whole new theme,” said Meineke Center Manager Mike Wold. “This is a great way for teens to spend their Friday night!”

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit