Howl, hike and follow leaves at Spring Valley

By Schaumburg Park District

girl scoutsTake hike, enjoy the fall colors and stay active in fresh air at the Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Nature Center.

Children ages 4-7 will follow clues on a leaf collecting walk during Follow Those Leaves from 10:30-noon, Oct. 10 at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road.

Youngsters also will hear the exciting story of Leaf Man and learn how to make their own leaf creations to take home.

Registration is required. Cost is $8 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

New this fall, the District also is offering a Howl at the Moon Hike for children ages 5 and older. The hike takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 30 at Spring Valley Nature Center 111 E. Schaumburg Road. During the Halloween-eve hike, children will venture into the woods and learn about the creatures that emerge at night.

Registration is required. Cost is $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.

Other fall hiking programs at Spring Valley include:

  • Spider Web Hunt, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Oct. 10 (ages 8-12)
  • Leave Collecting 101, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 17 (ages 8-12)
  • Falling Colors, 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 17 (all ages, free drop-in program)

For more information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit

Score a touchdown with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Flag_footballWhat’s better than watching football this fall? How about playing the sport?

Registration for the Schaumburg Park District’s Flag Football Skills Program is underway. Offered for children ages 6 to 8, the class helps increase skill level and overall knowledge of the game. Speed and agility drills are used to help will balance, lateral and linear movements and explosiveness from a set stance.

Youngsters also will learn footwork and balance while focusing on quarterback, running back, line play, receiving and defensive tactics. Games and competitions also are included. Contact is minimal and there is no tackling.

Classes take place from 3-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, starting Nov. 5 and running through Dec. 14 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit

Ride bikes, help others during Food for Fun

By Schaumburg Park District

SC-bikeTots may enjoy an afternoon of riding while doing a good deed for their community.

Food for Fun takes place 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Schaumburg Park District’s Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road. Children ages 42 months to 5 years old are invited to bring one canned good or non-perishable food item in exchange for admittance to the park. Each participant who brings a second donation will receive a ticket to ride the 18-passenger trackless train. Donations will be made to the Schaumburg food pantry.

Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes, or they may ride one of the District’s big wheels. All riders must wear helmets and gym shoes. Parents must supervise their children at all times and each person attending must register for the event.

For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit

Shoot, score, succeed with Schaumburg Park District basketball

By Schaumburg Park District

SC-basketball-2Learn some fancy footwork, build confidence and stay active through basketball programs with the Schaumburg Park District.

Basketball classes start for participants as young as 4, with league opportunities available for girls ages 11 and older. In Junior Basketball, the sport is taught at a basic level, keeping players engaged with specially-designed exercises and games. The program’s foundation is built on basic mechanics, with larger challenges added as the class progresses.

Half-pint hoopsters introduces kids to the rules and fundamentals of basketball, with participants dribbling, passing, shooting and learning teamwork through drills and games. New this fall, the District also is offering the Wade Heisler Basketball Camp led by Schaumburg High School Boys Head Basketball Coach Wade Heisler.

Girls 11 and older may shoot hoops in the Girls Feeder Basketball League from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings from Nov. 21 to March 26.  Teams may register only at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Times and dates for other upcoming basketball classes include:

Half Pint Hoopsters

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 26-Dec. 7, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road (ages 6-9)
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 9, The Sport Center (ages 4-6)
  • 11-11:45 a.m., Saturdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 12, Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road. (ages 6-9)

Junior Basketball

  • 4-5 p.m., Thursdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 17, The Sport Center (ages 4-6)
  • 5-6 p.m., Thursdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 17, The Sport Center (ages 6-8)

Wade Heisler Basketball Camp

  • 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 15 (ages 9-14)

For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit

Dance to your own beat during Zumba Kids

By Schaumburg Park District

SC-ZumbaOne rule of fitness is that it should be fun.

Offered through the Schaumburg Park District, Zumba Kids gives children ages 7-11 the opportunity to dance to their own beats, rock with friends and have a blast while staying healthy and fit.

Featuring age-appropriate music, this Saturday morning program encourages kids to be fearless on the dance floor and enjoy being themselves. Classes are held at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 31-Dec. 19

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

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, 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

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

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 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.