Ring in the New Year before naptime with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

itsyMake a resolution to celebrate with your tot at the Schaumburg Park District’s Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown.

Set for 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 31, at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, the event features inflatables for climbing and a variety of toys and games for children ages 1 to 6. Trikes, big wheels and motorized jeeps also will be available. A noontime balloon drop will ring in 2017.

“This is a fun event for little ones to ring in the New Year,” said Karen Shannon, manager of The Sport Center. “They’ll have an opportunity to spend time playing with their parents and socializing with other children.”

Cost is $10 per family for residents and $15 per family for non-residents. Day-of registration is $15 per family for residents and $20 per family for non-residents. The first 200 registrants will receive a free noisemaker and lei.

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

Winter Registration Begins Mon. Nov. 21 at Hoffman Estates Park District

By Hoffman Estates Park District

NinjaThe Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) announces that registration for winter programs opens on Monday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. online at heparks.org and at all HE Parks facilities. Winter Guides were mailed to every household in Hoffman Estates, and is also available online at heparks.org.

New this season is a class for kids age 4-11 called Ninja Warrior. In this class, kid will gain endurance and strength with climbing, crawling, jumping, flipping, hanging and swinging. The class is similar to the popular television show with the same name. The class is offered on Wednesdays at Vogelei Barn, from 10-10:45 a.m. for kids age 4-6 and from 6:45-7:30 p.m. for kids age 6-11.  For more information contact Program Manager Jody Dodson at jdodson@heparks.org or 847-285-5432.

For adults, HE Parks added a Wiffle® Ball League. Teams are being recruited now for a competitive and a non-competitive league. The games will be played at Cannon Crossings Park starting in April. For more information, contact Athletic Manager Kyle Thomas at kthomas@heparks.org or 847-285-5429.

The 50+ Club is planning a group trip to Niagara Falls in April 2017. The popular trips sell out quickly, as they are affordably prices and provide a stress-free travel experience for adults age 50 and over. For more information, contact 50+ Coordinator Rica Cuff at rcuff@heparks.org or 847-885-7500 ext. 626.

In addition to programs, the Winter Guide also includes park and facility information and a list of all Winter events including Winter Fest, Breakfast with Santa, the Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Date Night and more.

Visit heparks.org to browse all the park district has to offer in 2017.




Winter Fest – Sat. Dec. 10

By Hoffman Estates Park District

The Hoffman Estates Park District is hoping for snow to make our Winter Fest the perfect way to celebrate the season. Bundle up and come outside for the crafts and activities at Bridges of Poplar Creek. Activities include crafts, games, fun in the snow, and sleigh rides. Come out and play – snow or no snow, we’ve got fun in store! This event is free! heparks.org. For more info, contact Jody Dodson at 847-285-5432 or email jdodson@heparks.org.

Try Hockey for Free

By Hoffman Estates Park District

DSC_0020Never tried the greatest game on earth? Boys and girls age 4-9 are invited to give the hockey a try, for free! Meet our great coaching staff whose goal is to help you learn and love the game. Equipment will be available for use, including skates, but if you own a bike helmet and/or hockey stick, please bring them along. Even if you are new to skating, don’t worry. Come out and give it a try!

The Triphahn Ice Arena Center is home to the Chicago Wolves and the area’s popular Wolf Pack Hockey Club. We’ve introduced hundreds of boys and girls to the world of hockey over the years. The event runs 1:50-2:50 PM but come 30 minutes early to get fitted for skates.

The event is free, but you must register in advance at the following website: Register for Try Hockey for Free Event


Take a “cool” run with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

chiliThe Schaumburg Park District’s annual 5K Chilly Chili Race isn’t just for adults!

Children ages 10 and older also are welcome to test their endurance.

The race begins at 10 a.m., Dec. 3, at the Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road. Participants may warm up after the race with a chili lunch. Awards will be issued in each age group, including 10-14 and 15-19. Each racer will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt.

Pre-registration is available at www.active.com. Pre-registration  is $35 and due by 5 p.m., Nov. 30. Race-day registration is $40. Check-in, packet pick-up and race-day registration will be available 8-9:30 a.m., Dec. 3. The Chilly Chili 5K is sponsored by Amita Health and Dick Pond Athletics.

For more information, visit www.parkfun.com.


Hang with friends at Boo-2U Fest

By Schaumburg Park District

Boo2U Come in costume and join the fun during the Schaumburg Park District’s Boo-2U Fest.

An interactive celebration for ages 8-11, the fest is set for 7-9 p.m., Oct. 28, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Activities include a DJ, games and crafts!

Cost is $10. Participants must be signed in and out by an adult 18 or older.

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


Jr. Basketball keeps little athletes on the move

By Schaumburg Park District


When the temperatures drop, keep your tot active with Jr. Basketball.

Offered to ages 3-4, new classes start Jan. 6 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. The program is designed to teach basketball at a basic level while ensuring players stay active and engaged the entire class. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available.

Teaching such a young age group involves playing basketball-style games, while also focusing on basic mechanics and building confidence. Jr. Basketball is an idea way to help little ones exercise, as footwork is an extremely important aspect and no player will be sitting.

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

Pumpkin Fest Fall Fun for Everyone

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Pumpkin Fest_facebookEnjoy live music, crafts and games. Fun for the whole family! Country band Wild Daisy will perform from 12:30-2 PM.

Calling all Decorators! Supplies will be on hand for your to paint, glitter and color your pumpkin just the way you like it. No registration required. Decorating is free, but in lieu of money, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to donate to the local food bank.

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Pokemon Go Halloween Gathering

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Pokemon-Oct-WRCBPCCalling all Pokémon Trainers, this event is for you. For Trainers of all ages! We’ll have lures set around Black Bear Park which has more than 15 Poké
Stops. Wear your costume! Register at the event. This event is free and for all ages.

Please note, the Disc Golf Course will be closed from 8:30A-11A for this event.

Saturday, Oct. 22

9-10:30 AM

Black Bear Park in Hoffman Estates

1734 Essex Drive

Start on the right track with a Youth Fitness Training Orientation

By Schaumburg Park District

CRC_4Being 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, Oct. 15
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 12
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 26
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 10

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