Swim with the Barracudas this fall

By Schaumburg Park District

Barracuda-SCExperience the excitement of swim meets and competition while making new friends with the Schaumburg Park District’s Barracuda Swim Team.

New swimmer tryouts begin the week of Aug. 8. Swimmers will be asked to get into the water and be evaluated by swim coaches. Fall practices are rotated between Schaumburg High School, Conant High School and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA. Competition levels are available for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced swimmers ages 5-13. Requirements for each level include:

  • Beginner: Must be able to swim 50 yards. Practices are 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 30-Nov. 17.
  • Intermediate: Must be able to swim 50 yards in all four competitive strokes. Practices are 7:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 18.
  • Advanced: Must be able to swim 100 yards of each competitive stroke continuously. Practices are 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 17.

An option to compete with the USA Swimming Team also is available for skilled swimmers ages 5 to 18. Participants must have a strong background in training and stroke mechanics in all four strokes and a commitment to compete. Workouts are 3000-5000 yards a practice. Practices are 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 18.

Returning swimmer registration for the Barracuda Swim Team is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 16, at The Water Works Family Aquatics Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

For more information, call (847) 490-4515 or visit http://www.parkfun.com/programs/aquatics/barracuda-swim-team.


Party In the Park to Feature Multi-Cultural Entertainment

By Hoffman Estates Park District

DSC_0007The community is invited to Fabbrini Park (1704 Glen Lake Road) on Saturday, August 6 for the annual Party in the Park, hosted by the Hoffman Estates Park District. The event will feature many popular attractions including live music, games, food and activities. New this year is multi-cultural entertainment such as Irish, Indian and Spanish dancers and Japanese drummers, presented in part by the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Parents will find everything they need to keep their family happy from food, beer and entertainment for all ages, include children’s games, family crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and a 24-foot climbing wall.

The event is open to the public from 4-10:00 p.m. Admission is free. Wrist bands will be available for $10 that will include all activities.

“Party in the Park is like a giant block party, but we do all the work,” said Dean Bostrom, park district executive director. “It’s a great, inexpensive way for our families to spend a summer afternoon and evening outdoors, just having fun.”

Pre-teens will love the “throw-back” old-fashioned games such as tug-of-war, potato sack races, 3-legged races and water balloon toss.

Throughout the day, quench your appetite and thirst at the food and beer tent, which will be expanded this year to include more food vendors with a greater variety of options. At 8:30 p.m. the evening will draw to a close with live music performed by 90s tribute band “Run Forrest Run”.

“We’ve definitely packed a lot of excitement into a day,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities. “But I’m sure no one will mind going home exhausted.”

For more information or a complete schedule of events, visit the park district’s website at heparks.org or call 847-885-7500.

Keep kids fit and focused with youth karate classes

By Schaumburg Park District

MartialArts_3Karate classes through the Schaumburg Park District are a great way to strengthen youngsters’ bodies and minds when school resumes in late August.

Fall youth karate classes begin in September, with sessions available at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Meineke Recreation Center, 220 W. Weathersfield Way and Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut St., Hanover Park.

Taught by Illinois Shotokan Karate Club, classes offer flexibility, strength and coordination development for children ages 4-7, while children ages 7-14 focus on a mix of strength training and cardiovascular and flexibility exercises.

Classes include:

  • Pre Karate/Safety (ages 4-7)
  • Karate/Safety: Youth (ages 7-14)

For more information, visit www.parkfun.com.

See the Birds of Prey Exhibit

By Hoffman Estates Park District

IMG_5216Did you know that we have a variety of birds of prey on display at Vogelei Park? It’s true! Each Sunday from 1-4 PM you can get an upclose look at the Northern Illinois Raptor Center’s bird handlers and their special raptors. Read more here.







Friday Fun in the Park at Vogelei

By Hoffman Estates Park District

friday fun magic by randy (41)Come for the show, but stay to enjoy the park. Bring a picnic lunch, play on the playground or splash on the splashpad. All shows are free and start at 10 AM. Co-sponsored by the Park District, the Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Upcoming Friday Fundays:

June 24 – Rope Warrior

July 8 – Kids Bucks Game Show

July 22 – Magic by Randy

August  5 – The Art of Inflation

August 19 – Miss Jamie’s Farm

Get your kicks with Jr. Soccer

By Schaumburg Park District

Jr. Soccer_scLet the Schaumburg Park District teach your tot some fancy footwork this summer!

Offered to children ages 3-6, Junior Soccer takes place at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Designed to teach children fundamentals of the sport by hiding drills in fun games and using association techniques designed to get down to the players level, Jr. Soccer will keep children engaged both mentally and physically.

Players learn simple foot skills, as well as dribbling, passing, shooting and spreading the field. An All Star class, the program also will focus on teamwork and sportsmanship.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 11-11:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 26-August 11 (ages 3-4)
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 26-August 11 (ages 4-6)

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


Schaumburg Park District camp champions healthy eating

By Schaumburg Park District

fruits_veggies_scPicky eaters have no fear! A fun way to eat healthy is here!

Fruits and veggies to the rescue camp is set for 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 8-12.

The Schaumburg Park  District’s Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue Camp taps into youngsters’ enthusiasm of superheroes, inspiring them to eat healthy. Children ages 4 to 6 will love learning about superheroes, villains and the secret powers of healthy eating. In addition to tasting a variety of foods each day, campers will be treated to a superhero show with costumes, a bubble machine and creative art activities.

Children also will make superhero masks, enjoy an edible scavenger hunt, track their tasting efforts and receive a  special token for a healthy treat at a local grocery store, restaurant or farmers market.

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information, call (847) 490-7036 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Dribble away the summer at Half Pint Hoopsters

By Schaumburg Park District

Help your child develop an early love of basketball this summer with the Schaumburg Park District!half pint-sc

Registration is underway for Half Pint Hoopsters. Classes are available for children ages 6-9 and take place at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, and Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road.

Participants will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork through drills and games.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 11-11:45 a.m., Saturdays,  July 23-Aug. 27, STP (ages 6-9)
  • 4:40-5:15 p.m., Mondays, July 25-Aug. 29, CRC (ages 6-9

For a full schedule, visit http://issuu.com/schaumburgparkdistrict/docs/2016_summer_brochure_web__1_/29?e=2845599/34885912.

Jr. T-Ball teaches tots ballgame basics

By Schaumburg Park District

t-ball-fallIntroduce little ones to a popular sport with Jr. T-Ball at the Schaumburg Park District.

Registration for Jr. T-Ball is underway, with classes beginning June 10 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Classes are available for children ages 3 to 4 and 4 to 6 and teach proper catching, throwing fielding, base running and batting techniques. Lessons also include teamwork and sportsmanship while helping to develop hand-eye coordination.

For a full summer schedule, visit http://issuu.com/schaumburgparkdistrict/docs/2016_summer_brochure_web__1_/29?e=2845599/34885912.


Get ‘wacky’ this summer with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

wacky scCure the summertime blues at the Schaumburg Park District’s Wacky Wagon Camp!

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to enjoy swimming, playtime, field trips and messy fun, with free drop- in days and no long-term commitment.

Wacky Wagon Camp runs Monday through Friday, June 15 to July 30 and meets at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road and Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. Children must pass a basic swim test before swimming.

Free drop-in days include:

  • 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Bock, Meineke, CRC)
  • 1-4 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Bock, Meineke, CRC)

“Wacky Wagon provides outdoor fun that promotes an active lifestyle for children,” said Pam Gauper, party coordinator. “This is an excellent way to introduce them to new games, activities and new friends.”

Thursday Expeditions

Wacky Wagon also offers weekly Thursday Expeditions from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fees vary depending on the activity. Field trips include a visit to the Libertyville Sports Complex and a day of bouncing at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Experience in Buffalo Grove, followed by swimming at Bock Pool. Registration is required for Thursday Expeditions. Children must attend any two days of camp throughout the summer prior to participating in field trips. Transportation is included.

Fantastic Fridays

Fantastic Fridays take place each week at a different District site. This summer’s themes include Minions go to Camp; Wacky Wagon: The Force Awakens; Wacky Wagon Olympics; Massive Messy Fun; Oh no…It’s H2O and Around the World in 180 Minutes. Registration is required.

A complete calendar of activities is available at each site on the first day of camp and at www.parkfun.com.

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