First Lady challenges everyone to #GimmeFive

By School District 54

First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging everyone across the nation to #GimmeFive to celebrate the 5th anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative.


Dodge into the Spring Break Dodgeball Tournament

By Schaumburg Park District

Youth teams will compete for paid bids to the National Amateur Dodgeball Association Outdoor National Championships and the Spring Break Tournament championship.

Dodge, duck and dodge 10 a.m., March 28 at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Youth division grades are based on the current 2014-2015 school year. Divisions include:

  • 4-6 grade
  • 7-8 grade
  • 9-12 grade

Games played approximately every four minutes. This is a NADA sanctioned event. All participants receive a T-shirt. Team prizes are awarded to champions.

Registration deadline is March 23.

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

Learn the essential basketball fundamentals

By Schaumburg Park District

Children will learn the basketball fundamentals through the Big3 Basketball Skills Camp at the Schaumburg Park District.

Participants will learn fundamentals of shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, defense, 1-on-1, footwork and team concepts.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 8-10 years old | 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursdays March 12-April 16 at Meineke Recreation Center.
  • 11-14 years old | 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays March 12-April 16 at Meineke Recreation Center.

Class will be led by Big3 Basketball co-founders, former Conant High School All-Conference Shooting Guard and current college basketball player, Robert Hudson and former Conant High School All-Conference Point Guard Aagam Shah.

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

Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue!

By Schaumburg Township District Library

Who says fruits and vegetables can’t be fun? The Schaumburg Township District Library is offering interactive programs that teach children the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Children will attend without their parent or caregiver, but adults must remain in the kidsZone during the program. Call (847) 923-3439 to register. Participants must be Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders.

Junior Fruits & Veggies to the Rescue! (ages 4-6)
Monday, March 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the kidsZone Craft Room

Fruits & Veggies to the Rescue! (ages 6-9)
Wednesday, March 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the kidsZone Craft Room

Establish good fitness habits early at Feb. 24 Family Fun Night

By Schaumburg Park District

Even infants can get in on the fun in the “snowball room”

It’s that time of year for the ever-popular Early Childhood Family Fun Night. The Schaumburg Park District event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way.

The free event features fun for ages 6 and younger along with parents. There will be board games, riding sticks and scooter boards. And there will be a climber, ring toss and balance beam. family fun night

The event also will feature exercise equipment for the littlest exercise enthusiasts.  Barb Lindholm, Park District early childhood resource coordinator, said there will be a preschool fitness station equipped with a kid-sized treadmill, weight bench, cycle and elliptical machine.

“It’s just a fun event,” said Lindholm, adding that the event is unstructured and that parents and children may come and go freely throughout the event.

The fun night wouldn’t be complete without the legendary snowball room. That’s where the youngest fitness buffs will find soft equipment to play with, including a parachute and cotton balls.

For more information, call the Pat Shephard Center at (847)  490-7036 or visit

Play Ball! Early Bird Registration Ends 2/20

By Hoffman Estates Park District

IMG_0088What is it about baseball and softball that draws kids back year after year? Why do we romanticize about the “Field of Dreams” and rally around our favorite teams? The Cubs…the Sox…which side are you on? Maybe it’s the strategy, the skill or the suspense. Or, it could be the fact that everyone can play. Baseball doesn’t require a certain height, speed or weight. All you need is a willingness to do your best.

Registration is now underway for Spring Youth Baseball and Youth Softball at the Hoffman Estates Park District. Sign up by Friday, Feb. 20 to get a $20 discount on fees.Practices begin in April. Scholarships are available through the Friends of HE Parks Foundation for families facing financial hardships.

For the kids in 4th grade and younger, every attempt is made to place them in teams that practice at fields near their homes. Friendship requests are accepted, too, so whenever possible, kids can be on the same team with their buddies. Parents interested in coaching should contact Kyle Thomas at or 847-285-5429.

Register online today!  Youth Baseball or Youth Girls’ Softball



Spring into fun with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Exciting classes, spring break camps and events coming to you this spring from the Schaumburg Park District!

The Park District’s Spring Program Guide will be direct-delivered to resident mailboxes beginning Feb. 10.

In addition to the summer camp insert, the guide includes exciting events and programs in athletics, cultural arts, early childhood, senior activities and Spring Valley.

“The switch to USPS delivery of our program guide has been wonderfully successful. It is a dependable method of delivery to every mailing address within the District and we’re so pleased to offer this level of service to our residents,” said Pat Casler, director of communications and corporate relations for the District.

Resident registration begins 7 a.m., Feb. 23 and non-resident registration begins 7 a.m., March 9.

Look forward to the exciting classes, spring break camps and events coming to you this season!

For more information, call (847) 985-2115.

Learn tennis at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Become a tennis ace.

Aces 1 is a program for children ages 6-8. Participants will learn motor skills and hand-eye-coordination. Beginning stroke mechanics will be introduced on the forehand, backhand and serve.

Upcoming classes include: IMG_5561

  • 5-6 p.m., March 3-April 14
  • 5-6 p.m., March 5-April 16
  • 4-5 p.m., March 6-April 17
  • 10-11 a.m., March 7-April 18

Age appropriate equipment will be used. All 6-year-olds must have completed one session of Tiny Tennis.

For more information, visit


Score a goal in Kiddy Kickers Soccer

By Schaumburg Park District

Learn the rules of

This class will introduce the rules and fundamentals of soccer. Participants will practice and improve dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork skills through drills and games.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 4-6 year olds | 4:30-5:15 p.m. | Feb. 16-March 16 | Community Recreation Center
  • 6-9 year olds | 5:15-6 p.m. | Feb. 16-March 16 | Community Recreation Center
  • 2-3 year olds | 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Feb. 17-March 17 | Meineke Recreation Center
  • 6-9 year olds | 6:30-7:15 p.m. | Feb. 18-March 18 | Sport Center
  • 4-6 year olds | 10-10:45 a.m. | Feb. 21-March 21 | Schaumburg Tennis Plus

For more information, call (847) 985-2115 or visit

How to Eat Right, Plan Right and Shop Right

By School District 54

SPUSchaumburg Parent University presents “How to Eat Right, Plan Right and Shop Right” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Kirsten Johnson, Lead Clinical Dietitian in Pediatrics for Alexian Brothers Health System, will discuss which foods to focus on for good health, how to make healthier lunches and dinners for your family, and easy-to-implement shopping tips that focus on health.

Please contact Meg Kwak (847.357.5191) at Stevenson School to register. Please leave your name, contact information, number of adults attending, and number of children who will need free childcare this evening.

This presentation will be in English and is for adults only.