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


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

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

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


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

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

Learn the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of sports with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

home school 2Experience a sports jamboree this summer at the Schaumburg Park District!

Open to children ages 6 to 13, Sports Camp “Inside Out” offers the chance to learn basketball, volleyball, soccer and other popular sports. Camp meets 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday and takes place at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • June 6-10
  • June 13-24
  • June 27-July 8
  • July 11-July 22

For more information, call (847) 891-1266 or visit


Take a swing at Junior Golf Camp

By Schaumburg Park District

Junior GolfIntroduce your child to the thrill of golf through the Schaumburg Park District!

The District is offering Junior Golf Camp sessions for children ages 5 to 7 s this summer at Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road. Schaumburg Golf Club professionals will teach youngsters the basics, starting with Snag Golf. Created for beginners, Snag Golf uses large-face clubs and tennis balls before slowly progressing to regular golf equipment. Children learn the game in a fun, laid-back environment.

Upcoming camp sessions include:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 13-24, 9-10 a.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 27-July 15, 9-10 a.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 18-29, 9-10 a.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call (847) 885-9000 or visit


Open House for Early Learning Center

By Hoffman Estates Park District

DSC_0007The Hoffman Estates Park District’s (HE Parks) Early Learning Center (ELC) full day preschool/child care center will hold an Open House on Sat. May 7 from 9-10 a.m at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. The ELC is a state-licensed and nationally-accredited preschool program that provides developmentally appropriate instruction and a positive atmosphere for learning.

At the Open House, parents and children will have a chance to explore the two classrooms, meet teachers and ask questions about the facility and the curriculum.

The ELC is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. Parents can enroll at any time, and tours are available by appointment by contacting Wendy Stoner at or 847-781-3631.