Enjoy the ‘home school’ advantage at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

bball_1 The Schaumburg Park District offers a variety of ways for homeschool students to take time for fun this fall through sports and fitness.

Specifically designed for home school children, Home School Gym & Turf allows youngsters to stay active and meet new friends. Gym and field sports equipment is available, allowing participants to shoot hoops, play catch or get in a game of soccer or volleyball. Classes take place at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Home School PE, Swim and Health provides an introduction to sports, skill development and health. Participants spend the first half of the class in the gym and the second half swimming at The Water Works. Active clothing including gym shoes, swim attire and a towel are required. Classes take place at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Home School Open Gym & Turf, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Dec. 4 (ages 4-14)
  • Home School PE, Swim & Health, 11:30-1 p.m., Sept. 17-Dec. 3 (ages 6-17)

For more information, visit www.parkfun.com.


Catch ‘Em All at HE Parks’ Pokemon Go Gathering

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Pokemon-villagecabletemplateCalling 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. Prizes will be given in each age group to the Pokémon Trainers who catch the strongest wild  Pokémon, as well as the most Pokémon caught!

Register at the event. This event is free and for all ages. Age categories will be Under 10 years, 10-15 years and 15+ years.

Please note, the Disc Golf Course will be closed from 9:30A-12:30P for this event.




Swing into youth tennis at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

tennisTake a swing at youth tennis lessons with the Schaumburg Park District!

Lessons take place at Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road. Classes are available for children as young as 4 up to age 13. Registration is underway with the next fall sessions beginning Oct. 15.

Lessons include the following:

  • Tiny Tennis (ages 4-6) This program focuses on motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Students will be introduced to beginning stroke mechanics on the forehand, backhand and serve. Class uses age-appropriate equipment and is taught on 36′ courts.
  • Aces (ages 6-8) Class builds on elements learned in Tiny Tennis. Six-year-olds must have completed at least one session of Tiny Tennis.
  • Futures (ages 8-10) Taught on 60′ courts, this class is geared toward players with a basic understanding of stroke mechanics.

For more information, call (847) 884-0678 or visit www.parkfun.com.

Dig into Youth Volleyball at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

SC_Youth_VolleballLearn the fundamentals of the pass, set and hit this fall with Youth Volleyball Instruction through the Schaumburg Park District.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available to children ages 8-14 Saturdays at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. A second session takes place later this fall also on Saturdays at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Beginner: 10-10:55 a.m., Sept. 10-Oct. 22, The Sport Center
  • Int./Adv.: 11-11:55 a.m., Sept. 10-Oct. 22, The Sport Center
  • Beginner: 10-10:55 a.m., Oct. 29-Dec. 17, Meineke Recreation Center
  • Int./Adv.: 11-11:55 a.m., Oct. 29-Dec. 17, Meineke Recreation Center

For more information, call (847891-1266 or visit www.parkfun.com.


Go for the Gold with Schaumburg Park District Gymnastics

By Schaumburg Park District

SC GymnasticsEver dream of being the next Gabby Douglas or Simone Biles?

Stop by the Schaumburg Park District’s Sport Center and amid the flips, jumps and cartwheels you’re likely to catch Olympic fever.

A variety of gymnastics classes are available at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, ranging from parent-tot programs for children as young as 2, to advanced and team-level classes for 5 to 14 year olds. Intermediate and advanced-level gymnastics require instructor permission to enroll.

Registration is underway, with fall sessions running Sept. 6 through Oct. 29 and Nov. 1 through Dec. 21. Team gymnastics programs run Sept. 6 through May 25.

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

Wolf Pack Hockey Club Anticipates Successful Season with Rink Enhancements

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Aug 2011 033New enhancements coming to the Triphahn Ice Arena are getting the Wolf Pack Hockey Club really excited. Already this summer new ice surfaces were installed with the addition of new HVAC compressors and fresh paint was applied throughout the rink, which is owned and operated by the Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks). Plans will be presented to the Park Board of Commissioners in October for a new Off-Ice Training Facility. Upon approval by the Board, demolition will begin in the fall and be ready to go in time for the Spring season.

Amateur hockey associations nationwide have long recognized off-ice or “dryland” training as the most effective way for players to improve their game performance and their overall physical fitness. This involves a series of exercises that helps improve speed, agility, endurance and strength.

“Off-ice training is the best way for players to improve their fitness level, and their game,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities for HE Parks. “Even for players who don’t plan to continue with hockey long term, the benefits they’ll gain from improving their physical fitness are so valuable to their overall health and wellness.”

The new Off-Ice Training Facility will be located on the second floor of the Triphahn Center, adjacent to the rink where the Gymnastics Shelf is currently. Gymnastics will move to the Vogelei Barn.

“We’re combining great training by some very accomplished coaches and players with a fun positive environment,” said Assistant General Manager of Ice Operations Randy Jordan. “We are looking forward to many more successful hockey seasons in the coming years. Players are sure to enjoy their time at the rink and accelerate their skills too.” Jordan has been coaching for more than 38 years and was instrumental in establishing the Wolf Pack Hockey Club for HE Parks.

Registration for fall hockey lessons is now open for kids as young as 3 years old. Parents can contact Jordan at rjordan@heparks.org or 847-885-7500 for more information, or browse classes online at heparks.org.

More about the Wolf Pack Hockey Club

The Wolf Pack Hockey Club is a Tier III club playing in the Northwest Hockey League (NWHL), and Tier II club playing in Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL). Since its inception in 2004 the Wolf Pack Hockey Club has become among the largest participating teams and player membership in the Northwest Hockey League. Exploding player registration numbers, a continued growth of existing players, and a focus on five skill advancement, has resulted in numerous championships and the development of many elite players.

In 2010-11, its first and probationary year at NIHL, the Wolf Pack fielded three teams. All teams were placed at the Silver level, and each team finished in the top 5 of the top tier, two won the President’s Cup, and one finished second in the Blackhawk Cup. Following the 2010-2011 season, the Wolf Pack Hockey Club was approved a full Tier II program.

The WPHC has established a development philosophy that depends upon and prides itself on organic growth. The developmental program is responsible for starting hundreds of new hockey players with a solid hockey foundation recognized by USA Hockey. HE Parks made a sizeable investment in “one goal” equipment, the training of a number of focused coaches in a systematic (SUMO) process of development. The belief is that more well trained coaches and ice time engages, creates faster enjoyment and commitment to the sport, which has seen numbers go beyond any imaginable estimates.

About the HE Parks

Providing first-class parks, facilities, programs and services for a dynamic community of more than 50,000 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, HE Parks operates two community centers, a premier 18-hole golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center, twin ice arenas, family aquatic center and more than 70 parks. In addition to Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, notable sites include the Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center, Triphahn Community Center & Ice Arena, Seascape Family Aquatic Center, Willow Recreation Center and Vogelei Park. HE Parks has won numerous national, state and local awards. For more information visit heparks.org or call 847-885-7500.

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.