Attend the Early Childhood Education Panel Discussion

By Schaumburg Park District

Plan on joining State Rep. Michelle Mussman for an Early Childhood Education Panel Discussion.

The panel will be held 7-9 p.m., June 25 at Harper College – Wojcik Conference Center, 1200 Algonquin Road, Palatine. The discussion will cover the importance of early childhood education and the long-term fiscal impacts investment in these programs will have in Illinois.

Panel participants will include members of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, Schaumburg School District 54 and the Schaumburg Police Department.

For more information, call Rep. Mussman’s Office at 847/923-9104 or email

Go for gold during Dodgeball Days 2014

By Schaumburg Park District

Dodgeball is back this summer at Olympic Park with the Outdoor National Championships. Dodgeball-Days-2014

The event celebrates one of America’s oldest and well-known playground games – dodgeball! This is the largest event of the dodgeball season and features the crowning of the Outdoor National Champions!

The tournament is July 11 and divisions include grades 4 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 12 and are based on the 2013-2014 school year.

Team fee is $80 per team of six to 10 players.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and matches will begin at 10:30 a.m.

This tournament is NADA sanctioned and will be officiated by NADA staff. All players will receive a t-shirt.

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

Register by July 3.

Become familiar with fitness equipment

By Schaumburg Park District

Learn the correct use of cardio and Selectorized fitness equipment through Youth Fitness  Training Orientation.

After successfully completing the fitness training orientation, teens may use the appropriate equipment at SPD fitness facilities!

Class is for participants ages 12-13 years old and are held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

Upcoming classes include:

June 14
June 28
July 12
July 26
Aug. 9
Aug. 23

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

Fun Events Planned at Seascape Family Aquatic Center

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Seascape Family Aquatic Center offers many fun events throughout the summer, from the Father’s Day Pool Party in June to the Grandparents’ Day Pool Party in August:

DSC_0054June 15, Father’s Day Pool Party - Celebrate Father’s Day by splashing in the sun with your family. Fathers will receive free admission with a paying child!

July 4-6, Military Appreciation Weekend - Seascape would like to extend our appreciation to the military all week. All men and women who serve or have served in the military will enjoy free admission. Please bring proof of service.

June 21, Seascape Movie Night – ”Despicable Me 2″ - Come enjoy a movie under the stars while floating comfortably in the zero depth area of the pool or lounging on the pool deck. Doors open at 8pm. $5 / $6   Rain Date: June 28. Free for Seascape pass holders.

July 11, Cabela’s Adventure Day - Cabela’s will be on site from 11:30AM-2:30PM providing kayaking demos and will have a variety of tents to explore. In addition, the portable climbing wall will be available for rock climbing and Above and Underwater Scuba will be facilitating snorkeling demos. Don’t miss the fun!

July 18, Splish Splash Family Bash! - Join us for a fun family event to benefit at-risk kids in our community. In addition to swimming at our fabulous waterpark, there will be music and a buffet dinner. Money raised benefits the Friends of HE Parks. Suggested donation of at least $5 for kids (under 16) and $10 for adults (16 and over) – or more, please be generous! Register online here or in person at one of our facilities; registration in advance is required. Program #800005. All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. For more information visit or call 847-885-7500. Rain Date: July 25.

July 25, Pass Holder Appreciation Day  - Pass holders will enjoy special VIP treatment on this day, including an hour of private swimming from 10:30A–11:30A. No outside groups or rentals will be at Seascape, so pass holders and guests will have the pool all to themselves.  Pass holders will have the chance to win raffle prizes all day.

 August 4, Volunteer Appreciation Night (Invite only event.)

August 8th, Seascape Movie Night – ”The Lego Movie”  - Come enjoy a movie under the stars while floating comfortably in the zero depth area of the pool or lounging on the pool deck. Doors open at 8pm. $5 / $6   Rain Date: August 9th. Free for Seascape pass holders.

August 10th, Grandparent’s Day - Spend quality time with your grandchildren at Seascape! Grandparents will enjoy free admission with a paid admission for their grandchild.

August 15th, $5 Friday - In honor of the Park District’s 50 years of service, Seascape will be offering a $5 admission all day on August 15th.

Party in the Park 2014

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Saturday, August 2 from 4:00-10:00pm at Highpoint Park (1704 Glen Lake Road) FREE ADMISSION. Don’t miss the biggest party of the year, honoring the Park District’s 50th year! Free Admission. Game and activity tickets will be available for sale, as well as food and beverage tickets.

Parents will find everything they need to keep their family happy: a food & entertainment for all ages, games and crafts for children, music and dancing. The evening concludes with a free music performance. This event features many popular attractions including a children’s performer, a Frisbee competition for dogs, and many fun contests and activities. For more information visit or call 847-885-7500.


Cook with Your Pre-Teens and Teens

By Hoffman Estates Park District

What’s one of the best ways to get pre-teens and teens to improve their diet? Get them involved in meal decisions and preparation!

Pre-teens and teens that help pick out recipes, shop for food, and prepare meals are much more invested in eating healthier meals. Families are busier than ever these days and getting older children involved in cooking can increase quality family time, encourage healthier eating, encourage eating out less, and cut down on meal preparation and clean up time. In addition, learning more advanced cooking and meal preparation skills can help older children build long-term healthy eating habits and increase self-confidence.

There are some great websites to help families get started with many steps involved with food preparation, including keeping hands clean, kitchen sanitation and safety, weights and measures, cooking demos, and picking out age appropriate recipes. Try

 Here are some great ways you can get your pre-teens and teens started with more advanced food preparation:

 10-12 years and older (some adult supervision may be required)

  • Picking out and helping to prepare more detailed recipes, including homemade pancakes and waffles, steamed rice, cooked pasta, stir fry vegetables, homemade chili, homemade soup, and baked items like cookies, muffins, and quick bread
  • Creating generic shopping lists, based upon the ingredients that will be needed for new recipes (i.e. – lean ground beef, tomato sauce, kidney beans, etc.)
  • Using kitchen timers
  • Learning to use and safely operate items like candy and meat thermometers
  • Using sharper knives and learning to operate more advanced kitchen utensils like waffle makers, electric can openers, waffle irons, blenders, and food processors
  • Setting the table (including the food), clearing the table, loading the dishwasher, and putting away leftover food

 13-17 years and older (instruction and supervision will be required for teens looking to master more advanced cooking skills)

  • Picking out more advanced recipes, like homemade pasta with homemade sauce or advanced meat entrees like a baked, whole chicken
  • Creating more detailed shopping lists, with the amount of each ingredient needed (i.e. – 1 lbs. of flour, half a dozen eggs, 1 lbs. of fresh, roma tomatoes, etc.)
  • Learning to read and interpret food labels, to help select the healthiest choices
  • Learning to comparison shop and pick out the most economical food items
  • Learning to time ingredient and meal preparation, to ensure that all hot foods are completed and ready for service at the same time
  • Using, safely operating, and cleaning all advanced kitchen utensils and appliances, like blenders, food processors, sharp blades, crock pots, the broiler, and outdoor grills
  • Preparing entire meals

Cure for the Picky Eater – A Veggie Garden

By Hoffman Estates Park District

2477370184_a7a8bd09d4_oKids have a natural sense of curiosity and they love to watch things grow. Capitalize on this and introduce new veggies into their diets with a vegetable garden.

April is National Garden Month, so it’s the perfect time to start planning your family garden with your kids. You’ll find they are much more willing to try veggies they’ve grown themselves and watched develop from buds.

Tips for Getting Your Garden Started

• Let the kids pick out the vegetable seeds and plants with a trip to the garden store.
• You can start seeds now indoors and have the fun of watching them pop up out of the soil.  Then, when the frost is over, you’ll be ready to plant in the ground.
• Enlist their help with planting, weeding and watering. And the fun part – harvesting!
• When it’s time to eat your harvest, make it fun by letting them help prepare it for the table and arrange the veggies in a creative way on a decorative plate.

Check out more great gardening ideas for your family at

Need Help with Your Garden?
The Garden Club of Hoffman Estates meets monthly to share tips and can answer your questions on all things green. They meet the first Thursday of every month at the Schaumburg Township Public Library Central location. Members share gardening tips. Contact Susan Moynahan for more details at or 847-330-0442.

Remember Water Safety This Summer

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Swimming and boating are among the most favorite summer activities for families. For that reason, it’s important to remember good water safety habits. Drowning is silent and it happens in seconds. It is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be prevented. Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

1)      Always provide adult supervision constantly while children are in or around the water, even if a lifeguard is present.

2)      An adult should always be within an arm’s reach, with no distractions from books or magazines, and free from the influence of alcohol.

3)      Seconds count! Learn CPR. CPR classes are available to the public by the Village of Hoffman Estates and the American Red Cross.

4)      Air filled toys such as pool “noodles” and water “wings” are not safety devices. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.  Weak swimmers should be kept safe in the water by wearing properly fitted life jackets.

5)      Teach your children to swim. Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among children 1-4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Swimming lessons are available year-round at the Hoffman Estates Park District, at Seascape Family Aquatic Center and at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center. Classes are available for children as young as 6 months with a parent, to advanced classes for teens. We also offer swim lessons for adults and private and semi-private lessons. Classes run six days a week. Scholarships are available for families in need who are residents of Hoffman Estates. To apply for a Swim Lesson Scholarship from the Friends of the HE Parks Foundation, pick up a Scholarship Application at the Triphahn Center front desk.

Register online for swimming lessons.

Fit & Fun Beach Theme Birthday Party

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Your child’s next birthday party can be a blast AND can include activities that get kids moving and incorporate tasty, healthy treats. An active birthday party gives kids a chance to try a sport or activity that may be new to them. They might find a new passion for sports and games. Here is a great idea for a Beach Party at Seascape Family Aquatic Center.

teddybeachcupcakes-e1308777010759Kids will have a splashing good time in the zero depth pool, sand play area and sliding down the water slide on inflatable tubes. The party package includes 2 hours in our party tent, full day’s admission for up to 20 guests, a t-shirt for the birthday child and a party attendant to help out with the party. Food must be handled separately through our concession provider at SeaFare. We recommend that you bring your own dessert, paper goods (plates, napkins, plasticware) and a lighter or matches for the birthday candles. Be sure to provide plenty of adult supervision to watch children in the water, depending on the age and number of children in attendance. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Beach Party Cake or Cupcakes
Use blue frosting, graham cracker crumbs for “sand”, Teddy Graham crackers on the “beach” laying on Fruit by the Foot “beach towels” and floating in the water in Life Saver Gummy candies. Tropical drink umbrellas provide shade!

Goodie Bag Ideas
Pack these fun beach toys in a little sand bucket with a shovel: bubbles, clementines, inflatable beach ball, Gold Fish crackers, sun glasses and a travel size tube of sunscreen.