Fruit and veggie camp makes healthy eating a blast

By Schaumburg Park District

Parents of picky eaters, have no fear! It’s Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue!fruit2

The Schaumburg Park District’s fun, engaging 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 drawing and dressing up as superheroes to battle the ”Germ Guys” and “Junk Food” characters. Campers also will make delicious edible art out of fresh fruits and veggies while tasting a variety of new foods each day.

Other activities focus on fun experiments with food and gardening and learning to build muscles through the “wacky workout” gym. 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.

Registration is required. Camp runs from 10 a.m. to noon daily from Aug. 3-7 at the Pat Shepherd Center, 421 N. Springinsguth Road.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Take a turn at T-Ball

By Schaumburg Park District

t-ballGrab a glove and head to the Sport Center for some serious T-Ball action!

T-Ball is an excellent way to build the mechanics of catching, throwing, fielding, base running and batting, as well as the hand-eye coordination needed for the bigger game. It’s also perfect for teaching children important skills such as sportsmanship and teamwork. Jr. T-Ball classes are underway, with a full session starting Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 4 to Aug. 20.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Splash safely at Schaumburg Park District Pools

By Schaumburg Park District

In a community where the options for pools, water parks and other aquatic fun are endless, learning to swim is a must.pool

The Schaumburg Park District offers a variety of indoor and outdoor lessons, from infant swim classes for babies 6 months and older to individual and group lessons starting at age 3. During the summer, parents may register their children for lessons at The Water Works, Bock or Meineke Pools.

For those in need of more specialized lessons that fit busy calendars, Schedule Your Own (SYO) Swim Lessons at Bock offers private and semi-private lesson options. Lessons may be catered to meet the specific needs of each child.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit

Help kids channel their energy through gymnastics

By Schaumburg Park District

Does your toddler love careening from the living room couch, attempting flips off the coffee table or swinging from the curtains?gymnastics

Give your furniture a break and register your child for gymnastics classes at the Schaumburg Park District.

Summer classes begin June 15 at the Sport Center, 1141 Irving Park Road, with programs available for children as young as 2 years and older.

Levels available include:



•Jr. Gymnastics

•Girls/Boys Beginner

•Girls/Boys Intermediate

•Girls/Boys Advanced



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

Make A Difference Day

By Hoffman Estates Park District


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A young volunteer helps eliminate an invasive species from a Hoffman Estates park.

Make a Difference Day will be here soon. This is a very important day because it gives everyone an opportunity to do something for someone else. Every year, this day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October. This year it is on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Individuals, volunteers, organizations and charities plan projects in their neighborhoods. You can do something to make a difference by yourself or with a friend or a group of people.

Some thoughts for you and your friends are; bake some cookies and bring them to school for the class; buy some groceries and bring them to the local food pantry; do a chore at home or for someone who needs help; visit or call your grandparent or visit a senior citizen in your neighborhood. Bring them a flower or some cookies; do a family project together. Some organizations and charities look for volunteers to help the do chores in the neighborhood, such as cleaning up back yards, parks, or other areas that have litter. They paint homes of people who cannot paint themselves. They do shopping for people who are not able to shop themselves or who do not have the money to buy groceries.
Let us know what you decide to do to “make a difference” or if you have any ideas of your own to share. The most important thing to remember is when you do good things, it makes you feel good!

– Written by guest blogger, Lilian Clinton. Lilian was named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the Hoffman Estates Park District, so she knows about giving back to her community!

Dodge, duck and deliver at Dodgeball Days

By Schaumburg Park District

Warmer weather, sunshine and school being out can only mean one thing—it’s Dodgeball time!dodge_days

Register by June 30th for the Schaumburg Park District’s 16th Annual Dodgeball Days Outdoor National Championships. The youth tournament is July 10 at Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with matches beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Divisions are available for grades 4 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 12 and based on the 2014-2015 school year. Team fee is $80 per team of six to 10 players. Dodgeball Days draws teams locally and from out of state and also is a choice activity for various day camps. All players will receive a t-shirt.

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

Wiggle, giggle and have fun with your child

By Schaumburg Park District

What better way to simulate a toddler’s coordination than through art, music and playtime? schaum can

Wiggles, Giggles and Fun is a creative and active class available through the Schaumburg Park District for children ages 15 to 24 months. Little ones and their parents are asked to dress comfortably for all the exciting activities that take place each class!  Classes take place 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. June 18 through July 30 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

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

Pump Up the Jam with Zumba Kids Jr.

By Schaumburg Park District

zumba_kids_jr.What if there was a class that exposed small children to world music, dance and the benefits of health and fitness all at the same time?

Luckily, such a class exists through the Schaumburg Park District! Zumba Kids Jr. gives children ages 4 to 6 a chance to socialize and make new friends while exercising. Children will enjoy a high-energy, kid-friendly Zumba party that includes songs, activities and games.

Upcoming classes take place Saturdays this summer and include:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | June 13-July 11
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | July 25-Aug. 22

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

Youth Fitness Orientations teach proper workout techniques

By Schaumburg Park District

Experts recommend teens undergo 60 minutes or more of vigorous or moderate exercise daily, according to

But where do you begin? A Youth Fitness Training Orientation at the Schaumburg Park District’s Community Recreation Center could be the first step. Youths ages 12 to 13 will learn the correct use of cardio and fitness equipment. After attending an orientation, use the appropriate equipment at District facilities and be on your way to a healthier you!

Upcoming orientations include:teen workout

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | June 6
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | June 20
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | July 11
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | July 25
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Aug. 8
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Aug. 22

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

Teach tots tennis at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Little ones may learn the sport of tennis through the Schaumburg Park District.

Registration is underway for Tiny Tennis classes at the District’s Schaumburg Tennis Plus Sports and Fitness Club, 1416 N. Payne Road. tennis

Designed specifically for young beginners ages 4 to 6, the program focuses on hand-eye coordination. Beginning stroke mechanics also will be shown on the forehand, backhand and serve with age-appropriate equipment. Classes are taught on a 36’ court.


Upcoming classes include:

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. June 16-June 30

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. June 18-July 2

• 9:15 to 10 a.m. June 20-July 18

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. July 7 to July 21

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. July 9 to July 23

• 9:15 to 10 a.m. July 25 to August 15

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. July 28 to August 11

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. July 30 to August 13

For more information, call (847) 884-0678 or visit