Nature Lovers Needed for Wildflower Seed Collecting

By Hoffman Estates Park District

WildflowerEvent-10_squareNature lovers, we need you! Volunteers of all ages are needed to collect native plant and wildflower seeds for future plantings. Part of the National Public Lands Day. Take part in the largest single day volunteer effort in the nation.

Come learn about our natural areas, hosted by our Parks Department. This event is FREE and occurs rain or shine.

RSVP to Sandy Manisco at or 847-781-3672.

Charlemagne Park is off of Algonquin Road, behind a church on Bordeaux.



Start on the right track with a Youth Fitness Training Orientation

By Schaumburg Park District

Youth FitnessBeing old enough to use Schaumburg Park District fitness facilities may be an exciting milestone for adolescents as they incorporate regular workouts into their lifestyles.

Teens wanting to use cardio and fitness equipment should first undergo a Youth Fitness Training Orientation. Held at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, the program teaches youths the correct ways to utilize appropriate equipment at District facilities.

Upcoming orientations are available for participants ages 12-13 and include:

  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 5
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 19
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 3
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 17
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 31

Cost of the orientation is $10. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit

Give baby an afternoon of fun at Open Play

By Schaumburg Park District

If you have an infant, toddler or preschooler, you know how daunting it can be to get out of the house, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate.tiny tot-sc

Luckily the Schaumburg Park District offers a nearby option for keeping little ones active and entertained rain or shine—Tiny Tot Open Play.  The fun returns from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Creative Activity Room of the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

The weekly, unstructured, drop-in playtime allows children 5 and younger to explore the indoor playground, which features cushy mats, slides, tunnels and a ball pit. Cost is $3 per child.

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

T-ball teaches early fundamentals of teamwork

By Schaumburg Park District

For preschoolers and kindergarteners, T-ball may be an ideal way to learn basic batting, base running and other skills needed for baseball.

The Schaumburg Park District offers Jr. T-Ball for children ages 3-6 through All Star Sports Instruction. The District also offers a Little Sluggers T-Ball class for children ages 4 to 6. Both programs help boost confidence by building mechanics, hand-eye coordination and teamwork.

Classes are held at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Upcoming Jr. T-Ball classes include:t-ball-fall

• 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 20 (3-4 years)

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 11-Nov. 23 (4-6 years)

•9:45-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (4-6 years)

• 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15 (3-4 years)

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (4-6 years)

Upcoming Little Sluggers T-Ball classes include:

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 14
  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 9

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

Groove with your baby during Zumbini

By Schaumburg Park District

One thing about those babies and tots—they love to move!zumbini-2

Introduce your youngster to the benefits of fitness at an early age with Zumbini through the Schaumburg Park District. This exciting class where child development meets the magic of Zumba returns Sept. 18 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Classes meet Fridays from 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. through Nov. 6.

Children will be introduced to music from around the world, and receive a Zumbini Bundle containing a songbook and two copies of CDs featuring music from the class.

Cost is $100 for residents and $120 for non-residents, with a 50 percent discount for a second child. For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit

Shoot for the stars with Schaumburg Park District basketball

By Schaumburg Park District

basketballChildren as young as 4 years old may dribble their way to success through Schaumburg Park District basketball programs.

Half Pint Hoopsters begins Sept. 9 at The Sport Center,, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Classes also are available at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road and Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road.

Half Pint Hoopsters introduces first-time players ages 4 to 9 to the rules and fundamentals of basketball. Players practice dribbling, passing, shooting and learning teamwork through drills and games.

Another class, Jr. Basketball, begins Sept. 10 at The Sport Center. Open to ages 4 to 8, the program teaches basketball at a basic level and keeps players active and engaged throughout the class. Instructors will focus on a technique that teaches basic mechanics to builds confidence over time, with larger challenges being added over time. Players will learn to dribble with each hand, pass the ball, and how to perform certain shooting techniques.

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


Let children burn off energy at Friday Tot Lot

By Schaumburg Park District

What if a place existed where your toddler could run free, pedal around on big wheels and jump and roll on gymnastics mats in a safe, open gym environment?tot lot

The Schaumburg Park District offers exactly that experience with Friday Tot Lot at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. Starting Sept. 11, children ages 1-6 may receive some active playtime when the gym is filled with balls for playing catch and other sports, mats to climb on and plenty of riding toys for toddlers with a need for speed!

Friday Tot Lot is a parent-supervised program. Upcoming dates and times include:

  • 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 11-Oct. 30
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 6-Dec. 18

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




Become a mini-soccer star through the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

sc soccerFall is a great time to kick off Jr. Soccer through the Schaumburg Park District!

Designed for children ages 3 to 6, classes are taught All Star style and are designed to keep youngsters active and engaged both physically and mentally. Classes cover simple foot skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting as well as basic rules of the game.

Lesson plans allow children to have fun while learning with drills hidden in games and association techniques used for each player’s level. The program also focuses on teamwork and sportsmanship. Upcoming fall classes take place at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road and include:

  • 1:45-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 20 (ages 3-4)
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 20 (ages 4-6)
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (ages 3-4)
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (ages 4-6)
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 8 (ages 4-6)
  • 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 15 (3-4 years)
  • 3-3:45 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 17 (3-4 years)

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


Flag Football teaches game basics in a safe environment

By Schaumburg Park District

Children may learn fancy footwork and balance minus the tackling through the Schaumburg Park District’s Flag Football Skills Program.Flag_football

Classes begin Sept. 10 for children ages 6 to 8 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. The program will focus on quarterback, running back, line play, receiving and defensive tactics. Speed and agility drills also will be used to help with balance.

Although games and competitions will take place, contact is minimal and there will be no tackling.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 22
  • 3-4 p.m. Thursdays and Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec. 14

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