Gear up for early childhood with a Taste of Preschool

By Schaumburg Park District

sc-preschoolGet a free glimpse of Schaumburg Park District Preschool!

A Taste of Preschool is set for 9:15-10:15 a.m., and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane; Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way and Pat Shephard Center, 421 N. Springinsguth Road. Parents and children will take part in a mini preschool class with a morning meeting, classroom exploration, creative art and a musical activity. During the visit, parents may ask questions while children are engaged in activities. Children must be between 2 1/2 and 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

The 2016-2017 school year will run Sept. 2016 to May 2017. Registration packets will be available Feb. 12 at all preschool locations and the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

Schaumburg Park District Preschool is accredited by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children. A variety of classes are offered, with curriculum designed to enhance social and language skills, develop kindergarten readiness and boost self-confidence while introducing early math, writing and scientific problem-solving concepts.

Registration is required. For more information, call (847) 490-7036 or visit


Climb, play and ride during the Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown

By Schaumburg Park District

tot lotHelp tots get an active start to 2016 with the Schaumburg Park District’s Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown.

Children ages 1-6 are invited to ring in the new year from 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 31, at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. The first 200 registrants will receive a free noisemaker and lei. The fun includes climbing on inflatables, riding trikes, big wheels and other four-wheelers. Little ones also may ride motorized jeeps and play various sports and games.

Families will ring in 2016 at noon with a balloon drop.

Registration is required. Cost is $10 per family for residents and $15 per family for non-residents. Day of registration is $15 per family for residents and $20 per family for non-residents.

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

Skate With Santa, Sunday Dec 20

By Hoffman Estates Park District

SkateWithSanta-facebookSkate with Santa is a fun activity for the whole family, and it’s FREE! Skate rental and admission are free for all (skates are limited). Join Santa and his friends on the ice. Off the ice, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. It’s a great way to squeeze in a little activity during the busy holiday season.

Triphahn Ice Arena, 1685 W Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates

Sunday, Dec 20 4:20-6:10 PM

Visit for more details




Splash and play away winter break at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

poolThe Schaumburg Park District will offer special hours at its facilities when District 54 schools are closed Dec. 21-Jan. 1.

The Community Recreation Center and The Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth Road are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with limited hours. Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way and Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road, are open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.

•Open swim, noon-8 p.m., Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30, at The Water Works. The water park also is open noon-4:30 p.m., Dec. 24 and 31. Admission is $5 for youth residents ages 3-17, $7 for youth non-residents, $7 for adult residents and $9 for adult non-residents.

•Adult lap swim, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec. 25 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jan. 1.

•CRC fitness center will be open 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 24; 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec. 25; 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 31 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jan. 1.

•Open gym, 1-4 p.m., Dec. 21 and 28; 1-3 p.m., Dec. 22 and 29 and 1-4 p.m., Dec. 23 and 30.

•MRC fitness center will be open 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 24; 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 31 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 1.

•Open basketball from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 24, at Schaumburg Tennis Plus. Non-member cost is $5 for youth residents and $7 for youth non-residents.

•Grounds and trails at Spring Valley are open daily, including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heritage Farm is closed for the season. Spring Valley Nature Center exhibits and museum are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily and closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Stay Active During Winter Break

By Hoffman Estates Park District

DSC_0018Keep away the winter blues by keeping the kids active all through the holidays. Winter Break Field Trips are now open for registration. From swimming to museums and everything in between, kids have a blast all day. Learn more and register here.





Winter Fest Saturday, December 12

By Hoffman Estates Park District

The Hoffman Estates Park District is hoping for snow to make our Winter Fest the perfect way to celebrate the season! Bundle up and come outside for the crafts and activities at Bridges of Poplar Creek. Activities include gingerbread decorating, fun in the snow, and sleigh rides. Come out and play! For more info, contact Jody Dodson at 847-285-5432 or email

Enjoy two events in one! Winter Fest is a free event at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club and is held at the same time as Breakfast with Santa event (requires reservations and has a per person fee). For reservations to Breakfast with Santa, call 847-781-3655.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Hey Kids! Enter the Coloring Contest

By Hoffman Estates Park District

ColoringSheet-FinalKids have a chance to win passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg when they enter the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Coloring Contest. All kids age 0-12 are eligible to participate! Parents can download and print the coloring sheet on one of our Facebook pages. Kids have a chance to win one of 4 LEGO prizes, including tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center! The coloring sheet is about having fun and being active outdoors in the winter, and helps to encourage activity.





Parents/guardian, be sure to “Like” one of the Facebook pages listed above in order for your child to qualify to win.

Four LEGO prizes will be awarded, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Schaumburg. Two Grand Prizes include a Family 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Two additional prizes are LEGO kits.

Participants should color their entry (one per child) however they choose with crayons, paints, pastels, etc. and turn it in at one of our facilities by Thursday, December 31, 2015. Four winners will be drawn by random and will be contacted by January 8, 2016.

Good luck!

Stay Green This Holiday Season with 10 Tips

By Hoffman Estates Park District

jgacalone_greenholidayThe holiday season is upon us. With all of the food, family time and fun, unfortunately also comes a lot of additional waste, but a great chance to teach kids ways to stay green.

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve! That’s an additional 5 million tons of trash in our country — with 38,000 miles of ribbon alone (enough to tie a bow around the Earth) going into our landfills.

As you partake in your holiday festivities, please be extra thoughtful about the impact to our planet. Here are 10 tips for reducing waste this holiday season:

  1. For holiday parties, use reusable glasses, plates, utensils and cloth napkins.
  2. Instead of material gifts, give gifts of your time or expertise. Consider gift certificates for restaurants, movies or babysitting — or give consumable items such as baked goods.
  3. Recycle the wrapping materials that you can — or, better yet, save them to reuse next year. Do NOT try to recycle tissue paper, foil wrapping paper/cards, or cards with glitter or sequins. Styrofoam blocks can be recycled anytime at Dart Container Corp. on 310 Evergreen Dr. in North Aurora.
  4. When shipping gifts, avoid Styrofoam bubbles — use recyclable paper instead.
  5. When you receive new electronic gifts, be sure to recycle your old electronics at a regular drop-off site.
  6. When buying electronic toys or other battery-powered gifts, include rechargeable batteries with them. Or, go old school and choose gifts that require no power at all.
  7. Wrap gifts in fabric, newspaper comics, children’s drawings, or old sheet music. Create special cloth gift bags or decorated boxes that can be reused and traded among family members each year. Check out 5 ways to reuse holiday cards.
  8. Consider alternatives to a cut tree, such as a potted Norfolk pine, fig tree, or indoor houseplant that can be used every holiday. If you do use a real tree, make sure to recycle it after the holidays. See the list of city guidelines and drop-offs here.
  9. Don’t forget to compost food trimmings and uneaten leftovers in your backyard compost.
  10. And the biggest tip to remember … recycle the holiday spirit all year long!