Reel in a great time at Volkening Lake Fest and Fishing Derby

By Schaumburg Park District

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend enjoying fishing, paddle boats and playtime at Schaumburg Park District’s Volkening Lake.

Volkening Lake Fest and Fishing Derby is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  June 16 at the lake, 900 W. Schaumburg Road. The event features a bounce house, inflatable slide, face painting, an interactive DJ and of course, plenty of fishing and paddle boating.

A hot dog or brat, chips and can of soda or bottled water is included in the fee.

Fishing Derby participants will be divided into age groups of 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 17 and an adult group. Prizes will be awarded for the shortest, longest, most fish caught and most unique catch in each age group. Participants must bring their own poles and bait.

“Enjoy fresh air, fishing, a walk around scenic Volkening Lake and a hot dog picnic,” said Stacy Johnson, assistant aquatics supervisor. “Families will fish together and win great prizes.”

Cost is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Pre-registration ends June 15. Day-of registration will be available at Volkening Lake for $25.  Admission is free for children 2 and younger.

For information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit parkfun.com.

Be part of living history at Spring Valley Country Fair

By Schaumburg Park District

Take a trip back in time to the 1880s during Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Country Fair, sponsored by Spring Valley Nature Club.

Admission is free to the two-day fair, is set for noon to 4 p.m., June 23 and 24 at Volkening Heritage Farm, 201 S. Plum Grove Road.

See the best in 19th century farm equipment as you stroll through this recreation of an 1880s country fair. Visit the livestock and domestic arts tent, be drawn in with blue ribbon winning skits and other live entertainment and purchase the latest wears from Spring Valley Handy-Crafters.

“Country Fairs were a fun experience in the 19th century,” said Patty Kennedy, farm program coordinator. “Visitors will see interpreters showing animals, baked goods and farm equipment in competition for blue ribbons – the quintessential prize for the best of the fair.”

Food and other refreshments also will be available for purchase. Parking is available on Plum Grove Road, across from Heritage Farm.

For more information, call (847) 985-2102 or visit parkfun.com.

It’s picnic time at Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

Join in on the fun at Schaumburg Park District’s Summer Picnic!

SPD Summer Picnic, sponsored by Schaumburg Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, is set
for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 19 at Atcher Island, 730 S. Springinsguth Road.

Bring the whole family and enjoy unlimited use of the pool, an interactive DJ, face painting, games and great food.

“Our Summer Picnic is a fun way for families to spend the evening out by the pool,” said Heather Hagstrom, aquatics supervisor. “Children love playing games splashing around in the pool.”

Admission is $5 per person and includes all activities, choice of a hot
dog or brat, chips and a drink. Registration is not required.

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

Bark, growl and howl for Yappy Hour

By Schaumburg Park District

Let your summer evening go to the dogs during Schaumburg Park District’s Yappy Hour.

Set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 22 at K9 Dog Park, 120 Remington Road, the annual happy hour for four-legged friends and their owners features wine, beer and soda. Activities for pups include a dog agility course, bobbing for hot dogs and crafts for children.

“It’s nice to go out on a summer evening,” said Mike Wold, Meineke Recreation Center Manager. “This is a chance to hang out and socialize with other dog owners, while your dog socializes as well.”

A copy of each dog’s vaccination records must be brought the day-of the event. Participants must be 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Resident admission for adults 21 and older with beverage is $12; $5 without beverage for guests 18 and older and $3 for children ages 3 to 17. Non-resident admission for adults 21 and older with beverage is $18; $11 without beverage for guests 18 and older and $5 for children.

For more information, call (847) 985-2143 or visit parkfun.com.

Celebrate Schaumburg Park District pools all summer long

By Schaumburg Park District

Enjoy a summer of Aquatics Appreciation with special events at District pools!

Flick N’ Float, featuring “Moana,” kicks off the fun at 7 p.m., June 15 at Atcher Island, 730 S. Springinsguth Road.

A barbecue lunch and deck games event is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. July 17 at Meineke Pool, 220 E. Weathersfield Way and the Bock Family Obstacle Course Challenge takes place 10:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 at Bock Park and Pool, 1223 W. Sharon Lane. Families are invited to dress in pirate gear and join in on an obstacle course like no other.

“We’re really excited about Aquatics Appreciation events this summer,” said Stacy Johnson, assistant aquatics supervisor. “It’s always great to see everyone out there at our pools having a wonderful time.”

For information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit parkfun.com.

Break a world record for swim lessons at The Water Works

By Schaumburg Park District

Schaumburg Park District is taking part in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for swim lessons.

The Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, will join aquatic facilities worldwide at 10 a.m., June 21 to host The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Designed to promote the importance of teaching children to swim and prevent drowning, the event includes a 30-minute-long free swim lesson for participants ages 1 and older.

“Swim lessons save lives,” said Heather Hagstrom, aquatics supervisor. “We thought this would be a great program to build awareness.”

Swimmers will be divided into groups based on age. Last year’s record for the event included 600 locations in 27 countries.

For more information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit www.parkfun.com.