Free Community Walking Events

By Hoffman Estates Park District

HoffmanWalks-5 date - letterYou’re invited to a series of free walking events, called Hoffman Walks. The next event is Sat. April 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Charlemagne Park. On one Saturday each month, HE Parks will host a 2-hour walk at a park or facility open to all ages and abilities. Participants can walk as long as they’d like.

“Walking is a great way to improve health, well-being and peace of mind,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities for HE Parks.

The benefits of walking are numerous, including boosting energy, reducing the effects of sitting, improving strength and heart function. In September 2015, the Surgeon General issued a Call To Action to increase walking among Americans of all ages. It stated that one out of every two adults in America living with a chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, and recommended that increasing activity level through walking can significantly reduce risk of chronic disease.

“We felt that walking is an easy, entry-level type of activity,” said Colleen Palmer, superintendent of recreation for HE Parks. “Our hope is that once an individual makes walking a habit, that this will lead them to more kinds of activity.”

Registration is not required.

Sat. April 8, 9 AM at Charlemagne Park (3799 Bordeaux) – Stroll around this beautiful park pond to celebrate spring and all its critters and flowers!

Sat. May 6, 9 AM at Fabbrini Park (1670 Glen Lake Road) – Bring mom for a walk in the park. All moms in attendance will get a special gift.

Watch for more events to come in the Summer Guide. For more information, visit

Spend spring break staying active with SPD

By Schaumburg Park District

Spring break

Help your little sprout blossom this spring with chess, Lego and active adventures.

Among the choices during spring break is the full-day So Cool Spring Break Camp, at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. The camp features games, field trips and crafts. Other camps take place at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane.

“Spring break camps are a safe and fun option for children when they’re off from school,” said Kathleen Benson, Bock manager and general program coordinator. “It’s an excellent way to keep them engaged while making memories during their break.”

The full list of options includes:

  • So Cool Spring Break Camp at MRC, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 27-31* (ages 6-12) *Register for select days or entire session.
  • Chess Scholars Spring Break Chess Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, March 27-31, Bock (ages 5-12)
  • LEGO Mindstorms Invasion of the Robots Mini-Camp, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday through Wednesday, March 28-29, Bock (ages 9-14)
  • Pre-Engineering Spring Break Mini-Camp with Lego Robotics, 10-11 a.m., Tuesday through Wednesday, March 28 and 29, Bock (ages 6-9)

For more information, call (847) 985-2141 or visit


Party with your pals at Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

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Seventh and eighth graders— text your friends and let them know The Party’s Back!

The Party’s Back is set for 7-10 p.m., Feb. 3, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Junior high students from District 54 and other schools are invited to enjoy a night of music, dancing and food. A photo booth also will be available during the festivities.

“We have a whole new theme,” said Meineke Center Manager Mike Wold. “This is a great way for teens to spend their Friday night!”

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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

Ring in the New Year before naptime with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

itsyMake a resolution to celebrate with your tot at the Schaumburg Park District’s Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown.

Set for 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 31, at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, the event features inflatables for climbing and a variety of toys and games for children ages 1 to 6. Trikes, big wheels and motorized jeeps also will be available. A noontime balloon drop will ring in 2017.

“This is a fun event for little ones to ring in the New Year,” said Karen Shannon, manager of The Sport Center. “They’ll have an opportunity to spend time playing with their parents and socializing with other children.”

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. The first 200 registrants will receive a free noisemaker and lei.

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

Winter Registration Begins Mon. Nov. 21 at Hoffman Estates Park District

By Hoffman Estates Park District

NinjaThe Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) announces that registration for winter programs opens on Monday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. online at and at all HE Parks facilities. Winter Guides were mailed to every household in Hoffman Estates, and is also available online at

New this season is a class for kids age 4-11 called Ninja Warrior. In this class, kid will gain endurance and strength with climbing, crawling, jumping, flipping, hanging and swinging. The class is similar to the popular television show with the same name. The class is offered on Wednesdays at Vogelei Barn, from 10-10:45 a.m. for kids age 4-6 and from 6:45-7:30 p.m. for kids age 6-11.  For more information contact Program Manager Jody Dodson at or 847-285-5432.

For adults, HE Parks added a Wiffle® Ball League. Teams are being recruited now for a competitive and a non-competitive league. The games will be played at Cannon Crossings Park starting in April. For more information, contact Athletic Manager Kyle Thomas at or 847-285-5429.

The 50+ Club is planning a group trip to Niagara Falls in April 2017. The popular trips sell out quickly, as they are affordably prices and provide a stress-free travel experience for adults age 50 and over. For more information, contact 50+ Coordinator Rica Cuff at or 847-885-7500 ext. 626.

In addition to programs, the Winter Guide also includes park and facility information and a list of all Winter events including Winter Fest, Breakfast with Santa, the Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Date Night and more.

Visit to browse all the park district has to offer in 2017.




Take a “cool” run with the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

chiliThe Schaumburg Park District’s annual 5K Chilly Chili Race isn’t just for adults!

Children ages 10 and older also are welcome to test their endurance.

The race begins at 10 a.m., Dec. 3, at the Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road. Participants may warm up after the race with a chili lunch. Awards will be issued in each age group, including 10-14 and 15-19. Each racer will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt.

Pre-registration is available at Pre-registration  is $35 and due by 5 p.m., Nov. 30. Race-day registration is $40. Check-in, packet pick-up and race-day registration will be available 8-9:30 a.m., Dec. 3. The Chilly Chili 5K is sponsored by Amita Health and Dick Pond Athletics.

For more information, visit


Jr. Basketball keeps little athletes on the move

By Schaumburg Park District


When the temperatures drop, keep your tot active with Jr. Basketball.

Offered to ages 3-4, new classes start Jan. 6 at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road. The program is designed to teach basketball at a basic level while ensuring players stay active and engaged the entire class. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available.

Teaching such a young age group involves playing basketball-style games, while also focusing on basic mechanics and building confidence. Jr. Basketball is an idea way to help little ones exercise, as footwork is an extremely important aspect and no player will be sitting.

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

Start on the right track with a Youth Fitness Training Orientation

By Schaumburg Park District

CRC_4Being 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, Oct. 15
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 12
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 26
  • 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 10

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

Enjoy the ‘home school’ advantage at the Schaumburg Park District

By Schaumburg Park District

bball_1 The Schaumburg Park District offers a variety of ways for homeschool students to take time for fun this fall through sports and fitness.

Specifically designed for home school children, Home School Gym & Turf allows youngsters to stay active and meet new friends. Gym and field sports equipment is available, allowing participants to shoot hoops, play catch or get in a game of soccer or volleyball. Classes take place at The Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road.

Home School PE, Swim and Health provides an introduction to sports, skill development and health. Participants spend the first half of the class in the gym and the second half swimming at The Water Works. Active clothing including gym shoes, swim attire and a towel are required. Classes take place at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Home School Open Gym & Turf, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Dec. 4 (ages 4-14)
  • Home School PE, Swim & Health, 11:30-1 p.m., Sept. 17-Dec. 3 (ages 6-17)

For more information, visit


Catch ‘Em All at HE Parks’ Pokemon Go Gathering

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Pokemon-villagecabletemplateCalling all Pokémon Trainers, this event is for you. For Trainers of all ages! We’ll have lures set around Black Bear Park which has more than 15 Poké
Stops. Prizes will be given in each age group to the Pokémon Trainers who catch the strongest wild  Pokémon, as well as the most Pokémon caught!

Register at the event. This event is free and for all ages. Age categories will be Under 10 years, 10-15 years and 15+ years.

Please note, the Disc Golf Course will be closed from 9:30A-12:30P for this event.