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

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Events in Hoffman Estates

By Hoffman Estates Park District

Don’t miss these upcoming holiday events:

April 8 – Doggie Eggstravaganza

April 9 – Free Egg Slide ice skating event

April 15 – Egg Hunts with the Easter Bunny

April 15 – Aqua Egg Hunt - SOLD OUT

April 16 – Easter Brunch – SOLD OUT

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

Smoking Ban Ushers In a Healthier New Year

By Hoffman Estates Park District

SmokingBan-MktgPkg-facebookThere is no better time than the present to stop smoking. That’s because as of January 1, 2017, smoking is prohibited at all Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) properties, except for Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. All facilities and parks are now smoke free, including electric cigarettes. This ban was put in place because establishing a smoke-free park system directly supports its mission “to provide healthy and enjoyable activities” in its facilities and parks. HE Parks made the decision because the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke are the cause of many diseases and health conditions leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually.

“The Park Board of Commissioners felt that this step was necessary to fully encourage a healthy lifestyle for all our residents,” said Park Board President Mike Bickham. “People come to our parks and facilities to take part in healthy activities. We don’t think they should be exposed to secondhand smoke in the process.”

The Grim Statistics
The health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are numerous. Here are some facts, according to the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control. (Sources: and

  • Smoking causes death. More than 438,000 Americans die every year from smoking. Yet, these deaths can be avoided. Death by smoking is the leading cause of preventable death by such diseases as cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke causes death. More than 41,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke each year. These deaths also can be prevented.
  • Smoke increases illnesses in children. Kids exposed to secondhand smoke suffer more illnesses during their childhood, including asthma and ear infections.
  • Smoking increases SIDS in infants. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases healthy infants’ risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Smoking generates pollution. Millions of cigarette butts are littered each year across the country.

“Hundreds of children visit our facilities and parks each day,” said Executive Director Dean Bostrom. “Seeing adults smoking outside our facilities and in our parks sets a poor example for our impressionable young people. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle for everyone is our main goal.”

About HE Parks

Providing first-class parks, facilities, programs and services for a dynamic community of more than 50,000 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, HE Parks operates two community centers, twin ice arenas, a premier 18-hole golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center, family aquatic center and more than 70 parks.  Facilities include Triphahn Community Center & Ice Arena, Willow Recreation Center, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Prairie StoneTM Sports & Wellness Center, Seascape Family Aquatic Center and Vogelei Park & Barn.

In 2013 HE Parks was accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). It has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Park and Recreation Agency by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and is the recipient of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks & Recreation Management by the National Recreation & Parks Association; the highest national honor in the public recreation category.

For more information visit or call 847-885-7500.