Discover Your Inner Buddy in "Elf" SOLD OUT


Travel through the "seven levels of the candy cane forest” and "the swirly twirly sea of gumdrops," right in Lake County, IL. As you know, Buddy has a sugar fixation and what better place to start our tour than the Long Grove Confectionery Company. We will take a chocolate factory tour and watch as they create a dazzling array of products, smell the sweet buttery caramel and taste the rich chocolate. Then shop in the store for those special goodies to take home. Now you can't survive on Buddy's four main food groups of candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup, so we have a special holiday lunch arranged at The Village Tavern. They have created a group meal that will start a tickle fight in your tummy - maple syrup BBQ pork sandwich, sweet potato fries plus peppermint ice cream with the fixings!  There seems to be something about trains that brings out the inner child in all of us so we will head to our final stop at The Chicago Botanic Garden's Wonderland Express that features thousands of white lights, beautiful holiday trees and poinsettias just like at the North Pole. See Chicago-area landmarks featured in an enchanting train exhibit that will make you feel so young.

Departure Location:    The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center – West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Times: Monday: 8:45 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. approx. (mini-motorcoach, tour, plated lunch with dessert/ tax/gratuity included and CBG admission)

Registration Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2015


Letters From Santa

The Mokena Park District has once again made special arrangements with Santa this year for children to receive a very special and personalized letter from the North Pole.  Your child’s face will light up when they see a colorful envelope in the mailbox, addressed to them, from the Jolly Old Elf.  Parents or guardians can register for their child/children in person at the Park Office, 10925 W La Porte Rd by December 1, 2015.  Fee is $6 per letter along with special treat for the reindeer.  Letters will be mailed the week of December 7, 2015.


Breakfast With Santa

Enjoy your breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf at Aurelio's Restaurant, 310 W Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort. Other special guest, Kenny The Elf is sure to bring a smile to parents and kids alike. $13 admission per person includes plated breakfast*, entertainment and a special gift/s. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District by Monday, November 23. Children under one are admitted free (does not include breakfast, treats or gift/s).  Bring your personal camera for family or children pictures with Santa.  
Registration will NOT be accepted at the restaurant-no exceptions. Groups limited to a maximum of eight (8). No refunds. This one fills up fast!
*Plated breakfast includes two scrambled eggs, two sausage links, three French toast sticks/syrup and slice of fruit.
Location: Aurelio's Restaurant (310 W Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort)
Days/Times: Saturday, December 5 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2015


Holiday House Decorating Contest

It will soon begin to look a lot like Christmas with glistening snow, twinkling lights and green garland everywhere.  Don’t miss out and enter your residence in this annual free contest to win great prizes!  To enter, call the Park Office at 708-390-2401 by Monday, December 7.  Judging will take place between 6:30-9:30p.m. on December 11 & 12.  Contestants do not need to be present during judging.  Displays must be lit during the stated hours.  Winners will be notified by phone the week of December 14.  Please, no decorations by professionals. 

Registration Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2015


Administration Center Closed - Christmas

 Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25


Administration Center Closed - New Year's Holiday

 Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1


Celebrate Elvis' Birthday with the Legendary Rick Saucedo Dinner & Show SOLD OUT


Elvis Presley would be turning 81 years old on January 8 so join is celebrating with Rick Saucedo - a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, Elvis Presley tribute artist, John Lennon tribute artist, and Paul McCartney tribute artist. Rick had an increasing interest in music and he had always appreciated the music of Elvis Presley, going back to his junior high band in the '60s. In 1972, one particular song caught his attention. "Burning Love", which turned out to become the main catalyst for Saucedo and began the creation of his tribute performances to Elvis Presley. He has been performing longer than Elvis himself did and decades later, Saucedo is still considered one of the top tributes to Elvis and has never stopped entertaining. A traditional Cantonese unlimited family-style dinner at Chef Shangrai-la’s includes Egg rolls, Crab Rangoon, Pot stickers, Broccoli beef supreme, Sweet & sour chicken, Veggie fried rice, gratuity and water/tea (additional drinks are on your own).

Departure Location:      The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center – West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Times:                   Friday, January 8, 2016 / 5:30pm-10:45 p.m. approx

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (or while space lasts)


Indoor Flea Market

Don’t let the unpredictable winter weather stop you from bargain shopping!  Or maybe you are cleaning out after the holiday season and would like to get rid of your unwanted “treasures” before spring.  Either way our Indoor Flea Market is the place for you!

  • Registration fee of $30 for vendors.  Buyers admitted free.
  • All vendors must pre-register at the Park Office.  There will be no on-site registration for the Indoor Flea Market as space is limited.
  • Vendors will receive a 12’ X 12’ space in the Field House.  Bring your own table(s).
  • Check-in: 7:00 a.m.
  • Vendor spaces are determined by Park District staff.  Space is first-come, first-served.

Location:  Oaks Recreation Center Fieldhouse (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Times: Sunday, January 17, 2016 / 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Registration Fee: $30 (Click here to register now)

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2016 (or while space lasts).

Mother & Son Valentine Bowl


You might be wracking your brain to come up with the perfect gift for your mom, aunt or grandmother for Valentine’s Day but what better way to say 'I love you' then with the most romantic of all sports - bowling. It is a great way for mom and son to be together in a fun environment. Ages 5-10.  Resident Fee of $35 per couple ($42NR); $15 each additional child ($18NR).  Cost includes: unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, cake and gift.  We can accommodate 6 per lane so if you want to bowl on the same lane, please specify at the time of registration.  Pre-registration required.  No refunds for this event. 

Location:  Morgan’s Thunder Bowl (18700 South Old LaGrange Road)

Day/Times: Saturday, February 13, 2015/12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Registration Fee: $35R/ $42NR (Click here to register)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tour the Mansions of Lake County

We will start our trip at the Shiloh House, an elegant 25-room mansion built in 1901 by Zion's founder, the Rev. John Alexander Dowie, who headed the Christian Catholic Church. Now it has been restored to the splendor of the Victorian era and its original glory after years of appreciative labor. Savanna House Restaurant takes its name from the lush green forest preserve it is located in front of, in the beautiful town of Wadsworth, Illinois. The restaurant promotes an eco-friendly environment, and has recently undergone a massive remodeling to better serve our customers. We will enjoy a warm plated meal followed by some delicious homemade peach cobbler.  Our last stop is at The Cook Mansion which was built in 1878 by Ansel Brainerd Cook and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is home to the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society's archives and museum.

Departure Location:    The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center – West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)

Day/Times:                   Thursday, February 25, 2016 / 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. approx

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016