Halloween House Decorating Contest

For those who would like to view the entries in our Halloween House Decorating Contest, here are the addresses:

18300 Cottonwood Drive, Tinley Park

10344 O'Connell, Mokena

19801 Scarth, Mokena

19827 Schoolhouse, Mokena

19926 Anna, Mokena

19542 Division, Mokena

11135 Third Street, Mokena

11207 191st Street, Mokena

19410 Sarkis Drive, Mokena

Judging is based on Theme, Originality, Creativity, Lighting, and Musical Effects. Judging takes place October 21 and 22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Stockings For Our Troops - Nov. 11

Friday, November 11, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center

Make this holiday season a memorable one for you, your family, and for our troops! We invite you to gather with us at The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center on Veteran’s Day to decorate holiday stockings for our troops overseas. We will supply everything needed to decorate a stocking.

DONATIONS NEEDED: We would appreciate donations of fabric, craft items, and old Christmas cards to be used for this event. Donations can be dropped off at the Administration Center at Main Park. We will also be collecting small items to be used as stocking stuffers. Stockings and donated items are then put together and shipped to the troops by “Operation Care Package”. Suggested stocking stuffers include: Protein bars, nuts, sunflower seeds, trail mix, gum, hard candy, individual drink mixes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, toothpaste, etc. A Letter Writing Station will also be available to anyone who would like to write a personal note to be included in your stocking.


Pictures With Santa - Nov. 13

Santa is making a special appearance at the Park!  A professional photographer will be there to take your child’s picture with the jolly old elf!  Appointments recommended.  Fee of $8 per picture includes professional 5’x7’ picture.  Additional packages are available for purchase.  No personal cameras/camera phones allowed.

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

Day/Time: Sunday, November 13, 2016/12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

Registration Deadline: Call the Park office at 708-390-2401 by noon on Friday, November 11 to reserve appointment. Walk-ins are accepted.


Breakfast With Santa - December 3

Enjoy your breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf at Aurelio's Restaurant, 310 W Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort. Other special guests are sure to bring a smile to parents and kids alike. $13 admission per person includes plated breakfast*, entertainment and a special gift. All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District by Monday, November 21. Children under one are admitted free (does not include breakfast, treats or gift) and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 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 3, 2016/9:00a.m.
C16E257: Fee: $13R/ $ 16 NR (Click here to register!)
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2016

Chicago Christmas Lights Tour

We will travel to Downtown Chicago to see the beautiful Christmas lights displays. Our first stop will be at the Planetarium Overlook for a panoramic view of the city. We will then travel along Lake Shore Drive to Lincoln Park, North Michigan Avenue, and stop for one hour at Millennium Park to view the city Christmas tree, the skating rink and the Bean. From there, we will take a Loop Tour with a final 1 1/2 hour stop at the German Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza. We will also be close in proximity to Macy's (Marshall Field's) Flagship State Street store.

C16E253: Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 3:30pm-9:30pm approx. (Click here to register)
Departure: The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center-West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)
Fee: $42 R/ $50 NR (roundtrip mini-motorcoach transportation)
Registration Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

Indoor Flea Market - January 15

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 15, 2017 / 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Vendor Booth Fee: $30 (Click here to register!)

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017 (or while space lasts).

Mother & Son Valentine Bowl - February 11

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 $36 per couple ($40NR); $16 each additional child ($21NR).  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 11, 2017/12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Jewelry, Fashion, and Accessories Show - Rosemont

There's always something new at the JF&A Shows - concentrated pockets of new products with a focus on Beauty & Style, or a sumptuous collection of Home & Gourmet products. Expect the unexpected - and a fabulous assortment of treasures for you and your friends. After two 1/2 hours of browsing/shopping, we will head to Carlucci Rosemont, a Silver Plate and DiRoNA Award Winning Tuscan Italian Restaurant eight years running for a plated lunch. Your meal will include choice of one three Carlucci Classics: Special Pizza, Special Panini or Special Baked Pasta, gratuity and soft drink.

C16E255: Friday, February 17, 2017 / 9:15am-3:00pm approx. (Click here to register!)
Departure: The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center-West Parking Lot (10847 W La Porte Rd)
Fee: $49 R/ $58 NR (roundtrip mini-motorcoach transportation, admission to JF&A and lunch with gratuity)
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2017