Halloween House Decorating Contest

Judging: October 23-24, 2014

Our annual House of Frights is back!  Decorate your residence for this “spook-tacular” holiday and register to win great prizes.  Registration is FREE!  Judging will take place between 6:30-9:30p.m. on October 23 & 24 and is based on creativity, originality, design, and layout.  Contestants do not need to be present during judging.  Winners are determined in two categories:  Amateur Ogres (for those who have not won a prize previously) and Master Monsters (for those who have won in the past).  Winners will be notified by phone the week of October 26.  Call the Park Office at 708-390-2401 to submit your entry by Monday, October 20.


Bennett- Curtis House Trip

The Bennett-Curtis House/Lunch & Frank Lloyd Wright B. Harley Bradley House Tour – Kankakee County, IL

We will start our trip at The Bennett Curtis House where you can observe this 18 room mansion built 1900 by George M Bennett then purchased by Illinois Senator Edward C Curtis in 1919 followed by a delicious lunch in one of the beautifully furnished rooms.  On our way to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House, check out some of the Barn Quilts of Kankakee County that celebrate its history with colorful quilt patterns displayed on historic barns.  Once we arrive at the B. Harley Bradley House, we will explore the history of the house, its owners, life in turn of the century Kankakee and the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style design. (no interior photography permitted)   

Date:  Friday, November 7, 2014

Fee:  $46 (includes motorcoach transportation, lunch and tour)

Depart:  10:00a.m. from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena

Return:  3:00p.m. approx                              

Deadline:  Monday, October 6, 2014


Stockings For Our Troops

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 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

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Oaks Recreation Center (10847 W La Porte Rd)


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. Call the Park office at 708-390-2401 by 5pm on Friday, November 14 to reserve appointment. Walk-ins are accepted. Cash or checks are accepted on day of event.


Breakfast With Santa Deadline - November 26



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 2, 2013.  Fee is $6 per letter.  Letters will be mailed the week of December 9, 2013.


White Christmas - Jacob Henry Mansion Trip

Join us for a holiday celebration inspired by the classic film White Christmas. This spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey from a World War II performance for the troops to the glamour of a Florida nightclub and finally the charm and simple beauty of a New England town.  Before the show, enjoy a self-guided tour around the Jacob Henry Mansion followed by lunch that includes salad, lunch, dessert, coffee and tea.

Date:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fee:  $59 (includes motorcoach transportation, tour, lunch and show)

Depart:  10:00a.m. from The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Rd, Mokena

Return:  3:00p.m. approx

Deadline:  Sunday, November 2, 2014


Breakfast WIth Santa

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.  $12 admission per person includes plated breakfast*, entertainment and a special gift.  Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  All attendees must be pre-registered through the Mokena Park District by Wednesday, November 27.  Children under one are admitted free (does not include breakfast, treats or gift).

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.

C14E901: Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:00a.m.

Fee: $12.00 R/$14 NR


Holiday House Decorating Contest

Judging: December 12 & 13, 2014

It’s beginning 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 8.  Judging will take place between 6:30-9:30p.m. on December 12 & 13.  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 15.  Please, no decorations by professionals. 


Indoor Flea Market

Oaks Recreation Center (10847 W La Porte Rd)

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.
  • Registration deadline: Monday, January 12, 2015 (or while space lasts).
  • 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.

C14E902: Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fee: $30 Pre-registration ONLY.


Mother & Son Valentine Bowl Deadline - February 4



Mother & Son Valentine Bowl

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

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.  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.  Deadline:  No refunds for this event. 

C14E903: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fee: R $35 per couple/ NR $42 per couple. $15 each add’l child.