Park District Board Meting

The monthly meeting of the Mokena Community Park District Board of Commissioners is Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center.

 

Bunco & Bingo for Older Adults - January

On January 26, join your friends at The Oaks every other month, and enjoy coffee and treats while playing Bunco and Bingo for some fun prizes! Age: 55+ Registration deadline: One week before date of event.

Location: The Walnut Room at the Oaks

 

Preschool Open House

The Mokena Community Park District’s comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program:

  • Little Learners – age 2 ½-3* – Monday and Wednesday 9:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Prep School – 3 year olds* – Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Pre-School – 4 year olds* – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Kinderbridge - 4 year olds* – Monday through Friday 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Little Learners – stresses the social development of the young child and the importance of learning through play. Group and individual activities will help your child develop new skills and make new friends in a unique early childhood education setting.

Prep School, Preschool, and Kinderbridge – these very successful, long running programs include academic skills, physical activity, arts and crafts, story time, finger play, and songs.

All classes meet in our Program Center located at the south end of Mokena Main Park. All of these programs are for children ready to separate from their parents for an extended period of time, and children must be toilet trained.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Program Center – 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena, IL (south end of parking lot)

You and your child are invited to our Early Education Center Open House to meet our wonderful teachers! Their charming, colorful classrooms will make children feel welcome and ready to learn. This is a wonderful opportunity to see why we will give your children a great preschool experience, and help get them ready for kindergarten.

 

Member APpreciation Day at The Oaks

Your investment in exercise and activity returns many benefits and now we would like to thank you for choosing us. We value you as a member and we invite you to see for yourself by joining us for health screenings, raffle prizes including free personal training and free nutritious snacks as we celebrate you…our member!

Friday, February 3, 2017 at The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center - 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

 

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

 

Preschool Reghistration Begins

Early Childhood Education Program –

FALL 2017 REGISTRATION

Registration will be accepted in person beginning Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Program Center.

Required at registration:

  • NON-REFUNDABLE fee of:
    • Little Learners - $148 total deposit (includes $99 first month tuition)
    • Prep School - $160 total deposit (includes $111 first month tuition)
    • Pre-School - $197 total deposit (includes $148 first month tuition)
    • Kinderbridge - $285 total deposit (includes $236 first moth tuition)
    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of immunizations

Non-residents will pay an additional $5 monthly. Sign up for automatic payments and save $3 per month.

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

Passport to Adventure - Enchanted Castle

NEW! PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS!

School is out but the fun is not! Join the Mokena Community Park District for some fun field trips and activities! Spend your day off with us: laughing, exploring and trying something new! Every day with Mokena Park District is sure to be an adventure! This program is for kids ages 5yrs-11yrs only! If you are interested in chaperoning please call 708-390-2416.

ENCHANTED CASTLE- Lombard IL - Take the quest and experience the Magic of Fun! Enchanted Castle - Chicago's Premier entertainment venue - has it all: indoor go karts, laser tag, bumper cars, rides, mini-bowling, inflatable’s, Karaoke, singing dragons, a two-story play land plus 200 of the industry's best games and finest redemption prizes. February 20, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Fee: $42R/$51NR  Registration Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017

 

 

 

Group Exercise Open House at The Oaks

Have you always wanted to try Group Exercise classes but hesitate because you’re unsure whether you will like them? The benefits of participating in group fitness are endless including but not limited to a fun social atmosphere, weekly variety with your workouts, camaraderie, motivating instructors & learning how to bust through exercise plateaus! Take advantage of this opportunity to try out free classes to see if it is the right fit for you! Note: Non-members don’t need to be present with a member to participate. First time guests only please. *Times of classes vary. Please refer to the current Oaks Group Exercise Schedule for class times and descriptions.

Friday, February 23, 3017 at The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center

 

 

 

Showcase of Art

February 25-26, 2017 at The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center

Join us at the Annual Showcase of Art displaying the work of our talented students, including youth, and teen students, enrolled in the many Park District art programs. From oils, acrylics, and watercolors, to sand castles and clay sculpture, you are sure to enjoy this diverse display of art and crafts. The exhibit will remain open during the entire weekend for your viewing pleasure.

ART SHOW INVITATION

Anyone who has participated in an art or craft class at Mokena Park District in the past year is invited to display their artwork or projects that were completed while participating in one of the Park District classes, at the Showcase of Art February 25-26, 2017. Please call the Administration Center at (708) 390-2401 for more information

 

Cinderella Ball

Every little girl is a princess, and Dad, here’s your chance to treat her like one!  A special date for just the two of you with an afternoon or evening of dancing and special memories.  Refreshments and music will make this an evening of lasting memories.  Don’t forget your cameras for that picture perfect Father-Daughter moment (TSS Photography will also be on-site for professional photo op).  Ages 5-10.  Fee of $29 per resident couple and $12 each additional child.  No refunds for this event.

Location:  Program Center, 10925 W La Porte Road, Mokena

A17E251: Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A17E252: Saturday, February 25, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $29R/ $35NR

Registration Deadline: Registration deadline: Monday, February 13 (or while space available)

 

Bunco & Bingo for Older Adults - March

On march 23, join your friends at The Oaks every other month, and enjoy coffee and treats while playing Bunco and Bingo for some fun prizes! Age: 55+ Registration deadline: One week before date of event.

Location: The Walnut Room at the Oaks.

 

Flashlight Egg Hunt for Ages 10-18

The Quest for the Golden Egg begins! Come on out to Main Park to challenge your fiends in finding the most treat filled eggs using only a flashlight! One winner will find the golden egg and win the official Golden Egg prize! Don’t forget to bring your flashlight. Advance registration is required. Please note: this event may not take the full hour so parents, please feel welcome to stick around during the event! Age 10-18 years. Thursday, March 30 -  8:30-9:30 p.m. in the Main Park Picnic Grove   $12 R/ $14 NR Registration Deadline: March 22, 2017 (or while space is available)

 

Mother's Day Tea

On Saturday, may 13, spend a memorable day at Yunker Farm with your Mother. Enjoy Tea, Brunch & memorable moments. Each family will create a teacup family garden to take home. The cost of this event covers brunch, tea and a craft for the family! No refunds for this event. Saturday, May 13, 2017 / 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fee: $14 R/ $17 NR per person. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (or while space is available)

 

               

 

Woofstock and Pet Parade

We will kick-off the event with the Pet Parade which includes a ¼ mile fun walk along the Main Park wooded trail at 1:30 p.m. – Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.  All animals are welcome for the parade.  Parade prizes will be awarded to the top winners in the following categories:

  • Best Dressed
  • Most Exotic
  • Most      Original
  • Smallest      Pet
  • Largest      Pet

*Costumes are optional!  After the parade, an educational show about reptiles will be provided by Cold Blooded Creatures followed by an afternoon of canine contests for our four-legged friends will begin at apprx. 2:00p.m. Start training your pooch now so they can place in our contests:  Best Trick, Most Obedient, Ultimate Frisbee Catch and Hot Dog Relay! Vendors, raffle, and give-a-ways will be available throughout the afternoon.  For the safety of your dog and others, please be sure the dog’s vaccinations are current.  All dogs must be on a leash.

Location:  Main Park – Picnic Grove, 10925 W La Porte Road, Mokena

Day/Times: Saturday, May 20, 2017 / 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

                Pet Parade Registration: 1:00p.m.-1:30 p.m.

                Woofstock Contest Registration: 1:00p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Free to participate! 

 

Cabaret - Theatre at the Center

On Sunday, May 21 - Welcome to the Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin, where a mischievous Emcee invites us to join cabaret singer Sally Bowles and an American writer searching for inspiration, in a world on the brink. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this timeless classic features "Maybe This Time," "The Money Song," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."

Before the show, we will enjoy a buffet Brunch in the dining room of the Theatre.  The buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for our all-you-can-eat brunch. 

Champagne, coffee, tea and ice tea are included. Registration Deadline: April 21 Fee: $98 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, ticket and brunch)

 

 

 

 

Bunco & Bingo for Older Adults - May

On May 25, join your friends at The Oaks every other month, and enjoy coffee and treats while playing Bunco and Bingo for some fun prizes! Age: 55+ Registration deadline: One week before date of event.

Location: The Walnut Room at the Oaks.

 

Outdoor Flea Market - May

A17E256: Sun., May 28, 2017 Main Park (10925 W La Porte Road)

Sell your old and new wares at this annual Flea Market.  We welcome fresh produce, new and used crafts, clothing, tools, etc.  Spend a day selling and swapping.  Groups/organizations welcome.  Concessions will be available.

-Pre-registration fee $20 (by 4pm on Friday before event)

-Registering the day of the event is $25

-Registration fees are non-refundable

See the Park District website for rules, space size, etc.

 

Summertime Stride 5K

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017 (rain or shine)

Time:  8:30 a.m. 5K Run & Walk start (Approx 9:15 a.m. Kids Dash start)

Start/Finish Location:  Willowview Park (11420 West 197th Street, Mokena)

Registration times:  7:30 a.m. – 8 25 a.m. at registration tent on event day in Willowview Park parking lot

Registration Fees: 

  *Early Bird Registration (Dri-fit t-shirt guaranteed): $20 by Wednesday, May 3

  *5K Run & Walk:  $20 pre-registration by 5pm on Thursday, June 1 (we cannot guarantee t-shirt)

  *$25 day of event

A17Y260  Kids Dash (10 and under): $5* - (*does not include t-shirt)

Pre-registration: 

1)       By Mail:  Send your completed registration form, signed waiver and payment to the Mokena Community Park District, Attn: Summertime Stride 5K, 10925 W La Porte Rd, Mokena, IL 60448 to be received by June 1 (or May 3 for early bird). 

2)       Walk-in:  Bring in your completed registration form, signed waiver and payment to the Mokena Community Park District, 10925 W La Porte Rd prior to 5pm on Thursday, June 2(or May 4 for early bird). 

3)       Online:  Register online at www.mokenapark.com or www.signmeup.com by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1 (or May 3 for early bird). 

4)       Sorry - No refunds!

T-shirt: Dri-fit/cooling performance t-shirts will be guaranteed to the pre-registrants of the 5K registered by Wednesday, May 4.  We will make our best efforts to accommodate your preferred t-shirt size. T-shirts are running big! 

Event Components: 5K (3.1 mile) USATF-certified course and transponder-timed run and fun walk followed by kids dashes, refreshments, entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Course/Split Times/Water: The certified course is run out and back primarily on streets throughout Mokena. Split times & markers and water station will be available on the course. 

Kid’s Dashes: Registered children 10 and under can participate in kid’s dashes at approximately 9:30am from the start/finish line.  Kid’s dash distances and heats will vary by age.  All participants will receive a ribbon/prize. 

Awards: An awards ceremony will start after the kids dashes have completed and will include awards to the Best Overall Male and Female run winners as well as the top three winners in the following age categories:  9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Refreshments/Entertainment: Refreshments will be available following the run/walk including Hinckley Springs water, fruit, bagels and more! 

Benefactor: A portion of the proceeds benefit Disabled Patriot Fund who was founded by a  group of area business people and local officials who came together because of a common interest , to help disabled American veterans who have fought in the War on Terrorism. The goal of the Disabled Patriot Fund is to provide financial relief for local U.S. military families who have been adversely affected by the War on Terror. For more information, visit disabledpatriotfund.org