Park District of Franklin Park Events

| October 1, 2012

FOR MORE PROGRAMS AND INFORMATION Visit the Park District of Franklin Park online at  Information available in Spanish and Polish. 

 35th Annual Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade

Sunday, October 7• 1:00 -2:00 p.m.

Line-up location: Scott Street and Grand Avenue

Come out and join us as we celebrate the 35th annual Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade. Gather your friends, family and neighbors to see the marching bands, clowns, local businesses, civic organizations, families and friends showcase themselves in our Parade. The line-up will begin at the intersection of Grand Avenueand Scott Street, head east on Grand and then north on 25th Avenue (Rose Street). The Parade ends at Addison and 25th Avenue. Don’t forget, following the parade we will have our annual Pumpkin Fest atNorth Park 10040 Addison.

All Ages, Free


Pumpkin Fest

Sunday, October 7• Immediately following the Parade

Location: North Park, 10040 Addison Street

The fun does not stop after the Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade. Continue celebrating atNorth Parkwith Pumpkin Fest! Here you will find loads and loads of bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be painted and taken home! The afternoon is filled with family fun, including music, prizes, games and great food! Watch for more information in your local paper or call the Park District at 847-455-2852.

All Ages, Free

Halloween Hoot

Wednesday, October 31 • 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: North Park, 10040 Addison Street

Come dressed in your Halloween best! This evening will be full of trickish games and crafts, but don’t be scared. Join us in walking in our annual costume parade and participate in our costume awards. Winners will be selected for scariest, cutest, and most unique costumes, and prizes will be awarded. Hotdogs and refreshments will be provided for the little monsters!

All Ages, Free

Youth Programs

 After School Program

Monday-Friday, August 15-December 21 • 3:00 -6:00 p.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Are you looking for an affordable, fun and reliable place for your child to go after school? If so, the Park District has what you are looking for. Our After-School program allows children to get exercise in our gym through fun games and activities, have a small snack, and get help with their homework if needed. Our goal is to make your night easier by finishing homework and wearing the kids out with play and social interaction.

Grades 1-8, Daily fee $9 and $3 for transportation, $11 for non-District 84 schools

 2012-2013 Tot School

Monday, Wednesday and Friday and/or Tuesday, and Thursday, September 5– December 7 • 9:15 p.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

Is your child too young for Preschool? Look no further! This early childhood education class is a great way to introduce your child to school. This innovative program offers a range of opportunities to help each child develop to their full potential. We follow a yearly curriculum, and students have the chance to explore different learning centers, such as dramatic play, books, music, blocks and puzzles. Snack time and gym time are also included daily. Open registration, so students may register at any time.

Ages 24–35 months

 2012-2013 Kindergarten Enrichment

Monday – Friday, August 15–- December 17 • 12:30 p.m. –- 3:30 p.m.

Location: Sunflower Nature Center at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue

Our new Kindergarten Enrichment program provides a quality enrichment experience for kindergarten-age children attending half-day kindergarten programs. This unique and multifaceted program is designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of activities, including art, music, theater, movement, science and child-led play. The program follows the District 84 school-year calendar. Working parents who desire extended hours for their child can enroll in the Early Start Program beginning at 11:30 am and ending at 12:30 pm. Children in the Early Start program must bring a lunch and beverage. Open registration, so students may register at any time. CallPhyllis Schmidtat 847-451-8135 with any questions.

AGES 5–6


Tot Classes

Little Explorers: Veggies Galore!
Thursday, September 20 • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Sunflower Nature Center, 10040 Addison Street

Learn about the importance of healthy eating and explore all the different vegetable options. We will visit the garden atNorth Parkand get to sample some homegrown vegetables.

Ages 4-7, Fee $5 R/$7 NR

The Park District offers more tot classes. Visit for a full listing of tot programs.

 Dance Classes

The Park District of Franklin Park offers a variety of dance classes for children ages 3-14. Have your child try Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Cheerleading, Tumbling and Tap at the Community Center, just to name a few.  For a full listing of dance classes offered call 847-455-2852 or visit

 Youth Athletics

Kid’s Karate Club

Wednesday, September 26-December 5 (Session I, Beginners) • 6-6:45 pm

Wednesday, September 26-December 5 (Session I, Yellow Belt & Above) • 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Location: North School Gym, 9500 Gage St.

Want to be the next Karate Kid? You can, with the Kid’s Karate Club Program. This progressive martial arts program teaches the basics in karate, self defense, sparring and safety. This high energy program is specifically designed for children ages 4 through 14. Parents may participate with their children at no additional cost as part of our Parent Helper Program. Family involvement and respect are key elements, and children are encouraged and motivated to do their best in all aspects of their lives. Karate uniforms ($35) are required and are available from the instructor. There are many karate programs, but only one Kid’s Karate Club. Be sure to ask for it by name – The Kid’s Karate Club & Safety Program. For more information, check out

 The Park District offers more youth athletic classes. Visit for a full listing of athletic programs.

 Youth Programs

Stars of Tomorrow Acting Class

Tuesdays and Thursday, September 11-October 18 (Session I) • 6-7:30 p.m

Tuesdays and Thursday, October 30-December 13 (Session II) • 6-7:30 p.m

Where: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Street

This theater class is designed to teach children and teens the basics of theatrical performance as well as scenic design. Students learn improvisation, pantomime, prop work, how to create a character, and how to collectively put on a show. The work culminates with a performance for families to showcase what the students created. The skills learned in this class are designed to introduce children to the creative art of theater and enhance their development. Please note: Performances will be held the last day of class.

Ages 6-14, Fee $65/$75

 Teen Programs

Teen Nights

Friday, September 28 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 26• 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 30 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 21 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Location: TBA; Call the Park District at 847-455-2852 to find out location!

Are you sick of doing the same boring thing every Friday night? If so, come by Teen Night. Listen to music, hang out with your friends and play some games. With different locations for Teen Night you will have the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, air-hockey, foosball and table tennis. Don’t sit home on the computer! Come out and hang out face-to-face with your friends.

Ages Grades 6-8, Fee $5 at the door

 The Park District offers more teen and youth activities. Visit for a full listing of teen and youth programs.

 Aquatic Programs

Family Swim Night

Friday, September 21-December 7 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, 2600 Hyde Park, Melrose Park

Get the family together and enjoy an evening close to home. The warm water will warm you up inside as fall comes and the weather turns cooler.Mannheimpool is a beautiful indoor heated pool that families can enjoy on Friday nights. Children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: All participants must wear a swim cap. Caps will be available for purchase at the pool. Swim floats and/or water wings are not allowed.

All Ages (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult), Fee: Individual: $35/$40, Family of 3: $50/$55, Family of 4: $55/$60, Additional family members: $10

 Youth Swim Lessons

Tuesday & Thursday, September 18-October 11 (Class A Session I) •  6:30-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday, September 18-October 11(Class B Session I) • 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday, October 30-November 29 (Class A Session II) • 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday, October 30-November 29  (Class B Session II) • 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, 2600 Hyde Park, Melrose Park

Join our fun and safe swimming classes instructed by our water safety instructors. These classes will help your child learn to be safe when they are in, on or around water–while having fun! We will emphasize swim strokes/techniques, a variety of safety skills, and emergency readiness. Your children will learn skills that are important for their safety, which will stay with them forever.

Ages 5-12 years, Fee: $45 R/$52 NR

 Adult Aquacize

Monday & Wednesday, September 17-December  5 • 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, 2600 Hyde Park, Melrose Park

Have fun while enjoying great and effective programs for rehabilitation, arthritis sufferers, pregnant women and seniors. These exercises will give you the gentle resistance needed to keep muscles toned and strong, without added stress to joints. Various water tools will be used. Aquatic shoes are recommended for comfort. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.

Ages 18 years and older, Fee: $42 R/$52 NR

 Adult Open Swim

Monday & Wednesday, September 17-December 5 • 7:15-8 p.m.

Location: Mannheim Middle School, 2600 Hyde Park, Melrose Park

Enjoy the opportunity to stay fit and enjoy a summer activity during those cold, winter months! Kickboards and pull buoys are available for your training use. A swim cap must be worn by all participants and will be available for purchase at the pool. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.

Ages 18 years and older, Fee $40 R/$46 NR

 Adult Programs and Trips

Travel to Space at the Adler Planetarium
Thursday, September 13 • 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Alder Planetarium, Chicago, IL

Are you interested in the history of astronomy, the space race, or space science or maybe all three? Then join us on a trip to space at the Adler Planetarium. We will travel through space and have an unforgettable experience, so don’t forget to sign up!

Ages 18 and up; Fee $60/$65

 Adult Fitness Programs

The Park District offers various fitness classes including Adult Aquacize, Yoga, Total Body Fitness, Step, Zumba, Zumba Toning with Mat Pilates, Adult Hip-Hop Cardio and Table Tennis.  


Now offering junior memberships for ages 1117!!!

Have your parent register you for The Fitness Center at the Park District of Franklin Park; 9560 Franklin AvenueThe fitness center includes two separate rooms and 17 state-of-the-art Life Fitness machines. A FitnessCenterpass may be obtained at the Community Center, with various membership plans to choose from. A yearly pass is less than $10 per month, payment plans are available.  Fitness Center hours are 6 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm on Saturdays and 9 am-7:30 pm on Sundays.


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