Park District of Franklin Park Upcoming Events and Programs!

| March 23, 2014

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Special Events

Big Band Dinner Dance
Apr 13th  2:00-4:30pm

Location: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Street

Dance all afternoon to the sounds of the great bands from the ‘40s and ‘50s.  Ballroom dancing, waltzing, cha-cha, rumba—whatever you choose!  We have plenty of mixers to make sure everyone gets a chance to dance.  Or come watch the dancers while socializing with new and old friends.  We will have door prizes, so don’t forget to fill out your raffle ticket.  The Park District will provide soft drinks, coffee, and snacks.  A cash bar is also available.

Adults, Fee: $10 per person

Educational Programming

After School Program

Monday-Friday, Present-End of May • 3:00 -6:00 pm

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, $12 for non-District 84 schools

2013-2014 Kindergarten Enrichment

Monday – Friday, January 6, 2014-May 22, 2014 • 12:30 pm –- 3:30 pm

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. Call Phyllis Schmidt at 847-451-8135 with any questions.

AGES 5–6, Call for pricing

Tot Classes

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

Youth Athletics

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

Performing Arts Class

Thursdays, March 6 – April 10  • 6-8:00 pm

Where: North School, 9560 Gage 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 $100/$110 

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


Teen Programs

Teen Night
Friday, March 28th  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Ice Arena, 9711 Waveland St.

Are you sick of doing the same boring thing every Friday Night? If so, come to Teen Night. Listen to music, hang out with your friends and play some games. With different locations for Teen Night, you have the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and table tennis. Don’t sit home on the computer. Come out and hang out face-to-face with your friends. Teen passes required for all participants. Teen passes are free initially but are $6 for replacements. Participants need to show a current school report card/schedule and fill out our teen pass form.

GRADES 6-8, $5 at the door

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

Adult Athletics

Men’s Summer Softball

Mon/Weds,  or Tues/Thurs; May 12-Aug. 7th  • 7, 8 & 9 pm

Where: North Park Ball Fields.

As the weather breaks and the temperature begins to rise, grab your best players and head out to North Park for 12 weeks of action-packed competitive softball.  Teams compete in a 10-game regular season and double elimination tournament.  Teams may roster up to 20 players per team.  Cash prizes and trophies are awarded to the top two teams. For more information contact Dan at 847-455-2852. Managers’ Meeting: Weds, May 7th and Thurs, May 8th , 7 pm at the Community Center

Ages 18 and up, $600 per team

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

Aquatic Programs

Youth Swim Lessons

Tuesday & Thursday, March 4-April 15 (Class A Session II) • 5:30-6:15 pm

Tuesday & Thursday, March 4-April 15 (Class B Session II) • 6:30-7:15 pm

Tuesday & Thursday, March4-April 15  (Class C Session II) • 7:30-8:15 pm

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: $50 R/$60 NR

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

Adult Programs and Trips

Knitting, Crocheting & Needlepoint Club

First and third Tuesday of each month • 1:00-2:30 pm

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

This free program is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to knit, needlepoint, crochet or simply get together with others to complete their projects. Two members have volunteered to bring extra supplies and give tips and instructions to those who may need them.

Ages 18 years and up, Free

AARP Driver Safety
Saturday, April 5 • 8:30am-5:30 pm

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

AARP Smart Driver is the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed especially for drivers ages 50+.  In addition to our award-winning classroom and online course, AARP Drive Safety includes additional programs and education materials available to our host partners.  AARP Driver Safety is one of the best examples of AARP at the local level.

Ages 55 and up, Fee:  $15/AARP member, $20 non-member

Rules of the Road; Secretary of State/Super Seniors Program
Wednesday, May 14 • 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

If your license is due for renewal this year, be sure to take advantage of this FREE refresher course offered by the Secretary of State’s office. Laws changes, signs changes—do not get caught unprepared. The review course combines an explanation of the driving exam with a practice written exam. The course lasts approximately two hours. Pre-registration is required. To register call 847-455-2852.

Ages 18 and up, Free

Adult Fitness Programs

Gentle Yoga

Thursdays, March 6-April 24 •10:15 -11:30 am

Location: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison

Gentle yoga is for those who never practiced yoga and for those preferring a less vigorous, less physically demanding style. Each class begins with a slow warm-up, yoga stretches and ends with relaxation.

Ages 15 and up, $40R/$44NR


Monday, March 3-Apr 21 • 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 5-Apr 23 • 6-7 pm

Location: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison

Zumba uses captivating Latin rhythms and simple dance moves and creates a fun, fast-paced fitness program. This class features routines with interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

Ages 15 and up, $44/$52


Total Body Fitness

Monday, Mar 3-Apr 21 • 9-10 am

Wednesday, Mar 5-Apr 23 • 9-10 am

Friday, Mar 7 – Apr 25 • 9-10 am

Location: Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison

Looking for variety in your workout? Each week we learn a different routine starting with a warm-up followed by hi-low aerobics, step or interval training. We also concentrate on muscle toning and strengthening using free weights. Class ends with a relaxing stretch. A wide selection of music is used to keep the workouts fun and exciting, including rock, pop, Latin and dance! *Please bring an exercise mat, weights and water bottle.

Ages 15 and Up, $32/$36,

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

Fitness Center

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 Avenue The fitness center includes two separate rooms and 17 state-of-the-art Life Fitness machines. A Fitness Center pass 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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