Family Programs

Review the latest issue of News & Events or the online events calendar to find programs that are being offered in the current season. The following is a sampling of the family programs regularly offered.

  • 5K Family Hikes – Offered bi-monthly.
  • Americana Festival: Children’s Area – Walk down to the Activity Center Park during the Americana Festival and enjoy children’s entertainment, food, crafts, inflatables and more.
  • Archery Clinics – Beginner and intermediate clinics designed to provide interested youth and adults with the basic knowledge required to participate safely in archery.
  • Big Rig Gig – Touch and climb on many vehicles used in the community at this spring program.
  • Fairy and Gnome Home Festival – Families create structures for fairies and gnomes from natural materials.
  • Family Camping – Bring your family and join Park District staff on an overnight at Grant Park.
  • Family Recess – Play your favorite park games and create lasting family memories.
  • Geocaching – Technology meets nature – all ages can enjoy this hobby! Use GPS to find caches hidden in the parks. Visit for more information.
  • Haunted Trail – A scary Halloween hike through the park.
  • Luminary Walk – Celebrate the holiday season with a peaceful illuminated stroll through the park.
  • Nocturnal Nature Series –¬†Explore nature at night! Focus on different topics each month and observe seasonal changes.
  • Paws in the Park – Canines and their owners enjoy agility and obedience demonstrations, dog contests and vendors.
  • Sledding with Owlexander – A pop-up sledding program at Grant Park for the whole family.
  • Tools to Trek – Attend 12 designated Tools to Trek programs to earn a free Trek Pack. Continue tracking your programs to earn more tools. Print your Tools to Trek tracking sheet (PDF).
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