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January 30, 2024

February 2024 Newsletter – Gurnee Park District


February is here and we are filled with all the feels as we look forward to another great month at Gurnee Park District! The arrival of February signals the excitement and anticipation that spring is close within reach (45 days away, to be exact). As this short month passes, remember to take a pause and enjoy the changes taking place – longer days, the weather turning slightly warmer (we hope), and the sounds of nature returning to fill the air once again. What a beautiful month we have in store!

With that said, make sure to get out and enjoy all that Gurnee Park District has to offer this month, such as events, walking trails, parks, programs, and so much more!


We are gearing up for another amazing summer, complete with a variety of camps, activities, special events, field trips, cookouts, and MORE!

Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Guide to view all of our offerings, and then, save your spot by registering TOMORROW! That’s right, camp registration opens Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00am!

View 2024 Summer Camp Guide Here


The arrival of spring is just a few short weeks away, which means summer will be here before we know it! Make sure you and the family are ready for some fun in the sun – purchase your Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center 2024 season pass today! 

Make a SPLASH in 2024


We’ve got an all NEW theme this month for our February Monthly Mixer – “For the Love of Toys”! Are you ready to relive your childhood with some of those nostalgic memories of playing with your favorite toys? Well, we’re going to do just that! Join presenter Dean Milano for a demonstration that is sure to bring you back to your younger self!

Lunch will include lasagna, salad, and bread catered from Tina’s Italian Café in Gurnee.

Special thank you to our sponsor, Advocate Aurora Health, for making this event possible!

Registration deadline is Thursday, February 8!

Save your Seat!


Registration is now being accepted for the 2024/2025 school year at Growing Tree Preschool! Did you know? We offer flexible options to fit every families needs, an engaging curriculum, amazing staff, and so much more! Click on our Preschool Preview Guide below to view our upcoming 2024/2025 offerings. 

2024/2025 Growing Tree Preschool Preview Guide


Lights! Camera! Action! Continue to build your acting skills learned in Introduction to Drama in our NEW Theater Performance Class! This class will focus on gearing up for a small play where our rising stars will perform for family and friends! 

Saturdays – 9:00-10:30am 
Hunt Club Park Community Center
March 9 – May 18
Performance will take place on May 18

Start Acting Today!


One of our larger parks in the district, O’Plaine Park has it all! No matter the season, visitors to the park can immerse themselves in all the fun this park has to offer.

For those who enjoy staying active, O’Plaine Park offers a variety of athletic courts and fields for all interests. Gather your friends and get ready for some friendly competition on the basketball court, or use our open sports fields for batting, fielding, or kicking practice. In addition, players can also practice their pickleball skills amongst not just one, but eight available fenced in pickleball courts.

If you prefer to quietly take in the sights of nature at your own pace, walk on over to our large trail system/walking path. This paved path, which provides nearly 2 miles of exploration and adventure, showcases the beauty of the park as it weaves through groves of mature trees as well as the parks featured amenities.

Other featured amenities include a large, mud-free playground, picnic shelter, and indoor restrooms.

Did you know? O’Plaine Park is also home to our “Garden Plots.” Garden plots are available for rent beginning March 1 – May 1, with growing season taking place May 1 – November 15. If you are interested in showcasing your “green thumb,” make sure to save the date to reserve your plot! 

Learn More About Garden Plots


Here at the Park District, as we deepened our understanding of Black History Month, we began by looking at its origins. We first recognized Dr. Carter G. Woodson who was the driving force behind this important commemoration. Dr. Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He earned his PhD in History from Harvard University making him the second Black American (only following Dr. W.E.B Dubois) to graduate from Harvard. Dr. Woodson’s work and words continuously emphasized the significance of recognizing and preserving cultural achievements, as he stated, “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” 

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Hop into spring at our Bunny Bash egg-stravaganza! Join us for a continental breakfast with all the fixings, an exhilarating egg hunt, creative crafts, and, of course, commemorative pictures with everyone’s favorite Bunny! There are three sessions to choose from:

Session 1 – 8:30 – 9:30am
Session 2 – 9:15 – 10:15am
Session 3 – 10:00 – 11:00am

Special thank you to our sponsors, Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and Consumers Cooperative Association, for making this event possible!

Hop to it; Save your Spot!

We’re hiring for summer 2024! Get ready to gain experience while having plenty of FUN along the way! Available summer positions include:

Click here for more information and to view ALL of our current job listings!

Have a great month! We look forward to seeing you out and about at Gurnee Park District!