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While adults across the country are casting their votes, we’re turning Election Day into a fun and educational experience for the kids at Gurnee Park District.

Are you looking for something for your child to do on the next day off school? Let us take care of the planning. Registration closes one week prior to the program date. Non- Park district residents who reside in Districts 50 or 56 receive resident rates for that specific program.

what to bring:
– Lunch
– Water Bottle
– Appropriate outerwear as some activities may be held outside 

The program time is 6:30am-6:00pm. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30am and picked up by 6:00pm. Themed activities will take place between 9:00a-3:00pm.

Tuesday, November 11th 

Get ready for a day filled with cozy autumn activities at our Fall Fun Day! From pumpkin painting to wearing Halloween costumes, join us as we offer a variety of fall activities to celebrate the autumn season.

Are you looking for something for your child to do on the next day off school? Let us take care of the planning. Registration closes one week prior to the program date. Non- Park district residents who reside in Districts 50 or 56 receive resident rates for that specific program.

what to bring:
– Lunch
– Water Bottle
– Appropriate outerwear as some activities may be held outside 

The program time is 6:30am-6:00pm. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30am and picked up by 6:00pm. Themed activities will take place between 9:00a-3:00pm.

Monday, October 14th 

Throw on your favorite PJ’s and join us for a fun filled pajama party!

Are you looking for something for your child to do on the next day off school? Let us take care of the planning. Registration closes one week prior to the program date. Non- Park district residents who reside in district 50 or 56 receive resident rates for that specific program.

what to bring
– Lunch
– Water Bottle
– Appropriate outerwear as some activities may be held outside.

The program time is 6:30am-6:00pm. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:30am and picked up by 6:00pm. Themed activities will take place between 9:00a-3:00pm.

Thursday, October 3rd 

Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers are back! Enjoy a catered meal and entertainment or games.
November- Smokey the War Dog
Join us at the Gurnee Park District as we celebrate Veteran’s Day and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, roll, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Following lunch listen to the story about a most unlikely war hero and the most decorated dog from WWII, “Smokey the War Dog” as told by producer and presenter Adrian Brigham. Her amazing true story is one that captivates and warms the hearts of all who hear it.
 
Tuesday, November 12th 
 
Doors open at 11:00am. Lunch service begins at 11:30am.
 
*Registration Deadline 11/7 
Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers are back! Enjoy a catered meal and entertainment or games.
 
October- Step Back in Time Halloween Party
Dress up as your favorite TV character from your childhood as we Fall Back in Time and celebrate Halloween!! The afternoon begins with lunch of lasagna, garlic bread, and salad from Tina’s Café followed by a costume contest. Then fall back in time and enjoy Todd Hunt’s in person presentation “The Making of I Love Lucy”.
Participants will:
• Learn about how the most popular show in television history was created
• Discover how the show grew out of Lucille Ball’s radio show.
• Explore production techniques pioneered by Desi Arnaz, including the three-camera concept and the invention of reruns.
• Delve into the life stories of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley.
 
Doors open at 11:00am. Lunch service begins at 11:30am
*Registration Deadline 10/3.
 

Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers are back! Enjoy a catered meal and entertainment or games.

September-Fall in Line
Get out your cowboy boots and hat and let’s celebrate the start of Fall with a good ole’ country Line Dance. Lunch includes pulled chicken sandwich, coleslaw, chips, & dessert. Following lunch, we will learn some line dancing steps from Susan Moore, our favorite line dancing instructor.
 
Registration Deadline 9/5.
 
Doors open at 11:00am. Lunch service begins at 11:30am

All aboard!!! Inspired by the popular children’s book, join Gurnee Park District for a magical event that includes a holiday train ride and lots of FUN along the way! Participants will enjoy an interactive story with music, singing, dancing, and many surprises as they make their way to their destination – the “North Pole”! Once there, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will jump onboard to share a quick visit and hand out one very special gift to each child before everyone makes the journey back home!

Important information: All participants will board at the Grayslake Train Station (Lake Street & St. Paul Street, Grayslake, IL). When you arrive, GPD staff will guide you to the boarding locations. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in at the station – the train will not wait for latecomers.
All children must be accompanied by a paying adult and each person attending must be registered for the event. No “at-the-door” registrations will be accepted. The Gurnee Park District is not responsible for delayed, cancelled, or missed trains due to Metra’s scheduling.

PARENTS: Please check the email we have in your GPD online account and make sure it is correct. We send out information via email prior to the event and we are not responsible for incorrect/old email addresses or emails that go to spam.
Registration for residents begins Friday, November 1, 2024, and non-residents Friday, November 15, 2024.

Join the GO Gurnee Walking Club at South Ridge Park (285 Southridge Drive, Gurnee, IL)!

View map location here!

Directions/Walk Details: Three connected 1-mile loops in the heart of Gurnee. We’ll walk North to Washington, turn around, and then take a small loop to Murifield before returning to the parking lot. 2nd loop goes through subdivision @ Gages Lake & Hunt Club. 3rd loop goes behind houses to the East along the field. Mostly flat. Paved. Pets allowed. Limited parking with overflow parking on the street.

Not a Walking Club member? Join for FREE today!

Join Gurnee Park District at Bittersweet Golf Course for “Bonfires and Brews: A Taste of Gurnee”! Unwind by the fire while enjoying live music, tasting your favorite adult beverage, savoring the flavors of local food vendors, and chatting with friends Or compete with friends at Axe Throwing, Giant Jenga, and Giant Connect 4

Drinks and food will be available for purchase from local Gurnee brewers and food vendors at this adult-only event! 

Saturday, September 21
7:00-11:00pm
Bittersweet Golf Course | 875 Almond Road
Ages 21+

$10 per person

Skip the lines and register online! 

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Gurnee Park District Newsletter – June 2024

While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it’s safe to say it is officially feeling like summer! The trees are fully boasting their summer flair and the temperatures are slowly rising higher and higher! Make sure to soak up those rays and beautiful days by taking a visit to one of our amazing 28 parks (see this month’s Park Highlight below)!

We have a lot in store this month! Mark your calendars for our upcoming June events and MORE!

MAKE A SPLASH AT THE AQUATIC CENTER!

The Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is NOW open! Enjoy fun all summer long!

Hours include:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
*passholder only entry 11:00am-12:00pm
Holidays: 11:00am – 7:00pm

We have a busy summer planned! Visit our Aquatic Center event calendar here!

Visit for the day, or all summer long by purchasing your online day pass or 2024 season pass!

Online Day Pass
2024 Season Pass

*Don’t forget to check Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!

FAMILIES ON THE FAIRWAY – 6/7

This Friday (6/7), get ready for our annual Families on the Fairway event at Bittersweet Golf Course! This event is FREE and FUN for the whole family! Friday, June 7
7:00-9:00pm
Bittersweet Golf Course | 875 Almond Road

Learn More!

MONTHLY MIXER – 6/14

Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers have been extended through July!

NEW summer location: Gurnee Community Church | 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 60031

As summer begins, let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned picnic, indoors of course! Lunch will include fried chicken, potato salad, vegetable and fruit trays, and dessert. Following lunch, we’ll play “Name That Tune” with singer and piano player, Robb Pedraza. 

Friday, June 14 – 11:30am-1:00pm
*Doors open: 11:00am/lunch service begins at 11:30am

Registration deadline: 6/10

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SOUNDS OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Our Sounds of Summer concert series begins this month! See below for our upcoming June concerts:

June 13: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “90s Pop Nation” at Viking Park
(7:00-8:30pm)

June 18: Sounds of Summer Children’s Series: “Mary Macaroni” at Viking Park
(10:30-11:15am)
* We’re proud to partner with our friends at Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. 
Forest Orthodontics & Pediatrics’ SMILE Ice Cream Truck will be onsite! The team will be serving up FREE, sweet treats to guests (while supplies last)!

June 27: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “Radio Gaga” at Viking Park
(7:00-8:30pm)
*thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank, for making this event possible!

Special thank you to the Gurnee Exchange Club, who will be onsite for our evening concerts selling concessions!


DEI CORNER – PRIDE MONTH

As we welcome the month of June, we also welcome Pride Month, a time to celebrate, remember, and continue the progress toward equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. Here at the Gurnee Park District, where the heart of our mission lies in fostering a welcoming environment for all members of our community, we embrace the significance of this month by reflecting on its origins and celebrating its importance.

DEI Corner Blog

PARK HIGHLIGHT – SHAW PARK

Head on over to the east side of Gurnee, just past Route 41, down Belle Plaine Avenue, and you will find…Shaw Park!

Tis’ the season to get outside, and Shaw Park is a great place to do just that! Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood near Spaulding School, Shaw Park is another one of Gurnee Park District’s finest locations. The park boasts an inviting playground for all ages, plenty of shade from mature trees, as well as a wooded walking path. If you’re looking to get in some extra steps, hop on over to the “Boulevard View Trail,” which connects to the park for an extra ¾ mile walking adventure.

Did you know? In 2018, the park received a makeover to its playground structures, including new slides, climbing features, a merry-go-round, a swing set, and a tot lot. In addition to plenty of new and exciting play features, our Parks Teams also added a large shade sail or kite, making picnics at the park the perfect summer activity!


UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS

Mark your calendars for MORE fun throughout the summer!

Special Event Calendar

Looking for a FUN and REWARDING job? We’re hiring!
Available positions include:

Business Services Specialist (FT)
Facility Maintenance I & II (FT & PT)
FitNation Childcare (PT)
Fitness Attendant (PT)
Group Exercise Instructor (PT)
Park Ambassador (PT)
Personal Trainer (PT)
Special Events Coordinator (PT)

Apply today!

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

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
Families on the Fairway 6/7
Monthly Mixers 55+