Special Events

Kids Lollipop Hunt

Ages 3-6
Walker Country Estates Park Concession Stand
Join us for our Splash Pad opening weekend at Walker Country Estates Park! You and your little one(s) will hunt for special lollipops in hopes of winning a variety of prizes. The Kids Lollipop Hunt is at a new location this year, so come and stay afterwards (weather permitting; must be 74”) and play in the splash pad. The Lollipop Hunt is free, so no need to register for this event.
Day/Time: Sat., May 25, Hunt begins promptly at 11:30am (Weather permitting)

Build A Rain Barrel

All Ages
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Instructed by: Will County Conservation Foundation
Utilizing a rain barrel to capture water for use around the yard is not only good for nature but it’s also good for your wallet! In this class, you will learn from experts at the Will County Conservation Foundation about the benefits of using rain barrels and how to use them correctly. You will then assemble your own 55 gallon barrel to take home! All tools/supplies will be provided. Please have a way to transport your barrel! Barrels fit in most vehicles as long as you can put the back seats down.
ACTV#17593-A1 Tues., June 4, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Fee: $65 R/NR per barrel

Chasing the Sun

Ages 7 & Older
New Lenox Commons
The New Lenox Community Park District and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce will host our Annual Chasing the Sun 5K (evening chip-timed race) on Thursday, June 6.
The race/fitness walk offers a certified 5K course starting and concluding in the New Lenox Commons. After the race, all participants will be treated to a slice of pizza while enjoying the after race party with activities for the whole family. Participants who pre-register by Friday, May 17 are guaranteed a race shirt in their size. We have several ways to register:
Online at https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/NewLenox/ChasingtheSun
NLCPD Administration Building, 701 W. Haven Avenue
Lions Community Center, 1 Manor Drive
New Lenox Chamber Office, 1 Veterans Parkway (Room 104)
For more information, visit newlenoxparks.org or newlenoxchamber.com.
Registration Deadline: Mon., June 3 by 5:00pm (Walk-In); Tues., June 4 by 11:59pm (Online)
ACTV#17206-A1 Thurs., June 6, 7:00pm Race Begins
Fee: $30 R/NR (Pre-Registration through 6/3)
$35 R/NR (Walk-up Registration after 6/3)

Bike Rodeo

All Ages
Walker Country Estates Park
Join us and the New Lenox Police Department for Bicycle Summer Safety. With the warm weather and school out, now is a great time to refresh on how to stay safe with your friends on the bicycle. Be sure to bring your bicycle with you to this event. There will be a safety discussion, demonstrations, a safety bicycle course, helmet safety check and more. Pre-registration is required. Registration Deadline is Tuesday, June 4.
ACTV#14672-A1 Sun., June 9, 10:00am-Noon

Family Fishing Derby

Ages 2 & Older
Freedom Park
We are hosting our annual Fishing Derby at a new location this year, and we have even added an age group for adults! You could win prizes in categories such as most fish, longest fish and first fish caught. Bait will be available for purchase. Check-in begins at 8:30am. Fishing Derby begins promptly at 9:30am. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 12.
Day/Time: Sat., June 15, 9:30am-10:30am
ACTV#14380-A1 Ages 2-6
ACTV#14380-A2 Ages 7-11
ACTV#14380-A3 Ages 12-17
ACTV#14380-A4 Ages 18 & Older

Daddy and Me at Nova Quarter Horses

Age 6 & Older
Looking for something different to do with Dad on Father’s day? Come out to Nova Quarter Horses for an event he’s sure to remember! This fun-filled experience includes a riding lesson, tour of the barn and the opportunity to learn how to groom a horse! We finish out this special event with a craft project where each child is provided with the materials to make Dad a unique keepsake! We hope to see you this Father’s Day for this fun event!
ACTV#35252-A1 Fri., June 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm
ACTV#35252-A2 Sat., June 15, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Fee: $78 R/NR per pair
$30 for each additional rider
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Pop-Up Park Parties

All Ages
Check it out! Join us each night as we have a Pop-Up Party. Popcorn and lemonade will be available (while supplies last) along with music and games, so bring the whole family. We won’t reveal the park we will be at until a week before the party, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and website to find out the locations of the parties!
Day/Time: Thurs., June 27, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thurs., Aug. 15, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Grandparent & Me Fishing Day

Age 3 & Older
Hibernia Park Concession Stand
Spend the morning with your grandchild reeling in the “big one.” Boat rentals are discounted just for the two of you for this event. Float a little, fish a lot and enjoy the day. Concessions and bait are available for purchase at the concession stand. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 10.
ACTV#19380-A1 Mon., July 15, 11:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $7 R/NR per pair ($4 each additional person, fee includes hot dog, chips and a drink)
Kayak Boat: $4 R/NR per ½ hour
Paddle Board: $4 R/NR per ½ hour
Pedal Boat Rental: $4 R/NR per ½ hour
Row Boat Rental: $4 R/NR per hour
Row Boat Rental with Trolling Motor: $5 R/NR per hour

Park Party

All Ages
Walker Country Estates Park
Join us and Lincolnway Special Recreation Association as we have an evening of fun at Walker Country Estates Park. There will be a bounce house, DJ dance party, popcorn, lemonade and more. No registration required-it’s FREE!
Day/Time: Mon., July 15, 6:00pm-7:30pm

National Dance Day

All Ages
Hibernia Park
Join us at the splash pad to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Dance the day away on National Dance day featuring music from the 1960’s – the New Lenox Park District’s founding decade. We will play sweet jams at the splash pad and encourage all of our friends to enjoy some silly dancing while playing in the splash pad, which will also include a discounted entry fee for this special occasion!
Day/Time: Sun., July 21, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Fee: $0.50 Splash pad entry fee – 50th Anniversary Special!

Daddy/Daughter Date Night

Age 3 & Older
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
Calling all “Little Mermaids” and their Prince Eric’s! Join us for an evening under the sea. We will have a special guest joining us straight from the sea. Everyone will be treated to a photo to take home, plus we will have the photo booth open all night for additional fun poses. There will also be music and food. Spots are limited and fill up fast. It will be an evening you will want to share with dad, grandpa, uncle or brother. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 24.
Day/Time: Fri., Aug. 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm
ACTV#10224-A1 $20 R/NR per child
ACTV#10224-A2 $18 R/NR per adult

Day/Time: Sat., Aug. 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm
ACTV#10224-B1 $20 R/NR per child
ACTV#10224-B2 $18 R/NR per adult

National Watermelon Day

All Ages
Walker Country Estates Park
August 3 is National Watermelon Day. Did you know that the Guinness Book of World Records documents the heaviest watermelon weighing in at 262 pounds?! Join us and participate in a watermelon seed spitting contest and guess the weight of the watermelon, and then spend the day at the splash pad. While supplies last, you can get a free slice of watermelon, too!
Day/Time: Sat., Aug. 3, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Magic Class!

Ages 5-12
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
Instructed by: Magic Team of Gary Kantor
Children are guaranteed to have a great time as they learn a collection of fascinating and mesmerizing tricks from the Magic Team of Gary Kantor! Amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind-reading and more. All materials are provided and each child receives a magic kit to take home. Children are grouped by age and always learn tricks that are age-appropriate.
ACTV#11260-A1 Tues., July 9, 6:45pm-7:40pm
Fee: $20 R/NR

Co-Ed 6-on-6 Sand Volleyball Tournament

Lions Den Park Sand Volleyball Courts
This is a 6-on-6, double-elimination tournament. A maximum of 12 players can be on a team. The following player combinations make a team eligible for team play: three men/three women, three men/two women, any player combination of more women than men (5:1, 4:2, 3:2, 3:1) or two women, two men. Teams must have at least four players of an eligible combination to begin a match. Tournament rules and information will be emailed to each captain before the start of the tournament. Check-in and game times may vary based on team registration. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 1.
ACTV#14666-A1 Sat., Aug. 10
Check-in begins at 9:30am
Games start at 10:00am
Fee: $151 R/NR per team