Special Events

Dog Days of Summer

Walker Park Splash Pad
Come out and enjoy the last day of summer with the Dogs! We are offering a one-day opportunity to bring your dog and play in the splash pad! Dogs must be friendly around other dogs. Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 26.
Small Dogs (weighing less than 40 pounds)

Activity          Day      Date       Time                        R/NR
14601-A1       SU       8/30        6:15-7:00pm           $3/$5

Large Dogs (weighing more than 40 pounds)
Activity          Day      Date       Time                        R/NR
14601-A2       SU       8/30        7:00-7:45pm           $3/$5


Community Bonfire

All Ages
Haines Wayside Park
Grab the family, and head over to Haines Wayside Park for our Community Bonfire Night. Come out with old friends and meet new neighbors to share old stories and create new ones. If we are lucky, we may see a full moon while eating delicious S’mores! We will have someone onsite that will be talking about the Fall sky and show everyone some stars and/or constellations.
Day   Date  Time
SA     9/19   7:30-10:00pm


Empty Bowls-Help Us Fight Hunger!

All Ages
New Lenox Village Commons
Stop by the Village of New Lenox’s Oktoberfest and help us fight hunger at our ‘Friends of the Parks Empty Bowls’ event! Purchase a hand-painted bowl by a child from one of our programs, and receive unlimited soup tastings from local restaurants all afternoon. Profits from Empty Bowls will go to the New Lenox Township Food Pantry. Purchase your tickets at new-lenox-friends-of-the-parks.square.site. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, September 25.
Day  Date   Time                 R/NR
SA    10/3     2:00-6:00pm   $10 (Pre-Registration)


Fall Family Fun Day

Age 6 & Older
Giddy up cowboys and cowgirls! Come spend a fantastic afternoon “horsin’ around” at Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. Your family will bond with the horses by learning to groom, saddle, and a riding lesson. Weather permitting, we will ride outdoors on Nova property. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served after the ride. All levels of riders are welcome.
Activity     Day  Date   Time                 R/NR
SU    10/4    12:00-2:00pm  $90/Couple
$45/Additional riders

Location: Nova Quarter Horses
1090 S Cedar Road, New Lenox


Barks & Brews

All Ages Firefighters Park
Unleash the good times with your four-legged friends at the park with vendors, raffles, dog contests and more! Join us for some barks and brews, as we will have alcoholic drinks available for purchase. We are looking for dog-related vendors. If you are interested, please contact Tracy at twrase@newlenoxparks.org for more information. We are asking for all families to pre-register for this event. Each session has a max capacity of 50 people. Please pre-register all family members that plan to attend.
Activity     Day   Date  Time
  SU    10/4   11:30am-12:30pm
27582-B2  SU    10/4    1:00-2:00pm


Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash

Ages 4-5
LCC (Room 2) Entry C
Put on your favorite Halloween costume and strut on down to this SPOOKTACULAR EVENT! We will play Candy Corn Bingo, Monster Freeze Tag and a variety of other Halloween-themed games. A pizza dinner will be provided. Kids will receive a treat bag to enjoy on the way home. Don’t wait to sign up, as this event always fills! Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 7.
Activity     Day   Date   Time               R/NR
F       10/16   6:30-8:30pm  $25


Big Bad Pumpkin Party

All Ages
Walker Country Estates Park
Everyone is invited to join us for our Big Bad Pumpkin Party! We will host a wide variety of activities for the whole family including a Halloween costume contest for the kids. The contest will be open for two age groups; 2-6 years and 7-12 age group. Come in your best costume! We will also have a Pumpkin Hunt! The hunt will start promptly at 11:00am! Last hayrack ride will begin at 11:45am, NO exceptions!
Day   Date    Time
SU    10/18   10:00am-Noon


Murder Mystery

Age 21 & Older
LCC (Room 1 & @) Entry C
Gather your friends, and create your own team of five players to investigate our Halloween Murder Mystery. Costumes are highly encouraged! The Mystery will begin at the LCC where we will provide you a starting point with information and clues. The clues have been spread out around town and it’s up to you and your investigative team to figure out who did it! We will provide you an allotted time frame, in which you will need to gather all clues and bring them back to the LCC to determine who your murderer is. After that, we will have pizza and a cash bar. Pre- registration is required for this event. Registration deadline is Friday, October 2.
Activity     Day  Date   Time                 R/NR
27222-A1  F       10/23  7:00-11:30pm  $200 Per Team


High School Flag Football Tournament

Ages 14-17                                                                                    
Walker Country Estates Park
Can’t get away from the thrill of football but you don’t want to hurt your body with the physicality of tackle? Then this High School Flag Football Tournament is for you! Grab a group of friends and compete in an all-day double elimination tournament! Register as a team or as an individual. Individuals will randomly be made into teams. Coaches are optional and each team will need to designate a team caption for a point of contact. In order to participate, all team members must submit a signed waiver from a parent. Other league information will be emailed prior to the start of the season. Check-in begins at 9:00am. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 23.
Activity          Day      Date         Time              R/NR
16630-A1       SA        10/24       9:30am           $166 per team
16630-A2                                                           $17 individual player sign-up


Gobble, Gobble, Gobble Coloring Contest

Ages 2-12
LCC (Lobby) Entry C
Stop by one of the Park District offices or visit our website to pick up/download the coloring sheet. Friday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 18, you can color and decorate your own turkey. Please NO glitter. Coloring sheets are due by Friday, November 20. The winners will be notified by Tuesday, November 24.
Entries will be judged in the following age groups:
Ages 4-5 • Ages 6-8 • Ages 8-12


Pet Food Creations

Ages 6-10
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
In honor of National cook for your pet day, join us as we create a few different pet creations. We will have stations to make dog treats, cat treats and bird treats. Registration deadline is Friday, October 23.
Activity     Day   Date   Time              R/NR
27540-A1   SU    11/1    2:30-4:00pm  $15 per child


Flag Football Turkey Tournament

Fieldstone Park
Prior to sitting down in front of the television for Thanksgiving football, get some practice in for yourself! Come rain, snow or shine, this one-day, double-elimination tournament will be fun for all. We will play two 20-minute halves with a running clock; all players are eligible receivers. This is an 8-on-8 tournament and each roster can have a maximum of 20 players. Limited spots are available, so don’t wait to register a team. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams of the tournament. Check in begins at 8:00am. In the chance of the tournament being cancelled due to weather conditions, games will be rescheduled to Saturday, November 14. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 23.
Activity     Day  Date   Time         R/NR
24230-A1  SA    11/7     8:30am    $254 per team


Ladies Night Out

Calling all ladies! Gather your friends, relatives or co-workers for an evening of fun! Don’t miss out on a fun filled evening of appetizers and beverages and best of all, horses!! Whether you are a novice or an experienced rider the activities are designed so that all can participate in the fun regardless of riding experience. So grab a friend or two and come make memories at Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. Jeans and hard sole shoes are required.
Activity     Day   Date   Time              R/NR
F       11/13   6:30-8:30pm  $70
Location: Nova Quarter Horses
1090 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox


Daddy/Daughter Date Night

Age 3 & Older
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
It may be hot outside, but inside will be a Frozen delight! Join us and let it go on the dance floor with your date! Everyone will be treated to a photo to take home. Also, we will have the photo booth open all night for additional fun poses. We will bring the music and food; you bring your dancing shoes. 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 Friday, October 30.
Activity            Day     Date          Time                          R/NR
10224-A1         F          11/13         6:30-8:30pm              $24 per child*
10224-A2         F          11/13         6:30-8:30pm              $22 per adult
10224-B1         SA       11/14         6:30-8:30pm              $24 per child*
10224-B2         SA       11/14         6:30-8:30pm              $22 per adult
*$13 for each additional child


Gobbler Gauntlet 5K

Age 7 & Older
Sanctuary Golf Course
Dash your way to the finish line. The terrain of the race/walk is mostly flat with a few rolling hills. The route will have a water station and an electronically-timed finish line. All participants will receive one complimentary drink in the clubhouse upon finishing the race. Medals will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finishers in each age category such as top male and female finishers as well as male and female winners from New Lenox. If registered by Friday, October 30, participants are guaranteed a race shirt. All net proceeds will benefit the NLCPD Scholarship Program. Race Day Walk-up registration begins at 7:00am.
This will be a rolling start race and race times will be from 8:00-8:30am. 
Activity     Day  Date  Time      R/NR
27203-A1 SA    11/21 8:00am $30 R/NR, Mail/Fax/Walk-in received by 11/16
$30 R/NR, Online thtiming.com until 5:00pm on 11/19
$40 R/NR, Race Day Walk-up


Parents Night Out

Ages 4-10
LCC (Room 4) Entry E
Here is your chance to enjoy a holiday party or finish up your last- minute shopping. Your little ones will be in good hands with the New Lenox Community Park District staff. We will play games, make a craft, watch a movie and have pizza for dinner. Have your children wear comfortable clothes. They may also bring blankets and pillows. Must be potty-trained.
Registration Friday, November 20
Activity     Day  Date    Time                R/NR
24102-A1 F       12/4      6:00-10:30pm     $20 per child*
*$10 additional child

Registration Deadline Friday, December 11
Activity Day  Date          Time     R/NR
24102-A2 F       12/18    6:00-10:30pm     $20 per child*
*$10 additional child

Holidays Around the World Winter Carnival

Ages 3 & Older
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
Come as we travel to Costa Rica, Denmark or Ukraine just to name a few! We will have a passport ready for you to travel along with as you and your family participate in games, crafts and activities from around the world. Santa will be there for pictures with families. Pre- registration is required. Registration deadline is Monday, November 30.
Activity     Day  Date    Time                 R/NR
SA    12/12    2:00-4:00pm   $12 per person

Noon Year’s Eve Party

All Ages
New Lenox Commons, Ice Rink
Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! Join the free party and help us countdown to noon. Music, crafts and activities will be provided. We cap off the event with a massive balloon drop. Skate rentals and concessions will be available.
Day   Date   Time
W      12/30  11:00am-12:30pm