Special Events

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.
Day/Time: Sun., Oct. 20, Noon-3:00pm

Candy Corn Contest

LCC (Lobby) Entry C  
Starting Tuesday, October 1 through Monday, October 27 stop by the lobby at the LCC to guess how many candy corns are in the jar! On Wednesday, October 30, the winner will be notified. The closest guess without going over wins!

Empty Bowls – Help us fight hunger! friends-of-the-parks

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 and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Day/Time: Sat., Oct. 5, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Fee: $10 R/NR (Pre-Registration deadline Fri., Sept. 27)
$15 (Walk-up Registration on Sat., Oct. 5)

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 10:45am! Last hayrack ride will begin at 1:15pm, NO exceptions!
Day/Time: Sun., Oct. 13, 10:30am-1:30pm

Fall Family Fun Day
at Nova Quarter Horse

Age 6 & Older
Giddy up cowboys and cowgirls! Come spend a fantastic afternoon “horsin’ around” at Nova. The afternoon will consist of your family bonding with one of our horses by learning to groom, saddle and a riding lesson. Weather permitting, we will ride outdoors on Nova’s property. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served after the ride. All levels of riders are welcome.
ACTV#27256-A5  Sun., Oct. 13, Noon-2:00pm
Fee: $72 R/NR per couple
$35 R/NR per additional rider
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash

Ages 5-7
LCC (Room 1) 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 9.
ACTV#24122-A1 Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Fee: $25 R/NR (Fee includes dinner, games, craft and treat bags)

Community Bonfire Night

All Ages                                                             
Haines Wayside Park
Grab the family, and head over to Haines Wayside Park as we have our first ever 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!
Day/Time: Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30pm-10:00pm

Fall Family Game Night

All Ages         
Join us for a family game night, hosted by Grapple Games of New Lenox. Enjoy a night of family bonding while competing in a game of your choice. There will be classics available such as Monopoly, Scrabble or try something new like Catan or Ticket to Ride.
ACTV#21125-A1 Fri., Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Grapple Games
2121 Calistoga Dr, New Lenox

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
Coloring Contest

Ages 2-12
LCC (Lobby) Entry C                     
Administration Building (Lobby)
Stop by one of the Park District offices or visit our website to pick up/download the coloring sheet. Friday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 20, you can color and decorate your own turkey. Please NO glitter. Coloring sheets are due by Friday, November 22. The winners will be notified by Tuesday, November 26.

Entries will be judged in the following age groups:
Ages 4-5    Ages 6-8    Ages 8-12

Ladies Night Out at Nova Quarter Horses

Ladies, gather your friends, relatives and co-workers for an evening of fun, fun and fun! Come out and spend the evening bonding over appetizers and beverages as you prepare for fun-filled activities on horseback. The activities are designed so that all can participate in the fun regardless of riding experience. Riding instruction will be part of the evening’s festivities. It is sure to be a night to remember!
ACTV#27256-A1 Fri., Nov. 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Fee: $54 R/NR
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

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. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 23.
ACTV#24230-A1 Sat., Nov. 2, 8:00am Check-In
Games start at 8:30am
Fee: $252 R/NR per team

Shark Baby Dance Party

Ages 1-6                                                      
LCC (Room 1) Entry C
If you have ever heard the shark song, you won’t want to miss this! Join us as we put on our dancing shoes, and have a baby shark party. We will have themed activities, make shark bait, and a special guest making an appearance for the kids. Registration deadline is Friday, October 25.
ACTV#27383-A1 Sun., Nov. 10, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Fee: $15 R/NR per 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 25, participants are guaranteed a race shirt. All net proceeds will benefit the NLCPD Scholarship Program.

ACTV#27203-A1 Sat., Nov. 23, 8:00am (Race/Walk begins)
Fee:  $30 R/NR, Mail/Fax/Walk-in received by 11/15
$30 R/NR, Online thtiming.com until 5:00pm on 11/19
$40 R/NR, Race Day Walk-up registration begins at 7:00am