Special Events

Holiday Special Events

Holiday Lights Contest

All Ages
Do you, or someone you know, like to light up the holiday nights for all to enjoy? Open to all homes which reside in the New Lenox Community Park District boundaries. Judging will take place on the weekend of December 15 and 16, and we ask that the lights be turned on by 6:30pm for the house to be judged. There are three areas/categories that houses will be judged on: Overall Curb Appeal, Originality and Use of Theme and Creativity of Design. Winners for 1st and 2nd place will be notified on Wednesday, December 19. Please email Tracy at twrase@newlenoxparks.org to enter your home or a neighbor’s home or if your family would like to be our judges. You will receive a confirmation email. Prize donations will be provided by The Chicago Dough Company. Due to popularity of the contest last year, we have a maximum amount of 15 houses that can enter. Registration deadline is Monday, December 10.

Nova Quarter Horse Winter Camp

Ages 7-18
Come join us for three fun-filled days of learning horsemanship skills taught by our skilled staff. Campers will work hands-on gaining experience and knowledge in grooming, bridling and saddling your own horses. Each day will include a riding lesson and, on the last day of winter camp, the student will participate in a horse show starting at 2:00pm, where they will demonstrate for family and friends the skills that they have learned over the four days. Parents are invited and encouraged to come and support your young riders. Nova offers a heated office and their arena and barns are also climate controlled! No need to worry about the cold! Camp participants should bring a brown bag lunch daily.
ACTV#27256-A3 Wed.-Fri., Jan. 2-4, 10:00am-3:00pm
Fee: $218 R/NR
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Noon Year’s Eve Party

All Ages
Village Commons
Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! Join the free party and help us countdown to noon. Music, crafts, juice, cookies and activities will be provided. We cap off the event with a massive balloon drop at noon!
Day/Time: Sun., Dec. 30, 10:00am-Noon

Winter/Spring 2019 Special Events

Valentine Heart Contest

Ages 2-13
LCC (Lobby) Entry C
Beginning Friday, February 1, kids can guess the number of candy hearts in the jar at the Lions Community Center. Whoever guesses closest to the actual number without going over will receive a special prize. Contest will close on Friday, February 15 and the winner will be notified on Tuesday, February 19.

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Ride at Nova Quarter Horses

Age 6 & Older
Grab your special someone and join us for an evening riding lesson followed by a delicious Italian dinner! The menu will consist of an Italian entrée, salad, rolls and a beverage. Let Nova be that special place you take your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Long pants and hard soled or gym shoes are required. Contact the stable after registration to RSVP at
(708) 479-3696.
ACTV#37256-A2 Fri., Feb. 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm (Family)
ACTV#37256-A3 Sat., Feb. 9, 4:00pm-6:00pm (Family)
ACTV#37256-A4 Sat., Feb. 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Adults Only)
Fee: $73 R/NR per pair
$20 for each additional rider
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Family Prom

All Ages
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
To celebrate the Park District’s 50th Anniversary this year, we are putting on a 60’s themed Family Prom. All are welcome and we encourage you to put on your groovy 60’s outfit as we are going to have a fabulous time. We will have music, snacks and tie-dye shirts to make. Everyone must pay to attend the event. Registration deadline is Monday, February 25.
ACTV#34245-A1 Sun., Mar. 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Fee: $5 R/NR per person

M&M® Budgeting

Ages 10-14
Administration Building (All-Purpose Room)
M&M® Budgeting is a fun, interactive literacy activity designed to teach sixth, seventh and eighth graders budgeting basics. All students receive a bag of M&Ms® and will use that as their M&M® paycheck. Students separate and organize their M&Ms® by color. Each color represents a different budget item from which students can spend their money. Once students have their budget completed, they will visit merchants to purchase clothes, munchies, electronics, entertainment, gifts and other wants and needs. M&M® Budgeting allows participants to make mistakes and go through the steps of creating and using a budget in a realistic, but safe, environment. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 13.
ACTV#38570-A1 Wed., Mar. 27, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Flashlight Clover Hunt

Ages 3-11
Nelson Prairie Park (Behind Nelson Prairie School)
Those silly Leprechauns left behind hundreds of clovers to find! Join our staff at Nelson Prairie Park and help us find the clovers. There may even be a few specially-marked clovers for a prize! Dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event and be sure to bring something to hold all of your collected clovers! No restroom facilities available. Thank you to our sponsor Rocky Dellamano, Country Financial. No registration is required for this event.
Day: Fri., Mar. 15
Ages/Times: 3-5 yrs., 7:15pm
6-11 yrs., 7:30pm

Hoppy Hour

Age 21 & Older
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
Grab your friends and get ready for an egg-ceptional good time! The Park District is turning 50 this year so come dressed in your favorite 60’s attire. We will have a best dressed contest, live music, adult beverages, food truck(s) and an egg hunt including a chance to win extra drink tickets and other great prizes! Due to a limited number of available tickets make sure to get your tickets early. Must have a ticket to attend the event. Make sure to bring your I.D.!
Day/Time: Fri., Apr. 12, 8:00pm-11:00pm
Fee: $25 R/NR Early Bird through Mar. 11 (includes 5 drink tickets)
$30 R/NR Advanced Sales Mar. 12 through Apr. 10 (includes 5 drink tickets)
$35 R/NR Walk-Up (includes 5 drink tickets)

Easter Egg Hunts

Ages 2-14
Walker Country Estates Park
The Easter Bunny, along with the New Lenox Community Park District, is inviting all children and their parents to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at a new location this year: Walker Country Estates Park. There will be candy, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Hunts begin promptly at the scheduled times! There will be restroom facilities available. Dress according to the weather as this is an outdoor event.
Day: Sat., Apr. 13
Ages/Times: 2-3 yrs., 10:30am
4-6 yrs., 10:40am
7-10 yrs., 10:50am
11-14 yrs., 11:00am

Peter Rabbit’s Breakfast

All Ages
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
Join us for breakfast with the Bunny. We will have a buffet-style breakfast, and coffee and juices will be available. The Bunny will be there to take pictures, so don’t forget the camera! This event has a limited number of spots, so don’t wait to sign-up! No on-site registration will be available for this event. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29.
Day: Sun., Apr. 14
ACTV#34243-A1 10:00am-11:30am
Fee: $13 R/NR per Adult
$15 R/NR per Child

Dog Egg Hunt

Schoolhouse Manor Park
New this year: An egg hunt for dogs! All dogs MUST be kept on a leash. If your dog sniffs the egg, you can pick it up. The eggs will be filled with dog friendly treats and a few special eggs will be out there to “sniff” out. While you are there, don’t forget to take a picture with a fellow furry friend, the Easter Bunny!
Day/Time: Sun., Apr. 14, 12:30pm

Nova Quarter Horses Spring Camp

Age 6 & Older
Come join Nova Quarter Horses for a one day Spring Horse Camp! The day will consist of hands-on experience and a riding lesson. Guided by our experienced staff members, each participant will learn to saddle, bridle and groom their very own horse before taking them to the arena for their lesson. No need to worry about the weather outside, as the Nova office is heated and the barn and arena are insulated and climate controlled. Camp participants should bring a brown bag lunch daily.
ACTV#37257-A1 Mon., Apr. 22, 9:00am-3:00pm
Fee: $93 R/NR
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Touch-a-Truck

All Ages
Walker Country Estates Park
Put your imagination in gear and go! Come climb on and explore your favorite vehicles including fire engines, police cars and construction trucks while you rub elbows with your hometown heroes. It will be a day that will be remembered! Parental supervision is required and cameras are highly recommended. Please note that this event includes many loud noises, horns and sirens. If you have a truck or piece of equipment and would like to be included in this event, email Tracy at twrase@newlenoxparks.org for more information. No registration required! Concessions will be available.
Day/Time: Sat., May 4, 10:00am-Noon

 

Mom/Son Superhero Night

Age 3 & Older
LCC (Rooms 1 & 2) Entry C
Calling all moms and sons! Join us for a night full of superhero action! We will have a variety of superhero-themed games, activities, food and perhaps even have a special superhero making an appearance. Join us to celebrate with your best superhero…Mom! Registration deadline is Monday, April 29.
ACTV#34320-A1 Sun., May 5, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Fee: $17 R/NR per Mom
$21 R/NR per Child

Mommy and Me at Nova Quarter Horses

Age 6 & Older
Mother’s Day is an occasion to celebrate, so let Nova Quarter Horses give you a Mother’s Day you won’t forget! Come join us with your little ones for a fun-filled day of riding and crafting. This event includes a riding lesson, a tour of our barn as well as the opportunity to learn how to groom a horse! Once you’re done horsing around, every child will be provided with the materials needed to make Mom a keepsake to remember this special day. Come out and join us for this very unique Mother’s Day experience!
ACTV#37258-A1 Fri., May 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm
ACTV#37258-A2 Sat., May 11, 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

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