Summer Events

Kid’s Fishing Derby

Ages 2-17
Freedom Park
Join us for our annual Fishing Derby at Freedom Park! Prizes are awarded in each age group for the most fish caught and longest fish caught. Check-in begins at 8:30am. Fishing Derby begins promptly at 9:30am. Must bring your own bait. You must pre-register for this free event. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 29. 

Activity Day Date Time Age
14380-A1 SA 6/1 9:30-10:30am 2-6
14380-A2 SA 6/1 9:30-10:30am 7-11
14380-A3 SA 6/1 9:30-10:30am 12-17

Chasing the Sun 5K

Ages 7 & Older
New Lenox Commons
Presented by the New Lenox Community Park District and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce, the Chasing the Sun 5K benefits educational scholarships and programs provided by both organizations. This year’s race/fitness walk offers a chip timed, 5K course which starts and concludes in the New Lenox Commons. After the race, all participants will receive a slice of pizza or hotdog along with a beverage. Participants who pre-register by Wednesday, May 8 are guaranteed a race shirt in their size. 

We have several ways to register:

Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 4 by 5:00pm (Walk-In); Tuesday, June 4 by 11:59pm (Online)

*Walk-Up Registration begins at 5:00pm on June 6. 

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
17206-A1 TH 6/6 6:00pm $35
$45 (Walk-Up Registration)

Drenched Dad! Nerf Super-Soaker Battle

Ages 5 & Older
Countryview/Royal Meadows Park
Let us help you celebrate Father’s Day with the special guy in your life. Time to find your Nerf-super-soaker while we provide the “battlefield.” There will be various battle types including dads vs. kids, along with an inflatable water slide! Lunch with beverages will be provided. An adult is required to stay for this event, and everyone will need to provide their own Nerf super-soaker to go into battle with! Registration deadlines is Monday, June 3.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
10225-A1 SU 6/9 10:30am-Noon $10 R/NR per adult
10225-A2 SU 6/9 10:30am-Noon $15 R/NR per child

Daddy & Me at Nova Quarter Horses

Ages 7 & Older
Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.
Do something unique and fun this Father’s Day Weekend! Come join us with your little ones for a fun filled day of rising and crafting! This event includes a riding lesson, a tour of the barn as well as the opportunity to learn how to groom a horse! Once you’re done horsing around, every child is provided the materials to make Dad a keepsake to remember this special day. Come out and join us for this awesome Father’s Day Experience.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
15252-A1 F 6/14 4:30-6:30pm $61/$71 per person
15252-A2 SA 6/15 4:00-6:00pm $61/$71 per person
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc.   10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Tween Sunset Summer Games

Ages 8-12
Haines Wayside Park
Calling all tweens! Bring your friendly, competitive spirit and enjoy the evening playing classic summer games of volleyball, gaga ball and more. We will have music playing and pizza dinner provided. Registration deadline is Monday, June 17. 

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
14227-A1 TH 6/20 5:30-7:30pm $5

Splish Splash Splunch!

Ages 3-10
Walker Country Estates Park Splash Pad
Join us for some lunchtime fun with a summer themed craft and outdoor games. Participants will have the choice of a hot dog or soft pretzel lunch and popsicle along with receiving a wristband that is valid for all day entry to the splash pad. An adult must stay for this program. Pre-registration is required.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 12
14123-A1 W 6/19 11:00am-Noon $12 per child
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 10
14123-A2 W 7/17 11:00am-Noon $12 per child
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 31
14123-A3 W 8/7 11:00am-Noon $12 per child

The Great Ball Pursuit! 

All Ages
New Lenox Community Parks
To celebrate the 6th annual Unplug Illinois Day, join in the hunt for the Great Ball Pursuit! We encourage participants to “unplug” from their electronic devices and plug into play, creativity and adventure at our parks with family and friends. 120 numbered balls will be scattered amongst six New Lenox community parks over three days. Locations will be announced daily on our social media at the corresponding times listed below. Numbers will be announced on Monday, July 15 on social media and winners will receive a prize from local businesses! 


  • Only one ball per person. Please think of others when collecting balls and do not hoard balls. Let’s make this fun for as many people as possible! We appreciate your cooperation.
  • When a ball is found, a photo of the ball with a landmark (a playground, pavilion, park sign, etc.) indicating the respective park should be taken. Don’t forget to tag @NewLenoxCommunityParkDistrict on social media to promote the pursuit!
  • When the winning numbers are announced though social media on Monday, July 15, send your photo verification to [email protected] to claim your prize.
Day Date Time
TH 7/11 5:00pm
F 7/12 Noon
SA 7/13 9:00am

Grandparent & Me Fishing Day 

Ages 3 & Older
Hibernia Park
Spend the day with your grandchild reeling in the “big one.” Relax a little, fish a lot and enjoy the day. Fee includes hot dog, chips, and a drink. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 17. Bring your own bait. 

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
19380-A1 TU 7/23 11:00am-1:00pm $14 per pair*
*$7 for each additional person

Hibernia Park Phase ll Grand Opening

All Ages
Hibernia Park
Join us for the grand opening of Hibernia Park Phase II! Enjoy an assortment of amenities from our new splash pad, paved trail with fitness equipment, putting green and ADA compliant kayak dock. This park offers multi-generational recreation whether you are looking for a spot to picnic under the sheltered pavilion or to simply enjoy the creative play area for children. Lunch will be provided at this event. 

Day Date Time
TH 7/25 11:00am-1:00pm

Park Party 

All Ages
Sky Harbor Park
Join us and Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association for an evening of fun before summer is over! Enjoy amenities such as bocce & bags to tennis & pickleball courts. Bring out your competitive side by trying the two fitness challenge courses. Or simply enjoy the accessible creative play areas for children of all ages. There will be music, games, treats & beverages! No registration required. 

Day Date Time
TH 8/1 5:30-7:30pm

Eras Tour, New Lenox’s Version

Ages 7-11
LCC (Bi-Centennial Room) Entry C
Calling all Swifties, it’s time to par-TAY. Come dressed as your favorite “Era” and join us for a Taylor Swift themed evening making friendship bracelets, playing music bingo, a dance party and more! A pizza dinner will be provided… “Are you ready for it?” Registration deadline is Thursday, July 25. 

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
14601-A1 TH 8/8 6:00-7:30pm $23

Ice Cream Social

All Ages
Firefighters Park
Join us for an ice cream social in the park! We will have a variety of toppings (while supplies last) along with music and games. Bring your family for a yummy, good time! Please be aware we cannot guarantee accommodations for food allergies. 

Day Date Time
TH 8/15 6:00-7:30pm