Summer Events

Chasing the Sun 5K

Age 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). This 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. Participants who pre-register by Friday, May 9 are guaranteed a
race shirt in their size.

We have several ways to register:

  • Register Online
  • NLCPD Administration Building, 701 W. Haven Avenue
  • New Lenox Chamber Office, 1 Veterans Parkway (Room 104)
Activity Day Date Times R/NR
17206-A1Racers 13 and older17206-A2
Junior Racers17206-A3
Kid Racers 
TH 6/2 7:00pm $35, Ages 13+ and Stroller Challenge

$10, Junior Runner Ages 8-12

$0, Kid Runner Ages 7 and under
Registration closes June 2 at 2:00pm


Kid’s Fishing Derby

Ages 2-17
Freedom Park
Join us for our annual Fishing Derby at Freedom Park. Prizes are awarded for the following categories, 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.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1.

Activity Day Date Times Age
14380-A1  SA 6/4 9:30-10:30am 2-6
14380-A2 SA 6/4 9:30-10:30am 7-11
14380-A3 SA 6/4 9:30-10:30am 12-17

Under the Sea Stuffed with Love Party!

Ages 5-8
LCC (Room 2) Entry D
Instructed by: Stuffed With Love
Splish! Splash! Get your scuba gear ready! We are going on an imaginary trip under the sea! What animals might we find? Participants will get to stuff their very own sea animals, learn about
sea animals during a story, play a game, make a craft and end with a grand finale march of the sea animals! Get ready to make some waves at this super fun party!

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
10156-A1 W  6/8 6:00-7:00pm  $39/$44

Daddy and Me at Nova Quarter Horses 

Ages 7 & Older
LCC (Room 2) Entry D
Instructed by: Stuffed With Love
Do something unique and fun this Father’s Day weekend! 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 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 Times R/NR
15252-A1 SA 6/18 5:30-7:30pm $51/$56 per person
15252-A2 SU 6/19 3:3-5:30pm $51/$56 per person
Location:      Nova Quarter Horses, Inc
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Donuts with Dad

All Ages
Hibernia Park

Let us help you celebrate Father’s Day weekend with the special guy in your life. You will enjoy donuts and juice while experiencing a magic show by Gary Kantor. Half-off boat rentals will be
available from 11:00am-5:00pm. Sign up for a time slot, as the number of boats are limited.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 7.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
SA 6/18 9:00-1100am $20 per pair
*$11 additional child

Park Party

All Ages
Wildwood Park
Join us and Lincoln-way Special Recreation Association for an evening of fun at Wildwood Park. There will be a bounce house, DJ dance party, popcorn, lemonade and more.
No registration required!

Day Date Time
M 6/20 6:00-7:30pm

Splash into Reading

All Ages
Walker County Estates Park Splash Pad
Join us for a morning of reading fun! We will be reading an exciting book followed by an activity or craft related to what we just read. When we are done, you will be able to play in the splash pad. All participants will receive a wristband that is good for all day entry to the splash pad. Pre-registration is required.

Activity Day Date Times R/NR
Registration Deadline: Tuesday June 14
14123-A1 TU 6/21 10:00-11:00am $9 per child
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 12
14123-A2 TU 7/19 10:00-11:00am $9 per child
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 2
14123-A3 TU 8/9 10:00-11:00am $9 per child

Tween Bonfire and Bags Night

Ages 10-14
Haines Wayside Park

Calling all tweens! Want a place to hang out without parents and chill with your friends? We will have the fire going, music playing, bags, giant games and s’mores. Bring your own chairs or blankets to use. You must pre-register for this event.
Registration deadline is Friday, June 17.

Activity Day Date Time
14227-A1 TH 6/23 6:30-9:3pm

Grandparent & Me Fishing Day

Ages 3 & Older
Hibernia Park Concession Stand

Spend the morning with your grandchild reeling in the “big one.” Relax a little, fish a lot and enjoy the day. Concessions and bait are available for purchase. Fee includes hot dog, chips, and a drink.
Registration deadline is Monday, July 11.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
19380-A1 M 7/18 11:00am-1:00pm $14 per pair
*$7 for each additional person

Float Your Boat

Ages 9 & Older (A parent must accompany children under 18.)
Hibernia Park

Shiver Me Timbers Matey…is that Pirate Ships floating at Hibernia Lake?!? You and your team will Float Your Boat through a challenging course. Your boat must stay afloat with one team member in the boat during the entire race. The design and creativity of your boat is endless. Fee will include five sheets of corrugated cardboard, one roll of duct tape and a bag of zip ties. All items in this kit MUST be used in the design of your boat. Additional building materials are up to the participants. No motors, caulk or adhesives are permitted. Epoxy paint may be used. Personal floatation devices are required. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd Place Finishers and Most Creative Design. Boat inspection begins at 10:00am. Our Concession stand will be open. Teams consist of two or four members.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 13.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
SA 7/23 9:00-11:00am $60 per team

Bake Me Crazy Picnic

All Ages
Firefighters Park

Join us for a “Bake Me Crazy” night in the park! We will have a variety of desserts and refreshments (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 7/28 6:00-7:30pm

Where is Bucky?

Ages 21 7 Older (Must Bring Valid State Photo ID)
LCC (Room 1 & 2) Entry C

Our mascot, Bucky the Beaver has gotten out and is lost in New Lenox. Bucky has left clues and team challenges throughout town for you to complete. Does your team have what it takes to find
Bucky first and be declared the winners? Warning…some challenges will involve physical activity and may involve food. Team Captain must register with a team name at time of registration. We welcome team spirit wear! We will have an open bar, food, bags, giant Jenga and music. Teams must consist of four members.
Registration deadline is Friday, July 29.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
14225-A1 SA 8/20 4:30-10:00pm $160
Schedule of Events:
4:30pm                    Check-In
4:45pm                    1st Challenge Distributed to Teams
5:00pm                    Cars Depart
7:30pm                    Cars Due Back
7:30-10:00pm         Open Bar, Food and Games