Summer Events

Chasing the Sun 5K

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 starts and concludes in the New Lenox Commons. After the race, all participants will be treated to a slice of pizza. Participants who pre-register by Wednesday, May 10 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)

Registration Deadlines: 
** Tues., May 30 by 5:00pm (Walk-In)
** Tues., May 30 by 11:59pm (Online)
** Walk-up Registration begins at 6:00pm June 1.

Activity Day Date Times R/NR
17206-A1  TH 6/1 7:00pm $35, Ages 13+ 
17206-A2  TH 6/1 7:00pm $10, Junior Runner Ages 8-12
17206-A3  TH 6/1 7:00pm $0, Kid Runner Ages 7 & under

Junior/Kid Racers can add a Youth Large shirt to their registration for only $10

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. MUST bring your own bait.
You must pre-register for this free event. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 31.

Activity Day Date Times Age
14380-A1 SA 6/3 9:30-10:30am 2-6
14380-A2 SA 6/3 9:30-10:30am 7-11
14380-A3 SA 6/3 9:30-10:30am 12-17

Daddy and Me at Nova Quarter Horses 

Ages 7 & Older
Do something unique and fun this Father’s Day weekend! 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 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 F 6/9 5:00-7:00pm $63/$68 per person
15252-A2 SA 6/10 4:00-6:00pm $63/$68 per person
Location: Nova Quarter Horses, Inc
10129 W. 187th Street, Mokena

Drenched Dad! Nerf Super-Soaker Battle 

Ages 5 & Older
Wildflower Park
Let us help you celebrate Father’s Day weekend 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! A hot dog and chip 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 deadline is Tuesday, June 6.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
10225-A1 SA 6/17 12:00-2:00pm $10 R/NR per adult
10225-A2 SA 6/17 12:00-2:00pm $15 R/NR per child

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: Wednesday, June 14
14123-A1 W 6/21 10:00-11:00am $9 per child
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 12
14123-A2 W 7/19 10:00-11:00am $9 per child
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 2
14123-A3 W 8/9 10:00-11:00am $9 per child

Tween Sunset Summer Games

Ages 10-14
Haines Wayside Park
Calling all tweens! Bring your competitive spirit and enjoy a summer evening playing classic summer games from kickball to volleyball, gaga ball and more. We will have music playing and a hot dog & chip dinner provided.

You must pre-register for this free event. Registration deadline is Friday, June 23.

Activity Day Date Time
14227-A1 TH 6/29 5:30-8:30pm

Unplugged Park Party

All Ages
Sharon’s Bay Park
Join us and Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association for an evening of fun. In conjunction with the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association’s 5th annual Unplug Day, we are encouraging our community to disconnect from their devices and instead connect with one another, our parks, and nature that surrounds us. There will be a dance party, games, popcorn, lemonade and more! No Registration Required.

Day Date Time
TH 7/13 6:00-7:30pm

Grandparent & Me Fishing Day

Ages 3 & Older
Freedom 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.

**Please note the new location. Bring your own bait. Registration deadline is Monday, July 17.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
19380-A1 M 7/24 11:00am-1:00pm $14 per pair
*$7 for each additional person

Sky Harbor Grand Opening

All Ages
Sky Harbor Park

Join the New Lenox Community Park District for the grand opening of Sky Harbor Park! Spend the afternoon enjoying an assortment of amenities from bocce & bag courts to tennis & pickleball courts. Bring out your competitive side by trying the two fitness challenge courses for ages 5-12 and teens to adults. This park offers multi-generational recreation whether you are looking for a spot to picnic under the sheltered pavilion or to simply enjoy the accessible creative play areas for children of all ages. Lunch will be provided at this event.

Day Date Time
TH 7/27 11:00am-1:00pm

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 8/10 6:00-7:30pm

Dog Days of Summer

Walker Country Estates 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 to play in the splash pad! Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and also must be friendly around other dogs.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 16.

Activity Day Date Time R/NR
Small Dogs (weighing less than 40 pounds)
14601-A1 SU 8/27 6:15-7:00pm $3/$5
Large Dogs (weighing more than 40 pounds)
14601-A2 SU 8/27 7:00-7:45pm $3/$5