Time with family is important, so the DeKalb Park District loves to create opportunities to spend more quality time together! Check out our year-round family-friendly programs below.

Be sure to browse our web calendar for seasonal family-oriented special events like Polarpalooza, Daddy Daughter & Heroes Dance, Concerts in the Park, Mom Son Night Out and more!

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NEW! Nature Packs

Thanks to grant funds, courtesy of the Meta DeKalb Data Center, the DeKalb Park District is excited to offer a new year-round Nature Pack Program! 

Starting on June 1, you can check out the following themed nature packs. Each nature pack has hands-on learning items for fun-filled outdoor adventures for families and individuals to enjoy in your local parks. For a refundable $100 CASH deposit, you can check out the packs for up to two weeks at select facilities.

Nature Pack Themes: Trees; Wildflowers; Birds; or Insects 

Starts June 1! Check out each bag for 2 weeks at a time
Haish Gym or Hopkins Community Center
$100 Refundable Deposit

NEW! Tai Chi and QiGong in the Park

(All Ages)

Join us for World Tai Chi Day and QiGong Day as we celebrate the great benefits of Tai Chi and learn how this type of exercise can be beneficial for you. Tom Scott, certified instructor in Dr. Paul Lams Tai Chi for Health programs will be educating participants, answering questions and then leading a 45-minute Tai Chi class in beautiful Hopkins Park.

Saturday, April 27
10:00 - 11:00 am
Hopkins Park Shelter
$8 R/ $10 NR

NEW! Fishing 101

(Ages 3 +)

Each four-week session will focus on a different species of fish commonly caught in Illinois. You will learn how to rig the different knots, techniques, live and artificial baits to catch the targeted species. All equipment provided, participants 6 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. The fee covers one fishing pole for a family of up to four people. You can rent an additional fishing pole for $15/person by signing up for the class titled each additional person. 

Bass Fishing 101
Mondays, April 29 - May 20
Panfish 101
Mondays, June 3 -24

Carp Fishing 101
Mondays, July 8 - 29

Live Bait 101
Mondays, August 5-26

Bass Fishing 101 5:30-6:30 pm
Panfish, Carp Fishing, Live Bait 101 6:30-7:30 pm
Rotary Park Pond, 1504 E. State Street
$60 R/ $72 NR (up to a family of four)
$15 fee/additional person/fishing pole

NEW! Twilight Paddle & Campfire with S'mores

(Ages 6 +)

Join us for a memorable family night! Embrace the magic of the evening with an enchanting family adventure at Northern Illinois University! Gather your loved ones and embark on a journey filled with wonder and delight. Experience the tranquility of an evening paddle as the sun sets. Conclude your evening by the crackling campfire, indulging in the timeless joy of s'mores and delectable banana chocolate boats. Share stories, laughter, and warmth as you create cherished memories together. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult ages 18+.

Wednesday, June 5
6:00 - 9:00 pm 
NIU West Lagoon
$29 R / $35 NR per family (up to 6 people)

NEW! Family Adventure Challenge

(Ages 6+)

Embark on an exhilarating outdoor adventure filled with excitement, teamwork, and discovery! Join us for an unforgettable experience where you and your family will navigate through a series of thrilling challenges, culminating in a magical campfire under the starlit sky! From decoding puzzles to uncovering hidden treasures, put your problem-solving abilities to the test as you tackle a variety of outdoor challenges designed to ignite your sense of adventure. Wind down your adventure-filled day by gathering around the crackling campfire. Share stories, laughter, and warmth with your loved ones as you celebrate your accomplishments and unwind beneath the twinkling stars. As a token of appreciation for your efforts, be prepared to claim a few well-deserved prizes! Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult ages 18+.

Thursday, June 20
6:00 “ 8:30 pm
NIU West Lagoon
$29 R / $35 NR per family (up to 6 people)

Adult Beginner Knitting

(Ages 17+)

Learn basic stitches and how to use them in this beginner class. Everyone will leave with their own project and be directed through the project by our instructor.

Fridays, May 10 - 31
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sports & Recreation Center, Conference Room
$39 R/ $49 NR

Beginner Sewing

(Ages 14+)

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to use their sewing machines or beginner sewers. Do you have an idea but need help? The instructor can demonstrate useful techniques and walk you through the process. We have lots of fabric to play with or bring your own project. Class participants must bring their own sewing machine.

Thursdays, June 20, July 25, & August 22
5:00 - 6:30 pm 
Sports & Recreation Center, Art Room
$39 R/ $49 NR per session date

NEW! Build Your Own Seasonal Bouquet

(Ages 13+)

Grab your friends and join Willrett Flower Company as they lead you in making your own flower arrangement from locally grown blooms. Pair different flowers from the flower bar to make a beautiful arrangement. Get tips and tricks from the experts and learn how different flowers pair well together. Flowers provided by Illinois flower farms. Ages 12 and under is FREE with a registered adult.

Monday, June 24 or Tuesday, July 9
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Hopkins Community Center, Terrace Room 
$50 R/ $60 NR per session date

NEW! Intro to Kayaking

(Ages 16 +)

Explore what you need to know to enjoy this recreational activity along the calm waters of Rotary Pond. Discuss equipment recommendations, paddling strokes and techniques, launching maneuvers, potential hazards and rescue/safety strategies. Land and water practice occurs during each class. All equipment provided!

Sunday, June 2 or July 21
June 2: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
July 21: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Rotary Park Pond, 1504 E. State Street
$80 R/ $96 NR per session date

NEW! Cubs vs Twins at Wrigley Field

(Ages 3 +)

Come watch your Chicago Cubs take on the Minnesota Twins at beautiful Wrigley Field in Chicago. Sign up early as these tickets will go fast! This is a joint trip with the Sycamore and Genoa Park Districts. Seats are located in 400 level infield. Ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult ages 21+.

Wednesday, August 7
Depart: 9:00 am from the Sports & Recreation Center and will stay for duration of the game. Game: 1:20 pm.
Sports & Recreation Center / Chicago
$105 R/ $110 NR