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Special Events

Autumn Fest

Autumn Fest
Saturday, October 1 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gouin Park, 2400 Scott Street, Franklin Park

Bring the whole family for a day of fun! Rain or shine!

  • Mini Golf
  • Trackless Train
  • Free Corn Maze
  • Free Games & Crafts
  • Free Face Painting
  • Obstacle Course
  • Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
  • Free Entertainment
  • Craft Fair/Vendors
  • Car Show

Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last)
Concession Stand — grilled burgers, brats & hot dogs will be sold.

Sold at the event: $12 wristband for unlimited use or $1 per ticket per attraction.

Fright Night / Haunted Movie Night & Halloween Party

Veterans Park District& Melrose Park Youth Commission

Fright Night

Friday October 28 • 5-7 p.m.,
Bulger Park, Melrose Park

Free Family Event for Grades K-6. Wear Your Costume!

Haunted House Jump House • Creepy Crafts Ghoulish Games

Children receive a hot dog and juice (limited quantities).
Hot dogs and snacks available for purchase at the concession stand.
$1 charge for the Haunted House.
Haunted House will be open until 8:30 p.m.


Haunted Movie Night & Halloween Party

Saturday, October 29 • 5-8 p.m.
Bulger Park

Movie / Pizza / Haunted House

Preregistration: $3 per child / $5 per adult
At the door: $6 per child / $10 per adult

Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Day Observance
Friday, November 4
Ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
Bulger Park, Melrose Park

On this Veterans Day think of how grateful we should be for all the Veterans who have sacrificed their lives by fighting for our freedom. For the past ten years, Veterans Park District has observed Veterans Day with a ceremony attended by community members, friends, employees, local schools, churches, and war heroes. Everyone is invited to observe and remember our soldiers during this moving ceremony.


Winter Fest

In partnership with the City of Northlake


Saturday, December 10 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grant Park Recreation Center, Northlake


Entertainment the whole family can enjoy!
Games • Prizes • Holiday Crafts • Family Bingo • Horse Carriage Rides
Moon Jumps • Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Santa • Candy Cane Concession Stand

Bring your camera so you can take a memorable picture of Santa and your child!

Schedule of Events:

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. — Activities (Gym)
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Pictures with Santa (Gym Room)
Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch (Glick Hall)
1-3 p.m. — Family Bingo (Glick Hall)
2-2:45 p.m. — Entertainment (Gym)

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 17 • 10 a.m.- Noon
Bulger Park, Melrose Park

This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Breakfast With Santa has become a family tradition. Families will enjoy a hot breakfast with many tasty treats. Each family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate. A candy table will be provided, loaded with candies to create a special family decoration. Santa will have a gift for each child. Bring your camera! You'll want to capture the memories of that special visit with Santa.

• Visit with Santa • Hot Breakfast • Gingerbread House (one per family)
• Gift from Santa for each child • Hot cocoa table
• Special Holiday mug for children ($15 extra fee for each additional house)

Preregistration is necessary to guarantee a gingerbread house for each family.
Registration Opens:
Oct. 11 In District / Nov. 1 Out of District
Ages: 3-10 — $11 In District/ Out of District $13
Ages: 11-Adult — $16 In District/ Out of District $18
Children under 3 are admitted free, but still need to be registered for the gift count. Max: 125 people.
Registration deadline is December 1.

Holiday Food Drive November 1– December 12

Holiday Food Drive November 1– December 12

Help provide food for the hungry. We are looking for individuals and/or corporations to help aid us in our mission to fight hunger in our surrounding communities during the holiday season. Please bring nutritious, non-perishable canned or packaged foods (no glass please) to any of the locations listed below.
• Grant Park Recreation Center, Northlake
• George A. Leoni Complex, Melrose Park
Holiday Toy Drive November 1– December 12
A special thank you to all the families that dropped off toys for last year's drive. Please make the holidays happier and help preserve the spirit of giving. Drop off a NEW toy or game at any of the locations listed below and make a difference in someone's life this holiday season.
• Grant Park Recreation Center Gym, Northlake
• George A. Leoni Complex, Melrose Park