Event Calendar
November 2023

November

Saturday,

December 2

Family Menorah Making Workshop

Join us for our Family Menorah Making Workshop. Whether you are drawn to traditional or modern designs this workshop explores it all! Learn how to make a menorah and holiday décor with us. Each family sculpts and decorates at least one menorah and any holiday decorations they like! Your instructor will fire and glaze your creations and contact you the following week to pick them up. Price is per family. All ages welcome.

Festival of Trees Holiday Event

Presented by Light Keeper Pro

Kick off the holiday season with your family and friends at our 2nd Annual Festival of Trees magical event! Check out the beautifully decorated trees in the hallways of Park Center and vote for your favorites. All trees will be on display until the end of December. Visit and take pictures with Santa Claus and The Grinch. Plus, enjoy holiday carolers from Glenbrook South Chamber Singers and The Caroling Party. And, children will enjoy crafts and several activities.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Children under age 2 are free!

Sunday,

December 3

Everything Illinois Birthday Celebration

Have fun this Winter at The Grove’s free drop-in activities for all ages! Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Happy 205th birthday to the State of Illinois! Stop by anytime between 10 am and 4 pm to learn about our state’s various symbols, animals, landmarks and history. For all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Saturday,

January 6

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Friday,

December 8

Billy Blanks: Discover Your Power

Sponsored by Direct Fitness Solutions

Fitness Studio 1
Class: 6-7 p.m.
Inspirational Talk/Q&A: 7-7:30 p.m.

Family night/self-defense. Meet any challenge, learn protective movements, feel safe, and strong… be empowered!

Fee: $40 per adult and $10 per child (ages 10-15)* in advance, and $50 per adult and $15 per child (ages 10-15)* at the door.

*Youth registrants must be accompanied by a paid registered adult.

Saturday,

December 9

Christmas Candlelight Tours

Step back in time to discover the enchanting sights and sounds of a traditional 19th century family Christmas during this candlelight event. Guests will be ushered through the festively adorned rooms of the 1856 Kennicott House by a historically-dressed guide. Tours end with a visit and small gift from Santa. Several time slots are available from 4-6:45 pm. Please select a time slot when registering.

Billy Blanks: Billy’s Tae-Bo Power Hour

Sponsored by Direct Fitness Solutions

Fitness Studio 1
Doors Open: 11 a.m.
Class: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Inspirational Talk/Q&A: 12:30-1 p.m.

Turn up the HEAT for an hour of old school Tae-Bo!

Fee: $40 per person, ages 16+ ($50 day of)

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Gingerbread Jubilee

Decorate a unique gingerbread barn while listening to holiday music, sipping hot chocolate and enjoying cookies. We’ll provide the pre-assembled gingerbread barns from Ganache Bakery in Morton Grove, plus icing and candy trimmings.

Sunday,

December 10

Billy Blanks: Cardio Kicker & Self-Defense

Sponsored by Direct Fitness Solutions

Fitness Studio 1
Doors Open: 10 a.m.
Class: 
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Inspirational Talk/Q&A:
 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Release Your Inner Warrior and Put On The Power!

Fee: $40 per person ($50 day of)

Log Cabin Christmas

Gather friends and family around the warm fire in our cozy little log cabin nestled in the woods. Learn about historic pioneer traditions with holiday stories, games, music, and other hands-on activities. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults please register separately from children. Available times: 1-1:50 pm, 2-2:50 pm, 3-3:50 pm, 4-4:50 pm. For all ages.

Fireplace Features: Ceramics

Interested in learning about Park District programs? Check out a FREE Saturday class demo with an instructor! Drop in, ask questions, and maybe you’ll even learn a new hobby!

Our ceramics class is designed for those interested in working with clay. New and advanced students are welcome! Clay, glazes, and tools are provided..

Get Moving Glenview Fitness Open Houses

Get Moving Glenview! Join the fitness team and awesome vendors to start the new year off on a healthy path! There will be several free activities, light refreshments and raffle prizes.

Open House Vendors Include:

  • Endeavor Health (aka. Northshore)
  • Movement Revolutiond
  • Together WE Tri
  • Fit 4 Moms / Stroller Striders
  • Center Studio / GPDddd
  • Fabletics
  • Grateful Birch Boutique
  • Dick Ponds Athletics
  • Blended

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Sunday,

February 11

Mardi Gras Animal Masks

Have fun this Winter at The Grove’s free drop-in activities for all ages! Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Go a little wild for Mardi Gras by creating a mask inspired by the animals that live at The Grove. Show off your creation with a parade at noon. For all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Winter Restoration Work Days at The Grove

Collect seeds or remove non-native, invasive plants to make way for native wildflowers, grasses and trees. No advance registration necessary—just bring your work gloves if you have them and meet at the Interpretive Center. Email groverestoration@glenviewparks.org for more information including availability. Work parties may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Saturday,

January 13

Robert's Yukon Adventure Day

Illinois’ first naturalist, Robert Kennicott, grew up at The Grove and made two expeditions to the Yukon, in 1859 and 1865. Experience what his life was like in the frigid territory.

  • Watch dog sledding teams from Adopt-a-Husky.
  • Learn about winter ecology and animal adaptations.
  • Try snow shoeing & snow experiments
  • Participate in an indoor snowball fight
  • Hot cocoa and s’mores by the campfire (available for purchase, cash only.)
  • + so much more!

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Sunday,

January 14

CANCELLED due to weather: Jan. 14 Winter Restoration Work Day at The Grove

The Winter Restoration Work Day scheduled for Sunday, January 14 has been cancelled due to extremely cold weather forecasted for the day. Email groverestoration@glenviewparks.org for more information including availability. Upcoming Winter Restoration Work Days at The Grove: Feb. 11 & March 3.

Friday,

December 15

Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition

Come watch thrilling performances by Glenview Skate School skaters. Soloists, duets/trios and teams are featured. Free for spectators. Public skating session to follow.

Believe and Dream Public Skating Session

The Glenview Community Ice Center is hosting a special Believe and Dream public skating session from 11 am-1 pm. Participate in a scavenger hunt to learn about our civil rights leaders, complete an activity sheet about what peace looks like to you, or fill in a “I have a dream that…” note to be included on our mural wall.

Prizes will be given to everyone who completes any of the activities listed above. Season skating passes can be used for admission. Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult.

Read, Feed and Encourage

Join Historic Wagner Farm for a day celebrating kind acts, community service and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bring non-perishable food items and books to the farm and take part in a book exchange. Write words of encouragement to travel with donated items. Food items will be donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry and books left over after the exchange will go to Bernie’s Book Bank and the Glenview Public Library Used Bookstore. No registration is necessary, and it is free to attend!

Saturday,

December 16

Winter Wonderland Train - SOLD OUT

All Aboard the Winter Wonderland Express!

Get ready for a magical holiday adventure that’s perfect for the whole family! Join us on a festive winter train ride from North Glenview Metra Station to a special location, where the spirit of the season comes to life. You will arrive to a special location where we will leisurely stroll to the delightful Egg Harbor Café to indulge in a delectable meal while waiting for Santa.

Following our meal, we will rejoin the train for the return trip to Glenview, with special guest accompanying us – Santa Claus himself! Each child will receive a small surprise from Santa, spreading holiday cheer and filling the air with joyous smiles.

Each participant (from baby to adult) will need to be registered. This event is sold out.

Holiday Tea

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season in the holiday adorned Historic 1856 Kennicott House during this truly unique historical experience. Guests will enjoy a 3-course tea luncheon in the formal dining room. Learn the history of tea, proper tea etiquette, and hear some Victorian Christmas traditions. Service staff will be dressed in period attire. All reservations must be made by December 8.
For Ages 12+

Wassailing at Wagner

Here we come a-wassailing among the cows and chicks! Bundle up and get into the holiday spirit by spending the afternoon caroling to the farm animals at Historic Wagner Farm. We’ll provide the music and hot cocoa; you just bring your voice! Ages 2 and under are free.
Available times: 4-4:30 pm, 4:20-4:50 pm, 4:40-5:10 pm, 5-5:30 pm, 5:20-5:50 pm

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Sunday,

December 17

Making Recycled Gift Tags

Have fun this Winter at The Grove’s free drop-in activities for all ages! Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Get into the holiday spirit while going green and creating unique, eco-friendly gift tags for your holiday presents. For all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Winter Wonderland Train - SOLD OUT

All Aboard the Winter Wonderland Express!

Get ready for a magical holiday adventure that’s perfect for the whole family! Join us on a festive winter train ride from North Glenview Metra Station to a special location, where the spirit of the season comes to life. You will arrive to a special location where we will leisurely stroll to the delightful Egg Harbor Café to indulge in a delectable meal while waiting for Santa.

Following our meal, we will rejoin the train for the return trip to Glenview, with special guest accompanying us – Santa Claus himself! Each child will receive a small surprise from Santa, spreading holiday cheer and filling the air with joyous smiles.

Each participant (from baby to adult) will need to be registered. This event is sold out.

Winter Restoration Work Days at The Grove

Collect seeds or remove non-native, invasive plants to make way for native wildflowers, grasses and trees. No advance registration necessary—just bring your work gloves if you have them and meet at the Interpretive Center. Email groverestoration@glenviewparks.org for more information including availability. Work parties may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Saturday,

January 20

Winter Restoration Work Days at Fuller Air Station Prairie

Assist in the restoration efforts at Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie by helping with a variety of restoration activities such as removing non-native invasive plants or collecting seed. Bring work gloves if you have them. For families and individuals Ages 8+. Volunteers under 15 must participate with an adult. Volunteers under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. To receive an application/ waiver in advance please contact grove.volunteers@glenviewparks.org. Work days may be cancelled due to inclement weather

Pickleball Community Meeting

Join us at Park Center on either January 20 or January 22 to hear updates on the process of selecting locations for new pickleball courts in Glenview. Can’t join us in person? Join the meetings remotely using zoom and submit your questions via the chat. Your input is crucial in shaping the future of pickleball in our community.

Pickleball Community Meetings
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 10 a.m.- Noon
Monday, January 22, 2024, 7- 9 p.m.
Park Center Lakeview Room
2400 Chestnut, Glenview

Zoom Information
January 20
Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 894 2197 9771
Passcode: 419610

January 22
Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 821 0830 1898
Passcode: 208740

Visit the project website to get the latest updates on pickleball at the Glenview Park District.

Winterfest

Celebrate all things winter at Winterfest at the Glenview Community Ice Center. Watch triple-header hockey games between Glenbrook South Titan Hockey Club and Saint Viator Hockey Club and see the Glenview Stars Hockey Association take on the St. Louis Sting. Enjoy a figure skating exhibition. Check out the Ice Center’s Ice Bumper Cars and participate in afternoon family public sessions or an evening glow stick public session. Enjoy food and drink at North Branch, and much more!  All proceeds benefit the Glenview Park Foundation.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Sunday,

January 21

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Have fun this Winter at The Grove’s free drop-in activities for all ages! Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Learn all about these highly active and very entertaining critters and make a squirrel-themed craft (while supplies last). For all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Monday,

January 22

Pickleball Community Meeting

Join us at Park Center to hear updates on the process of selecting locations for new pickleball courts in Glenview. Can’t join us in person? Join the meeting remotely using zoom and submit your questions via the chat. Your input is crucial in shaping the future of pickleball in our community.

Pickleball Community Meetings
Monday, January 22, 2024, 7- 9 p.m.
Park Center Lakeview Room
2400 Chestnut, Glenview

Zoom Information
January 22
Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 821 0830 1898
Passcode: 208740

Visit the project website to get the latest updates on pickleball at the Glenview Park District.

Saturday,

December 23

Making Recycled Gift Tags

Have fun this Winter at The Grove’s free drop-in activities for all ages! Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Get into the holiday spirit while going green and creating unique, eco-friendly gift tags for your holiday presents. For all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Royal Ball

Join us for a soiree’ under the sea! Dive into the magic for a night of music, dancing and refreshments in Park Center’s beautiful Lakeview Room. The event is for ages 4-12 and children must be accompanied by an adult. The per person resident fee is $50; $62 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required by February 19. Please register each date and guest separately.

Saturday,

February 24

Winter Restoration Work Days at Fuller Air Station Prairie

Assist in the restoration efforts at Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie by helping with a variety of restoration activities such as removing non-native invasive plants or collecting seed. Bring work gloves if you have them. For families and individuals Ages 8+. Volunteers under 15 must participate with an adult. Volunteers under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. To receive an application/ waiver in advance please contact grove.volunteers@glenviewparks.org. Work days may be cancelled due to inclement weather

Get Moving Glenview! Community Wellness Walk

Join park district staff and other community members and friends to go for a walk along the trails at The Grove. Walking has been linked to incredible physical and mental health benefits. What better way to get out and enjoy community and nature than to do it together. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Let’s get moving, Glenview!

Monday,

February 26

Park Center Preschool Open House

Stop by to meet the teachers, tour the classrooms and get all of your questions answered. There will be waitlist forms available. Park Center Preschool and Childcare, ages 2-5, is offered year-round – Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, email Preschool Director Amanda Giacomino at amanda.giacomino@glenviewparks.org or call 224-521-2550.

Saturday,

January 27

Fireplace Features: Wheel Throwing

Interested in learning about Park District programs? Check out a FREE Saturday class demo with an instructor! Drop in, ask questions, and maybe you’ll even learn a new hobby!

Our wheel throwing pottery class is designed for those interested in working with clay. New and advanced students are welcome! Clay, glazes, and tools are provided.

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Saturday,

December 30

Wagon Rides at The Farm

What’s better than a wagon ride? How about a wagon ride S’mores?!? Bundle up and enjoy a private wagon ride (for up to 10 people) followed by marshmallow roasting and fireside s’mores.

Sunday,

December 31

Square Dance into the New Year

Get your body moving, use your brain, have some fun, and make new friends as you learn to dance with the Glenview Squares at this end of the year dance celebration at The Grove complete with New Year’s Eve toast! No experience needed. No partner required.
For Ages 10+

Happy Noon Year Party-SOLD OUT

UPDATE — The Noon Year’s Eve Party is sold out.

Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! The main gym will have bouncy inflatables, DJ, dancing, games and other fun activities. We cap off the event with a massive balloon drop. Note: Parents are free, but must accompany child(ren), ages 3-7 years. Advanced registration is required; no day of admission at the door. Don’t wait, register by December 29!