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Tinley Park-Park District Special Events

Looking for a day of fun and activity? You've come to the right place!

The Tinley Park-Park District organizes a variety of special events for everyone! Whether it's a Clover or Easter Egg Hunt, a trip to see a play or professional sports team, a Mother/Son Sock Hop, or just shooting some baskets at the Rec Center; we've got something that will excite you!

Give us a call, or check our brochure for details!

All trips and special events are also posted on our calendar. Click the link above for more information.

Upcoming Events

Santa's Mailbox

Due to the large volume of Christmas mail last year, the Tinley Park-Park District has been asked to help with the mail delivery to the North Pole. Children who would like to write to Santa and receive a personal letter from him should drop off their letters at "Santa's Mailbox". It will be located in the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center during office hours from November 1 through December 1. Children age 3-12 only please. Don't forget to include your address for Santa! Because Santa will be busy packing his sleigh for Christmas night, he will only be able to answer letters received on or before December 1. Free!

Calls from Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Park District has made special arrangements for children age 4-10 to receive a call from Santa Claus. Calls will be made from December 5-19 between 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Santa's convenience. Participants must register at the Park District office between November 1 and December 1 by completing one of Santa's special calling forms. If there is more than one child in a family who wishes a call from Santa, he will make one phone call and talk to each child. He will not make several calls.

The Polar Express Storytime Train*

Date: Sunday, December 7
Time: See Program # section - train departs promptly at time given
Location: Tinley Park Train Station (18001 S. 80th Avenue)
Fee: $12 Resident (per person) / $16 Non-resident (per person)
PROGRAM #: 311756A (11:28 a.m.) / 311756B (1:28 p.m.) / 311756C (3:28 p.m.)

Registration for all trains is full, and due to a long waitlist we are no longer taking registration for The Polar Express Storytime Train.

All aboard! The Polar Express Storytime Train will leave the Tinley Park train station on December 7 for a trip to the North Pole (Joliet train station) to visit with Santa. Take this exciting train ride, based on the book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. A storyteller will be on the train to narrate this story while children and thier parents enjoy Christmas cookies. When we reach the North Pole, we will find Santa Claus and bring him back to Tinley Park with us on the train. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Children age 9 months or younger do not need a ticket. Tickets sell out quickly, so register early! *Online registration is not available for this program.

Rudolph Dash

Date: Friday, December 12
Time: 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 3-8
Fee: $15 Resident / $20 Non-resident
PROGRAM #: 306639A (age 3-5) / 306639B (age 6-8)

Santa's reindeer are busy getting ready for the big night. Join us as we have some fun getting in shape too! We will warm up with fun fitness activities, then head to the indoor track for our dash! Kids will run twice around the track and a special visitor will meet them at the finish line. Once everyone has had a chance to partake in the activities, Rudolph will lead everyone to visit with Santa where they will enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and crafts! Parents do not need to stay for activities, but are invited to join us at 6:15 p.m. to take pictures with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa*

Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Parents and children
Fee: Free (under 12 months) / $14 R, $19 NR (under 4 years, per person) / $16 R, $21 NR (per person)
PROGRAM #: 311757A

The Tinley Park-Park District has made special arrangements with Santa to join the children for a hot, catered breakfast and a morning filled with holiday excitement. Rudolph has to get Santa back to the North Pole in time to pack his slegh, so hurry and register today! *Online registration is not available for this program.

Lunch with Santa*

Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Parents and children
Fee: Free (under 12 months) / $14 R, $19 NR (under 4 years, per person) / $16 R, $21 NR (per person)
PROGRAM #: 311758A

Santa will take a break from his busy schedule to join children and their parents for a buffet lunch. The boys and girls will have the opportunity to tell Santa their secret Christmas wishes. *Online registration is not available for this program.

Santa's Workshop

Date: Thursday, December 18
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 6-12
Fee: $12 Resident / $26 Non-resident
PROGRAM #: 311030A

Christmas is a busy time of the year for Santa's elves. Why don't we help them by making our own Christmas stockings and ornaments to decorate our homes? Join us in a festive afternoon of crafts, popcorn, and juice while singing along to our favorite holiday music.

"Elf" (Rated PG)

Date: Friday, December 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age: All
Fee: $1 per person

Buddy the Elf is in Tinley Park to spread Christmas cheer! Bring the family and join Buddy on his adventure from Santa's Workshop, through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and through the Lincoln Tunnel to find his dad in New York City. This movie will be shown on the big screen at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center. Activity packets will be available for purchase at a cost of $1, and include fun play along activities and snacks.

Amazing Gingerbread Houses

Date: Saturday, December 20
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 3-12 (with adult)
Instructor: Ultimate Classes and Parties
Fee: $34 Resident / $45 Non-resident
PROGRAM #: 311027A

This event is meant to be a special family night to celebrate the holiday. Take the time out of your busy schedule to enjoy designing and decorating a special gingerbread house together. We will provide everything you need along with a special holiday snack and beverage.

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