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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

Theater Auditions

Date: Saturday, January 31
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)

Auditions for 2015 Spring theater performances takes place all day at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center.

"We The People" - Children's Theater
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
“How can you say a few words about America?” So begins this patriotic tableau as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Just what does America mean to them? One person pulls out the Preamble to the Constitution, and they decide to use it as a framework for their play. Through a series of sketches organized from the Preamble, they show in both dramatic and comedic ways, not only how the Constitution applies to our past, but also to our present and future. This Norman Rockwellesque patchwork quilt offers slices of life in our America and will be a salute to the children performing in it. This production will be cast with children 7-12; no previous acting experience necessary. Note: Due to the popularity of our plays, we can only guarantee roles for the first 40 children who are put on the audition list. Others will be placed on a standby list, in order. Please call (708) 342-4212 to be placed on the audition list.

"Phantom of the Opera Audition" - Teen Theater
Time: 12:00-2:30 p.m.
In this classic horror story, Christine Daaè, an opera singer at the Paris Opera House, attracts the attention of the Phantom of the Opera, who falls madly in love with her. The Phantom is a violent, mad, musical genius who secretly lurks about in the hidden catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. The Phantom, who must hide his disfigured face behind a mask, kidnaps Christine and takes her to his lair in the Opera’s cellars. There, he reveals his true identity to Christine and attempts to force her to marry him by threatening to blow up the opera house, killing all those within including Christine’s true love, Raoul. The suspense never ends in this masterful, spellbinding tale of obsession. A tour de force! This production will be cast with children 13-18; no previous acting experience necessary. Note: Due to the popularity of our plays, we can only guarantee roles for the first 30 teens who are put on the audition list. Others will be places on a standby list, in order. Please call (708) 342-4212 to be placed on the audition list.

"Monsieur Monet Auditions" - Adult Theater
Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
The reflective story of the magnificent art, impressionistic age and enduring hardships of Oscar-Claude Monet…and the painter’s greatest love outside his art, Camille Doncieux. Set in France during the last two centuries, our play takes us to Paris, Le Havre and Giverny, where Monet co-founded the French Impressionist movement. This will be a multimedia event incorporating theatre, music and, of course, art. Please join us in this world premiere and help create a truly enchanting moment for our audiences. Become a member of our cast and theater company, giving your talents a unique opportunity. If you’re new to the stage, let us help you develop your talents into the skills you’ll need for the best of classic and contemporary theater. Please note: there is no program fee for the actors.

Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Show

Date: Saturday, January 31
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age: 13-adult (recommended)
Fee: $8 per person

$8 admission. Age 13-adult (recommended). Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Covered Bridge Productions presents Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Troupe to the adults and teens in our community. G4W, now in its 19th year, is a professional improv company with over 800 performances under its belly-laughable belt. You’ll enjoy these comedic actors satirical improvisations and sketches as well as humorous parodies and hilarious material. Every month will feature an all new comedy revue and, of course, improvisations from your suggestions. All material is family friendly.

Paint Party Nite

Date: Friday, February 6
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 Resident / $59 Non-resident
Program #: 111501A

All painting abilities and ages are welcome to this paint night, brought to us by Art A La Carte. During our inaugural paint night we will paint a four seasons tree, enjoy some wine and other treats! Grab a friend, a relative or someone special and join us for this exciting, fun event!

Daddy/Daughter Date Night

Date: Friday, February 6
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Fathers and Daughters
Fee: $16 Resident (per person) / $21 Non-resident (per person)
Program #: 111785A

Dad, take your little sweetheart to our Valentine’s Dance. Enjoy cookies, punch and dance by candlelight. Games and gifts for all! A photographer will be taking pictures of each couple and they will receive one complementary 4X6 picture with additional packages available to purchase. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

VVAC February Reception

Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Vogt Visual Arts Center (17420 S. 67th Court)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Join us for the artists' reception for the February gallery... ...Open show: "What Do You Love", on display at the VVAC from February 3-27.

Hot Wheels Classic

Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 4:00-6:15 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 2-6
Fee: $12 Resident / $16 Non-resident
Program #: 111700A (4:00-5:00 p.m.) / 111700B (5:15-6:15 p.m.)

Bring your fastest Hot Wheels or Matchbox car and compete for the “big prize”. Refreshments will be served. Children age 2-3 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hot Wheels All Stars

Date: Friday, February 20
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 7-12
Fee: $12 Resident / $16 Non-resident
Program #: 111701A

We are looking for the best of the best for this Hot Wheel or Matchbox car race as we compete for a bigger prize than what you might of won in the Hot Wheels Classic as a younger child. Refreshments will be served.

Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Show

Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age: 13-adult (recommended)
Fee: $8 per person

$8 admission. Age 13-adult (recommended). Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Covered Bridge Productions presents Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Troupe to the adults and teens in our community. G4W, now in its 19th year, is a professional improv company with over 800 performances under its belly-laughable belt. You’ll enjoy these comedic actors satirical improvisations and sketches as well as humorous parodies and hilarious material. Every month will feature an all new comedy revue and, of course, improvisations from your suggestions. All material is family friendly.

Water Park Passes on Sale

Date: Sunday, March 1
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)

2015 Season Passes for White Water Canyon Water Park go on sale today. See website for rates and requirements for obtaining a season pass.

Dog Park Passes on Sale

Date: Sunday, March 1
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)

Yearly passes for the brand new off-leash dog park go on sale today. Please see additional information available leading up to passes going on sale online or at the Rec Center.

Tot Time Preschool Registration Begins

Date: Sunday, March 1
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)

Registration for the 2015-2016 Tot Time school year begins today for Residents. All Tot Time registrations received March 1st through March 9th will be processed by random selection beginning March 12th. Your child will be placed in the first class you requested, or if that is filled your second or third choice. A confirmation/receipt will be mailed/emailed to all those registered for Tot Time. Resident In-Person registration begins March 19, 2015 at the Bettenhausen Recreation Center. Non-residents can register for Tot Time beginning April 1st at the Recreation Center.

VVAC March Reception

Date: Friday, March 6
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Vogt Visual Arts Center (17420 S. 67th Court)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Join us for the artists' reception for the March gallery... ...Annual Photography Show, on display at the VVAC from March 3-27.

Running O' The Green 8K presented by Walt's Food Centers

Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 8:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. registration)
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: All
Fee: $16 without shirt / $22 with shirt (pre-registration) ... $30 with/without shirt, if available (race day)

CLICK HERE to download a race registration flyer.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place runners in all age categories, male and female, based on chip timing. An award will also be given to the best overall resident and non-resident male and female runner. Unisex long sleeve tech shirts will be awarded to the first 550 registered participants. Pre-registration closes February 27 at 3:00 p.m. Registration and pre-registration pick up will open again at 7:00 a.m. on race day. Green attire is encouraged! Don’t forget daylight savings time begins on March 8.

Irish Tea

Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Vogt Visual Arts Center (17420 S. 67th Court)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Awards will be given for first, second and third place runners in all age categories, male and female, based on chip timing. An award will also be given to the best overall resident and non-resident male and female runner. Unisex long sleeve tech shirts will be awarded to the first 550 registered participants. Pre-registration closes February 27 at 3:00 p.m. Registration and pre-registration pick up will open again at 7:00 a.m. on race day. Green attire is encouraged! Don’t forget daylight savings time begins on March 8.

Clover Hunt

Date: Friday, March 13
Time: 4:00 p.m. (age 3-5) / 4:30 p.m. (age 6-10)
Location: Centennial Park (7220 W. 167th Street)
Age: 3-5 (4:00 p.m.) / 6-10 (4:30 p.m.)
Fee: Free

Prizes will be given to children who find the special clovers. Treat bags will be distributed to the first 100 children in each session. This event will be held rain or shine! Registration is not required, just show up for the fun. Children age 3-5 start at 4:00 p.m., while children age 6-10 begin at 4:30 p.m.

Spring Arts and Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Adult
Fee: $25 per space with 6' table / $15 per space (bring your own table)
Program #: 111735A (space with table) / 111735B (space with no table)

This fair highlights many of the talented crafters in the community. Exhibits are open to the public at no charge. If you would like to be an exhibitor, please stop by the Park District office to register. NOTE: commercial items are not eligible for this show. Register by February 18.

Jelly Bean Contest

Date: Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Adult
Fee: Free

From March 17 through March 31, there will be a jar full of jellybeans in the Bettenhausen Rec Center. Come in and guess how many jellybeans are in the jar. Prizes will be awarded to the two children who come closest to the exact count. Children age 3-12 only, please.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 7:30 p.m. (age 3-4) / 8:15 p.m. (age 5-8)
Location: Vogt Woods (6527 W. 171st Street)
Age: 3-4 (7:30 p.m.) / 5-8 (8:15 p.m.)
Fee: Free

The Easter Bunny invites you to join him in our Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Be ready to visit with our special guest - the Easter Bunny! Bring your flashlights. Easter baskets or bags will not be allowed on the playground. No need to register, just show up for the fun! This event will be held rain or shine. Children age 3-4 begin at 7:30 p.m., while children age 5-8 begin at 8:15 p.m.

The Bunny Brunch*

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Children and Parents
Fee: (per person) Under 12 months: Free ... Under 4 years: $14 Resident / $19 Non-resident ... 4 years to adult: 16 Resident / $21 Non-resident

Celebrate Easter with the Park District and friends at our holiday brunch. Afterwards, have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will have a special treat for each child at the brunch. Don’t forget your camera! *Please note: not available for online registration.

Earth Day

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Come celebrate Earth Day with crafts and activities that teach you about our Planet Earth! Plant and bring home your very own flower, learn about recycling, and about the importance of protecting the environment. Make this Earth Day fun! No registration needed.

Variety Show Night - "Southland's Got Talent" Contest

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age:All ages
Fee: $8 per person

$8 admission. All ages show. Our contest was such a success last year, we have been asked to offer this again. Join us and be prepared to have fun, laugh until you drop and especially share your own talents at our Comedy Improv and Open Mic Variety Show and Contest. This season we’re changing it up...the audience and panel of judges will be awarding prizes to the top 3 contestants, so bring plenty of family and friends. Also, both Kidz on the Bridge and Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Troupes will be assisting with the contest while performing their own brand of wit and zaniness (they will not be contestants). If you wish to sing, tell jokes, dance, do a monologue, magic, your own improv scenes, etc., this is the stage for you. Special note: Watch for our new monthly TV series on Comcast Channel 19, Yes and...Improv On The Covered Bridge featuring Graffiti On The Fourth Wall and Kidz On The Bridge comedy improv troupes, sponsored by the Tinley Park-Park District.

World's Greatest Mom Essay Contest

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Grade: Grades 1-6
Fee: Free

Tell us in fifty words or less why your mom is the greatest mom in the world. Two winners will be selected from each division: Grades 1 and 2; Grades 3 and 4; Grades 5 and 6. First prize is a gift certificate for breakfast and a beautiful corsage for mom. Second place winners will receive a beautiful corsage for their mother. Entry forms will be available at the Park District office on March 31. Entries must be submitted by April 21. Winners will be notified by May 1.

Easter Hoppenings

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time/Age: 11:00-11:45 a.m. (age 2-3) / 4:30-5:15 p.m. (age 3-5) / 5:30-6:30 p.m. (age 6-10)
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Fee: $13 Resident / $17 Non-resident (age 2-5) ... $15 Resident / $20 Non-resident (age 6-10)
Program #: 111718A (age 2-3) / 111718B (age 3-5) / 111718C (age 6-10)

Hop on down to decorate Easter baskets, color eggs, play Bunny Bingo for valuable prizes, and enjoy an eggstra special Easter snack! All children registered in Class A must be accompanied by an adult. Each child is asked to bring at least six hard-boiled eggs. Children age 2-3 meet from 11-11:45 a.m., age 3-5 meet from 4:30-5:15 p.m., and age 6-10 meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Grandparents Day Tea Party

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 55+ grandparents; any age for grandchildren
Fee: $4 (Indy members and their grandchildren) / $5 (non-members and their grandchildren)
Program #: 111080A

This spring break, come enjoy the day with grandma and grandpa. We will be serving traditional tea food like finger sandwiches, salads, plus some more kid-friendly options and scrumptious desserts. In addition we will do crafts, take pictures, learn about family history, and hang out! Registration deadline is March 30.

Pajama Party

Date: Thursday, April 9
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 6-10
Fee: $17 Resident / $23 Non-resident
Program #: 111115A

Age 6-10. $17 Resident / $23 Non-resident. It’s just like a sleepover, without the sleeping over. Wear your PJ’s, bring your sleeping bag and settle in for some slumber party fun. Activities will include crafts, painting nails, games, dancing and karaoke. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Despicable Me (PG)

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age: All
Fee: $1 admission

$1 admission. All ages. This Spring Break, bring the family out for a movie night at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center! For only $1 per person, you get to see Despicable Me on the big screen, and an activity bag to interact with the movie! Refreshments will be available for purchase. Please no outside food and beverages. Box office opens 45 minutes before show.

VVAC April Reception

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Vogt Visual Arts Center (17420 S. 67th Court)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Join us for the artists' reception for the April gallery featuring Eighteen Artists Group, on display throughout the month of April.

Adult Theater: "Monsieur Monet - Imprressions of a Water Lilly"

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18 (7:00 p.m.); Sunday, April 19 (3:00 p.m.); Saturday, April 25 (7:00 p.m.); and Sunday, April 26 (3:00 p.m.)
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Fee:

The reflective story of the magnificent art, impressionistic age and enduring hardships of Oscar-Claude Monet…and the painter’s greatest love outside his art, Camille Doncieux. Set in France during the last two centuries, our play takes us to Paris, Le Havre and Giverny, where Monet co-founded the French Impressionist movement. This will be a multimedia event incorporating theatre, music and, of course, art. Please join us in this world premiere and help create a truly enchanting moment for our audiences. Become a member of our cast and theater company, giving your talents a unique opportunity. If you’re new to the stage, let us help you develop your talents into the skills you’ll need for the best of classic and contemporary theater. Please note: there is no program fee for the actors.

VVAC May Reception

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: TBD
Location: Vogt Visual Arts Center (17420 S. 67th Court)
Age: All
Fee: Free

Join us for the artists' reception for the May gallery featuring artists from School District 146, on display during the month of May.

Mother/Son Country-Western Date Night

Date: Friday, May 8
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: Mothers and Sons
Fee: $16 Resident (per person) / $21 Non-resident (per person)
Program #: 111786A

$16 Resident / $21 Non-resident (per person). Yee-ha! Roundup your favorite little cowboy and join us for some ‘ rootin ‘tootin western fun! Dress up in your favorite western gear and mosey on over to the Recreation Center for an evening of dancing and games. Grab some chow and wet your whistle at our chuck wagon (refreshment table). Games and gifts for all! No tickets will be sold at the door.

Children's Theater: "We The People"

Date/Time: Friday, May 15 (6:00 p.m.); Saturday, May 16 (4:30 p.m.); and Sunday, May 17 (2:00 p.m.)
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Fee:

“How can you say a few words about America?” So begins this patriotic tableau as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Just what does America mean to them? One person pulls out the Preamble to the Constitution, and they decide to use it as a framework for their play. Through a series of sketches organized from the Preamble, they show in both dramatic and comedic ways, not only how the Constitution applies to our past, but also to our present and future. This Norman Rockwellesque patchwork quilt offers slices of life in our America and will be a salute to the children performing in it. This production will be cast with children 7-12; no previous acting experience necessary. Note: Due to the popularity of our plays, we can only guarantee roles for the first 40 children who are put on the audition list. Others will be placed on a standby list, in order. Please call (708) 342-4212 to be placed on the audition list.

Teen Theater: "The Phantom of the Opera"

Date/Time: Friday, May 15 (8:30 p.m.); Saturday, May 16 (7:00 p.m.); and Sunday, May 17 (4:30 p.m.)
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Fee:

In this classic horror story, Christine Daaè, an opera singer at the Paris Opera House, attracts the attention of the Phantom of the Opera, who falls madly in love with her. The Phantom is a violent, mad, musical genius who secretly lurks about in the hidden catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. The Phantom, who must hide his disfigured face behind a mask, kidnaps Christine and takes her to his lair in the Opera’s cellars. There, he reveals his true identity to Christine and attempts to force her to marry him by threatening to blow up the opera house, killing all those within including Christine’s true love, Raoul. The suspense never ends in this masterful, spellbinding tale of obsession. A tour de force! This production will be cast with children 13-18; no previous acting experience necessary. Note: Due to the popularity of our plays, we can only guarantee roles for the first 30 teens who are put on the audition list. Others will be places on a standby list, in order. Please call (708) 342-4212 to be placed on the audition list.

Giant Garage Sale - "Second Hand Treasures"

Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: White Water Canyon Parking Lot (8221 W. 171st Street)
Fee: Free to shop; $30 Resident / $39 Non-resident (space and 6' table); $20 Resident / $26 Non-resident (space only)
Program #: 111704A (space and 6' table) / 111704B (space only)

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Get the family together to do a little spring cleaning, get rid of those white elephants taking up room and gathering dust and sell those difficult-to-part- “treasures” at the Annual Second Hand Treasures Garage Sale. It will take place in the White Water Canyon Parking lot. Exhibits are open to the public at no charge. If you would like to be an exhibitor, register early. The Park District provides advertising and a selling space. Call the Park District for price and availability of spaces.

Senior Spring Fling

Date: Tuesday, May 19
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center (8125 W. 171st Street)
Age: 55 and over
Fee: Free for Indy Drop-In Center Members / $5 Non-members
Program #: 108801D

For new and prospective members of the Indy Drop In Center... Celebrate spring with a free (for current Indy members) spring-time brunch. Enjoy the company of friends, a free meal, and live entertainment by Peter Oprisko! This is a free event for members, but registration is still required. Program #: 108801D. $5 for non-members.

Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Show

Date: Saturday, May 30
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Tinley Park Performing Arts Center (16801 S. 80th Avenue)
Age: 13-adult (recommended)
Fee: $8 per person

$8 admission. Age 13-adult (recommended). Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Covered Bridge Productions presents Graffiti on the Fourth Wall Comedy Improv Troupe to the adults and teens in our community. G4W, now in its 19th year, is a professional improv company with over 800 performances under its belly-laughable belt. You’ll enjoy these comedic actors satirical improvisations and sketches as well as humorous parodies and hilarious material. Every month will feature an all new comedy revue and, of course, improvisations from your suggestions. All material is family friendly.

 
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