Kooky spooky, winter skating classes +
October 23, 2020

As the Skokie Park District continues to operate in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan,
the following are reminders and news updates for this week.
Halloween Happenings!
Skokie Park District COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at all Halloween events.
Kooky Spooky Candy Trail Presented by First Bank Chicago

Saturday, October 31, 3:30-5 p.m.
Take a Halloween journey along the kooky spooky candy trail at Oakton Park! Kids ages 2–12 will trick-or-treat at 10+ candy stops along the route.

A roaming magician will provide the tricks while you collect your treats. After you've completed the trail sit back and enjoy a spooky story with a kooky twist! The first story will be read at 4 p.m.

Hot chocolate, cider and coffee will be available for purchase. An outdoor event, please dress for the weather. Advance ticket purchase is required. Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St.


The Skatium's Halloween Public Skate & Costume Contest 
Friday, October 23, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Wear your best Halloween costume and join us for two hours of family fun skating at the Skatium Ice Arena! Purchase tickets in advance. $3 skate rental. Masks required. Only one non-skating adult allowed in the facility with a registered skater.

Emily Oaks Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 24, 1-2 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. 
Observe real pumpkins in the Emily Oaks Nature Center magical pumpkin patch, and choose a mini pumpkin to take home! Sing the plant parts song, read a pumpkin life cycle story, and get hands-on with the needs for plant growth. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Masks are required.

Spooktacular Family Fun at Weber
Sunday, October 25, 10 a.m. to noon 
Hey all you ghouls and goblins! Join us at the Weber Leisure Center for a few hours of family fun, including bounce houses and open gym play. Wear your best costume and enter to win 20 percent off of your next Birthday Party Package at the Weber Leisure Center.

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Deadline: Monday, October 26 at 5 p.m.
Showcase your skills in our first ever pumpkin carving contest! Share photos of your creations with us before 5 p.m. on Monday, October 26. Submissions will then be posted to an album on our Facebook page on Tuesday, October 27. You can vote on your favorite by "liking" it through Friday, October 30. The photo with the most likes will win a Halloween prize basket! Facebook votes will be counted using the 'thumbs up' emoji only.
Submit the participant’s name and a pumpkin name in a post on Facebook with the hashtag #SkokiePumpkins, or by email to MVanDenBosch@skokieparks.org.
Active Adult 60+
Halloween Party with Bingo
Tuesday, October 27, 12-2 p.m.
Seniors! Join us at the Oakton Community Center for a frighteningly fun afternoon of entertainment, bingo, a costume contest, and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the costume contest.

Monster Mash-Up Workout 
Friday, October 30, 9-10 a.m.
Wear your coolest Halloween costume (or not) and be ready to do a 45 minute workout to get ready for a candy filled weekend! Includes body weight exercises, intervals, and pyramids. A sweaty good time will be had by all! Outdoors in the Weber Leisure Center Circle Drive, 9300 Weber Park Place.
Register here then filter by date and class name.

The Skatium's Halloween Public Skate & Costume Contest 
Friday, October 30, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Wear your best Halloween costume and join us for two hours of family fun skating at the Skatium Ice Arena! Purchase tickets in advance. $3 skate rental. Masks required. Only one non-skating adult allowed in the facility with a registered skater.

Tricks 'n Treats
Saturday, October 31, 10-11 a.m. or 12-1 p.m.
Enjoy family Halloween entertainment and play non-contact games. Each family will receive one craft bag full of stay-at-home activities. Come in costume. Fee is per person and all adults and children are required to pre-register. Registration will not be taken the day of the event. Two time slots available.
Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St.

The Winter Skatium Program Guide is here!
The online Winter Skatium Program Guide is now available and includes clickable links directly to every winter hockey and figure skating program on the district's registration site.
 
Winter Registration Dates
Hockey: November 8
Figure Skating: November 17
 
The guide also features holiday public skating events, a holiday hockey camp, figure skating multi-class discounts, and party rental information. The Skatium Ice Arena also offers programs for homeschoolers and scouts.

Learn to skate or reconnect with a sport that you love!

Safety First: Updated COVID-19 guidelines & closures
As the world moves into its eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skokie Park District's safety guidelines continue to evolve with the science.

With that in mind, a district web page has been created (link below) featuring safety guidelines and the open/closed status of district parks, facilities and programs.

We assure you that matter where or how you engage the Skokie Park District during the pandemic, the staff at the Skokie Park District continue to put the safety of its patrons first.
Commissioner Reid honored for 15 years of service
At Tuesday's monthly board meeting, Skokie Park District Commissioner Susan Aberman presented an Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) plaque to board President Mike Reid, honoring him for his 15 years of service on the board, many as its president.

"In his 15 years here, Mike has never missed a monthly board meeting, budget meeting or public hearing," said Aberman. "He has attended nearly every major event the park district has held, including serving as emcee for the Skokie Festival of Cultures, the 3-D Fireworks Festival, and Skokie’s Backlot Bash."

Reid was elected to the board of commissioners in 2005 and has helped oversee many of the major projects and programming changes made by the park district, including the creation of Skokie’s Backlot Bash, and the renovation of The Exploritorium, the Skatium Ice Arena, and the Weber Leisure Center and its Fitness First health club. During his tenure so far, the Skokie Park District also has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency three times.

In 2017, Reid earned 'master board member' status from the IAPD. He is now an IAPD board trustee, helping to provide research and education to advance hundreds of Illinois park and recreation agencies. He also serves on the IAPD’s Honors and Resolutions Committee, the Research Advisory Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee.

Reid was re-elected to the park district board in 2011 and 2017, and is up for re-election to the IAPD board in January 2021.

Last Chance: Summer Camp Survey
Summer Camp 2021 planning is underway and we want to hear what your needs are for camp next summer.

Please complete the survey below, and in just minutes you can help shape the park district's 2021 camp offerings.