Community Events

  • Mini Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Park Conservatory

    September 23, 2021 - 1:00pm

    Registration for this event is full.

    Schedule time for your family's fall photos in Wilder Park Conservatory today. No need to bring a camera - Kathleen from Kathleen Kilburg Photography will be present to snap your best smiles. Each booking will allow for a private five-minute mini photo session in the Conservatory. You will receive 2-3 edited images via email within 2 weeks; plenty of time to order your holiday cards! Dates available are September 23 and 25. Click registration link for available time slots. 

    $25R/$30NR

  • Safety Town Open Road

    September 23, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Safety Town Open Road - Reservations required for 2021

    Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when visiting Safety Town. Youngsters ages 4-7 with tricycles and helmets can ride through Safety Town. Bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, roller blades, shoes with skates and skate boards are not permitted.
     
  • Mini Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Park Conservatory

    September 25, 2021 - 10:00am

    Registration for this event is full.

    Schedule time for your family's fall photos in Wilder Park Conservatory today. No need to bring a camera - Kathleen from Kathleen Kilburg Photography will be present to snap your best smiles. Each booking will allow for a private five-minute mini photo session in the Conservatory. You will receive 2-3 edited images via email within 2 weeks; plenty of time to order your holiday cards! Dates available are September 23 and 25. Click registration link for available time slots. 

    $25R/$30NR

  • Safety Town Open Road

    September 30, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Safety Town Open Road - Reservations required for 2021

    Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when visiting Safety Town. Youngsters ages 4-7 with tricycles and helmets can ride through Safety Town. Bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, roller blades, shoes with skates and skate boards are not permitted.
     
  • School Day Off

    October 08, 2021 - 7:00am

    Registration for this event is full. 

    Looking for some fun on your day off school? Join us for a structured day of on-site adventures, including arts and crafts, active games, themed activities and more! School Day Off is for K-5th Graders. Children should wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Program will run at Hawthorne School, hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Children must arrive and be signed in no later than 9 a.m. Children must be picked up and signed out by an adult between 3-6 p.m.

  • Safety Town Open Road

    October 14, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    This date is full - please check out other Fall 2021 Open Road dates below or join our waitlist by clicking register.

    Safety Town Open Road - Reservations required for 2021

    Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when visiting Safety Town. Youngsters ages 4-7 with tricycles and helmets can ride through Safety Town.
  • Fancy Family Friday

    October 15, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Dust off those fancy clothes and gather around your dinner table to enjoy a delicious meal and fun activities all together in honor of Sweetest Day! We’ve partnered with DiLeo’s Pizzeria to provide three dinner options to enjoy in your own home. Also included will be an activity box full of dinner table decor, decorations and family-centered activities for some Friday night fun! Share a photo of your Fancy Family Friday night with us on social media by using the hashtag #EPDfancyfamilyfriday.

  • Great Western Prairie Volunteer Day

    October 16, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Help maintain Elmhurst's stretch of 10,000-year-old prairie.  Volunteers meet at the Great Western Prairie (intersection of Berkley Avenue and Prairie Path, just west of Spring Road) from 9 a.m.-Noon.  Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves.  For more information contact Eric Keeley at keeley [dot] eric [at] gmail [dot] com or click here.

  • Family Fall Fest

    October 16, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Get your costumes ready and bring the family to The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace from 9 a.m.-Noon for Safety Town trick-or-treating plus fall festivities!

  • Safety Town Open Road

    October 21, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Safety Town Open Road - Reservations required for 2021

    Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times when visiting Safety Town. Youngsters ages 4-7 with tricycles and helmets can ride through Safety Town. Bicycles, bicycles with training wheels, roller blades, shoes with skates and skate boards are not permitted.
     
  • Printed Brochure deadline for Winter 2022

    October 22, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The brochure will continue to be available virtually, but beginning in winter, we are bringing back a print version. If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please enter your info at the link below. The last day to request a print brochure for next season is today, October 22, 2021. This is a one-time sign up. Once you are on the list, you will get a brochure each season.

    Send me a Printed Brochure

  • Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Mansion

    November 06, 2021 - 9:00am

    Looking for a warm, inviting backdrop for holiday photos? Schedule your family's holiday photos at Wilder Mansion. Your family will have exclusive use of the Mansion and its many holiday backdrops to take the perfect family photo. Either bring in your own photographer or use your personal camera and tripod to capture the holiday cheer. 

    Registration opens Saturday, July 31 for residents and Tuesday, August 3 for non-residents. Dates available are November 6 and 7. Click registration link for available time slots. $50R/$60NR Registration opens July 31

  • Family Photo Sessions at Wilder Mansion

    November 07, 2021 - 9:00am

    Looking for a warm, inviting backdrop for holiday photos? Schedule your family's holiday photos at Wilder Mansion. Your family will have exclusive use of the Mansion and its many holiday backdrops to take the perfect family photo. Either bring in your own photographer or use your personal camera and tripod to capture the holiday cheer. 

    Registration opens Saturday, July 31 for residents and Tuesday, August 3 for non-residents. Dates available are November 6 and 7. Click registration link for available time slots. $50R/$60NR Registration opens July 31

  • Great Western Prairie Volunteer Day

    November 20, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Help maintain Elmhurst's stretch of 10,000-year-old prairie.  Volunteers meet at the Great Western Prairie (intersection of Berkley Avenue and Prairie Path, just west of Spring Road) from 9 a.m.-Noon.  Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves.  For more information contact Eric Keeley at keeley [dot] eric [at] gmail [dot] com or click here.

  • School Day Off

    November 24, 2021 - 7:00am

    Looking for some fun on your day off school? Join us for a structured day of on-site adventures, including arts and crafts, active games, themed activities and more! School Day Off is for K-5th Graders. Children should wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Program will run at Hawthorne School, hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Children must arrive and be signed in no later than 9 a.m. Children must be picked up and signed out by an adult between 3-6 p.m.

  • Tree Lighting

    December 02, 2021 - 5:30pm
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    Join the Elmhurst Park District as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting in Wilder Park on Thursday, December 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Get in the spirit by decorating one of 60 trees in Wilder Park. Families, businesses, or organizations are invited to decorate one of the trees that will link the park pathway. 

    In order to participate in the People's Choice Award, your tree must be decorated by Sunday, November 28.

  • Holiday Flower Show

    December 04, 2021 - 8:00am

    Take a break from the chill and come to Wilder Park Conservatory for its annual Holiday Flower Show, featuring poinsettias and other seasonal varieties. Open 8am-6pm daily. Show runs through January 9, 2022. 

  • Santa at Wilder Mansion

    December 04, 2021 - 9:00am

    Registration for this event is full.

    The fun begins with cookies and cocoa served by Santa's Elves. There will be holiday craft-making, and each child will receive time with Santa and a complimentary photo.

    Featured will be Santa's Workshop, a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love. Santa's Workshop will be stocked with great gifts for Mom, Dad and more! Each child and adult must register.

  • Santa's Workshop

    December 04, 2021 - 1:00pm

    A holiday store just for kids at Wilder Mansion! Santa’s Workshop is a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love, including mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends and pets! Items are kid-priced and kid-friendly. Those registered for Santa at Wilder Mansion, will have early bird access to Santa’s Workshop.

    Afterwards, Santa’s Workshop will be open and free to the public 1-4 p.m.

  • Get Grinched

    Repeats every day 5 times.
    December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 16, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Get a visit from the Whoville’s™ very own Grinch this holiday season! The Grinch will scatter candy canes among your, or a friend or neighbors, front yard and leave a “You’ve Been Grinched” sign with a small grinch-mas gift. That’s right, you can send Mr. Not-soJolly to someone else’s house as a surprise! Grinching will take place the week of December 13-17 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Open to Elmhurst Park District resident addresses only.

  • Get Grinched

    December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 16, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Get a visit from the Whoville’s™ very own Grinch this holiday season! The Grinch will scatter candy canes among your, or a friend or neighbors, front yard and leave a “You’ve Been Grinched” sign with a small grinch-mas gift. That’s right, you can send Mr. Not-soJolly to someone else’s house as a surprise! Grinching will take place the week of December 13-17 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Open to Elmhurst Park District resident addresses only.

  • Get Grinched

    December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 16, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Get a visit from the Whoville’s™ very own Grinch this holiday season! The Grinch will scatter candy canes among your, or a friend or neighbors, front yard and leave a “You’ve Been Grinched” sign with a small grinch-mas gift. That’s right, you can send Mr. Not-soJolly to someone else’s house as a surprise! Grinching will take place the week of December 13-17 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Open to Elmhurst Park District resident addresses only.

  • Get Grinched

    December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 16, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Get a visit from the Whoville’s™ very own Grinch this holiday season! The Grinch will scatter candy canes among your, or a friend or neighbors, front yard and leave a “You’ve Been Grinched” sign with a small grinch-mas gift. That’s right, you can send Mr. Not-soJolly to someone else’s house as a surprise! Grinching will take place the week of December 13-17 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Open to Elmhurst Park District resident addresses only.

  • Get Grinched

    December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 16, 2021 - 4:00pm
    December 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Get a visit from the Whoville’s™ very own Grinch this holiday season! The Grinch will scatter candy canes among your, or a friend or neighbors, front yard and leave a “You’ve Been Grinched” sign with a small grinch-mas gift. That’s right, you can send Mr. Not-soJolly to someone else’s house as a surprise! Grinching will take place the week of December 13-17 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. Open to Elmhurst Park District resident addresses only.

  • Gym Class

    December 23, 2021 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    December 27, 2021 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    December 28, 2021 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    December 29, 2021 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    January 03, 2022 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    January 04, 2022 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 

  • Gym Class

    January 05, 2022 - 7:00am

    School is out and it's cold outside, so we'll take the fun indoors. The days will be filled with gross motor activities and sports in a full-sized gymnasium. There will also be "intermissions" for children to enjoy table activities like crafts and games. Gym Class is for K-5th Graders. Children will need to wear comfortable athletic clothing and gym shoes. Bring a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Program meets at Hawthorne School and runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m.