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New programs will be listed as they become available.  

Please note the registration deadlines for programs below.
Please register early or the class may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
Information printed in the brochure may change.


Violin reduced

Incredible Opportunity Beginning Violin Camp
In this immersion camp, you will receive hands on instruction on the violin! This incredible opportunity is offered through the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra. We will learn beginning technique, playing by ear and music reading skills while playing to some well known tunes! A concert for friends and family will feature a group performance by our class, will take place on the last day of the program.

Includes shirt, materials, shoulder pad, real instrument sized to the child and music books for class use only. Only 10 spots available for this class so act fast!

Ages 8-15              $130               2 weeks
Freedom Hall, Johnson Room
24017-01   M, T, W, Th, F     10 am-12 pm    August 2-August 13

Mama’s Birds Performing Arts Summer Camp

The Mama's Birds Performing Arts Youth Summer Program IS BACK!!! Providing singing, dancing, acting and song writing lessons, stage presence coaching, free studio recording, free photo shoots, image and bio development all led by experienced instructors who work in the industry! To top it all off... a BIG FINALE SHOWCASE. Payment plans available of only $40 per week (one-time $10 payment plan fee applicable)! Ages 7 to 18 and ONLY 25 SPOTS AVAILABLE...CLASSES FILL QUICKLY SO REGISTER TODAY.

Payment Plan: A $40 deposit (per person) with the balance due by July 30, 2021. An additional non-refundable $10 payment plan fee is due at registration. Online registration is not available for the payment plan option. Please register in-person at the Recreation & Parks Department to complete the payment plan paperwork.

Ages 7-13      $240      6 weeks
Village Hall, Lower Level Rooms 1 & 2
 24008-01     Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday     10 am-12:30 pm     New Date:  July 6-August 12

Ages 14-18              $240                 6 weeks
Village Hall, Lower Level Rooms 1 & 2
24008-02     Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday     12:30 pm-3 pm     New Date: July 6-August 12

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Central Park Campout
New Date:  August 6-7, 2021

Join the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and Recreation & Parks Department in celebrating the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout, with an overnight campout in Park Forest’s beautiful Central Park on August 6-7, 2021. The 17th annual Great American Campout is a nationwide event that connects people with the great outdoors. Whether this is your first camping experience or you and your family are seasoned campers, this event is a great way for friends, families, and children to connect with nature, sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout https://www.nwf.org/Home/Great-American-Campout/About.

Recreation, Parks & Community Health will provide grills for cooking, wood for the campfire, s’mores and activities; you provide your dinner, breakfast, and tent. Saturday activities include a nature craft as well as practicing useful skills such as camping first aid, useful camping knots and rope work with members of the Park Forest Fire Department. 

Set-up begins at 4:00 pm Friday afternoon August 6. Park in the Aqua Center parking lot, 30 North Orchard Dr., near the north bridge. Firewood and charcoal for cooking and supplies for activities will be provided. Families will need to supply tent, sleeping gear, eating utensils, food, and personal kit. A limited number of tents are available to rent for $10.00 each. 

This is a dog friendly event. Dog must be friendly, current on shots, picked up after and leashed in camping area. 

Pre-registration and signed waiver required for each person attending. There must be at least 1 adult per campsite. Registration deadline: August 4. For more information contact Rob Gunther at 708-748-2005.

Ages 4 years & Older         $5 per person
Central Park
24202-01 Friday-Saturday 4 pm-12 pm August 6-7

Ages 0-3 years                    FREE
Central Park
24202-02 Friday-Saturday 4 pm-12 pm August 6-7

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How to Register? 

Pre-registration and signed waiver required for each person attending. There must be at least 1 adult per campsite. Registration deadline: August 4, 2021. For more information contact Rob Gunther at 708-748-2005.

3 Ways to Register 

  • Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/vopf 
  • Call the Recreation, Parks & Community Health Department at 708-748-2005. 
  • Register in-person at Recreation, Parks & Community Health Dept. (Village Hall)
    350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466

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Link:  Teen Zone

Additional Links: 

Park Forest Community Gardens

Park Forest Library

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

Tall Grass Arts Association - Art Classes for the Whole Family!

Teen Zone