Special Events 


Letters to Santa

Due Date: December 10 by 5:00 pm

Starting November 24, Santa’s mailbox will be displayed at the Founders Community Center. Santa will personally write to each and every child who writes him a letter, provided that all letters are received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 10. Santa can only send letters to children who include the following: child’s full name, address, city, zip code and of course, their wish list! Parents, please complete checklist when sending the letter. Checklists will be available at the main office or on the park district website.

Click here to download the Letters to Santa Checklist.

Please address letters to:
Santa Claus
25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole
c/o Frankfort Park District
140 Oak Street
Frankfort, IL 60423

Holiday Coloring Contest

Due Date: December 17 by 5:00 pm
Enter the Frankfort Park District’s Holiday Coloring Contest for a chance to win prizes. 
Starting November 24, you can pick up or download a coloring sheet at the Founders Community Center or at www.frankfortparks.org. 
Return your finished masterpiece to the Park District with your name and phone number on the back and you will be entered into our contest. 
All entries will be displayed at the Founders Community Center for everyone to enjoy. 
Due Date:                  December 17 by 5:00 pm
Age Categories:    3 & under, 4 - 6 years, 7 - 9 years, 10 & older


Click here to download the Holiday Coloring Sheet for  3 & under.







The Polar Express Storytime Train - SOLD OUT


Registration Date: Saturday, November 1 / 9 am (doors open)

Founders Community Center (140 Oak Street)

Two forms of residency are required.  A driver’s license and tax bill or utility bill may be used.

ALL ABOARD…The Frankfort Park District would like to invite children and their parents to take this special train ride to the North Pole.  On the way to the “North Pole,” Santa’s elves will be busy making balloon animals while you enjoy listening to the “Polar Express” story.  When we reach the “North Pole”, we will find Santa Claus and bring him back with us on the train to the Tinley Park Train Station.  Enjoy cookies, juice and holiday music on our way home.  A parent or guardian must accompany all children.  Due to the popularity of this event, a maximum of six tickets per household are available to purchase at time of registration.
      Tinley Park – 80th Avenue Metra Station, 18001 S. 80th Ave – Tinley Park
     Sunday, December 14
# 1 Time:
       Train departs at 9:30 am sharp
# 2 Time:
       Train departs at 11:30 am sharp
# 3 Time:
       Train departs at 1:30 pm sharp
                  $10/NR $13 per person

Reindeer Games  New!

Wednesday, December 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Founders Community Center

Dress in your pajamas and slippers and join the Frankfort Park District for an evening of holiday fun and games.  The elves are planning some reindeer games and will hold a candy cane hunt around the Founders Room.  After all the fun and games, join the elves for a reading of some holiday favorites and watching a holiday movie.  A bedtime snack of cookies and juice will be served. 
Registration Deadline: December 11
Age:                3 - 8 years old
Fee:                $9/NR $12

Countdown to 2015                                       

Wednesday, December 31
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Founders Community Center

Kids, get ready to put on your party hats; grab your noise makers and countdown to 2015!!!  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Frankfort Park District and dancing, party games, a giant inflatable, crafts and ice cream.  There will be a “countdown to 2015” balloon drop at noon to celebrate the New Year! 
Registration Deadline: December 23  
Age:                3 - 8 years old
Fee:                $7/NR $10

Winter on the Green Frozen Carnival!

Sunday, January 18
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Breidert Green

Do you want to build a snowman? If you do, join the Frankfort Park District for a “Frozen” afternoon with family, friends and Frosty the Snowman! There will be dancing, winter carnival games, hot chocolate, warm bonfire and snowman building of all kinds.  Just think…”The cold never bothered me anyway!”

Ages:         All

Daddy Daughter Dance - Snowflake Ball"

Friday, February 6
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Founders Community Center
Join us for a special evening with your little girl at our annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Light refreshments will be served along with entertainment courtesy of a live DJ.  To capture your evening together, a professional photographer will be available to take formal pictures at an additional charge.  Register early, this event fills up quickly.  Pre-registration is required, NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.

Registration Deadline: January 30 or until filled

Ages:         All
           $9 person/NR $12/person 

Senior Valentine Luncheon

Tuesday, February 10
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Founders Community Center
Love is….spending the afternoon with friends celebrating Valentine’s Day.  Join us for some live entertainment featuring, a catered lunch and yummy dessert.  Don’t miss this special performance and remember to wear something red. 

Registration Deadline: February 5

Fee:            $10

22nd Annual Family Fun Faire

Saturday, March 7
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lincoln-Way Central High School
Please join us for the annual T.E.A.M. Asset Family Faire featuring a wide variety of games and activities for all children to enjoy. Come out for a day of family fun! A FREE pancake breakfast will also be served from 9:00-10:00am! If you are a business that is interested in exhibiting or being a sponsor for this large (estimated attendance is over 800 people) family event, please contact the Frankfort Park District at (815) 469-9400.

Ages:         All

16th Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
Free Admission

A diverse selection of crafters and vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Emily’s Soy Candles, Avon,Thirty-One, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Jewelry, Floral, Clothing and much more!

For additional information or booth availability, please contact the Frankfort Park District office at 815-469-9400 or www.frankfortparks.org

Click here to download the Spring 2015 Craft & Vendor Show Application

Springtime Crafty Kids Day

Saturday, March 14
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Founders Community Center

Drop in for some “crafty” kind of fun.  Kids will have fun making crafts, playing board games, coloring, watching movies and much more while parents get time to shop around the Spring Craft & Vendor Show.  Registration will be taken that day. 
Age:          3 - 8 years
Fee:          $5 per child

Lunch with Bunny

Saturday, March 28
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Founders Community Center
Join Peter Cotton Tail for lunch, friend-friendly entertainment and fun!  Each child will receive a goody bag.  All participants must be registered, including parents.  Remember that after this luncheon; join us at Commissioners Park for the annual Egg Hunt!  This is going to be a hopping good time! 
NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.

Registration Deadline: March 23
Ages:         All
Fee:           $9/NR $12/person

Egg Hunt with Peter

Saturday, March 28
1:00 pm

Commissioners Park (Fort Frankfort)

Grab your baskets and come to the Annual Egg Hunt.  The Frankfort Area Jaycees and the Frankfort Park District are again teaming together to bring the children a special holiday event.  Peter Cotton Tail will join them in the hunt for the eggs.  There will be specially marked eggs for prizes.  Every child will receive a bag of candy.
Ages:        1 - 8 years
Fee:          FREE

Rain location: Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

Super Dog Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28
2:30 pm
Bark Park at Commissioners Park

Egg hunting has gone to the dogs!  Dash around the Bark Park at Commissioners Park with your dog collecting treat-filled eggs and help your dog sniff out the golden egg to win a prize.  Line up early because this hunt will be over in a flash.  After the hunt, visit with our dog friendly vendors and get your photo with Peter Cotton Tail.  Families and all friendly dogs are welcome at this free, on-leash event.  An adult should accompany dog-owners under the age of 12.  While you are enjoying the hunt, please remember to sign up for the 2015 Bark Park season.
Fee:              FREE
Rain Date:   Monday, March 30 @ 6:00 pm

10th Annual Family Fun Fly

Tuesday, April 7
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Frankfort at Commissioners Park

Grab your kites and join us as we celebrate “Flying for Kids Month”, a statewide kite fly to promote park districts, recreation agencies and the Park District Youth License Plate.  Bring your own kite or borrow one from the Park District to fly.  This event is FREE and open to the public!

Ages:          All
Fee:            FREE

Spring Wine Tasting

Friday, April 17
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center
Wine Styles of Frankfort & Shorewood

Join us for an evening of good times, good friends and great wines.  Let the experts at Wine Styles of Frankfort & Shorewood teach you about the many varieties of wine you will taste.  There will be 50 different wines to sample and available to purchase that evening.  This fee includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass.  Pre-registration is required.  NO REGISTRATION will be taken at the door.  Space is limited, please register early. 
Registration Deadline: April 10 or until filled.

Age:         21 & older
Fee:         $14

Celebrating Earth Day

Saturday, April 18
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Main Park
Come out to Main Park for an afternoon of Earth Day fun!  There will be green education workshops, learning activities for children, crafts, give-a-ways, popcorn, hot dogs and more.  Each family will receive a tree saplings to plant and help make a difference this Earth Day.  This event will be co-sponsored by the Home Depot of Frankfort.

Age:                Families

Mother/Son Bowling Night

Friday, May 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thunderbowl, 18700 Old LaGrange Road, Mokena

Hey moms, looking for a fun evening out with your little guy?  Join us at Thunderbowl in Mokena for two games of bowling and dinner. This is a great opportunity to have some fun spending time together with a little competition mixed in. Pizza, pop, two games of bowling, shoes, and bowling balls are included in the fee.  NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.
Registration Deadline: April 16

Ages:               All
$19/NR $22/person

6th Annual Kids Garage Sale 

Saturday, May 16
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Founders Community Center

Time to do some spring cleaning and what a perfect place to start is with the kids stuff.  They probably have heaps and piles of toys they’ve forgotten about, lost interest in or just don’t use anymore because they outgrew them.  If this sounds familiar then maybe you should sign your kids up for our 6th annual Kids Garage Sale to help you and your kids clean out their closets and toy rooms!  This is a KID’S ONLY garage sale!  Parents please don’t be tempted to set your own stuff out.  Children are not to be left unattended; an adult should be with them at all times. 

Registration Deadline:  May 7

Ages:               5 - 14 (sellers)
                 $9 per space (includes table & advertising)

Mother/Daughter Spa Day

Saturday, May 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Founders Community Center

Calling all moms, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to spend come quality time with your little girl!  Indulge yourselves for a morning of pampering and relaxation.  Maybe you would like to “update” your look with new make-up or nail polish color and hairstyle.  Refreshments will be served.  Just sit back and relax, while the professionals from Paul Mitchell College do the rest.  Pre-registration is required.  NO registration will be taken at the door. 
Registration Deadline: May 8 or until filled
Ages:               All
$12/NR $15/person

Frankfort Community Garage Sale

Saturday, June 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Frankfort Park District Community
$10 per home

The Frankfort Park District is sponsoring a community wide garage sale on Saturday, June 6.  Each registered participant’s address will be included on a list of all participating homes.  This list will be available at the park office, website and Facebook the week of the sale.  The park district will advertise the sale in local newspapers, on-line sites and A-frame signs throughout the community.  Each participating home will receive a packet including a garage sale sign, balloons, home list, map of Frankfort and garage sale selling tips.  These packets will be available for pick-up at the Founders Community Center starting May 28. 

Registration Deadline: May 27
Location:        Frankfort Park District Community
Fee:                 $10 per home



Fall Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2014 Fall volunteer opportunities.