Special Events

Family Fall Campfire

Friday, September 18
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Commissioners Park
Fee: $5/child (adults free) 

Registration Deadline: September 14

Start the fall season out with your family and friends.  Enjoy a cool fall evening around a campfire in Commissioners Park.  Roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, play field games, enjoy a hayride, dance to music and listen to ghost stories.  Family fun for all! 

Registration Deadline: September 14

Trivia Night

Friday, September 25
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center

Registration Deadline: September 16

Do you think you know a lot about everything?  If you do, show off your knowledge of useful and useless information at the Frankfort Park District’s Trivia Night!  Get your friends together, pick a team name and be ready to answer as many questions as you can per round.  There will be 6 rounds of questions and teams can have up to 6 people.  The winning team will receive a cash prize of $ 150.00.  A light dinner will be served. 

Registration Deadline: September 16
Age:            21 years & older
Fee:           $100 per team of 6

Senior Fall Luncheon

Tuesday, October 6
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street  

Celebrate the coming of fall with your friends and an afternoon of delicious catered food and live entertainment.  After lunch, enjoy more entertainment, socializing and dessert.  Don’t miss out on this special day! 

Registration Deadline: September 30
Age:        55 & older
Fee:        $12/person 

Scarecrow Building Contest

Calling all scout groups, home owners associations, business members and families…Join the fourth annual Scarecrow Building Contest and decorate the Founders Community Center for Halloween.  The cross sticks will be provided by the Park District and will be available for pick-up starting August 17.  All entries are due by October 7.  Voting will run from October 12 - 26.  Voting will take place at the Founders Community Center office and on Facebook.com.  Remember to let your creative skills shine and construct some eye catching entries.

Scarecrow’s Due:   October 7
Voting:                       October 12 - 26

Halloween Haunting

Friday, October 16
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

Wristbands are $10* at the door

Include Unlimited access to:
giant inflatables, spooky games, haunted hay ride, story room, 1 kid craft; 1 small pumpkin from the patch for the first 150 kids and 1 face painting.
Entertainment by: Wallace Entertainment & Rainbow the Clown
* Wear a costume, and receive $1.00 off your wristband price!
For more information, call (815) 469-9400 or visit our website at www.frankfortparks.org

Halloween Coloring Contest

Enter the Frankfort Park District’s coloring contest for a chance to win prizes.  Starting October 1, pick up a coloring sheet to bring home and color.  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:               October 28 by 5:00 pm
Age Categories:   3 & under, 4 - 6 years, 7 - 9 years, 10 & older


Saturday, October 17
10:00 am
Bark Park at Commissioners Park

Trick or Treat!!!  Bring your dog all dressed up for this costume competition, dog friendly games, bone yard hunt and trick or treating event.  Dogs will have the opportunity to “Trick or Treat” around the Bark Park so remember to bring your bags to collect all their goodies.  Dogs will also have a change to enter the costume contest and be judged on - Best Overall, Funniest and Scariest.  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 this event, please remember to sign up for the Bark Park.

Rain Date:       Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am
Sponsored by:



22nd Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, November 14
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL 60423

FREE Admission

A diverse selection of crafters and vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Origami Owl, Thirty One, Avon, Holiday Decorations, Premier Design Jewelry, Floral, Clothing and much more!!!  This is a great time to get some great holiday gifts.  

For additional information or booth availability, please contact the Park District office at (815) 469-9400 or email Cali DeBella at cdebella@frankfortparks.org

Click here to download an application.

Crafty Kids Day

Saturday, November 14
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

Drop in for some “crafty” kind of fun.  Kids can make crafts, play games, watch movies and much more while parents get time to shop around the Holiday Craft & Vendor Show.    No registration is required. 

Age:    3 - 8 years
     $5 per child

Fall Wine Tasting

Friday, November 20
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

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 and beer 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 REGISTERATION will be taken at the door.  Space is limited, please register early. You must be 21 years or older to attend. 

Registration Deadline: November 16 or until filled. 
    21 & older
Fee:      $15

Sponsored by:


Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, November 25
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

Happy 87th Birthday Mickey Mouse!!!  Come celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday with your friends.  Children will enjoy crafts, party games, cheese pizza and birthday cake during the party.  Remember to wear your favorite Mickey Mouse attire to this party!!! 

Registration Deadline: November 20
     4 - 8 years
Fee:      $7/NR $10

Dinner with Santa

Friday, December 4
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

Celebrate the holidays by joining Santa and Frosty the Snowman for dinner.  Each child will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and receive a goody bag.  After your child has given Santa their “wish list”, enjoy some fun family entertainment.  Our dinner menu will include a slice of cheese pizza, cookie and a drink.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All participants must pre-register.  NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.  Space is limited, please register early. 

Registration Deadline: November 30 or until filled.
Fee:     $9/NR $12 per person 

Letters to Santa

Starting November 23, 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 9.  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.

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

Due Date:               December 9 by 5:00 pm

Holiday Coloring Contest

Enter the Frankfort Park District’s Holiday Coloring Contest for a chance to win prizes.  Starting November 23, 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 16 by 5:00 pm
Age Categories:   3 & under, 4 - 6 years, 7 - 9 years, 10 and older

The Polar Express Storytime Train

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 Hickory Creek Metra Station.  Enjoy holiday cookies and 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.

Registration Date: Saturday, November 7

Founders Community Center (140 Oak Street)

Doors Open at 9:00 am.

The office will be open until 12:00pm.

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

Location:         Hickory Creek Metra Station –
                             9430 Hickory Creek Drive, Mokena
Day/Date:       Sunday, December 13
# 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
Ages:                  All
Fee:                   $12 Frankfort Park District Residents Only

Polar Express Pajama Movie Night  New!

Monday, December 21
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street

Dress in your pajamas and slippers and enjoy an evening of holiday fun.  The elves are planning some reindeer games and holiday crafts along with the Polar Express movie.  There will also be a very special guest in attendance for photos!  A bedtime snack of cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served.

Registration Deadline: December 16  
Fee:       $5 per child

Countdown to 2016

Thursday, December 31
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Founders Community Center - 140 Oak Street  

Kids, get ready to countdown to 2016!!!  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dancing, party games, a giant inflatable, crafts and ice cream.  There will be a “Countdown to 2016” balloon drop at noon to celebrate the New Year! 

Registration Deadline: December 28
       4 - 8 years
Fee:       $7/NR $10

Fall 2015 Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2015 Fall Volunteer Opportunities.