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Breakfast with Santa

Get into the Holiday Spirit at the Hartman Center! Enjoy breakfast, crafts, games and a visit with Santa. Pictures with Santa will be available for a small fee.

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The Great Egg Hunt

Grab your Easter baskets and head out to Nowell Park Baseball Field or Heggie Soccer Field for the Great Egg Hunt, a FREE event! The parks will be divided by the following age groups: 4 years and under; 5-7 years old; 8-10 years; 11-12 years old.

Saturday, March 24 | Nowell Park Baseball Field, 10am Heggie Soccer Field, 1pm

Easter candy counting contest

Stop by the Multi-Purpose Center any time between March 5-29, and take a free guess as to how many candies are packed into the jar. The person coming closest will win a gift certificate good for an early childhood class as well as the jar of candy! Winner will be notified in April. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by drawing their name out of a hat.

Embrace the young child event

There will be many activities for children, including a Children's Art Show, Open House for Sunshine & Rainbows Learning Center and Scholastic Book Fair. Would you like to be an exhibitor to host a children's activity? For more information, email Karen Cooper: kcooper@jolietpark.org.

Sunday, April 29, 2-4pm

earth day celebration

Celebrate the environment! Join us for wildflower hikes, pulling invasive plants, playing games, making crafts out of recycled materials, and visiting earth-wise vendors with great information. The stewardship portion is a good opportunity for community service hours for high school, scout groups, and church groups. Learn why it is important to preserve habitats and good to recycle. Let's learn how to help Mother Earth! This program takes place at Pilcher Park Nature Center.

Saturday, April 21, 12-3pm. Program #18-2-8006, all ages!


Especially for preschoolers! Is your preschooler fascinated with trucks and large equipment? Then Touch a Truck is the perfect event for you and your child! Your children can climb, sit, and play on a variety of trucks. There will be indoor and outdoor activities especially geared for preschoolers.

Wednesday, May 23 | 10am - 1pm | Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center Parking Lot


Plane rides, children's activities, airplanes on display. Car show hosted by Coachmen Car Club. Admission is free. There will be a pancake breakfast for an additional fee.

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Young eagles flight day

Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated nearly 25 years to giving youth ages 8 - 17 their first free ride in an airplane. This is the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. Before each flight, a short ground school will be held to explain the various parts of an airplane and how they work. Following their flight, each Young Eagle will receive a certificate making him/her an official Eagle Flight Member. Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids.

These flights are offered free of change and are made possible through the generosity of EAA pilots and volunteers. Pre-registration is required and may be done by calling 815-741-7275 ext. 100. *Parental consent is required.

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There will be many activities planned for children including:

  • Sunshine & Rainbows Art Show
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Open House- tour the classrooms and speak with director and staff

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Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. This free event is sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department and will be held at the Nature Center. Visit willcountygreen.com and/or willcountylanduse.com or call 815-727-8834 for more information.

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Enjoy this free concert series held over the summer, featuring different cover bands each month. Concerts are held on the third Friday of the summer months at Preservation Park (710 Taylor Street) from 6:30pm-dusk.

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Grab a blanket and snacks and come to this family-friendly FREE event. Movies will be shown on on a giant inflatable screen. Concessions will be sold at each event and movies will start at dusk. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled. Movie titles are subject to change.

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Spend an afternoon at Nowell park playing games and enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. Lunch will be served starting at noon and give-aways will be going on throughout the day!

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See everything the Multi-Purpose Center has to offer. Tour the facility and learn about these programs:

Early Childhood, Preschool, Sports, Dance, Tumbling, Gymnastics, After-School Enrichment

Don't miss performances by Kippers, Force, Flip Squad, Synergy Dance, Midwest Karate! There will also prices & a free gift to the first 200 families!

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It's time to earn cash and free up some extra room just in time for the upcoming holiday season. This is the perfect opportunity for children 12 and under to sell toys, clothes, sporting goods, books, electronics - anything is fair game as long as it is designed for kids, and in good taste. While we realize that young children may need adult help with their sales, we expect the kids to do as much as they can. Preschoolers must have a parent with them. Each space will include one 8 ft. table. You may bring an extra one if needed. Don't think you have enough for a full table? Grab a friend and share one! Set-up time is from 11:30am-12:45pm. This event takes place at the Multi-Purpose Center Gym.

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