Family Programs & Special Events

Special Events

Every Day Outside NEW!


All Ages, Individual, Now-September 10, 2021, $10/15 per child, 120871-01

The average child spends 1200 hours per year on passive screen time. Let’s work together to match that with 100 days outside this summer. Participants will receive a welcome kit, exclusive access to outdoor Glencoe Park District events, plus bi-monthly ideas sent to you via email, as well as a prize at the end of your challenge. At the end of the season, turn in your log with 100 days outside to win a prize. The concept at the core of this movement is simple - the amount of time kids spend outside ‘actually matters’, though you may not hear this very often. A childhood flooded with nature time benefits kids (and adults) in untold ways. However, the spirit behind it is one of encouragement - not competition. Every Day Outside is about striving for engaged time outside, and that looks different from one family to the next. That’s the beauty of nature play; it works for any age and any stage, in any outdoor environment. No matter what, we promise you’ll never regret committing to making memories outside. Plus, attend Glencoe Park District classes and events to receive an extra prize when finishing the challenge!

Take Your Parent to the Park FREE!


May 3-9, Various times and locations

Meet us at the playground each day as we kick off Every Day Outside! Each day you will have the opportunity to play with friends, experience a different playground, and the opportunity to earn your first Every Day Outside stamps! No need to pre-register, just show up ready to play!

  • Monday, May 3: Friends Park, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 4: Woodlawn Park, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 5: Lakefront Park, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 6: Old Elm Park, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Friday, May 7: West Park, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 8: Duke Park, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Sunday, May 9: Shelton Park, 2-4 PM

Doggie Dip FREE!


All Ages, Sunday, 5/9, 10 AM-12 PM, Glencoe Beach, FREE

Bring your pup to the Glencoe Beach for a whole lotta doggone fun! Owners can watch their pup swim in Lake Michigan while enjoying the company of other dogs in this fun-filled free event!

*Aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, or dogs under 4 months of age will not be allowed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs must wear flat buckle/snap collars for controlling them with proper identification attached. No prong, choke, or training collars permitted. All dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations to participate. Dog owners must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Tots-n-Tunes FREE!


Tuesdays, June 15-August 10, 10-11 AM, Various Locations

Your tot will be dancing and singing along as talented children’s performers take the stage! In case of inclement weather, concerts will take place inside the Takiff Center. 

  • June 15: Laura Doherty on Takiff Center Front Lawn
  • June 29: Wendy & DB at Lakefront Park
  • July 13: Todd Downing on Takiff Center Front Lawn
  • July 27: Istvan & His Imaginary Band at Duke Park
  • August 10: Super Stolie at Shelton Park

Grillin N Chillin NEW!


Adult/child, Saturday, June 19, 11 AM-1 PM, Lakefront Park, $20/25, 120848-01
Additional Child, $5/10, 120848-02

What's better than an afternoon at Lakefront Park? Celebrate Father's Day with BBQ favorites and yard games! Price per adult/child pair, each additional child must be signed up separately. 

Rain Date: Saturday, June 26

Concerts in the Park FREE!


All Ages, Thursdays, July 8, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, 6-7 PM, Kalk Park

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy an evening of live music! The Ivy League String Quartet will perform this free concert. 

Beach Campout Favorite!


Friday, July 23-Saturday, July 24, 6 PM -8 AM, Glencoe Beach
Family of 2, $101/115, 120807-01
Family of 3, $138/156, 120807-02
Family of 4, $173/196, 120807-03
Family of 5, $208/236, 120807-04
Family of 6, $243/276, 120807-05
Family of 7, $278/315, 120807-06

Spend an evening camping out with your family at Glencoe Beach! Pack your own food for an early evening cookout. Grill and charcoal will be provided. After the sun sets, enjoy a movie on our big screen and roast marshmallows over a campfire. A light breakfast will be served at sunrise. All children must be accompanied by a guardian and children under the age of two are free. Participants must register by July 20 and every family participating must pay (even if they are not spending the night). Refunds will not be issued after July 14. In case of inclement weather, the make-up date will be August 13-14. Refunds will not be issued to participants unable to attend contingency dates in the event of inclement weather.

Cardboard Regatta Favorite!


Ages 6-18, Friday, 8/6, 12:30-2 PM, Glencoe Beach , $10 /15 , 120824

Turn paper into a seaworthy vessel! Build a cardboard boat and bring it to the Glencoe Beach to race against other boats. We will present awards for speed and team spirit. Two (2) team members must navigate the vessel. See website for detailed equipment lists and rules. Must register by August 5. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.