The Park District offers a variety of teen programs, events, and trips throughout the year. Get experience as a Counselor in Training that will help you land your first job, become a certified Safe Sitter, or have a blast this summer at our Teen Scene Summer Camp. We have something for everyone! View our current Teen program offerings or suggest a new program idea for next season.
The world of virtual reality gaming is here! We'll be taking a trip to Mass VR in Schiller Park for a night of virtual reality gaming. We'll have 3 rounds of 4 v 4 VR combat.
Friday, July 13th: 7:00-9:30PM (Fox Center)
Savory, Sweet, and everything in between! Learn basic cooking skills and techniques that every great chef needs to know! Prepare a sophisticated dinner and dessert in the first two hours and eat it for the last half hour! Recipes will go home with every teen chef so you can keep practicing! If your child has allergies or dietary restrictions, we ask that you contact the program supervisor prior to the workshop so instructors can try to make reasonable accommodations.
Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00-2:30PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, July 7th: 12:00-2:30PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, August 4th: 12:00-2:30PM (Fox Center)
Meet the other gamers in Oak Park. Explore the history and future of video games with our huge collection of consoles and video games.
Saturday, June 9th: 2:15-4:15PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, July 14th: 2:15-4:15PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, August 11th: 2:15-4:15PM (Fox Center
Explore dungeons, battle monsters, find treasure! D&D Adventures will teach the ins and outs of tabletop role playing. Create characters, learn the rules and embark on an adventure that will fill the day with adventure and imagination.
Saturday, May 26th: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, June 16th: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, July 21st: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, August 18th: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)
Featuring Updated Curriculum from Safe Sitter Inc.! Safe Sitter prepares students to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who is choking, and helpful information like what do to if there is severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. A pizza lunch is included! Safe Sitter Coure Content Includes:
Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
Safe Sitter Classes:
Saturday, May 19th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, June 16th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, July 21st: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, August 18th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Want to do a field trip without commiting to a whole week of camp? Join our teen camp for one of our great field trips this summer
Main Event: Friday, June 8th: 8:00AM-3:00PM (Field Center)
Indiana Dunes: Thursday, June 28th: 8:00AM-3:00PM (Field Center)
Teen Camp Olympics: Thursday, July 18th: 8:00AM-3:00PM (Field Center)
Vertical Endeavors: Thursday, August 2nd: 8:00AM-3:00PM (Field Center)
Teen Scene Camp Field Trip Schedule
o Thursday June 7th: Lincoln Park Zoo
o Friday June 8th: Main Event (Laser Tag, Bowling, Games, Pizza)
o Thursday June 14th: Whirly Ball (2 hour reserved court)
o Friday June 15th: Museum of Contemporary Art (Docent led gallery tour)
o Thursday June 21nd: Sky Zone Trampoline Park
o Friday June 22nd: Museum of Science & Industry (Travelling Pixar Exhibit)
o Thursday June 28th: Indiana Dunes State Park
o Friday June 29th: National Museum of Mexican Art & the Garfield Park Conservatory
o Thursday July 5th: Chasers Laser Tag
o Friday July 6th: Cardboard Regatta and Broomball @ Franklin Park (Pizza included)
o Thursday July 12th: Raging Waves Water Park
o Friday July 13th: Chicago Fed Money Museum and Chicago Architectural Society
o Wednesday July 18th: Teen Camp Olympics (Annual competition with other camps)
o Thursday July 19th: Tall Ships tour on Lake Michigan (Joint field trip with SPARK 4-6)
o Thursday July 26th: Indiana Dunes State Park
o Friday July 27th: GameWorks Arcade
o Thursday August 2nd: Vertical Endeavors Rock Climbing
o Friday August 3rd: Adler Planetarium (2 sky shows included)
o Thursday August 9th: Mastermind Escape Rooms in Schaumburg
o Friday August 10th: Deep River Waterpark
Programs Coming This Fall
We have several new programs launching in September-December to add to our middle school and teen lineup:
Teen Open Center- The first Saturday of every month we'll be opening up Fox Center as an open space for middle schoolers and teens. Come and hang out, meet up with friends, or check out a game or some equipment. Entrance will be free, but a school ID is required.
Interactive Puzzle Design Workshop- We're making our own mini escape room! During this five session workshop we'll design, construct, and test an interactive puzzle. We'll also start out the workshop by playing an escape room.
Quidditch Day- Learn how to play the surprisigly popular sport based on the Harry Potter series.
Downhill Pumpkin Bowling- We're taking over Barrie Hill before the snow comes. We'll be holding a competition of accuracy and gourd based humor. Hit the targets, win prizes, wreck some pumpkins.
Trivia Night- Get a team of 4 together, or come solo and meet some people at the event. Teams will be competing to show their trivia and pop culture skills and win some prizes.
School Holiday Trips- on Columbus Day and Election Day we'll be offering trips to Main Event and Vertical Endeavors respectively.