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.
Teens - this is your chance to have in the Park District's teen programming! Join this FREE teen council to make a difference in your community and help plan and implement the Park District of Oak Park's teen classes, trips, and special events! The Teen Activity Council (TAC) will meet the first Thursday of each month at the Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex Conference Room. Snacks will be provided and participation in the TAC can count toward required teen service hours. The council is free so register today!
Thursday, October 5th, November 9th, December 7th: 3:30-5:00PM (RCRC)
Get ready for a full day of paintball fun. We'll be heading out to CPX outdoor paintball in Joliet. Registration includes equipment rentals and paintballs. Participants should pack a lunch or bring some money for concessions.
Saturday, September 23rd: 9:30AM-1:00PM (Fox Center)
It's a beautiful night for some Capture the Flag! Capture the Flag is a great way to be active while having a good time! Bring your friends and head to Austin Gardens for some Friday Night fun.
Saturday, September 30th: 7:30PM-10:00PM (Austin Gardens)
Come to Cheney Mansion for a DIY Spa afternoon! Representatives from Sugar Beet Schoolhouse will lead student from making natural lip balms to herbal teas. Kids will learn some fun ways to practice self-care. By using pantry staples and natural ingredients, we'll make nourishing DIY body care items customized with essential oils and create wellness teas to sop on for healthy hydration. Each student will create their own line of customized wellness tea, lip balm and whipped body butter
Sunday, October 1st: 12:00PM-1:30PM (Cheney Mansion)
Do you dare join us on Friday, the 13th?!? Join us for a scavenger hunt/puzzle challenge done only by Flashlight. Teams will be competing for prizes and candy.
Friday, October 13th: 7:00PM-10:00PM (Fox Center)
It's time for our yearly trip to the Scream Scene Haunted House in Skokie, IL. Get in the Halloween spirit by experiencing the chills and terrors of the chainsaw maniacs, insane clown maze, and more! This year we will also be adding pumpkin carving to the mix. Advanced registration is required, so sign up today!
Friday, October 20th: 6:30PM-10:00PM (Fox Center)
Do not miss this middle school/teen only ice rink event! The rink will be open exclusively to event participants. In addition to skating there will be music, games, and more! The person in the most creative Halloween costume will win an awesome prize! Come out and help us #HauntTheRink!
Friday, October 27th: 8:30PM-10:00PM (RCRC)
It's time for our own private VIP Friday Night Laser Tag party! We are heading to Chasers Laser Tag in Naperville, IL for 2 hours of laser tag, video games, and pizza. All participants will get to play four or more games of laser tag as well as have access to the climbing area, free arcade games, and X-Box versus room for the entire two hour party. Get your weekend started off the right way with this laser tag party!
Friday, November 10th: 6:30PM-9:30PM (Fox Center)
Escape Factor is a live escape room experience located in Forest Park. Join our team as we enter a themed room and have sixty minutes to work together to accomplish each goal. Our team will have to use logic and elements within the room to find clues & keys, solve puzzles & riddles, and decipher various cryptic messages. Since the Escape Room is located nearby Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex our team will meet at Fox Center and head over to the Escape Room together. Spots are limited due to the room restriction so sign up while spots are still available!
Friday, December 15th: 7:30PM-9:15PM (Fox Center)
The Clubhouse Counselor in Training (CIT) program is for teens who are ready to take on a leadership role and learn to care for children in an afterschool setting. With staff guidance and encouragement, CIT's will work with youth, lead games and crafts, and assist the students with homework. Besides helping children in your community have an awesome time after school, being a CIT looks great on a resume and may even help you land that paid summer camp or clubhouse counselor position you've been dreaming of. For more information about the program and to register for the Leadership Training, please click HERE! To register for the clubhouse sessions, please click HERE!
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, September 23rd: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, October 21st: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, November 18th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, December 16th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)
Are video games a passion of yours? If so, the PDOP Youth Game Club is what you're looking for! Each "meeting" will offer each participant the chance to play numerous games new and old with each other in a friendly enviornment. What a great way to hang out with your friends over the weekend and discuss video games! Don't worry parents, all of the games and content will be age appropriate. This program will be run by video game enthusiasts and all the games and equipment will be provided.
Saturday, September 16th: 12:00PM-3:00PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, October 14th: 12:00PM-3:00PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, November 1st: 12:00PM-3:00PM (Fox Center)
Saturday, December 9th: 12:00PM-3:00PM (Fox Center)