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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.

Teen Cooking Class

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, April 7th: 3:00-5:00PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, May 12th: 3:00-5:00PM (Fox Center)


Team Puzzle Challenge

A room full of mysterious luggage, one hour to find the solution. Take the Team Puzzle Challenge and put your wit to the test. Sign up for a session with friends, or register solo and play with others. This activity is modled after an escape room, teammates work together to solve a series of complex puzzles within 60 minutes. Victory is not guaranteed, but all puzzles will be explained at the end of the session.

Friday, April 27th, 4:30-6:00 PM (Fox Center)

Friday, April 27th, 6:30-8:00 PM (Fox Center)

Friday, April 27th, 8:30-10:00 PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, April 28th, 2:30-4:00 PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, April 28th, 4:30-6:00 PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, April 28th, 6:30-8:00 PM (Fox Center)


Laser Tag Game Night

Duck, cover, and come out to our monthly night of laser tag. No heavy vests or wait times, our event staff will have variety of games and scenarios to put your tagging skills to the test. Games will be indoor and outdoor, weather permitting.

Friday, April 13th: 7:00-9:00PM (Fox Center)

Friday, May 11th: 7:00-9:00PM (Fox Center)


Teen Video Game Club

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, April 14th: 2:00-4:00PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, May 12th: 2:00-4:00PM (Fox Center)


D&D Adventures

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, April 21st: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)

Saturday, May 26th: 12:00-3:30PM (Fox Center)


Safe Sitter Essentials

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, April 21st: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)

Saturday, May 19th: 9:30AM-3:00PM (Carroll Center)

Teen Scene Camp Field Trip Schedule

Week 1
o Thursday June 7th: Lincoln Park Zoo
o Friday June 8th: Main Event (Laser Tag, Bowling, Games, Pizza)
Week 2
o Thursday June 14th: Whirly Ball (2 hour reserved court)
o Friday June 15th: Museum of Contemporary Art (Docent led gallery tour)
Week 3
o Thursday June 21nd: Sky Zone Trampoline Park
o Friday June 22nd: Museum of Science & Industry (Travelling Pixar Exhibit)
Week 4
o Thursday June 28th: Indiana Dunes State Park
o Friday June 29th: National Museum of Mexican Art & the Garfield Park Conservatory
Week 5
o Thursday July 5th: Chasers Laser Tag
o Friday July 6th: Cardboard Regatta and Broomball @ Franklin Park (Pizza included)
Week 6
o Thursday July 12th: Raging Waves Water Park
o Friday July 13th: Chicago Fed Money Museum and Chicago Architectural Society
Week 7
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)
Week 8
o Thursday July 26th: Indiana Dunes State Park
o Friday July 27th: GameWorks Arcade
Week 9
o Thursday August 2nd: Vertical Endeavors Rock Climbing
o Friday August 3rd: Adler Planetarium (2 sky shows included)
Week 10
o Thursday August 9th: Mastermind Escape Rooms in Schaumburg
o Friday August 10th: Deep River Waterpark

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