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, spend your Saturday nights at the Ice Rink, go on a Flashlight Egg Hunt adventure, 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.
There is something a little magical about a Friday Night when school is back in session, isn't there? Teens, join us for our brand new Back to School: Friday Night Lights event! We will spend the first part of the event playing games like Bubble Soccer, Capture the Flag, and Bigger or Better before settling down with a campfire and s'more! Get your friends to sign up with you and get this school year started off on the right foot!
Friday, September 16th: 7:00-10:00PM (Taylor Park)
Spend the first Saturday of each month skating with your friends at the new Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex! Enjoy great music, games, giveaways, and more! Teens may pre-register or pay at the door. The price is $10 (or $5 with a rink pass) and skate rentals are an additional $3.
Saturday, October 8th: 6:15-7:15 PM (RCRC)
Saturday, November 5th: 6:15-7:15 PM (RCRC)
Saturday, December 3rd: 6:15-7:15 PM (RCRC)
Join us after you're done skating in the RCRC Large Activity Room for a movie and snacks. This will be a separate registration (and fee of $8) so that we know how many teens to prepare the room for.
Saturday, October 8th: 7:15-9:30 PM - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)
Saturday, November 5th: 7:15-9:30 PM - Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13)
Saturday, December 3rd: 7:15-9:30 PM - Allegiant (PG-13)
Are you a teen looking to get in the Halloween spirit? Are you ready to prove to your friends that you're the bravest of the bunch? Join us as we travel to the Scream Scene Haunted House in Skokie to experience the chills and terrors of the chainsaw maniacs, insane clown maze, and more! Advanced registration is required and space is limited so sign up today! If there is a waitlist for this trip and it grows large enough, we can add additional spots!
Friday, October 14th: 7:00-10:00 PM (Longfellow Center)
Get dressed in your coolese Halloween costume and head over to Longfellow Center to get your Halloween weekend started off the right way! Join us for different Halloween-themed games, activities, and contests. Prizes will be awareded to the winners of the costume contest, so make sure to wear your most creative costume!
Friday, October 28th: 7:00-10:00 PM (Longfellow Center)
We are taking a Friday Night trip to Odyssey Fun World in Naperville, IL for some laser tag, rides, paintball and more! The Park District will purchase an "Extreme Adventure" wristband for each participant which includes: Laser Tag, 3 Indoor Rides, Paintball Mask and Gun Rental and Unlimited Field Time (paintballs sold separately). Teens should bring money if they would like to purchase additional entertainment or food and drink. Spots on the bus are limited, so sign up today!
Friday, November 18th: 6:30-10:00 PM (Longfellow Center)
Grab your flashlight and come out to our 1st Annual Teen Merry & Bright Flashlight Night! We will begin the evening with an outdoor flashlight hunt for different prizes and some (weather permitting) sledding and snow tubing before going inside for popcorn, hot chocolate, indoor activities, and a movie.
Friday, December 16th: 7:00-10:00 PM (Barrie 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!
Using hands-on activities, this class will cover topics such as babysitting as a buisness, how to successfully work with parents, child care essentials, injury prevention and management, and how to handle behavior issues. Participants will walk away with a certificate of completion from Safe Sitter and tools to use on the job. Pizza will be provided for lunch; particpants are welcome to bring additional snacks.
Safe Sitter Classes:
Saturday, September 17th: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, October 15th: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, November 19th: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Carroll Center)
Saturday, December 17th: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Carroll Center)