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Seidel: Geneva Park District offers holiday-related items

Is it just me, or is it suddenly Christmas?

With light dustings of snow on the ground and retailers stocking shelves with holiday deals, it’s only 35 days until the big night itself. Does that stress anyone else out?

We’ve got to decorate the tree, draw names for Secret Santa, set up twinkle lights, find out Aunt Matilda’s new address, pick up the roast beef, bake eight different types of cookies and be merry with family and friends? It’s hard to find time to pick up the perfect gift for teachers/cousins/mothers/hair-stylists/mailmen/children/spouses and everyone in between. It’s no wonder everyone starts a little early. 

If the holiday to-do list has your blood pressure already rising, it’s best to plan ahead. The Geneva Park District offers a variety of programs and gifts to ease your holiday stress levels and keep your Christmas merry and bright.

Time to shop for the little ones

For parents looking for some time to wrap up all their holiday tasks or simply take some time for themselves, the Geneva Park District offers a variety of holiday classes on Christmas cookies, holiday time-outs and ornament-making for youth and toddlers.

Sunset Nursery offers Drop ‘n Play babysitting for children ages 6 months to 6 years old, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. The Kidz Korral at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center also offers babysitting services for children ages 3 months to 11 years old, Monday through Saturday. Cost per hour starts at $3 a child.

For more information, rates and specific hours, call 630-232-4542.

Ways to make guests feel at home

Holiday fitness guest passes are available for family and friends looking to work off all the Christmas cookies and eggnog while staying at your home. Guests ages 16 and older can use the pass for five workouts before Jan. 31. Passes to the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center are $30. Passes to Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center are $25.

Getting college kids out of the house

College students home for winter break can take advantage of student holiday fitness passes to the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center or Sunset. With proof of student status, recipients can enjoy unlimited access to their desired facility for one or two months. 

The perfect gift for someone who has everything

Maybe Dad realized he can’t use another tie. Or you simply can’t bear adding another appliance to Mom’s kitchen cabinets.

It’s time to think out of the gift box with a Geneva Park District gift certificate, available at the Sunset Community Center and the  Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center. Good for fitness classes, personal training and hundreds classes and trips, these certificates give loved ones of all ages the opportunity to get active, connect with their community and try something new. From painting classes to Zumba, there’s something in our seasonal brochure for everyone on your list. 

For information about these offerings and more, call 630-232-4542 or visit

• Natalie Seidel is the marketing coordinator for the Geneva Park District and can be reached at 630-232-4542. Email her at

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