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Virtual & onsite recreation continues love of nature, fitness and growth

Even though the pandemic has put a damper on many organized recreational activities this summer, the St. Charles Park District is committed to keeping you and your children busy through eActivities and Summer Onsite programs.

Available through the park district website, virtual recreation will keep all members of the family exploring nature, moving and learning. From solving mysteries and art & cooking classes to sports instruction and magic lessons, everyone will want in on the fun.

Adventures abound in Camp Brain Chase, a virtual “escape room” with challenges that children solve while learning art, science, engineering, photography, coding and more. Each week is a different theme and for children entering grades 3-9.

Have an artist in family? Let the driveway be their canvas. During Driveway Picassos June 27-July 11, watch their imagination run wild with chalk, color and most of all, creativity. Take a photo when the masterpiece is complete and send it to Lynne Yuill at lyuill@stcparks.com. All photos entered will be posted on the St Charles Park District Facebook page. The photo with the most likes will win a prize.

Is your child missing his sports teams? Keep up those skills with weekly, virtual lessons. Soccer, basketball and baseball for multiple age groups are available for a fee, as well as free on-demand training lessons for five different sports, plus speed and agility.

Get the whole family involved in the Paddlewheel Patch Project. As a way to celebrate the 75 anniversary of the St. Charles paddlewheel riverboats, you and your family can contribute a decorated square to a community quilt. Pick up the 8”X8” fabric piece at Pottawatomie Community Center, decorate it as you wish and then drop it off by June 29 for inclusion in the assembled quilt that will be on display at PCC.

In addition to eActivities, the park district is now offering limited in-person programs at different facilities, while following guidelines from State and local agencies. Opportunities for all ages include tennis lessons from Norris Recreation Center held at outside courts; half-day nature camps at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center; full day camps, sports programs, dance lessons and fitness sessions in Pottawatomie Park; and so much more.


Primrose Farm is also hosting an escape-room style event, “The Bovine Bandit,” for the whole family on July 24. Unlock clues and solve challenges in this outdoor adventure to save the cows from the bandit before it’s too late.

Another convenient way to enjoy recreation at home on your own time is by registering for pre-packaged, recreation-in-a-box activities, including cooking kits from Primrose Farm to try your hand at making butter, oat milk and/or kombucha; American Doll and superhero crafts and activities; birthday supplies; and preschool busy bins.

On those days the children are getting restless and need a new activity, download a backyard scavenger hunt check list, outdoor Bingo board, tree identification word scramble and/or COVID-19 time capsule journal.

For more information and to register, visit stcparks.org and click on the eActivities and Summer Onsite buttons.

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