Drop in and Planned Activities for seniors at the Crystal Lake Park District

Mon May 14, 2018

The Crystal Lake Park District offers drop-in programming, special events, trips and weekly programs and activities for active senior adults. Registration is accepted up to the date of the program as long as space is available.  Registration in advance is required, unless noted.  Registration is accepted at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office, located at One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, or online at www.crystallakeparks.org.

Senior Center at a Glance

Stop by and visit the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. The Crystal Lake Park District is pleased to offer the following at the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center: drop-in activities, guest speakers, social clubs/dinners, trips, programs such as, arts & crafts, games, Wii Bowling, movie days, cooking, fitness, dance, Bingo and much more! The senior center is open year-round.

Drop-In Activities. Pre-Registration is NOT required

Please note: Some games are contingent on the number of players who attend that day


Rummikub/Mah Jongg

Monday, 9:15-Noon, FREE


1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10 am-Noon, FREE


2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 10 AM-Noon, $5 per person

Coffee & sweets, pay at the door

Hand & Foot (card game similar to Canasta)

Wednesday, 10 am-Noon, FREE

Weeping Canasta/Triple Play

Thursday, 10 am-Noon, FREE

Mah Jongg (bring your own tiles and cards)

Friday, 9:15 am-Noon, FREE

Drop-In Bean Bag Baseball League (spring)

Friday (call for information)

Pool Table

Open Monday and Wednesday, 9 am-Noon. Call for additional availability on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Call Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219


Want to form your own group and play a game on one of these days?  Call Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219


Trips and entertainment are listed in the brochure and on the website. Events are subject to change. A complete calendar of events may be picked up at Grand Oaks Recreation Center or the Park District Administrative Office.  Registration - All programs and trips require preregistration and payment to attend. Please register at the Park District’s Administrative Office, One East Crystal Lake Avenue.


Senior Fitness Classes


Super Seniors (Ages 55 & older)

Designed for those seniors with less stamina and mobility or those just getting started in their fitness program.  This class will use light hand weights, balance exercise, core strengthening on chairs and fun cardio games.  A great way to keep up with your mobility and cardio. 

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center (M/W), Main Beach (F)

Summer Session

Program Fee: $68, Resident Discount Fee: $63

331001-01      M,W,F, June 4-August 20, 8:30-9 am

*No class Jul. 4.


Seniors in Motion (Ages 55 & older) Punch Pass Option

Monday/Wednesday: Grand Oaks Recreation Center, Friday: Main Beach

Pick in choose when you want to exercise. 10 punch pass.

331000-01      M.W, F      May 7-August 24  9-10 am

10 punches, $50 Resident, $55 Non-Resident


June-August 2018 Trips

Crystal Lake Park District Trip Policy:

In order to keep trips affordable, the CLPD co-ops with the Wauconda, Barrington, Grayslake, and Lindenhurst Park District.  Departure location is dependent on numbers registered at each Park District.  Every effort is made to leave for the trip from Park Place.  Transportation may be in a park district van, mini-bus or motor coach.  Motor coach trips are noted in the brochure. Cancellation policy:  Refund will be given if the request falls before the cut-off date less the $5 service charge.  If the refund request falls after the cut-off date, no refunds will be given unless a replacement is able to be found.


Grandparent/Grandchild Day Out,

Ages 5 & Up                                             

Looking for some dun and different one on one time with your grandchild?   Join us a Sterne’s Woods for an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt on our Wagon Ride through Sterne’s Woods.  Upon our return, you and your grandchild will make their very own animal track from the fun and “ole time” way of the wood burning process.  Following all the fun will be a boxed lunch at the shelter at Sterne’s Woods.  This is a great way to bond with your grandchild while the two of you have fun doing an interesting and educational activity together.   Registration deadline is June 7th.  Please make your selection of ham salad, chicken salad, ham or turkey sandwich at time of registration.

Location: Sterne’s Woods and Fen              John Fiorina

Program Fee: $15 (same fee res/non-res)

330131-01      F               Jun 15                  9:30-11:30 am


Chicago Pedway & Pizza Trip,

Take a walk to see architecture of the Illinois Center Pedway.  Learn how an abandoned railway freight yard was transformed into an important urban development.  You’ll see some pretty and some gritty portions of the Pedway as we travel the one and a quarter mile underground passageway through what was designed as “the futuristic city within a city.”  We will then re-energize with a late lunch at the famous Lou Malnati’s Pizza.  Dine on garden salad, deep dish pizza and penne pasta with meat or marinara sauce.  Transportation via motor coach from Barrington Park District.  The CLPD bus will shuttle participants from Crystal Lake to Barrington.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 1 (spaces permitting).

Transportation from Park Place                         

Program Fee: $84, Resident Discount Fee: $79

331554-01      M              Jun 18                  7:45 am-5:45 pm







Lake Geneva Tour & Lunch,

Enjoy the scenic wonders of this enchanting historical glacier and is a spring fed lake; it’s a magnificent, restful experience you will forever cherish.  A fully narrated leisurely cruise past the estates, many built between 1870 and 1920, will serve to remind you of past elegance.  All guests will enjoy a sit down plated meal during the tour.  Restrooms are on the boat and it is climate controlled, so rain or shine, we will go!  (Menu will be available by May 1).  After our boat trip, 1 1/2 hours will be allowed for shopping in Lake Geneva.  Registration deadline is June 15th.

Transportation from Park Place                         

Program Fee: $73, Resident Discount Fee: $68

331551-01      F               Jun 29                  9:45 am-4:30 pm


Lake County Libation Trail, Lake County, IL

Join us for a fun tour through Lake County exploring from beer and wine to vodka and whiskey where all are locally grown, crafted and distilled adult beverages that are designed for the most discerning tastes.  Gin and vodka aficionados can learn the secrets of distilling!  Our tour begins at Valentino’s Vineyard for a tour and tasting.  Following the winery, we will visit Half Day Brewing for lunch and beer tasting followed by a trip to The Popcorn Factory to make your thirsty for our final stop at North Shore Distillery.  Leave the driving to us and enjoy an array of spirits along the way!  Registration deadline is July 1st (spaces permitting).

Location: Park Place                                  

Program Fee: $70, Resident Discount Fee: $65

331555-01      F               Jul 13                   9 am-4:30 pm


Antique Fashion Show & Lunch

Join us for this enjoyable, historical fashion show that is not only entertaining but educational as well!  Kay Meyers has long had a love affair with treasured fashions from the past.  She has been collecting vintage clothing for twelve years.  During her show, she will describe the actual people who wore the clothing including humorous and interesting details which highlight each garment’s individual history from 1870-1970.  Kay is in big demand all over the area for presentations and her reviews are outstanding.  Wear your favorite vintage hat to add a little sparkle to the day!  A boxed lunch will be provided by Honey Baked Ham including a drink, sandwich, cookie and chips.  Please select your choice of ham salad, chicken salad, turkey or ham sandwich.  A cash wine bar will be available as well.  Raffle prizes included during the day!  Registration deadline is June 25th.

Location: Park Place                                       Jennifer Peterson

Program Fee: $35, Resident Discount Fee: $30

330130-01        Th              Jul 19                    Noon-2 pm


May-August Variety Classes/Event


Afternoon Tea at Confetti Gourmet

Confetti Gourmet Academy brings you an afternoon Tea with seasonal flavors. Join us to experience our summer-themed menu and tea parings in this sit-down affair. Our chefs will prepare for you a tower of delectable treats and a selection of teas that are designed to complement the flavors of each course.You are encouraged to bring your vintage hat to wear, or you may choose one of ours to complete the experience. Menu: Scone course with tea paring, Savories course & tea paring, Sweets course & tea paring.

Location: Confetti Gourmet Academy          Pili Rios

Program Fee: $64

Resident Discount Fee: $59

330611-01      Sa             Jun 16                  2-3:30 pm








Awesome Gluten Free Cooking

Chef Dave is back with his fun and informative and entertaining class!  Dave has many accolades, including voted Best Caterer in the Daily Herald, attending the Dumas Pere L’Ecole de Cuisine Clunary School, studied in France with 2-star chef Michael Chabran, worked at Charlie Trotters, Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago and Le titi de paris and the American Club in Wisconsin before starting his own business.  You will be amazed at what you can learn from him of gluten free cooking and getting the chance to eat his cooking demo while sharing his knowledge of tips and tricks to this style of cooking.  Registration deadline is June 10.

Location: Woodscreek Park                        David Esau

Program Fee: $35 (same fee res/non-res)

330135-01      W              Jun 20                  6:30-8 pm


Creative Crochet

This class is designed for beginner to advanced crocheters. The classes are kept small to give individual attention to all students. Even advanced crocheters need help sometimes. All you need to bring is the willingness to learn a new craft and a size G crochet hook, and we will supply the yarn. If your just having trouble with a pattern, bring it to class and we’ll get you going again.

Location: Administrative Building                 Nancy Jagielski

Program Fee: $57, Resident Discount Fee: $52

330312-01      W              May 30 - Jul 11     6:45-8:30 pm

*no class Jul. 4.


Watercolor Painting

Marge will guide you through creating lovely paintings using watercolors.  Experience or no experience-paint and have a good time socializing with the class!  Picture painted will be determined at the first class. 

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center      Marge Stewart

Program Fee: $53 (same fee res/non-res)

330105-03      Th              Jun 21 - Jul 26      9:30 am-Noon

330105-04      F               Jun 22 - Jul 27      9:30 am-Noon

330105-05      Th              Aug 2 - Sep 6       9:30 am-Noon

330105-06      F               Aug 3 - Sep 7       9:30 am-Noon


EZ Sitting Country Line Dance

If you’ve always wanted to try line dancing, now is your chance!  Don’t let anything stop you.  Learn easy dances to great music while you learn the steps either sitting or holding on to the chair.  Benefits include increased mental function, elevate your mood, eliminate stress and boost self-esteem all while having fun.  Don’t stop dancing because you are aging, you age because you stop dancing! Registration deadline is 3 days prior to start of class.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center      Cathy Campbell

Program Fee: $10 (same fee res/non-res)

330740-02      Th              Jul 12                   1:30-2:30 pm

330740-03      Th              Aug 9                   1:30-2:30 pm


Active Adult Country Line Dance

Boot, Scoot and Boogie on down and learn trendy line dances in a laid-back environment designed specifically for those that want to keep moving to popular line dances and great music no matter what your age.  You will be sure to get some great exercise!  Registration deadline is 3 days prior to the start of class.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center      Cathy Campbell

Program Fee: $95, Resident Discount Fee: $90

330702-01      Th              Jun 14 - Aug 9      1:30-2:30 p


Unfinished Craft Object Drop In

Saturdays, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15

9 am-4 pm

Grand Oaks Recreation Center, 1401 W. Route 176,Crystal Lake

$5 pay at the door.

Come for a few hours or stay the entire day. You will need to bring your project and supplies. Sewing machines welcome.


Summer Outdoor Walking Club

Call Jennifer Peterson 815-459-0680, ext. 1219 to receive location and schedule. Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 5-6pm