Drop in Programs and Day Trips for Active Adults at the Crystal Lake Park District

Wed September 5, 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

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


Seniors in Motion - Punch Pass

Ages 55 & Up

We've got a great workout designed specifically for active older adults. During this hour long class, you will be stretching, strengthening and completing a light cardio workout while using exercise equipment, participating in fun activities and implementing various exercise techniques. To attend class, you must purchase the punch pass at the Administration Office between the hours of 8:30-5 M-F or purchase at class with a check only. Please note: doors open at 8:30 am for participants to walk before class begins at 9 am. Class ends at 10 am.

*No class 10/8. HOLIDAY HOURS TBD.

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

Instructor: Barbara Finn

M, W, F, 8/1-12/7, 9-10 am

$50/$55, register for code 131000-02


Super Senior Fitness

Ages 55 & Up

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. This class meets for 30 minutes/3 times a week.

*No class 10/8, 11/23.

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


M, W, F, 9/10-10/29*, 9-10 am

$55/$60, register for code 131018-01


M, W, F, 11/12-12/21*, 9-10 am

$43/$48, register for code 131018-02


Beanbag Baseball Tourney

Take me out to the ballgame and grab a friend or two and join us for a fun morning of playing the new Beanbag Baseball craze hitting the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center. Names will be put in a hat to form teams. Prizes in store for the winners of the tourney, drive for the pennant! Following the tourney, lunch will be provided including hotdogs, chips and drink. No experience needed, all you need to be able to do is throw a beanbag 20 feet! Registration deadline is Oct 5.

Fri, October 12, 10 am-Noon

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center, Instructor: Jennifer Peterson

$5 register for code 130117-01



Trips for Active Adults


Fish Boil at Citizens Park in Barrington

Ages 21 & up
Enjoy a night filled with music by Rosie & the Rivets, dancing and of course great food from Fitzgeralds. Menu includes fish, chicken, boiled potatoes and onions, homemade coleslaw, salty rye bread and apple square for dessert.

Fri, Sept 28, 5:30-7:30 pm

Transportation from Park Place: 5 pm pick up and return at 8 pm

$37/$42, register for code 131569-01


Fair Oaks Farm

Fair Oaks, IN

Ages 18 & Up

Fair Oaks Farm is an escape to the country with acres of great food, learning, fun and an experience you will never forget! Visit the birthing center where you will see a live birth of a cow or pig. Learn about the future of farming, protecting the environment and caring for the animals while ensuring the highest quality products possible. Take a crop tour and learn how the entire facility runs on cow and pig manure! Sustainability is how they operate.

During our tour, lunch will be a buffet option of Roasted Pork Loin or Fried Chicken including Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Rolls, Coffee, Tea and a single scoop of ice cream. A visit to the gift shop to purchase some great cheese and chocolates for the ride home will be our final stop. Transportation is by the CLPD bus to the Barrington Park District where we will catch the motor coach to Fair Oaks Farm. Registration deadline is September 9 (spaces permitting).

Location: Transportation from Park Place, Instructor: Jennifer Peterson

Th, 9/20, 6:30am-6 pm

$99/$104, register for code 131567-01






Out and About for Lunch-Wildfire

Schaumburg, IL

Ages 55 & Up

Join us for lunch as we travel to Wildfire to enjoy a great lunch and great social times. Transportation by Park District bus. Fee includes transportation only. Registration deadline is September 18.

Location: Transportation from Park Place, Instructor: Jennifer Peterson

W, 9/26, 10:15 am-1 pm

$6/$7, register for code 130125-02



Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra and Lunch

Elmhurst, IL

Ages 18 & Up

It's 1939 and we are on the air! The 15 person Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra is reminiscent of a live big band remote and will transport us back in time to a spectacular old time radio show. The Swing Shift Orchestra specialized in unique, vintage arrangements from the 1930's and 1940's and delivers fox trots, tangos, waltzes, ballads and of course swing with an authenticity and vibrancy which has not been heard since the golden age of American dance music.

Lunch included: chicken with potato and vegetable, dessert, soup, salad, rolls and coffee or tea. Registration deadline is October 1.

Location: Transportation from Park Place, Instructor: Jennifer Peterson

M, 10/15, 10:30am-3:30pm

$58/$63, register for code 131565-01


Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Ages 18 & Up

Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast.

Lunch included: Please indicate whether you would like seared chicken, Roast Turkey with Stuffing or 8 Finger Cavatelli.

Registration deadline is December 5 (space permitting.) Transportation via Park District bus.

Location: Transportation from Park Place

Instructor: Jennifer Peterson

W, 12/19, 10am-5:30pm

$80/$85, register for code 131561-01