Drop in and Planned Activities and Special Events for Seniors at the Crystal Lake Park District

Thu September 19, 2019

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

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, 10 AM-Noon


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





Senior Fitness Classes


Fit at 55 & Beyond Punch Pass 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             thru Dec 6        9-10 am            $50/$60            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

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center

Instructor: Barbara Finn

M, W    9/9-10/30          10:15-10:45 am $38/$43            131018-01


Dance for Seniors


 Active Adult Country Line Dance

Ages 55 & Up

Boot, scoot and boogie on down to learn some trendy line dances in a laid-back environment designed specifically for those that want to keep moving. Enjoy a great time and get some exercise as you learn popular line dances to music you will love!

*no class 11/28

Location: Grand Oaks

Th, 9/19-10/24, 1:30-2:30 pm, $65/$75, 130702-01


Active Adult Country Line Dance Party

Ages 55 & Up

Join us for a fun afternoon! Learn some moves and let the party begin! Dance away the afternoon to some of your favorite country songs from every generation. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Grand Oaks

Instructor: Cathy Campbell / Staff: LP


Art Programs for Seniors


Make Your Own Natural Wreath

Adults bring your friends and a bottle of wine to the Nature Center Friday evening to create a wreath made from natural materials to decorate your home for the season. Cost includes materials for each paying participant to make one wreath.

Location: Nature Center

F, 9/27, 7-8:30 pm, $30, 132304-01


Horizons Canvas

Ages 55 & Up

Create a Mixed-media collage of layered and textured paper and mesh ribbon, embellished with a die-cut foliage feature. Your finished piece is sure to bring a sense of serenity to your home. Techniques include painting, gluing (Mod Podge & hot glue guns), ink application, and assemblage. All supplies provided. Finished size 6 x 6.

Location: Grand Oaks

W, 9/25, 10 am-12:30 pm, $20/$25, 130308-01


Spooky Night Shadowbox

Ages 55 & Up

Get into the Halloween spirit with this frightfully fun, 3D mixed-media shadowbox class. Assemble and layer glittery and textured die-cut shapes to create this spooky little scene. Techniques include painting, gluing (Mod Podge & hot glue guns), and assemblage. All supplies provided. Finished size 3 x 5.

Location: Grand Oaks

W, 10/9, 10 am-12:30 pm, $20/$25, 130309-01


Fall Foliage Shadowbox

Ages 55 & Up

Celebrate the beauty of the fall season with this nature inspired, 3D mixed-media shadowbox scene. Techniques include painting, gluing (Mod Podge & hot glue guns), and assemblage of a glittery birdcage, fall foliage, and a feathered friend. All supplies provided. Finished size 3 x 5.

Location: Grand Oaks

W, 11/6, 10 am-12:30 pm, $20/$25, 130310-01


Winter Wonderland Mosaic

Ages 55 & Up

Come and create your own hand-painted papers that you’ll then use to assemble a stunning mosaic in celebration of the winter season. Techniques include painting, cutting, decoupage, gluing (Mod Podge & hot glue guns), and embellishing. All supplies provided. Finished size 5 x 5.

Location: Grand Oaks

W, 12/11, 10 am-12:30 pm, $20/$25, 130313-01

Special Events for Seniors


Beanball Baseball Tourney

Ages 55 & Up

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.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center

Friday, October 11, 10 am-Noon

$5, register for code



Holiday Brunch for Seniors

Ages 55 & Up

Enjoy the holidays with good friends, good food and good entertainment. Breakfast brunch will be served along festive entertainment by Jeorge Holmes to help us ring in the holidays. If you wish to participate in a gift exchange, bring a $5 wrapped gift with you. Don't miss this party as we celebrate all the season has to offer.

Registration deadline is Dec 1.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center

Fri, Dec 13, 11 am-1 pm

$15, register for code 130119-01