Olympia Fields Park District offers activities for all ages and interests including:

Special Events
Summer Camp

Please click here to see our full brochure for the complete listing of this season’s programs.


Brushes and Bottles

Grab your friends for a fun night of painting and adult beverages! There is zero artistic experience required when you participate in this event. Our very own beloved watercolors instructor, Sandee Theisen, will walk you through how to create your artwork step by step while enjoying your favorite drink. She will instruct you how to create an acrylic canvas painting, or paint a wine bottle wind chime. A great night to relax with your friends or make new ones, and you will be able to take home your artwork masterpiece at the end of the event. All painting materials included. Bring your own drinks & snacks! Ice, cups, plates & napkins will be provided.

Adults 21 +
The Bradford Barn
6:00 – 9:30 pm

Fri, Sept 22
Lighted Painted Wine Bottle

Fri, Oct 27
Acrylic Painting

Fri, Nov 17
Acrylic Painting

Fri, Dec 8
Acrylic Painting

Pre-registration required; deadline to register is 3 days prior to each event.

Concerts in the Park

Join us at Bicentennial Park and enjoy a relaxing evening of music. Bring your family and friends for a fun evening to socialize. Feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets, food, and drinks.

All ages (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Bicentennial Park
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 15
“Big Dog” Mercer

Garage Sale in the Park

Make money and clean your garage, basement, crawl space, or storage area at the same time. Bring your gently used items and discover how one person’s trash is truly another’s treasure at the annual Garage Sale in the Park! Business vendors are welcome. All participants must bring their own table & chair, and are welcome to bring their own tent.

All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Sgt. Means Park
Sat, Sept 9
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discounted Resident Rate: $10
Business Vendors: $20


Deadline to register: Sept 7

Electronic Recycling Day

You will have the opportunity to recycle your electronics. AM Greentek will provide computer and electronics recycling. All electronics will be accepted. Computers, radios, hard drives, soft drives, electric cords, lights, etc. will all be accepted and FREE to dispose of. If you want a certificate of destruction for your hard drive there will be a $15 charge, but only if a certificate is desired.

All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Sgt. Means Park
Sat, Sept 9
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE for all electronics except for TVs
$20 per TV
$15 for certificate of destruction for your hard drive

2 on 2 Basketball Tournament

Show off your basketball skills. This tournament will be held at Tolentine Park. Grab a friend and join! $25 dollar entry fee, Single elimination, score is to 21 points. (Two and three point goals). Winning team walks away with a $100 Grand Prize.

Ages 16+
Tolentine Park
Fri, Sept 15
5:00 pm
$25 per team of 2

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age – adults (about 12 years and older). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Ages 16+
The Bradford Barn

Wed, Sep. 20
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Wed, Oct.25
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Pre-registration required; deadline to register is 3 days prior to each event.

Daughter and Mother (Grandmother Too) Tea Party

Enjoy a very special day drinking tea and eating cookies while painting and decorating a tea cup and saucer creating memories that will last a lifetime. Instruction provided by our very own painting instructor Sandy Theisen. All supplies included.

Ages 10+
The Bradford Barn
Sat, Sept 30
9:00 – 11:00 am
$40 per couple

Fall Festival

Celebrate the return of fall with our largest yearly event! We will have a variety of fun and exciting activities. Many of the activities will cost admission, so you can either purchase a wristband, which gets you free entrance to all the rides, games, and activities (excludes concessions, raffles and the purchase of pumpkins), or you can buy tickets to each activity. So come out and celebrate the fall season with family fun activities with us.

All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Sgt. Means Park
Sat, Oct 7
2:00 – 6:00 pm

All tickets and wrist bands will not be sold after 5:30 pm

$15 wrist band (unlimited use on rides and games)
$1 per individual ticket
Concessions and raffle tickets sold for an additional cost

The Polar Express Storytime Train

All aboard the Polar Express Story train hosted by the Olympia Fields Park District! We will take a Metra train from the Olympia Fields train station on 203rd Street to the “North Pole” (Chicago). During the ride to the “North Pole”, we will read the beloved story, The Polar Express. Also, Santa will visit with every good little girl and boy, and give a gift to them.

When we arrive at the “North Pole”, guests will have approximately 3 hours to explore Chicago. Staff can provide information of local attractions guests may visit if requested. We ask that all participants meet us at 4:50 pm to board the train together. During the train ride home, we will pass out goody bags, sing carols, and play games. Don’t miss out on this great holiday event!

All Ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Metra Station parking lot on 203rd Street, just east of Kedzie Avenue
Sat, Dec 2
12:45 – 6:00 pm
$15 per person

Please see our brochure for additional weekly programs, trips, and special events.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 708-481-7313.

• Registration for all Silver Social Club events no later than 2 days in advance, unless otherwise noted.

• All trips require registration, waiver, and payment in advance.

• A wait list will be started if needed.

• Please call Mallory to RSVP at 708-481-7313, ext. 222.

May 16

Movie Day
Noon – 2:00 pm
Popcorn provided.
Please register in advance.

Take Charge of Your Health

Take Charge of Your Health is a chronic disease self-management program for people with any chronic disease (asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc.) and their caregivers. This is a proven series of six educational sessions taught by two trained class leaders from the University of Illinois Extension. Participants meet weekly for 2.5 hours to discuss:

– Coping with fatigue, frustration, and isolation related to ongoing health conditions
– Exercising to maintain and improve strength and flexibility
– Using medications
– Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
– Practicing good nutrition
– Evaluating new treatment options
– And more

Discover how to “Take Charge of Your Health” again!

Tues, April 4 – May 9
1:30 – 4:00 pm

Mah Jongg for Fun

Every Thursday, 1:00 – 3:45 pm
Drop-In Fee to Instructor

Mah Jongg is increasing in popularity and expanding to include all ages. This is a good strategic game for cognitive development, memory, hand-eye coordination and great for stroke survivors. An awesome game for all ages. You will meet new people, socialize and enjoy yourself while learning a new game.

Please see our brochure or Extended Trips tab for information about Collette Trips, Diamond Tours, Mayflower Tours, and MARS Bus Tours.

Boerner Botanical Garden

Come enjoy the beautiful sights at Boerner Botanical Gardens, where the setting is reminiscent of an English country manor with glacial fieldstone walls and historic, handcrafted limestone statuary. The tour includes over forty acres of formal gardens, one of the largest crab apple collections in Wisconsin, over 500 varieties of roses and many other individual gardens, including herbs, annuals, shrubs, and peonies. Lunch will consist of mixed greens and a roasted vegetable medley, tossed in house made Italian vinaigrette, followed by a pan-seared chicken breast served with sweet potato mash with a rosemary grape compote. Enjoy a pastry tart with chocolate mousse and a warm strawberry sauce for dessert. Fee includes admission, a guided tour, lunch, and motor coach transportation.

Wed, June 7
7:55 am – 4:45 pm
Registration Deadline: May 30

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion Tour and Luncheon

When you step onto the Prayer Trail at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana, it is as though you have been transported back 2000 years. The Shrine is a multimedia destination, and is set on 30 acres. 40 life size bronze figures are artfully placed in dramatically landscaped gardens that look and feel like the Holy Land. Enjoy the latest feature, Moses descending Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments. The Shrine Gift Shoppe offers a variety of unique and inspiring gifts for any occasion. After the tour, we will dine at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Please mention menu choice when registering (choose one): 6 oz. Bistro Steak, Chicken Piccata, or Pasta Primavera. Fee includes motor coach transportation, tour, and luncheon.

A limited number of club cars are available for those who are unable to walk the paved Prayer Trail. The trail is ½ mile there, and ½ mile back. Please note a $5 fee for this option.

Thurs, June 29
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
$63, $68 with club car transportation
Registration Deadline: June 16

My Son the Waiter & Lunch at Maggiano’s

You don’t want to miss this day of laughter, good food, and great company as we enjoy My Son the Waiter at North Shore Center in Skokie with family style lunch at Maggiano’s. This hit New York Comedy is Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman’s moving and hilarious story about the grit and passion required to “make it” as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up. Prior to the show we will be enjoying a family style lunch at Maggiano’s, so bring an appetite! Fee includes motor coach transportation, lunch, and show.

North Shore Center, Skokie
Thurs, July 13
10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Registration Deadline: June 12

Mayflower Tours

The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise Including 2 Nights in Prague!
2 for 1 Airfare Special!
with Mayflower Tours

Sail with us aboard the MV Emerald Sun for a 7 night cruise – visit 5 countries Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic – while cruising the best of the Danube River, including the beautiful Wachau Valley. Meals, shore excursions, and entertainment are included in the cost. 2 nights hotel in Prague are also included in the price. This is a life enriching experience that everyone will enjoy! Call for details.

Cost begins at $3899 per person, plus 2 for 1 airfare from your city. Ask about the presentation savings and Mayflower Tours First Time Traveler Discount. We offer door to door service, which is included in your price.

Sailing Date: September 20, 2017

MARS Bus Tours

Best of New Mexico/Balloon Festival
October 12 – 17
6 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners, and all admissions
Code: 578999-10
Round trip air and bus, transportation inclusive

MARS Trips are priced per person, based on double occupancy. ALL gratuities inclusive.

MARS insurance is non-refundable.

Visa/MasterCard/check accepted for payment.

Diamond Tours

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas
June 1 – 12, 2017
$1,192 double occupancy
Code: 578998-16
Itinerary and Details

Boston, Salem, and Cape Ann
July 19 – 26, 2017
$805 double occupancy
Code: 578998-32
Itinerary and Details

Niagra Falls and Toronto
September 11 – 15, 2017
$549 double occupancy
Code: 578998-57
Itinerary and Details

Miami and Key West
November 10 – 20, 2017
$1,078 double occupancy
Code: 578998-07
Itinerary and Details

*Diamond Tours trips are priced per person, based on double occupancy. Includes motor coach travel, hotels, breakfast and some meals. (Step-on guides and motor coach driver gratuities all inclusive.)

Visa/MasterCard/cash/check accepted for payment.

Collette Trips

Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights
October 28 – November 3
Itinerary and Details

Costa Rica
December 2017
Itinerary and Details

*Please register 6 months prior to departure to assure your space in the above trips otherwise it is by availability and/or selection of a different travel date.

**Collette Trips include airfare, hotel, hotel transfers, assigned 24 hour guide, breakfast and some meals. Group pick-up and drop-off to O’Hare airport included. (Trip guide and motor coach driver gratuities not included.)

American Express/Visa/MasterCard/Discover /check accepted for payment.

Other Collette departures and tours available. If interested, please contact Mallory at 708-481-7313.