While the St. Charles Park District continues to host in-person programs, a variety of eActivities are still available to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
But every virtual program doesn’t mean you’re sitting and staring at a computer. The park district’s eActivities get you and your family moving, thinking and even exploring the great outdoors. Check out the variety of virtual recreation below.
Tune into The Good Natured Hour with park district naturalist and Outreach Ambassador Pam Otto to learn about the wonders of nature. The program, held at 8 p.m. every Tuesday via Zoom, covers a variety of topics with video, photos, “interviews” with animals and insects, and audience participation.
For children who can’t stay up past 8 p.m., help them gather leaves for their favorite Otter Cove mascots, Ollie & June. Collect oak, ginko, maple, sycamore, bald cypress and/or tulip leaves from your own backyard or venture out to the arboretum in Mt. St. Mary Park, where you’ll find a large variety of trees (and leaves).
Place the collected leaves at the event display, located on the east side of the playground, but not before snapping a cute photo of your little one and posting on social media with hashtag #stcparks. Posts will be entered into a weekly drawing for a prize.
Sign up for Virtual Restorative Yoga from 10-11 a.m. from Nov. 3-Dec. 15. Whether you practice in your living room or backyard, this Zoom class will connect you with other yogis to de-stress, stretch and strengthen your mind and body. This class is for ages 16 plus.
If your child is a dancer, the St. Charles Dance Academy also has a Zoom option for all dance recital programs.
Games, Computers & Programs
Gather your family members for a friendly game of bingo from 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 to compete against other online participants to win prizes, or test your sports knowledge during a trivia night from 6-7 p.m. on Nov. 12 on topics such as teams, heroes, facts and more. Winners will collect prizes at Pottawatomie Community Center.
Allow your child to expand their computer skills with fun, interactive programs such as a Minecraft Build Challenge from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 16; Create Amazing Videos with Mixed Reality and 3D from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20; and, Digital Photography: Create Cool Photos & Stop Animations from 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 9-10. All skills are welcome.
On-demand magic, balloon twisting and eDrawing programs are also available through the park district’s eActivities website.
Pick up an art kit for your toddler at Pottawatomie Community Center and witness their first masterpieces using a variety of mediums such as paint and glue while logged into a weekly, session from 9:30-10:15 a.m. from Oct. 29-Nov. 19.
Those who want to encourage creating without a schedule can register for a preschool brain bin filled with stimulating activities for ages 3-5. Each week has a different theme. Bins may be purchased through stcparks.ticketleap.com, and picked-up at Pottawatomie Community Center.
For fees and more information about eActivities, visit https://www.stcparks.org/eactivities/.