Holidays are for making memories and the St. Charles Park District has some great options for you and your family to craft and create memories this holiday season.
Hit the road to check out some of the festival holiday decorations with the Holiday Lights Tours. Athletic Supervisor Megan Hatheway admits when it comes to the holidays she loves holiday lights.
Last year with the pandemic in full-force she thought it would be fun to gather a list of some holiday homes and create an interactive map people could use. The program was a hit and she is excited to see it continue.
“I love looking at holiday lights,” she gushed. “My kids are 9, 8 and we love going around looking at the lights and decorations.”
Last year the map had more than 150 locations, including several that Hatheway and her team added. Whether you plot a course or spontaneously decide to check out some displays, Hatheway said the map is easy to use.
“It’s a super convenient,” Hatheway said. “It’s a Google map you can pull up on your phone.”
Residents who would like their home included in the tour guide can email Hatheway at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of November.
For those ready to get out in nature than be sure to register for the Flashlight Candy Cane hike on Friday, Dec. 17. Families can explore the woods and prairie outside of Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in small groups under the starry winter sky in a path marked by candy cane decorations. This is more than just a walk as the park district staff has set up a puzzle too to keep those little feet moving.
After the walk, come inside to warm up with a toasty beverage inside the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Guests will receive a goody bag and a craft to take home. Advance registration required with timed walks. The cost is $12 per person, free to those ages 2 and younger.
Grab the gumdrop and frosting and decorate your own gingerbread house with a specially crafted kit created by the park district staff elves. Early Childhood and Preschool Supervisor Kara Guizzetti-Reif and her team have been putting together the pre-fabricated base that will be used to craft the cookie homes. The kits include frosting, graham crackers and plenty of candies to decorate and nosh.
“We tried to make it easy,” she said.
Pre-order kits online for pick up Dec. 9 at Pottawatomie Community Center. Each kit is $18. Guizzetti-Reif said she’d love to see photos of the creations shared on the park district’s social media pages.
For something silly and a wee bit magical check out the Reindeer Droppings Dec. 17, 19. The park district staff has discovered some of Santa’s reindeer’s have been wandering in the area and leaving some packages behind. Register to pick up or have park district staff elf drop off a package that includes sweet treats, a craft, puzzle and other goodies appropriate for children ages 3-10.