Adult Activity Center programs provide opportunities to explore, learn and socialize
If you’re at least 50 years old and seeking new experiences in and outside of your community, look no further than the St. Charles Park District Adult Activity Center.
From nature programs to day trips, there is something for everyone this Spring. If you’re an Adult Activity Center member, many programs are free. The annual fee to become an Adult Activity Center Member is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.
One of the many free programs includes the Early Bird Breakfast from 7:15-8:15am on Tuesday, April 16 at Pottawatomie Community Center. Nonmembers pay just $1.
Prepared by the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary, enjoy made-to-order omelets, donuts, coffee, juice, and a nice meal with friends or family where you don’t have to cook or clean up.
This spring, two nature programs are also free for AAC members. During Spring Wildflower Stroll from 10-11am Monday, April 22, learn about various woodland wildflowers via a slideshow at Pottawatomie before heading out to the native plant garden to see seasonal varieties up close.
Interested in birds? Sign up for River of Birds from 9-10am Tuesday, May 7, at Pottawatomie. After a slideshow of the many different bird species you may see along the Fox River such as Baltimore orioles, indigo buntings and warblers, you’ll head outside for a chance to spot these species along the river. Binoculars will be provided or feel free to bring your own.
Pam Otto, Hickory Knolls Manager of Nature Programs and Interpretive Services, will lead both programs. Nonmembers pay $2 for each nature program.
If you love cards and bingo, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play Dime Jingle on Wednesdays, April 24, May 22 and June 26. Try your hand for a chance to win $5 gift cards to local businesses. This event is free for everyone! Registration is required.
“It’s a super easy game that you can learn on the spot; no experience is necessary, just come out and have fun with friends,” said Lynne Yuill, Adult Activity Center Supervisor.
The Adult Activity Center also hits the road with opportunities for exploration, learning and entertainment outside St. Charles. Spring day trips include performances at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace and the Woodstock Opera House; as well as tours of River Glen in St. Charles, Lilacia Park in Lombard and the Fayban Japanese Garden and Museum in Geneva.
Other trips include Halim Time and Glass Museum in Evanston and the Kemper Center in Kenosha. These new trips have generated so much buzz already there is currently a waitlist to attend, Yuill said.
“Socialization is so important for older adults, and the variety of activities we offer accomplishes that goal, giving them a reason to get out of the house, to learn about something new, or just mingle with friends,” Yuill said.
Staying healthy also is key to maintaining an independent and social lifestyle. Whether you want to spend the day hitting golf balls at Pottawatomie’s 9-hole course or are working toward an exercise goal, the Park District has you covered.
Every Monday, Pottawatomie Golf Course offers Senior Golf Days for ages 60 and older for a discount. Additionally, on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, the course will have a special Golf Tournament for ages 50 and older.
For more information, call Lynne Yuill at 630-513-4324. To register for these and other Adult Activity Center programs, visit www.stcparks.org.