Special Events

Veterans Day Project

Drawing Contest - both the veterans at the Veterans Home in Manteno as well as our Marines love getting hand drawn pictures from children. So as part of the Veteran’s Day Project, we want to send pictures to both. You will have 2 chances to win the drawing contest, by doing one drawing for the Veterans Home and one drawing for the Troops. Pictures will be on display at the Frankfort Park District, 140 Oak Street. Winners will be chosen on Veterans Day. Drawings will be presented to the residents at the Veterans Home in Manteno and shipped off overseas to the Marines. Drawing sheets are available at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street or on the Park District website at www.frankfortparks.org  Deadline: November 10.

Bite Size Candy - is the #1 item requested by the residents at the Veterans Home. So kids bring in all your leftover and excess Halloween candy to the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street, to be donated to the residents at the Veterans Home in Manteno. There are currently 270 men and 20 women living at the home.
Deadline: November 18.

23rd Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, November 12
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL 60423

FREE Admission

A diverse selection of crafters and vendors, including Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Origami Owl, Avon, Holiday Decorations, Premier Design Jewelry, Floral, Clothing and much more!!!  This is a great time to get some great holiday gifts.   

For additional information or booth availability, please contact the Frankfort Park District office at 815-469-9400 or www.frankfortparks.org

Click here to download the Holiday Craft & Vendor Show 2016 Application.

Crafty Kids Day

Saturday, November 12
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
3 - 8 years
$5 per child

Drop in for some “crafty” kind of fun.  Kids can make crafts, play games, watch movies and much more while parents get time to shop around the Holiday Craft & Vendor Show.    No registration is required. 

Age:        3 - 8 years
Fee:        $5 per child

Fall Wine Tasting

Friday, November 18
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
21 years & older

Join us for an evening of good times, good friends and great wines.  Let the experts teach you about the many varieties of wine and beer you will taste.  There will be 50 different wines to sample and available to purchase that evening.  This fee includes wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass. Pre-registration is required.  NO REGISTRATION will be taken at the door.  Space is limited, please register early. You must be 21 years or older to attend. 

Registration Deadline: November 16 or until filled.

Age:       21 years & older
Fee:       $15

Turkey Time Fun

Wednesday, November 23
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
4 - 10 years
$6/NR $9

Here’s your chance to burn off some of your energy before eating all that turkey on Thanksgiving.  Kids will have fun playing games, making a turkey craft, jumping around in a giant inflatable and enjoying some ice cream. 

Registration Deadline: November 20

Age:        4 - 10 years
Fee:        $6/NR $9

Letters to Santa

Starting November 21, Santa’s mailbox will be displayed at the Founders Community Center.  Santa will personally write to each and every child who writes him a letter, provided that all letters are received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7.  Santa can only send letters to children who include the following: child’s full name, address, city, zip code and of course, their wish list! Parents, please complete checklist when sending the letter. Checklists will be available at the main office or on the Park District website. Please address letters to: Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole (c/o Frankfort Park District, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort, IL 60423).

Due Date:       December 7 by 5:00 pm

Dinner with Santa

Friday, December 2
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
$9/NR $12 per person

Celebrate the holidays by joining Santa and Frosty the Snowman for dinner. Each child will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and receive a goody bag. After your child has given Santa their “wish list”, enjoy some fun family entertainment. Our dinner menu will include a slice of cheese pizza, cookie and a drink. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All participants must pre-register.  NO TICKETS will be sold at the door. Space is limited, please register early. 

Registration Deadline: November 29 or until filled.

Age:       All
Fee:       $9/NR $12 per person

The Polar Express Storytime Train

ALL ABOARD…The Frankfort Park District would like to invite children and their parents to take this special train ride to the North Pole. On the way to the “North Pole,” Santa’s elves will be busy making balloon animals while you enjoy listening to the “Polar Express” story. When we reach the “North Pole”, we will find Santa Claus and bring him back with us on the train to the Hickory Creek Metra Station. Enjoy holiday cookies and music on our way home. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Due to the popularity of this event, a maximum of six tickets per household are available to purchase at time of registration.
Location:    Hickory Creek Metra Station –
                         9430 Hickory Creek Drive, Mokena
Day/Date:   Sunday, December 11
# 1 Time:     Train departs at 9:30 am sharp
# 2 Time:     Train departs at 11:20 am sharp
# 3 Time:     Train departs at 1:20 pm sharp
Ages:              All
Fee:                $14 Frankfort Park District Residents ONLY

Registration Date: Saturday, November 5
Doors Open at 9:00 am.  The office will be open until 12:00 pm.

Two forms of residency are required. 
A driver’s license and tax bill or utility bill may be used.
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street.


Polar Express Pajama Movie Night

Thursday, December 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
$5 per child

Dress in your pajamas and slippers and enjoy an evening of holiday fun.  The elves are planning some reindeer games and holiday crafts along with the Polar Express movie.  There will also be a very special guest in attendance for photos!  A bedtime snack of cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served.

Registration Deadline: December 19

Age:      Families
Fee:      $5 per child

Drive-In Movie

Tuesday, January 3
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
4 - 10 years old
$7/NR $10/person

Winter break got your down?  Join us for a kid’s drive-in movie.  We will provide a large cardboard box, all the decorations to make your “vehicle” to watch the movie, pizza and punch.  Please bring a pillow and blanket so you can relax during the movie.  

Registration deadline: December 30

Ages:     4 - 10 years old
Fee:       $7/NR $10/person 

Fall 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 Fall Volunteer Opportunities.