Special Events

“50 Years of Fun” Celebration


The Park District celebrated its 50th Anniversary at Main Park!

Here’s to another 50 years and remember to “Come Join the Fun” at the Frankfort Park District!


Thanks to everyone who came out to help celebrate and a huge thanks to our sponsors for helping make this night happen.

Gold Sponsors:

BMO Harris Bank

S & J Door, Inc

Physicians Immediate Care

Emagine Entertainment

Silver Sponsors:


Abri Credit Union

American Family Insurance

Chiro One Wellness Centers

Bronze Sponsors:

Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group, P.C.


Town Center Bank

Anthony DeLuca, State Representative 80th District

Family Fall Campfire & Overnight Campout

Friday, September 22
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Commissioners Park

Campfire Only – FREE

Overnight Campout – $39 per campsite (up to 6 people)

Start the fall season out with your family and friends.  Enjoy a cool fall evening around a campfire in Commissioners Park.  Roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, play field games, enjoy a hayride, dance to music and listen to ghost stories.  New this year, bring your tent and sleeping bags to camp overnight at Commissioners Park.  Families will enjoy an outdoor movie with popcorn and a continental breakfast in the morning.  Family fun for all!

Campout Registration Deadline: September 15
Age:                Families

Campfire Only
Time:              6:30 – 8:00 pm
Fee:                 Free

Overnight Campout
Time:              6:30 pm (Friday) – 9:00 am (Saturday)
Fee:                 $39 per campsite (up to 6 people)

Mother-Son Superhero Dance

Friday, September 29
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

$11/NR $14/person

Moms and sons join us for a fun night to show off your super dance moves. Whether you dress fancy-formal or superhero-fabulous, this is a night you will remember for years to come. Light refreshments will be served along with entertainment courtesy of a live DJ.  Pre-registration is required, NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.

Registration Deadline: September 22

Senior Fall Luncheon

Thursday, October 5
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street


Celebrate the coming of fall with your friends and an afternoon of delicious food and live entertainment.  After lunch, enjoy more entertainment, socializing and dessert.  Don’t miss out on this special day!

Registration Deadline: September 29

Scarecrow Building Contest

Scarecrow’s Due: October 10
Voting: October 12 – 31

Calling all scout groups, homeowners associations, business members and families…Join the sixth annual Scarecrow Building Contest!  Scarecrows will be displayed outside the Founders Community Center, so let your creative skills shine and construct eye catching entries. The cross sticks will be provided by the Park District and will be available for pick-up starting August 24.  All entries are due by October 10.  Voting will run from October 12 – 31.  Voting will take place at the Founders Community Center office and on the Park District’s Facebook page.

Scarecrow’s Due: October 10
Voting: October 12 – 31

Halloween Haunting

Friday, October 20
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

Wristbands are $10* at the door and include:

Unlimited access to: giant inflatables, DJ dance party, balloon artist, kids entertainment show, spooky games, haunted hay ride, movie room, 1 kid craft and 1 small pumpkin from the patch for the first 150 kids.

* Wear a costume, and receive $1.00 off your wristband price!

Sponsored by:




Saturday, October 21
10:00 am
Bark Park at Commissioners Park


Trick or Treat!!!  Bring your dog all dressed up for this costume competition, dog friendly games, bone yard hunt and trick or treating event. Dogs will have the opportunity to “Trick or Treat” around the Bark Park so remember to bring your bags to collect all their goodies. Dogs will also have a chance to enter the costume contest and be judged on – Best Overall, Funniest and Scariest. Families and all friendly dogs are welcome at this free, on-leash event. An adult should accompany dog-owners under the age of 12. While you are enjoying this event, please remember pick-up a membership packet for the Bark Park.

Rain Date: Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 am

Sponsored by:



Halloween Coloring Contest

Due Date: October 25 by 5:00 pm
Age Categories: 3 & under, 4 – 6 years, 7 – 9 years, 10 years & older

Enter the Frankfort Park District’s coloring contest for a chance to win prizes.  Starting October 1, pick up a coloring sheet to bring home and color.  Return your finished masterpiece to the Park District with your name and phone number on the back and you will be entered into our contest. All entries will be displayed at the Founders Community Center for everyone to enjoy.

Age Categories: 3 & under, 4 – 6 years, 7 – 9 years, 10 years & older

Due Date: October 25 by 5:00 pm

24th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, November 11
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Community Center, 140 Oak Street

FREE Admission

Craft items include; doll clothes, kitchen items, Holiday decorations, blankets, note cards / tags, personalized photos, handmade jewelry, hair accessories, hand painted glassware and much more!  Vendors included; Tastefully Simple, LuLa Roe, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Perfectly Posh, Young Living Essential Oils, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, Usborne Books, Pure Haven Essentials, Real Time Pain Relief, Paparazzi Jewelry and much more!

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 Application Form.

1967 Homecoming Dance

Friday, November 17
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

$13.00 per person

We formally invite you to attend the Frankfort Park District’s Throwback 1967 Homecoming Dance. This dance will be held in the Founders Community Center gymnasium featuring great DJ music, light appetizers and adult beverages (2 drink tickets included, additional available to purchase). So get your best Homecoming outfit together and invite your special person or a group of friends. Pre-registration is required. No Registration will be taken at the door.  You must be 21 years or older to attend.

Registration Deadline: November 9

Candy Collection for Veterans

Deadline: November 18

We Want Your Leftover Halloween Candy!  The Frankfort Park District is collecting Bite Size Halloween Candy for the residents at the Veterans Home in Manteno. Bite Size Candy is the #1 item requested by the residents at the Veterans Home. So kids, bring in your leftover and excess Halloween Candy to be donated to the retired Veterans at the Veterans Home in Manteno. You can drop off candy at the Frankfort Park District, Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street.

Deadline: November 18

Turkey Time Fun

Wednesday, November 22
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 18

Letters to Santa

Due Date: December 6 by 5:00 pm

Starting November 20, 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 6. 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 6 by 5:00 pm

Dinner with Santa

Friday, December 1
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 27 or until filled.

The Polar Express Storytime Train

Sunday, December 10
$14 Frankfort Park District Residents Only
Hickory Creek Metra Station – 9430 Hickory Creek Drive, Mokena

Registration Date: Saturday, November 4

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 10
# 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

Frankfort Park District Residents Only

Registration Date: Saturday, November 4

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

Classic Holiday Movie Night

Thursday, December 21
6:00 – 7:30 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 a showing of a holiday classic.  \There will also be a very special guest in attendance for photos! A bedtime snack of cookies, popcorn and “frozen” hot chocolate will be served.

Registration Deadline: December 18  

2017 Volunteer Opportunities:

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