Special Events

Scarecrow Building Contest

Vote NOW! (October 8 – 28)
on Facebook or @ Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

Scarecrows are on displayed outside the Founders Community Center! Voting will run from October 8-28.  Voting will take place at the Founders Community Center office and on the Park District’s Facebook page. 

Sponsored by: Enrico’s Dining

Pours for Parks – Beer, Wine & Spirits Tasting 2021

Saturday • October 16, 2021

Thank You Sponsors!

Sponsored by:

Arrowhead Ales

Trail’s Edge

Brothership Brewing

Nik and Ivy Brewing

Hailstorm Brewing Co.

MyGrain Brewery

Hickory Creek Brewing


The Finnish Long Drink

Thornton Distilling

Dillinger Vodka

The Wine Thief

Hog Wild Express

Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest – Social Media Contest

Deadline:      October 25
Voting:           October 26 – November 1

Frankfort Park District Facebook Page

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test in Frankfort Park District’s virtual pumpkin carving contest. To participate, you can email a photo of your pumpkin to info@frankfortparks.org by October 25. You must include your family name, phone number and email address with your entry. All entries will be displayed on the Park District’s Facebook page beginning October 26. Voting will run October 26 – November 1. The entry with the most “likes” will be the winner. The winning entry will then be announced November 2. A prize will be awarded to the winning entry.

Sponsored by: Raffy’s




Candy Collection for Veterans

Deadline: November 5

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 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 5.

Father/Daughter Bowling Night  

Friday, November 5
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thunderbowl, 18700 Old LaGrange Road, Mokena

All Ages
$22/NR $25/person

Hey dads, looking for a fun evening out with your little sweetheart?  Join us at Thunderbowl in Mokena for two games of bowling and dinner. This is a great opportunity to have some fun spending time together with a little competition mixed in. Pizza, pop, two games of bowling, shoes, and bowling balls are included in the fee.  NO TICKETS will be sold at the door.

Registration Deadline: October 22 or until filled

Holiday Yard Sign

The Frankfort Park District is partnering with the Frankfort Arts Association this season to help spread holiday cheer! Join us in bringing tidings of comfort and joy to the whole neighborhood with a festive yard sign prominently displayed for all to see. This holiday project is available for Frankfort Park District residents only.

Option #1: Includes a primed 2’ x 4’ OR 4’ x 4’ board and posts for installation. The design you select will be traced on the board by a local artist with the Frankfort Arts Association to be painted in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. You are responsible for your own paints and brushes.

Board Size/Fee:
A: 2’ x 4’ Board/$75
B: 4’ x 4’ Board/$85

Option #2: Select your image and a local artist with the Frankfort Arts Association will paint it for you. Includes a 2’ x 4’ OR 4’ x 4’ painted board and posts for installation.

Board Size/Fee:
A: 2’ x 4’ Board/$140
B: 4’ x 4’ Board/$150

Register at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street.  You may also download a registration form (click here) and email it to registration@frankfortparks.org.  For more information call 815-469-9400.

28th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street

Returning Crafters Registration Until August 13, 2021
Open Registration Begins August 18, 2021

Click here to download the 28th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show Contract

Holiday Turkey Shoot

Monday, November 22
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Founders Community Center

6 – 14 years

Teams will be made of one adult and one child and will be grouped by the child’s age. Parents may compete with more than one child. Each team member will get 10 free throws. The team that makes the most shots will win each division. *Donate one or more nonperishable food item to be given to the Frankfort Food Pantry. Pre-registration is required.

Candy Bar Bingo

Monday, November 22
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Founders Community Center

FREE – Participant must bring full size candy bar/bag (max 3)
4 – 13 years

Join us for an afternoon of bingo games and sweet treats. Each participant must bring one regular sized candy bar or bag of candy (e.g. Skittles, M&Ms) in exchange for one bingo card (maximum of 3 cards). Participants will play for chances to win the many candy bars in the pot for each round. Players will keep the same card throughout the entire event. Six to eight bingo games will be played. Popcorn and juice will be served. A maximum of 3 bingo cards per child. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Deadline: November 18

Letters to Santa

Due Date:       December 1 by 5:00 pm
                           Park District Residents Only

Starting November 17, Santa’s mailbox will be displayed at the Founders Community Center.  Santa will personally write to each family who writes him a letter, provided that all letters are received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 1.  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).

Light Up Your Holiday

Deadline for submission:    December 6
Homes list posted:                 December 10

Do you have a festive house in your neighborhood? Lights all around? Inflatables, music and fun? If so, we are looking for you! Let us help you light up your holiday! The Frankfort Park District would like to compile a list of homes decked out for the holidays so you and your family can enjoy a night out looking at all of the beautiful lights! Email us your address along with a photo by December 6 and we will share the list on our website and social media. Send it to info@frankfortparks.org. Come join the holiday fun!

Santa Photos & Workshop

Saturday, December 11
Session I: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session II: 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Session III: 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Founders Community Center

All Ages
$6/NR $11 per child

Santa is making a special appearance at the Founders Community Center. There will be crafts, holiday themed games and a chance to visit with Santa.  Remember to bring your cameras.  There are three time slots available, please specify time on registration form.

Registration Deadline: December 8

Paws With Claus

Saturday, December 11
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Founders Community Center

$2 per dog family

Bring your friendly family pet and your camera for a holiday photo opportunity with Santa Claus.  All pets MUST be on a leash.  Please bring a pet item to be donated to  NAWS Animal shelter.  No registration required.

The Polar Express Storytime Train

Sunday, December 12
# 1 Time: Train departs at 9:30 am sharp
# 2 Time: Train departs at 11:20 am sharp
Hickory Creek Metra Station, 9430 Hickory Creek Drive, Mokena

All Ages
$17 Frankfort Park District Residents Only
$22 Non-Residents (if tickets are still available after resident registration)

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.

Frankfort Park District Boundary Resident Only Lottery Registration

Special Registration forms will be accepted at the Founders Community Center office from November 1-12. All forms are due by November 12 at 12:00 pm.  Forms will be available on our website beginning November 1.  All forms will be processed on November 15 and families will be notified.  Tickets will be available for pick-up at the main office.

Deck the Paws Holiday Photo Contest – Social Media Contest

Photo submission – December 20
Voting – December 22
Frankfort Park District Facebook Page

Show us a picture of your furry family member showing off their holiday spirit!  To enter, simply email your photo to info@frankfortparks.org. Be sure to include your names (both yours and your pet), your email address and your phone number. Once your photo is received we will post it to the Frankfort Park District’s Facebook Contest Photo Album (within 72 hours) and email you a confirmation.  Once you have received the confirmation email, tag your photo in the album, share it, and encourage your family and friends to vote. The photo that receives the most “likes” will win a prize. Come join the holiday fun!

Sponsored by: Raffy’s




New Year’s Countdown

Friday, December 31
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Founders Community Center

4 – 10 years
$9/NR $14

Kids, get ready to countdown to 2022!!!  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dancing, party games, crafts and ice cream.  There will be a “Countdown to 2022” balloon drop at noon to celebrate the New Year!

Registration Deadline: December 27

2021 Volunteer Opportunities:

Click on the Event name to Sign-up Online for Volunteer Opportunities:

Father/Daughter Bowling Night – Friday, November 5 / 5:45-8:00 pm

Candy Bar Bingo – Monday, November 22 / 1:15 – 3:15 pm

Santa Workshop – Saturday, December 11 / 11:00 am – 2:15 pm


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