Park Clips from 11-20-14

The Chicago Ridge Park District Freedom Activity Center is located at 6252 W. Birmingham St. For more information, or to register for a program, call 636-4900, or visit

Today: Parent and child teams will compete in the Turkey Shoot, a 10-shot free throw contest. They will also be able to compete in an NBA 2-Ball event. The event will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Frontier Fieldhouse. Resident can get in free, while non-residents will pay $2. The event is open to all ages. Divisions will be made up by the ages of the children. The winner of each division will take home a Jack and Pats gift certificate.

Nov. 22: The instructional basketball league will introduce children, ages 6 to 9 years old. to the game of basketball. Children will learn the basic concepts of basketball through an instructional game setting. There will be both practices and games over a 10-week period, from Nov. 22 through Jan. 31 at the Freedom Activity Center. Each game or practice will last one hour on Saturdays between 9 and 11 a.m. Children will receive a jersey and an award. The fee is $60 per child.

Nov. 29: Chicago Ridge Park District residents and their friends are invited to experience Long Grove’s winter wonderland this holiday season. Participants can stroll their quaint, festively decorated historic downtown and enjoy shopping, dining, and family fun during the holidays, The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 4 p.m. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. There is a family deal being offered where the fee for a family of 5 is $35 for residents and $55 for non-residents.

Dec. 5: Girls, ages 6 to 14, are invited to a night out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Chicago Ridge Park District Freedom Center. The evening will include friends, films and a fresh new look. The fee is $7 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Dec. 8: Registration is due for Elf Help (park district staff entertain the children while their parents finish shopping). This event, set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Freedom Activity Center, includes: snacks, holiday movies, games and a whole lot of fun. Participants will make a special craft for mom and dad. Children must be potty trained to attend. The fee is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

Dec. 11: Advanced registration is due by this date for the Chicago Park District Christmas Cookie and Tree Decorating event being held from 6;30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15. Residents can join park district staff at the Freedom Activity Center for a night of decorating cookies and trees. Participants will be decorating all types of Christmas shaped cookies with a variety of toppings and treats. Then they will go outside and decorate the Christmas tree. This event costs $10.

Gingerbread House Making
Dec. 11: Advance registration is due by this date for the Gingerbread House building event being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Freedom Activity Center. Participants will decorate their very own gingerbread house. There will be an assortment toppings, candy and treats to make that extra special gingerbread house. This event costs $10.