Crystal Lake Park District  •  One East Crystal Lake Ave.  •  Crystal Lake, IL 60014  •  815.459.0680  •
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Barlina House Preschool 2015-2016 School Year, Open House: Saturday, April 11, 10 AM-Noon at Barlina House Preschool, 705 Barlina Rd, Crystal Lake. If you can't make the Open House, feel free to contact the Barlina House Director, Cathy Kuntz, to set up your personal tour. (815) 477-5403,

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North Pole CallingHands On History at Colonel Palmer House

Ages 5-10 with parent
Drop in between 12-2 pm and introduce your family to history! All Hands on History programs present a brief historical topic with a craft for children.




Saturday, February 7: Victorian Valentine

Saturday, March 7: Luck of the Irish

Saturday, May 2: Silhouetted in the Past

For more information contact Mary Ott


Teen Job Search Workshop

For more information contact Jessica Ortega


Park Place Bridal Fair

Pre-Register for this FREE event

For more information contact Lauren Thibodeau

This event includes a Bridal Fashion Show, presented by 'The Perfect Fit'

2015 Park Place Bridal Fair features a Grand Prize Giveaway from S.W. Travel, Cary, IL

2015 Park Place Bridal Fair Vendors:


SW Travel, Events by L, Origami Owl, Photo Booth of the Stars, Happy and Healthy Family, Cutee Patooties Custom Photo Purses, Eat, Drink and Be Married Event Planning, Mary Kay Cosmetics, It Works Global!


Memory Makers Entertainment


The Perfect Fit


M.A.K., Action Video Services, Justice Tree Photography, Eminjayin Productions


Apple Creek Flowers, Deborah Strand Designs, Renee's of Ridgefield


Comfort Inn, Elite Mini Bus, Holiday Inn, Country Inn & Suites



Wanders at Wingate

Our natural area volunteers gather to share their vast knowledge of our spectacular Wingate Prairie during a picturesque nature hike. Meet at The Nature Center, 330 N. Main St, Crystal Lake. Admission is free but please pre-register online utilizing the code number listed by the corresponding date. This program is open to all ages with an adult.




9601-0 Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-1 Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-2 Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-3 Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-4 Sunday, September 27, 2015, 2-3 PM

For more information contact The Nature Center, (815) 455-1763,


2015 Kite Fest at Lippold Park

2015 Date: Sunday, May 24, 10 am-3 pm

Location: Lippold Park Soccer Fields, Route 176, Crystal Lake

This free event is a perfect way for families to enjoy Memorial Day weekend. Kite fest includes performances by Team Chicago Kite, learn-to-fly lessons, family kite fly time, single-line kite flying and the first 250 children will receive a free kite and a learn-to-fly lesson. Keep your eyes to the as skies as kites of all sizes will be flying, some as large as 90 feet will be soaring for all to see. Chicago Kite will be on hand for all your kiting needs.

Contact: Jessica Ortega
(815) 459-0680, ext. 1213



2015 Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park


Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
Concerts Start at 7 pm and last 60-90 minutes, Refreshments Available for Purchase
In the event of inclement weather call (815) 459-7275 (PARK)







2015 Concert Schedule

To Be Announced May 2015

To be considered for booking bands should contact Kim Buscemi at (815) 459-0680, ext. 1217,

Print a 2015 Concerts in the Park Schedule (available May 2015)

For booking information for the 2015 Season,

Contact: Jessica Ortega
(815) 459-0680, ext. 1213

For sponsor information for the 2015 Season,

Contact: Jacqui Weber

2015 Concerts in the Park Sponsors: TBA

2014 Concerts in the Park Sponsors: Jersey Mike's, Don Prigge-Baired & Warner, McHenry County Living, Country Inn & Suites, Dunkin Donuts, Chiro One, Star 105, Brink Street Dental, Herrick Auto Body, Lloyd's Paint, Accelerated Rehab, Heritage Woods-McHenry & Huntley.


2015 Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park


Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
movies begin at dark

Come early for pre-movie festivities including

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Eating Contest at 7 pm

Enter Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Eating Contest at (beginning June 1)

Limited openings per movies, kids ages 5-13, one participation per series. Contest begins at 7 pm. Participants selected will receive email confirmation. Special thanks to Baskin Robbins, 4817 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake


Enter to have the Courtesy Buick GMC Best Seat in the House including:

your family seated in the Courtesy Buick GMC Big Red Inflatable Chair for the movie

Lou Malnati's Pizza and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Delivered to the chair

Enter Courtesty Buick GMC Best Seat in the House at

(entries accepted beginning 2 weeks before each movie date). Winner will be contacted 2 days prior to movie.

2015 Movie Schedule

Movies begin at dark.



To Be Announced May 2015



We welcome your movie suggestions for the 2015 Movies in the Park Season
email Jessica Ortega
For sponsor information for the 2015 Season, contact Jacqui Weber

Thank you to our generous 'Best Seat in the House' 2014 sponsors:

Big Red Inflatable Chair Sponsor

Courtesy Crystal Lake


Best Seat in the House Meal Sponsors

Lou Malnati's PizzeriaBaskin Robbins


Crystal Lake Park District Movies in the Park continue to be free for everyone due to the generosity of our 2014 event sponsors:

Star 105.5, Home State Bank, Jersey Mike's, Country Inn & Suites, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chiro One, Pump It Up, Play It Again Sports, Marvin's Toys


2015 FREE Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House

Free Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House


Click on the picture on the left, to visit the Colonel Palmer House web page for more information about the special events and programs at Colonel Palmer House



2015 Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House



Sunday, June 7 Civil War: The Ravages of War
Sunday, July 19 Farming in the Fabulous 1950's
Sunday, August 9 Wheels of Progress: 150 Years and Still Turning



2015 Senior Fiesta

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

6-9 pm at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

Additional details available in the Summer 2015 brochure (May 15)

Contact: Jennifer Peterson
(815) 459-0680, ext.1219


2015 Black Diamond Blast on the Beach

2015 Date: August 8, 2015, 3 pm-9 pm (rain date August 9)

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

FREE Admission provided by Black Diamond.

Click here for the Blast on the Beach web page


2015 Blast on the Beach Fun Fair Sponsors

Contact Jacqui Weber, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1214


2015 Blast on the Beach Food Vendors & General Information

Contact Sam Thompson (815) 459-0680, ext. 1220


2015 Blast on the Beach Craft Fair Vendors

Save the Date Flyer for Craft Fair Vendors

Register for program code #4900-1 using any of the following registration options

  1. fax to (815) 477-5005
  2. submit in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office
  3. drop in the 24-hour drop box on the east side of the Park District Administrative Office
  4. Mail to: Crystal Lake Park District, One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

After completing the registration form/waiver, print and fill out the Craft Fair Vendor Application form and Waiver and return to Jennifer Peterson (see address above) by July 26, 2015.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219 


2015 Blast on the Beach Volunteers (individual & group volunteers for day of event)

Contact Jenny Leech, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1212


Lake Discovery Day

Including Fishing Gear and Small Watercraft Sale

Saturday, October TBD, 2015, Noon-4 pm

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

Free Admission

Come check it all out! Fishing demonstrations, fly tying and jig making, crib and structure building, fish stocking and shocking, ice fishing information, lake safety, state of the lake presentation and fishing gear/small watercraft sale.

Fishing Gear and Small Watercraft Sale will be held at the Main Beach entrance-weather permitting. Sellers must bring their own table-no electricity available. There is no fee to sell. If you would like space to sell, contact Jacqui Weber at


Truck or Treat


Truck or Treat

TBA: October 2015, 10 am-Noon

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

This program will take place 'Rain or Shine'

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and see all kinds of big trucks and vehicles. Climb aboard and see how they work. Bring a treat bag as there will be lots of goodies by each truck. Be sure to bring a camera.

Contact Jessica Ortega if you have a truck or vehicle you would like to exhibit at Truck or Treat



Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

It's our holiday gift to the community's children, a tradition for over 25 years helping Santa write letters to all of his fans!
Send us your child's letter by December 12, plus a stamped, self-addressed envelope and Santa will send you a reply before Christmas. Please note: your child's letter will not be able to be returned to you.
Mail letters to:
c/o Crystal Lake Park District
One East Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014







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