Drop in and Planned Activities for Seniors at the Crystal Lake Park District

Mon October 15, 2018

The Crystal Lake Park District offers drop-in programming, special events, trips and weekly programs and activities for active senior adults. Registration is accepted up to the date of the program as long as space is available.  Registration in advance is required, unless noted.  Registration is accepted at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office, located at One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, or online at www.crystallakeparks.org.

Senior Center at a Glance

Stop by and visit the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake. The Crystal Lake Park District is pleased to offer the following at the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center: drop-in activities, guest speakers, social clubs/dinners, trips, programs such as, arts & crafts, games, Wii Bowling, movie days, cooking, fitness, dance, Bingo and much more! The senior center is open year-round.

Drop-In Activities. Pre-Registration is NOT required

Please note: Some games are contingent on the number of players who attend that day


Rummikub/Mah Jongg

Monday, 9:15-Noon, FREE


1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10 am-Noon, FREE


2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 10 AM-Noon, $5 per person

Coffee & sweets, pay at the door

Hand & Foot (card game similar to Canasta)

Wednesday, 10 am-Noon, FREE

Weeping Canasta/Triple Play

Thursday, 10 am-Noon, FREE

Mah Jongg (bring your own tiles and cards)

Friday, 9:15 am-Noon, FREE

Drop-In Bean Bag Baseball League

Friday (call for information)

Pool Table

Open Monday and Wednesday, 9 am-Noon. Call for additional availability on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Call Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219


Want to form your own group and play a game on one of these days?  Call Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219


Senior Fitness Classes


Seniors in Motion - Punch Pass

Ages 55 & Up

We've got a great workout designed specifically for active older adults. During this hour long class, you will be stretching, strengthening and completing a light cardio workout while using exercise equipment, participating in fun activities and implementing various exercise techniques. To attend class, you must purchase the punch pass at the Administration Office between the hours of 8:30-5 M-F or purchase at class with a check only. Please note: doors open at 8:30 am for participants to walk before class begins at 9 am. Class ends at 10 am.

*No class 10/8. HOLIDAY HOURS TBD.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center (M, W), Main Beach (F)

Instructor: Barbara Finn

M, W, F             8/1-12/7           9-10 am            $50/$55            131000-02


Super Senior Fitness

Ages 55 & Up

Designed for those seniors with less stamina and mobility or those just getting started in their fitness program. This class will use light hand weights, balance exercise, core strengthening on chairs and fun cardio games. A great way to keep up with your mobility and cardio. This class meets for 30 minutes/3 times a week.

*No class 10/8, 11/23.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center (M/W) Main Beach (F)

Instructor: Barbara Finn


M, W, F             9/10-10/29*      8:30-9 am         $55/$60            131018-01


M, W, F             11/12-12/21*     8:30-9 am         $43/$48            131018-02


Special Events for Seniors


Beanball Baseball Tourney

Ages 55 & Up

Take me out to the ballgame and grab a friend or two and join us for a fun morning of playing the new Beanbag Baseball craze hitting the Grand Oaks Active Senior Center. Names will be put in a hat to form teams. Prizes in store for the winners of the tourney, drive for the pennant! Following the tourney, lunch will be provided including hotdogs, chips and drink. No experience needed, all you need to be able to do is throw a beanbag 20 feet! Registration deadline is Oct 5.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center

Friday, October 12, 10 am-Noon

$5, register for code



Holiday Brunch for Seniors

Ages 55 & Up

Enjoy the holidays with good friends, good food and good entertainment. Breakfast brunch will be served along festive entertainment by John Douglas to help us ring in the holidays. If you wish to participate in a gift exchange, bring a $5 wrapped gift with you. Don't miss this party as we celebrate all the season has to offer.

Registration deadline is Dec 1.

Location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center

Tuesday, December 4, 11 am-1 pm

$15, register for code 130119-01


Grand Ole Game Night

Ages 3 & Up

Are you ready for a Grand Ole time with your grandchild? Bring your grandchild and come have fun and see the Nature Center's twist on some traditional games. These games will test your knowledge and skills about nature. Only the grandparent will have to register.

Location: Nature Center

Instructor: Jess Day

F, 10/26, 6-7:30 pm

$10/$15, register for code 132302-01