Children are back in school and summer is coming to a close, but the Dyer Parks and Recreation Department has fun family activities that will continue through the end of 2013
Andrea Daliege, Recreation Supervisor for Dyer Parks & Recreation, said the success of the programs the department offers are partly dependent on the volunteers and staff as well as the participation of the community.
“I would personally like to thank all of my staff, junior leaders and volunteers for a great summer,” Daliege said. “Seniors, parents, children and teens, thank you immensely for registering for our summer programs. We hope that you have many great memories and pictures from our park programs.”
Daliege said the best way to keep up-to-date with the parks department offerings is to “like” Dyer Parks and Recreation on Facebook. Also, Dyer residents who have not received the 2013 Fall Leisuregram by the end of August should call the department at (219) 865-2505.
More than a dozen events remain during the last months of 2013, and Daliege said people who are interested in participating in the events should register by the deadline, if the deadline is applicable.
Some of the offerings include:
Six Flags Great America Tickets
Tickets for Great America Fright Fest 2013 are available until Sept. 30. Tickets are $39.50 and must be purchased with cash.
National Visit a Park Day
Central Park will host an event from noon - 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. The free event includes kite flying, bubble blowing and a scavenger hunt as well as games and a craft. The event is for all ages, and registration is required.
The 13th annual Halloween Parade will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Onsite registration will be from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m at Dyer Town Hall. The first 200 registered kids receive a free goodie bag filled with candy, prizes and free coupons. After the parade, awards will be given for best in costume, youngest in costume, oldest in costume, best dressed pet, and best traditional costume.
Jak’s Warehouse Fundraiser
Tickets to the Oct. 24 event will be available for $25 at the Parks and Recreation office. Registered participants will receive unlimited attractions from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., two slices of pizza and pop between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as a $10 game card. Tickets may be purchased with cash only.
Mini Lights & Itty Bites
On Oct. 28, children between the ages of 4 and 6 will be able to search for candy, prizes and coupons in Activity Room B in Dyer Town Hall. They also will make a holiday craft. The event is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for residents, $9 for non-residents.
Frights Lights and Bites
Kids aged 7-12 will be able to participate in this popular annual Halloween event. Bob & Jack’s will donate the pizza and we will supply the drinks. A huge raffle will take place after a hunt in Elmer Miller Park. The event is at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the main meeting room of Dyer Town Hall. Fees: $10 residents, $11 non-residents.
Holiday Shopping Spree and Craft Fair
The Twelfth Annual Holiday Shopping Spree and Craft Fair will be from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Kahler Middle School.
The event will have booths from popular vendors including Scentsy, Avon, Tupper Ware, Tastefully Simple, Cookie Lee, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef and Mary Kay, will also be selling their items. You don’t want to miss this Holiday Fair! Come and Shop Till You Drop! Vendors interested in participating should contact the parks department at (219) 865-2505.
Candy Cane Hunt
The Third Annual Candy Cane hunt will be Dec. 1. The event is geared for children between the ages of 3 and 9 and their parents. The kids will be able to hunt for hundreds of candy canes, plus make a holiday craft, decorate cookies and enjoy hot chocolate. The event will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Plum Creek Center. Fees: $10 residents, $11 non-residents.
Holiday Lights in the Big City: Dyer is sponsoring a trip to Chicago to see the holiday lights on Dec. 7. Participants will travel by a coach bus and be picked up and dropped off at Daley Plaza. The bus will leave from Dyer Town Hall at 9 a.m. and return about 4 p.m. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 and older. Fee: $25.00 per person and includes coach bus transportation only.
Holly Jolly Ornaments
This first-time event lets people make their own holiday ornaments. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Dec. 16 in Dyer Town Hall. Fee: $7 residents, $8 non-residents.
Winter Break Camp
For the first time, the parks department will be offering a winter break camp for children between the ages of 6 and 10. Participants will enjoy an indoor snowball fight along with a holiday movie, popcorn, and craft.
The program requires advance registration. Fees: $35 residents, $38 non-residents. Camp days are: Dec. 23- Jan. 3 (off 12/24, 12/25 and 1/1/14) and will be from 12:30pm -2:30pm at Plum Creek Center.