Valparaiso Park Department activities for week of Aug. 26

2013-08-26T15:53:00Z Valparaiso Park Department activities for week of Aug. 26Contributed by Barbie Johnson
August 26, 2013 3:53 pm  • 

Visit the Valpo Parks website for information on all programs at Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the Parks Office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 219.462.5144.

Lit’l Kernel Puff registration for 2 to 9 year olds

A fun way for kids to start Popcorn Fest day each year, Lit’lPuff races are for 2 to 9 year olds (age as of September 7, 2013). Puff price is only $20 and everyone who runs receives a t-shirt and a participation ribbon. No race-day registration available. The races begin near the Porter County Courthouse.

Popcorn Panic 5 Mile/5K registration is available

Sign up now for the traditional kick-off races of the world-famous Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. This year the races begin and end at Central Park Plaza! Popcorn Panic runners and walkers will register for the 5 Mile run or the 5K walk for $25 through August 14 and $35 after. Race-day registration is available. Set a new course record!

T’ai Chi session in September

Practice the martial art to enhance coordination, concentration, relaxation and inner energy flow. For adults 18 years and over, this class is taught by an experienced instructor one hour per week from September 24 through November 12. Price is only $75.

Discovery Cottage for ages 18 months to 8 years, new late afternoon offerings

Registration is available for the Fall and Winter line up of classes at Discovery Cottage located at 1155 Harrison. New class times in late afternoon are available for kids to discover science, nature, music, theater and crafts.

NEW Monster Dash Halloween Run

Sign up for the newest special event of Fit City and the Valpo Parks. October 27 is the inaugural Monster Dash. It includes a 1K Family Fun Run as well as a 5K race, beginning and ending at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valpo. Dress as your favorite super hero, villain or fairy tale character for this costume fun run. 1K is $15, 5K is $25 or $30 for both.

Group Hayride Reservations Now

Group hayride reservations begin in mid September and run through November 3. It’s a great gathering for family outings, service groups, youth organizations and more. The hour and half events are available Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Youth Coed Volleyball registration

Grades one through six can learn and play volleyball this winter in this 8-week program. VU volleyball players will run the practices, making it fun to learn the basics of the game. All practices and games are at the Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. Price is $65/77 ($35 less if a member of the Boys & Girls Club). Registration ends on December 20th.

Golf instruction at Creekside Golf Course

The weather is still great for golf. Instructional golf sessions like Linksters Academy, L’il Tigers, and the First Tee, led by LPGA teaching professional Nancy Bender are available for all ages and skill levels are at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center, 2355 Clifford Road in Valparaiso. Programs are offered every month and throughout the year. For complete details and information on programs, log on to or contact her at 219.531.PUTT (7888).

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City of Valparaiso
166 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-1161

Police Department
355 S. Washington St. Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-2135

Fire Department
2605 Cumberland Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-8325

Parks & Recreation
3210 North Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 462-5144

Valparaiso Community Schools
3801 N. Campbell St. Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 531-3000