EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Create memories at local park programs

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Create memories at local park programsBy John Wilson nwitimes.com
August 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Another summer season is almost over. We all look forward to summer and the creation of new memories and to carry out summer traditions by participating in one-day excursions, outdoor band concerts, farmer’s market, festivals, family picnics and other leisure programs.

As the director of the Lan-Oak Park District I am proud that our agency serves as a memory maker for family traditions, new and ongoing. Our staff works very hard throughout the year to make summer memorable for many. From our day camp programs, to movie night, to the events at the Park Plaza, memories and family traditions are being formed one way or another. With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we need that time to unwind and relax in a tranquil setting.

You and your family still have the opportunity to enjoy the summer by joining the park district in its last special event at the Park Plaza on Saturday. Becoming a tradition for many, the park district’s "An Evening of Midsummer Magic" is a free special event that is truly a mystical night of family fun, delightful activities, and awe-inspiring magic provided by magician Michael Darnell.

Families can book the entire evening at the Park Plaza, starting with dinner at the Barnyard Grill, where you can purchase a hot dog or hamburger with a drink.

Being a magical night the event will have a very enchanted special guest attending. Cinderella will stop by the Park Plaza to see the children and offer a ride in her magical carriage. For your children and the child inside you, this can be an evening where memories and traditions are started.

The summer at the Park Plaza might end with our "An Evening of Midsummer Magic," but traditions and making memories still go on.

Families can enroll in the district’s high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children 3 to 5 years old. Play is the foundation in this remarkable program that grows each year with more and more happy families and preschoolers. I encourage parents to visit the upcoming open house at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eisenhower Fitness & Community Center. This unique program is absolutely remarkable and will be an unforgettable experience for you and your child.

Anyone can participate in our leisure programs by visiting www.lanoakparkdistrict.org.

Recreation programming just does not stop at the end of summer; it is a year-round event at the Lan-Oak Park District. On the website, I am confident you will find a program that could enhance your daily life, become a tradition and a memorable moment.

Superintendent of Recreation Sharon Desjardins and her staff are always working on new and interesting program opportunities for families to participate in. Memories and traditions at the Lan-Oak Park District are made by you and your family.

John Wilson is director  of the Lan-Oak Park District. The opinions are the writer's.

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