Back from holiday break, Rosemont residents have access to several park district programs over the next two months as they browse for activities for themselves and children on days when schools are closed.
To start, family bingo nights run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 27 in the Margaret J. Lange Park Thompson Room. Pizza, refreshments and game prizes are included. There is a fee and registration is no later than one week prior to game night. Kids aged 5 through 9 can participate in the 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 13 Valentine treat-making class at Lange park. There is a fee.
Then it’s time to dance the night away at the 23rd annual Father/Daughter Dinner Dance slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Lange Park. Registration is taking place now.
A month later is the Mother/Son Bowling and Pizza event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11 in Rosemont.
“Day at the Park” programs for children in kindergarten through third grade are set for 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and April 12 at Lange. A van will pick up children registered for the program at their schools and take them to the park to participate in the day’s art projects, games and music.
The junior “Day at the Park” at Lange for kids aged 3 to 5 runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 7, March 20, April 10 and May 1. The event features pizza, games and projects.
Tumbling classes are available at Lange park for children aged five to nine from 7 - 8 p.m. each Thursday from Feb. 6-25; Feb. 20-25 for non-residents.
Martial arts classes at Lange, for children 4 through 11, run from 4:15 to 5 p.m. for ages 4 to 6, and 5:15 to 6 p.m. for ages 7 to 11 each Thursday Feb. 13-March 4 for residents; Feb. 27-March 4 for non-residents.
The “Lots for Tots” program at Lange for children aged 3 to 5 runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 20-March 11. The “Parent and Tot” program for children age 18 to 36 months and their parents runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20-March 11 for residents.
The “Young Rembrandts” arts, drawing and cartooning class for children aged 3-1/2 to 13 at Lange Park will be held at differing afternoon times for each age group on Wednesdays from Feb. 13-March 4 for residents; Feb. 27-March 4 for non-residents.
Cheerleading classes at Lange for children aged 7 to 10 run from 7 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday from Jan. 25-March 1 for all, and Feb. 13-March 4 for residents; Feb. 27 to March 4 for non-residents.
Other programs continue at the Rosemont Recreation Center, 7128 Barry St., in January and February. A Zumba class for kids in first through fifth grade runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23-Feb. 11, micro basketball for kids aged 3 to 9, Jan. 24-March 14, and an arts class for ages 5 to 10 on Wednesdays through January.
In addition, the recreation center gym is open to residents for basketball at varying hours Monday through Saturday, usually from 11 a.m. through 8:45 p.m.
Lange Park and the recreation center’s game and weight rooms, and Lange Park’s racquetball courts are open to all residents throughout the week.
The pool at the Donald E. Stephens Athletic Complex, 6101 N. Ruby St., is open 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday through April for residents. Lifeguards are on duty for this full-sized pool which will extend its hours in May.
The adjoining Rosemont Elementary School gym is open now through April from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday for students and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.