Tag: Sycamore Park District

My Fitness Program: Is It Doing What I Want?

Ages 14+ | Do you wonder if you’re doing the right things? If you have questions or concerns about what you’re doing or how you feel, please join us for a discussion about your fitness program goals and results. Topics covered will include: muscle soreness vs joint pain, overuse injuries, stagnation of workout, common sense approach to meet desired goals, and why establish baseline numbers.

Pathway Fitness Members & Pass Holders: FREE
General Public: $2

Northwestern Medicine Trailhead Health and Fitness Series is presented by Northwestern Medicine healthcare professional, Chris Laurent, MA, LAT, ATC.

Advance registration is appreciated online at https://bit.ly/2Mb0uSG or at the Community Center.

Nature Talks: From Buckthorn to Burmese Pythons

From Buckthorn to Burmese Pythons: Diversity & Impact of Invasive Species in the U.S. | Presenter: Nicholas McCarney | Sycamore Park District, Natural Areas Specialist

Humans have traveled the world time and time again. See how global colonization has brought not only culture and goods worldwide, but some of the most detrimental non-native species to our most diverse ecosystems. Referred to by some as the “Anthropocene” explore how this new age requires some of the most extensive ecological restoration to preserve our most precious plants and animals.
From local topics to global themes, join other nature enthusiasts for an enjoyable and fascinating evening out. To help gauge a head count, please R.S.V.P. to Nicholas at nicholasm@sycamoreparkdistrict.com or 815-770-5827 (leave a message). FREE. Cash bar available.

Eco Explorers: IL Animals

January 8, 2020


Ages 8-11 | Through specimens, bones, and other hands-on activities, learn about your animal neighbors and why they are important to our ecosystem.

Resident $7/Nonresident $11

Advance registration required online here or at the Community Center.

With fun hands-on demonstrations and experiments, little ones will explore the world around them! Whether your budding ecologist is fascinated with nature or you are looking for an opportunity to broaden your child’s horizons, checkout this enriching and fun experience!

Winter Family Play Day

It’s not too cold to play outside! Snow or no snow, we will have winter activities throughout Legacy Campus. Dress for the weather.
Snacks provided near the fire pit in the First National Bank Amphitheater. FREE.

Experience the excitement of sled dog racing with demonstrations by Free Spirit Siberian Rescue Sled Demo Team.
Sled Dog Demonstrations: 1pm, 2pm, & 2:45pm

Learn about cold weather animal adaptations with hands-on experiments and activities with the Midwest Museum of Natural History!

NIU Outdoor Adventures will have snowshoes and other recreation equipment used for exploring a winter wonderland. Learn how to select equipment for your whole family and even try it out!

Pet Visits with Santa

A new toy? A comfy bed? A steak dinner? What would your dog ask Santa for? Bring your furry friend(s) for a holiday visit and photo op. Dog must be leashed and have current Rabies vaccine. Please only 2 dogs per person. FREE.

Cookies with Santa

While you’re here for your important meeting with the jolly ol’ fellow, enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. FREE.

Participants are encouraged to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Sycamore Food Pantry, or an unwrapped toy, to be donated to the DeKalb Toys for Tots.

Lions eye Screening
During the event, the Sycamore Lions Club will sponsor free vision pre-screenings for children six months to six years. We encourage families to bring their children in for this free screening which takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime. The pre-screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screens young children. For more information on the screening event or to learn more about the Sycamore Lions Club and its service projects, contact Jerome Perez at 815-501-0101.

Special thanks to the Sycamore Lions Club for their ongoing help and for providing the hot chocolate and cookies!

Dress for the weather and enjoy a roaring fire at the outdoor amphitheater patio.

Thanksgiving Weekend Shootout & Jr NBA Skills Challenge

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Sign up in advance to get an early time on the court.

Admission fee includes an open gym fee for the day, Shoot-out, and a hot dog and beverage at the Food Court. Other snacks are available for purchase.

Pathway Fitness Members and Pass Holders: $2
Resident/Nonresident: $5

Register online here or at the Community Center.

Show off your shoot-out skills and work off that Thanksgiving meal! All ages are welcome to participate or cheer on your friends and family.

Free throw Contest
Organized by age group with appropriate hoop height adjustments. Best out of 10 will advance. Includes warm up time. Fun Prizes for age group winners.

Parent Child Free Throw Contest

Jr. NBA Skills Local Challenge
Ages 13 and under | Groups organized by age and gender. Participants will perform the following timed skills on a half-court. Winners move on to regional and national competitions!

Dribble from the start line to:
3) SHOOT, REBOUND, AND SCORE to make as many shots as possible in 60 seconds from the shooting spots
4) FREE THROW. Winners will advance to regional competition.

Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday, November 9 at 9 AM – 11:30 AM

Mindfulness is a frame of mind that helps you take control of your time and life and it’s gaining rapid popularity in our culture: homemakers, businesses, families, schools, retirement homes, even lawyers are being trained, so what is it that has people of all ages and lifestyles practicing it?

Learn to be in the present moment, meaning not rehashing the past or preparing for the future, but experiencing what is going on now.

Gain clarity of what you want more of in your life and learn exercises that will support that person you want to be, living a richer life.

Experience results in better health, relationships, creativity, quality of life, and more!

In this workshop you will experience breathing, attitude, and prioritizing activities that are sure to change your life in a meaningful way. You can immediately implement the tools you’ve learned at home to create lasting habits towards a meaningful life, one day at a time. It’s simple but, the more you practice, the more mindful you will become and people will notice the change in you…but most of all, you will realize what you most want in your life and begin to achieve it.

Ages 18+ | Resident $26/Nonresident $36
Instructor: Debi Askelson

Advance registration required at the Community Center, 480 S. Airport Road or at https://bit.ly/31YH4GI


Let your imagination run wild when you get to see these big rigs and various vehicles up close! FREE

The list of vehicles keeps growing..and there’s more to come. If you have a big or interesting vehicle you’d like to bring, give the park district a call at 815-895-3365.

Sycamore Police Department
Sycamore Fire Department
Sycamore Park District
Ozinga RMC
Lovetts Towing & Recovery
NIU Supermileage Car
BLP Construction
Dries Inc Water Hauling
DeKalb County Community Gardens
Accurate Towing
DeKalb County ROE, Basics DeKalb County

Super Hero Challenge

Preschoolers – 5th Grade
Resident $12/Nonresident $15
Additional Sibling: Resident $9/Nonresident $12
Registration Deadline: September 22*
*Participants who register in advance are guaranteed a T-shirt and race bib. Limited quantities of each will be available for day-of registrations.

Register online, here https://bit.ly/2YSAUdO or at the Community Center, 480 S. Airport Road.

Kids love to run, play, and pretend to be superheroes. Give them the chance to do all three and plant the seeds for a lifetime of healthy habits and character!

Three races, broken down by grade, will have age-appropriate distances with brain challenges and obstacles to figure out along the way. All racers receive a strong sense of accomplishment! This will be a cross-country style event, rain or shine.

Preschoolers, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade: 1/2 mile
2nd and 3rd Grade: 1 mile
4th and 5th Grade: 1 mile

Presented by Moose(L)Up Redemption Club, Forge Athletics, and Sycamore Park District