June 19, 2020 at 2:33pm

Northbrook Park District invites the community to enjoy a summer of outdoor, indoor and virtual fun as the state moves toward Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Staff members have been developing many programs that provide recreational opportunities while following safety guidelines.

Special events, summer camps, fitness classes and a variety of programming for all ages are featured in the new July-August 2020 Online Guide. This Summer Guide is only available online at nbparks.org and will not be mailed to residents’ homes. Registration is available online at nbparks.org/online-registration.

Facilities are opening for additional in-person programming following guidelines of the CDC, the State of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health with small group sizes, additional cleaning protocols and face covering requirements.

Summer Camp Session 2 begins July 13 for ages 8 (and entering 3rd grade) to 13. These four-week in-person camps focus on spending time outside playing and participating in a variety of physical activities. Additional daily fun includes cultural arts, crafts, games and sports. One-week virtual camps also begin July 13 and feature crafts, special guests, interactive games and virtual field trips for a variety of ages.

“We’re incredibly excited to have kids back at our sites for summer camp and enjoying the many opportunities the District has to offer,” said Eileen Loftus, Director of Recreation. “As we transition through the next phases of the Restore Illinois plan, we are happy to provide a wonderful selection of in-person and virtual recreation programs as well.”

Northbrook Park District is excited to offer family activities for the community this summer. In-person events include the Family Campout on July 11 in Village Green Park, Family Strength and Stretch in the parks and the Kids’ Duathlon at Meadowhill Park and the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. The Virtual Liberty Loop 5K, Stolen Key Scavenger Hunt, Virtual Murder Mystery and Virtual Family Trivia offer additional family fun at home.

Children are invited to explore nature through several new outdoor programs that provide in-person experiences exploring the world around them. New in-person classes offer children the opportunity to learn and have fun in a small group setting while popular virtual programs such as cooking and art continue in July.

Evening adult general interest classes will be held at the Leisure Center, while daytime senior programming has been moved to Village Green Center. Pre-registration is required for all programs, including “drop-in” options.

Fitness enthusiasts are offered a variety of options from group exercise to one-on-one personal training and small group training. Fitness opportunities are available through indoor, outdoor and virtual classes.

The District has developed several sports programs for all ages. Youth cycling is back at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and Skating School is available for skaters ages 8-13 in levels Alpha I through Delta at the Northbrook Sports Center. In addition, a variety of outdoor sports classes and athletic leagues are being offered in the parks including the popular Adult Softball League. The Batting Cages are also open – online pre-registration is required.

Although large in-person theatre productions are not currently an option, many other performing arts programs are available. Private lessons are offered for music, acting and dance and a virtual Improv Troupe program and virtual Radio Play are planned as well. In-person opportunities with lowered instructor to student ratios include Playmaking classes, Musical Theatre Dance and Pop Hoppers Dance.

While Sportsman’s Country Club is closed for course renovation and clubhouse construction, Anetsberger Golf Course is open offering tee times, lessons and leagues. Registration for the Anetsberger Championship scheduled for Saturday, August 1 will open on July 1. The 9-hole, stroke play tournament offers championship flights for men, women, boys and girls of all ages. In addition, the Anetsberger Golf Shop features a variety of equipment for purchase including US Kids youth equipment. For more information, follow Anetsberger Golf Course on Facebook or visit anetsbergergolf.com.

The Northbrook Park District thanks its advertisers for the July-August Online Guide, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Consumers Credit Union and Multivista.

For more information or to register for programs, click here. For questions, contact the Northbrook Park District at 847-291-2993 or customerservice@nbparks.org.