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Special Events

VPD Halloween Events

Veterans Park District & Melrose Park Youth Commission presents:

Fright Night & VPD Haunted House

Friday October 25 • 5-7 PM at Bulger Park in Melrose Park

Free Family Event for Grades K-6. Wear Your Costume!

Children receive a hot dog & juice (limited quantities). Hot dogs and snacks available for purchase at the concession stand.

VPD Maintenance Team Presents its Annual Haunted House on Hirsch!
Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26 Open: 5-8 PM. Admission fee: $2

Haunted Movie Night, Halloween Party & VPD Haunted House

Saturday, October 26 • 5-8 PM at Bulger Park

Preregistration: $3 per child / $5 per adult
At the door: $6 per child / $10 per adult

VPD Maintenance Team Presents its Annual Haunted House on Hirsch!
Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26 Open: 5-8 PM. Admission fee: $2

Veterans Day Observance

Friday, November 8 • Bulger Park, Melrose Park | Ceremony starts at 10 AM

On this Veterans Day think of how grateful we should be for all the Veterans who have sacrificed their lives by fighting for our freedom. For the past thirteen years, Veterans Park District has observed Veterans Day with a ceremony attended by community members, friends, employees, local schools, churches, and war heroes. Everyone is invited to observe and remember our soldiers during this moving ceremony.

Winter Fest

Summer Kickoff

In partnership with the City of Northlake And Kiwanis club of Northlake

Saturday, December 7
11 AM-3 PM at Grant Park Recreation Center Northlake

Entertainment For the whole family!
Games • Prizes • Holiday Crafts • Family Bingo • Horse Carriage Rides
Moon Jumps • Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Santa • CANDY CANE CONCESSION STAND

Bring your camera so you can take a memorable picture of Santa and your child!

Schedule of Events:
11 AM-1:45 PM — Activities (Gym)
11 AM-1:30 PM — Pictures with Santa (Gym Room)
12-1 PM — Lunch (Glick Hall)
1-3 PM — Family Bingo (Glick Hall)
2-2:45 PM — Entertainment (Gym)


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Summer Kickoff

This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Breakfast With Santa has become a family tradition. Families will enjoy a hot breakfast with many tasty treats. Each family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate. A candy table will be provided, loaded with candies to create a special family decoration. Santa will have a gift for each child. Bring your camera! You'll want to capture the memories of that special visit with Santa.

• Visit with Santa
• Hot Breakfast
• Gingerbread House (one per family)
• Gift from Santa for Each Child
• Hot Cocoa Table
• Special Holiday Mug for Children
($15 extra fee for each additional house)

Preregistration is necessary to guarantee a gingerbread house for each family.
Registration Opens: Resident Oct 1 / Nonresident Nov 1
Fee: R N
Ages: 3-10: Residents $11 / Nonresidents: $15
Ages: 11- Adult: Residents $16 / Nonresidents: $20
Children under 3 are admitted free, but still need to be registered for the gift count.

VPD Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive

Summer Kickoff


Holiday Food Drive
November 1– December 13

Help provide food for the hungry. We are looking for individuals and/or corporations to help aid us in our mission to fight hunger in our surrounding communities during the holiday season. Please bring nutritious, non-perishable canned or packaged foods (no glass please) to any of the locations listed below.

• Grant Park Recreation Center, Northlake
• George A. Leoni Complex, Melrose Park

Holiday Toy Drive
November 1– December 13

A special thank you to all the families that dropped off toys for last year's drive. Please make the holidays happier and help preserve the spirit of giving. Drop off a NEW toy or game at any of the locations listed below and make a difference in someone's life this holiday season.

• Grant Park Recreation Center Gym, Northlake
• George A. Leoni Complex, Melrose Park