Des Plaines Park District

Winter at the Park District

Jobs Available

We are hiring! Apply Now! 

Of course, it takes a huge team to get these facilities, programs and events into full swing and to operate them for the duration of the summer and we are recruiting for members of that team NOW.

While we are the largest employer of youth in the community, we also have openings for and hire all ages. A few of the jobs available are lifeguard, pool staff, day camp staff, landscape crew, cashier, front desk staff, and more. Click here to see complete list of jobs.

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 3 • 6:00–8:00p
Discover an enchanted “Winter Wonderland” as the Prairie Lakes Community Center is transformed into a fun-filled holiday festival experience for all ages! There is winter fun for the entire family at this outdoor event. Come dressed for the weather and enjoy festive music, entertainment, train rides, caroling, snacks, hot chocolate and more fun for the whole family! 

Click here for details.

Reindeer Regatta

Saturday, December 10 • 6:00–8:00p
Ages 6+
Ahoy Elves of all ages! It’s time to set sail across the mighty blue Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center.
Step 1: Assemble your crew, grab some cardboard, duct tape, and holiday magic.
Step 2: Create a sea-worthy sleigh for two.
Step 3: Bring your sleigh and crew to Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center and get ready to race other teams across the pool in this family-friendly event.
See our website,, for more information on rules and building guidelines.

Click here for details.

‘Tis the Season Artistry in Motion Annual Dance Concert

Friday, December 9–Saturday, December 10
Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker Street Tickets on sale now.
In Advance:
$10 General Admission (under 2 free)
$8 Dancers/Students/Seniors
At the Door:
$12 General Admission (under 2 free)
$10 Dancers/Students/Seniors
For information on how Artistry in Motion Dance Company can perform at your organizations event, contact Karli Walker at 847-391-6924 or email

Find complete details click here.

Family New Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 31 • 2:00-5:00p
Bring the entire family as we ring in 2023! There will be games, snacks, inflatables, a professional DJ and much more! Adult (18 and older) admission is FREE when you’re accompanied by a child!

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Frosted Fairy Fest

Saturday, February 4 • 12:00–1:30p
Ages 3-8
Join this magical fairy adventure and imagine frolicking in the enchanted forest, searching for dazzling dragonflies, water nymphs and other fairy-sized creatures. Participants will transform into beautiful fairies and make enchanted crafts! Come dressed in wings, make a
wand, and learn a few magical words.

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Royal Ball

Saturday, February 11 • 6:30–8:30p
All are invited to join an enchanted journey through the magical world of Royalty. Each Royal Subject and their enchanted escort will enjoy an evening of treats, dancing, games, music, and the fun that dreams are made of. Register early because this royal celebration is the event that reigns the Kingdom’s social calendar.

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Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711