Fox Valley Park District

SPRING BREAKOUT! Check out all these great ways to discover festive fun

Open gyms, spring break camps, egg hunts an indoor water park and a big running event for all at Blackberry Farm – there’s no shortage of festive fun this spring:  

Spring Break Camps

Spring Blast Camp: This week-long extravaganza is available at Eola and Vaughan for ages 6 to 11. Campers will enjoy recreational games, sports, arts, crafts and other activities. Vaughan campers should bring a swimsuit and towel every day to swim.

Partial Sports Camps: Chess Scholars, Let’s Build It, Basketball Fundamentals and Dodge Ball (all at Eola), STEM (Eola, Prisco, Vaughan) and Red Oak Adventures (Red Oak Nature Center).

These fill fast! Click here to check out details on ALL Spring Break camps

Vaughan Athletic Center
Indoor Water Park open extended hours

From March 27 through 31, the water park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Daily admission for students is $6 (R) / $8 (N).

For a full listing of spring break hours at Vaughan, click here.
While you’re in water park mode, now is a great time to get your season pass for Summer 2017. Buy now to get the early bird savings rate and you’ll be good to go every day this summer at Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center – it’s good at both parks! Purchase your pass online at

Open Gym x 3 = Get in on the action!

Open gym time is available at all three Park District community centers – Prisco, Eola and Vaughan. Select hours are available for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and table tennis. Players must obtain a Fox Valley Park District ID to participate in open gym programs.

Click here for a full list of hours and availability.

Batting Cages at Eola, Vaughan and Prisco

Batting cages may be rented by the hour and are equipped with a manual pitching machine with adjustable speeds. These provide great practice for baseball and softball teams, from youth players to adult. Balls are provided, but players should bring their own bats and helmets. Vaughan also has temporary mounds that can be used for pitching practice. Batting cages are also a great indoor practice alternative for golf!

Click here for more information and hourly rates per cage.

Barnyard Dash 5K 

Celebrate the spring season and run or walk this scenic, CARA-certified trail race around beautiful Blackberry Farm. This unique combo event features a 5K race starting at 8:30 a.m. and a shorter Pig Pen 1-miler at 9:45 a.m.

Barnyard Dash 5K: $29 early bird ($25 FVPD fitness members/CARA members);
$34 day-of ($30 CARA): Code 462401-01
Pig Pen 1-miler: $15; $20 day-of (Code 462401-03)
Families are encouraged to sign up for the Pig Pen 1-miler with children ages 5 and up.
Printable Entry Form

Race features include:

  • Chip-timed results for all participants
  • Race T-shirt for all runners registered by April 20
  • Early Bird Discount available through April 23
  • Awards for top finishers in each age category
  • Participation ribbons for all racers
  • Discount for CARA members (Code 462401-02)
  • BONUS run! All registered 5K runners are welcome to participate in the Pig Pen 1-miler FREE!
  • View race course maps

Other information:

  • 14 age divisions with 1st/2nd/3rd place awards for male and female in each age group
  • Parking available across street at Splash Country Water Park (195 S. Barnes Rd.)
  • Optional pre-race packet pickup is available on Friday, April 28, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Day-of registration available from 7:15 to 8 a.m. on April 29 and is cash or check only; no refunds
  • Questions? Contact Holly Wiggins at or 630-892-1550

Community-Wide Service Day

Calling all volunteers- Get your service hours here! Scout groups, church groups, students, friends and families are invited to help with various service projects including river and local parks clean-up and more throughout the community. This event is in cooperation with Kiwanis One Day.
When: Saturday, April 8, 8 a.m. to noon.

  • Blackberry Farm / Gilman Trail (100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora)
  • North Aurora Island Park (State Street Bridge, North Aurora)
  • South Island Park (Ashland Ave. and Route 25, Aurora)
  • Waubonsie Lake Park (Montgomery and Kautz roads, Aurora)

Ages: All
Registration: Contact Debbie Smith- Fox Valley Park District – at 630-966-4555 or

Get full event details here – including info on free cookout!

Thank you to our partners: City of Aurora, Kiwanis International, Aurora Township, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Aurora University, Volunteer Fox Valley, Waubonsee Community College

Egg-Streme Egg Hunt

Crawl, bounce, jump and run through Vaughan Athletic Center’s Egg-Streme Egg Hunt! Collect eggs through completing age-appropriate obstacles. Parents- compete in the parent bracket and join the fun with your little ones cheering you on!

When: Sunday, April 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora
Ages: All
Fee: $10(R) / $14(N) – Register online here!

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Grab your flashlight and get ready to party at Blackberry Farm! Enjoy hayrides, dancing, games and flashlight egg hunt with prizes. Dinner is provided. Don’t forget your flashlight! Ages 9 to 13.
When: Thursday, April 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora
Ages: 9 to 13
Fee: $9(R) / $14(N) – Register online here!

Superhero SMASH!

Bring out your superhero for this super afternoon! Enjoy games, crafts and snacks- all centered around superheroes. Bring your hero gear and camera- real life superheroes will be on-site for photo opportunities. Register by April 15 for discounted pricing!

When: Saturday, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Eola
Ages: 9 to 13
Fee: $9 early bird pricing by April 15 – Register online here!

Wine & Canvas

Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, a few friends and enjoy a lively, social and creative night out. Includes instructor and materials. Ages 21 & up.  Register online!

When: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora
Ages: 21+
Fee: $19(R) / $24(N)
Registration: Code 460201-02 – Register online here!





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  • Ages 9-12
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