The Fox Valley Park District remains committed to delivering programs and activities – albeit through a different lens – to encourage community engagement and offer recreational opportunities to our residents in a virtual capacity. Like everyone else, we’re operating with an adjusted mindset, but our ultimate goal is to ensure that community members have helpful resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay engaged from home while we all deal with changes to our daily routine.

Use these resources to build your own learning opportunities, have some fun and break away from the monotony of the stay-at-home order.

Wishing you good health and hope to see you soon.

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* $ = paid program

Virtual Recreation Sponsor



  • Virtual Programs
  • Active Adults
  • Athletics
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Creative Play and Nature Play Preschool
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood
  • E-Sports/E-Gaming
  • Fox Fitness
  • General Interest and Recreation
  • Gymnastics & Cheer
  • Performing Arts
  • Red Oak Nature Center
  • Tennis
  • Virtual Programs
    • ($) Kid’s Karate Club | Weekly Classes: R $12 / N $18 | 8-week Class: R $65 / N $98
      Kid’s Karate Club has gone virtual! In this year-round progressive martial arts program with belt progression through black belt, students are encouraged to have fun as they learn the basics of karate, self-defense, sparring, kata and children’s safety. After registration, participants will be emailed links to the class videos. The eight-week class will be sent 12 videos. The one-week class will be sent 2 videos. Videos are prerecorded and can be watched at any time.
    • ($) MVP Sports P.E.  | Wednesdays: 2 to 2:30 p.m. | R $5 / N $7
      MVP Sports has gone virtual! Join us Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for a 30-minute class focusing on physical fitness, sports, and fun! Classes will include a brief fitness workout, athletic skill development, and some sports trivia. MV-P.E. is geared for boys and girls ages 7-13 years old, but we welcome families to join in on the fun. Pre-registration is required. A class link, along with detailed class information, will be emailed to all participants by 5 p.m. the day prior. Classes will be held online via Zoom. The registration deadline will be Tuesdays at noon.
    • ($) Performing Arts Trivia | Friday, May 29: 7 to 8:30 p.m. | $10 per family
      Start memorizing those show tunes and Shakespeare’s famous lines, as you join your hosts, Mr. Nick & Miss Lynn for a hilarious night of competition. Grab a drink & snack and challenge your friends to join you as you compete for fun prizes and the title of Performing Arts Know-It-All! Price is per family- the most fun you’ll ever have for $10!
    • ($) Porch Portraits | Saturday, May 30: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | $45
      During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 many life events have been put on hold. Porch portraits are a fun way to document life in the here and now. Capture the important moments of graduation, a birthday celebration, your family portrait, or any other part of your life. Cost includes a 15-minute mini session with a photographer and 10-15 edited photos.  Be sure to sign up today, space is limited! Registrants must reside within the Fox Valley Park District Boundaries. Please email rharling@fvpd.net with any questions. Once registration is closed you will be contacted by at Blackberry Farm staff member with your assigned timeslot.
    • ($) Minecraft Pop-up Building Competition | Friday, June 5: 3 to 5 p.m. | $10 per person
      Calling all Minecraft players! We want to see your building skills! Players will be asked to build their favorite Fox Valley Park District or Aurora building or landmark. All buildings will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Directions will be emailed out the day before the event. This server is Minecraft Java, and it is only compatible with PCs or MacBook’s. If you are using an iPad or video game console, you will not be able to access the server. If using an iPad or game console, you can still participate but please submit your building to cpatton@fvpd.net by 5 p.m. on the day of the event.
    • ($) Character Visits | Saturday, June 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $25
      During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 many life events have been put on hold. Character visits are a fun way to bring the excitement of a special event to your home! Celebrate a birthday, the end of the school year or just bring some joy to your families lives with a visit from some of Blackberry Farm’s greatest friends! Registration includes a 10-minute social distanced visit from the character of your choice and a Blackberry Farm family fun pack including a personalized letter from your character! Be sure to sign up today, space is limited! Please email lbaumgartner@fvpd.net with any questions. Once registration is closed you will be contacted by at Blackberry Farm staff member with your assigned time-slot.
    • ($) Tai Chi for Health | Multiple Dates | Session 1: R $60 / NR $90 | Session 2: R $70 /  NR $105
      Tai Chi is a unique way of exercising through graceful, slow, smooth and flowing movements. Follow a routine designed to free minds and bodies of stress. Guide to Class Selection: All New students, whether they have taken tai chi before or not, should choose the Tuesday Beginning-Intermediate class. The virtual classes will also include access to additional online videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Beginner | Saturdays, June 6 through July 18: 9 to 9:50 a.m. | R $60 / N $90 | Ages: 4Y-8Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Intermediate/Advanced | Saturdays, June 6 through July 18: 10 to 11 a.m. | R $60 / N $90 | Ages: 5Y-18Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Beginner | Saturdays, July 25 through September 5: 9 to 9:50 a.m. | R $70 / N $105 | Ages: 4Y-8Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Intermediate/Advanced | Saturdays, July 25 through September 5: 10 to 11 a.m. | R $70 / N $105 | Ages: 5Y-18Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    Active Adults
    • Active Adults Coffee Talk | Thursday, May 14, 21 & 28: 10 a.m. | FREE
      Join us for Zoom Coffee Talk meetings and discuss different topic for each meeting (i.e. how are you handling this; share family photos/memories; trivia or open to whatever people want to talk about)! Email jrackmyer@fvpd.net if you would like to participate. Jen will email everyone with the Zoom ID for each session the day before.

    Weekly Challenges

    • Week of May 4: Try using Zoom (zoom.us) for family meetings or programs. You need a computer or smartphone with a camera on the front, an email and Wifi. Check out our Coffee Talk Zoom meetings. It’s easy to join! Email jrackmyer@fvpd.net for information about Coffee Talk!
    • Week of May 11: Call someone who you have been thinking about but haven’t talked to in a long time.
    • Week of May 18: Create artwork you can place in your window or on your front door thanking all the essential workers.
    • Week of May 25: Try doing something new that you have always wanted to do. For example, write a poem, draw, paint, etc. It can be whatever you want it to be!

    Virtual Trips

    Brain Teaser Puzzles

    At-Home Bingo Games

    Miscellaneous

    Athletics

    While you’re off the practice field, enjoy some activities you can do at home to take your skills to the next level.

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) MVP Sports P.E.  | Wednesdays: 2 to 2:30 p.m. | R $5 / N $7
      MVP Sports has gone virtual! Join us Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for a 30-minute class focusing on physical fitness, sports, and fun! Classes will include a brief fitness workout, athletic skill development, and some sports trivia. MV-P.E. is geared for boys and girls ages 7-13 years old, but we welcome families to join in on the fun. Pre-registration is required. A class link, along with detailed class information, will be emailed to all participants by 5 p.m. the day prior. Classes will be held online via Zoom. The registration deadline will be Tuesdays at noon.

    Free Programs and Activities

    Blackberry Farm

    Since you can’t visit Blackberry Farm right now, we’re bringing our living history museum to you! Enjoy a variety of activities just as if you were strolling through our streets. Like Blackberry Farm on Facebook to stay connected!

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) Porch Portraits | Saturday, May 30: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | $45
      During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 many life events have been put on hold. Porch portraits are a fun way to document life in the here and now. Capture the important moments of graduation, a birthday celebration, your family portrait, or any other part of your life. Cost includes a 15-minute mini session with a photographer and 10-15 edited photos.  Be sure to sign up today, space is limited! Registrants must reside within the Fox Valley Park District Boundaries. Please email rharling@fvpd.net with any questions. Once registration is closed you will be contacted by at Blackberry Farm staff member with your assigned timeslot.
    • ($) Character Visits | Saturday, June 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $25
      During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 many life events have been put on hold. Character visits are a fun way to bring the excitement of a special event to your home! Celebrate a birthday, the end of the school year or just bring some joy to your families lives with a visit from some of Blackberry Farm’s greatest friends! Registration includes a 10-minute social distanced visit from the character of your choice and a Blackberry Farm family fun pack including a personalized letter from your character! Be sure to sign up today, space is limited! Please email lbaumgartner@fvpd.net with any questions. Once registration is closed you will be contacted by at Blackberry Farm staff member with your assigned time-slot.

    Free Programs and Activities

    Creative Play and Nature Play Preschool Dance

    Join us for fun and virtual dance classes!

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) Private lessons with Ms. Erin | $10
      Dancers have the opportunity to book 45-minute private lessons to work on whatever they choose (ballet, jazz, conditioning, cross training, foam rolling, etc.) Reach out to Erin O’Brien at eobrien@fvpd.net to schedule a day and time.

    Free Programs and Activities

    • Monday Facebook Challenges | Mondays in May: 11 a.m.
      Join Ms. Erin on Mondays, as she challenges you to a “get up and move” challenge. Submit a video of you completing your challenge to eobrien@fvpd.net. Videos will be posted on Tuesday mornings.
    Early Childhood

    Enjoy fun activities that you can do at home with your little learners!

    Paid Programs and Activities

    More programs coming soon!

    Free Activities

    E-Sports/E-Gaming

    E-Sports leagues are coming soon to the Fox Valley Park District! Looking to add a little friendly competition into your video game play? We are partnering with Mission Control Gaming to provide you with titles such as Call of Duty, Madden, NBA 2K20, MarioKart, and others. You’re sure to find a league that’s perfect for you! You’ll have the flexibility to schedule matches at a time that’s convenient for you. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this new and exciting online gaming experience! More information coming soon!

    Fox Fitness

    We want you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay engaged from home while we all deal with changes to our daily routine. Check out fitness workouts and healthy tips below. Be sure to like Fox Fitness on Facebook for more!

    Free Exercise Classes and Health Tips

    General Interest and Recreation

    Enjoy general recreation activities that you can do at home!

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) Minecraft Pop-up Building Competition | Friday, June 5: 3 to 5 p.m. | $10 per person
      Calling all Minecraft players! We want to see your building skills! Players will be asked to build their favorite Fox Valley Park District or Aurora building or landmark. All buildings will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Directions will be emailed out the day before the event. This server is Minecraft Java, and it is only compatible with PCs or MacBook’s. If you are using an iPad or video game console, you will not be able to access the server. If using an iPad or game console, you can still participate but please submit your building to cpatton@fvpd.net by 5 p.m. on the day of the event.
    • ($) Kid’s Karate Club | Weekly Classes: R $12 / N $18 | 8-week Class: R $65 / N $98
      Kid’s Karate Club has gone virtual! In this year-round progressive martial arts program with belt progression through black belt, students are encouraged to have fun as they learn the basics of karate, self-defense, sparring, kata and children’s safety. After registration, participants will be emailed links to the class videos. The eight-week class will be sent 12 videos. The one-week class will be sent 2 videos. Videos are prerecorded and can be watched at any time.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Beginner | Saturdays, June 6 through July 18: 9 to 9:50 a.m. | R $60 / N $90 | Ages: 4Y-8Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Intermediate/Advanced | Saturdays, June 6 through July 18: 10 to 11 a.m. | R $60 / N $90 | Ages: 5Y-18Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Tai Chi for Health | Multiple Dates | Session 1: R $60 / NR $90 | Session 2: R $70 /  NR $105
      Tai Chi is a unique way of exercising through graceful, slow, smooth and flowing movements. Follow a routine designed to free minds and bodies of stress. Guide to Class Selection: All New students, whether they have taken tai chi before or not, should choose the Tuesday Beginning-Intermediate class. The virtual classes will also include access to additional online videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Beginner | Saturdays, July 25 through September 5: 9 to 9:50 a.m. | R $70 / N $105 | Ages: 4Y-8Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.
    • ($) Kung Fu for Kids – Intermediate/Advanced | Saturdays, July 25 through September 5: 10 to 11 a.m. | R $70 / N $105 | Ages: 5Y-18Y
      Class focuses on strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, not aggression or competition. Children learn by doing flowing sequences of martial art movements. The virtual classes will also include access to additional videos and emailed handouts.

    Free Programs and Activities

    • Fox Valley Park District At-Home Field Day | Monday, May 4 through May 31
      Enjoy your end-of-school field day with us! We’ll email you a game board and instruction packet when you register, so please be sure to include your email address. Registration is free! All supplies to complete the activities are items you should have handy at home. Complete all the activities and receive your field day certificate! Video tape yourself completing your challenges and send it to the Fox Valley Park District staff to be featured in our post field day video!
    Gymnastics & Cheer Performing Arts

    Stay engaged with activities and challenges led by our Performing Arts Department. Be sure to like Fox Valley Performing Arts on Facebook to stay connected!

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) Performing Arts Trivia | Friday, May 29: 7 to 8:30 p.m. | $10 per family
      Start memorizing those show tunes and Shakespeare’s famous lines, as you join your hosts, Mr. Nick & Miss Lynn for a hilarious night of competition. Grab a drink & snack and challenge your friends to join you as you compete for fun prizes and the title of Performing Arts Know-It-All! Price is per family- the most fun you’ll ever have for $10!

    Free Programs and Activities

    Red Oak Nature Center

    Continue learning about the great outdoors and natural wildlife. Like Red Oak Nature Center on Facebook for additional nature specific information and resources!

    When Nature Calls Podcast

    Paid Programs and Activities

    • ($) Father’s Day top Secret! (Build your own) | While Supplies last or until June 21 | $12 per bird house
      Shhh! Make a birdhouse for Dad that is sure to be a surprise. Kit includes either build your own small  birdhouse and bag to hide the completed project for Dad.
    • ($) Father’s Day top Secret! (Pre-built miniature) | While Supplies last or until June 21 | $7 per bird house
      Shhh! Make a birdhouse for Dad that is sure to be a surprise. Kit includes premade mini birdhouse and bag to hide and decorate completed project for Dad.
    • ($) Owl Pellet Investigation | On-going | $12 per kit
      Learn at your own pace from Red Oak Naturalists about owl pellets and the information they contain! Kit includes: Sterilized owl pellet, dissection tray and bone identification diagram as well as activities about owls and their habits.
    • ($) Loose Neck Critter Keeper | On-going | $2 per critter and we can supply photos if needed
      Sign up to ‘adopt’ one of your very own ‘Loose neck’ critters that can be taken with you on any adventure that you choose or stay by your side at home! Environmentally sustainable and wipeable, these critters will keep you company wherever you go! Critter comes with ownership certificate and list of likes and dislikes for optimum care.

    Free Programs and Activities

    Tennis

    Stay active with tennis activities, drills and workouts you can do at home! Like Vaughan Athletic Center Tennis on Facebook for additional activities.

    Free Exercises and Activities


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