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OCTOBER    
10/01-10/31 Pumpkin Fest Cosley Zoo
10/10 Autumn in the Dark Night Hike Lincoln Marsh
10/11 Big Pink Volleyball Tournament - CANCELLED Community Center Gym
10/17 Halloween Happening Community Center
10/18 Zumbathon®: Party for the Cure Community Center
10/19 Pumpkin Party Lincoln Marsh
10/20 Putt for Pink Arrowhead Golf Club
10/21 On Par for DuPage Golf Outing Arrowhead Golf Club
10/24 Spooktacular Cosley Zoo
NOVEMBER    
11/15 Owl Prowl Lincoln Marsh
11/21, 11/22 Childrens Playhouse presents Alice in Wonderland Community Center
11/28-12/30 Festival of Lights and Tree Sales Cosley Zoo
11/29 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo
11/30-12/6 Christmas Tree Lane - Decorating--FULL Cosley Zoo
DECEMBER    
11/28-12/30 Festival of Lights and Tree Sales Cosley Zoo
11/30-12/6 Christmas Tree Lane - Decorating Cosley Zoo
12/5 Owl Prowl Lincoln Marsh
12/6 Lions Club Reindeer Run  
12/6 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo
12/13 Santa's Craft Corner Cosley Zoo


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Pumpkin Fest

October 1-31 | Cosley Zoo

Daily: 9am-5pm | Regular admission rates apply

Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must do!  Come see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo's lawn.

Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase.  Be sure and check out the fall merchandise in the Wild Side Gift Shop too.  Proceeds from your purchases benefit Cosley Zoo.

NEW this year! Rides:

Tickets: $1.25 ea. or $25 for 22
Tickets may be purchased at the admission booth or gift shop.

Interested in partnering with us on this event? Click here.

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Autumn in the Dark Night Hike

Friday, October 10 | 6:30-8pm | Lincoln Marsh

 

Hike to discover the mysteries lurking in the dark at Lincoln Marsh. Program concludes with a marshmallow roast and campfire. Recommended for ages 4 & over. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Age: All

R/NR Fee: $9/$11.25

Class # 410571

 

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Big Pink Volleyball Tournament - CANCELLED

Saturday, October 11 | 10am-10pm | Community Center Gym

100% of the proceeds benefit Cadence Breast Center

October is known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for many families it’s not a month; it’s a reality. Your support is needed. Come enjoy a day of fun with the family and friends while competing for first place in the Wheaton Park District’s First Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament. This is no ordinary tournament. Teams will work together to get a 40-inch diameter volleyball over the net. Teams are made up of 4-6 players, and every team is guaranteed 3 games. All participants get a T-shirt to show they supported the fight against breast cancer.

 

 



 


 

 

Halloween Happening Fun Pass

•  Play unlimited games
•  Face painting
•  $15 preregistration
• $17 day of event (cash, check or credit card)

Register now for a Fun Pass >

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Halloween Happening

Friday, October 17 | 5-8pm
Community Center and Rice Pool & Water Park Parking Lot

Whip up a great costume, bring your friends, and come out for a super fun time! Preregistration is not required. All ages are welcome. There is a small fee for some events and food concessions are available.

Ticket prices: 25¢ each
Purchase tickets in the Gym or RIce Pool Admissions booth.

 




 

 

Zumbathon®: Party for the Cure

October 18 | 12:30-2:30pm | Community Center

Tickets: $15 in advance; $25 at the door

Net proceeds benefit Cadence Health Breast Center

Participants dance, sweat, and have a great time while raising money to support women's health.

Purchase tickets now >

 

 


 

 

Pumpkin Party

Sunday, October 19 | 3-4:30pm | Lincoln Marsh

 

It’s time to have a party with your favorite gourd. We’ll play some pumpkins games, perform some pumpkin science, have a tasty pumpkin treat and even hike up to the Lincoln Marsh office to pick out your own pumpkins. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions.

 

Age: All

R/NR Fee: $9/$11.25

Class # 410560

 

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Putt for Pink

Monday, October 20 | 9am-6pm | Arrowhead Golf Club

 

You Golf, We Donate!
On October 20, 100% of greens fees will be donated to the Breast Health Center at Central DuPage Hospital.

• Tee time reservations accepted starting October 13.

•  Call 630.653.5800 for details

Sponsor a Hole
•  Buy a hole sign to honor a loved one ($100)

More ways to support the cause:

Check out Zumbathon: Party for the Cure on Saturday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30P. $15 in advance; $25 at the door. Details >

•  Give an open donation. 

 

 


 

 

On Par for DuPage

2nd Annual On Par for DuPage Golf Outing
Bringing Hope and History Together

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Arrowhead Golf Club
Proceeds benefit DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation & People's Resource Center

This Oktoberfest-themed event will feature:

- 18-Hole Scramble
- Craft Beer Tasting on the Course
- German-style Buffet Dinner
- Hole-in-one Prizes and Gimmick Holes

Pricing & Registration >

Registration price varies based on options. Online registration will be available July 16-October 20, 2014.

Paper registration: Registration Form (PDF)


For more information, see On Par for DuPage event details on the DuPage County Historical Museum site.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Spooktacular

Friday, October 24 | 5:30-7pm and 7-8:30pm | Cosley Zoo


Don’t miss this fall festival full of Halloween fun!  Come dressed in costume to enjoy loads of activities.  Take a stroll through our “not so scary” straw maze, a gander around the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts.  Stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect your supply of holiday goodies.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited so register early.  Non-refundable payment is due at the time of registration.

Interested in partnering with us on this event? Click here.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Owl Prowl

Two sessions available:
Saturday, November 15 | 6-7:30pm
Friday, December 5 | 6:30-8pm

Lincoln Marsh

 

Discover the native owls that call Lincoln Marsh home. Learn owling techniques, hit the trails in search of these magnificent nocturnal predators, and end around a campfire with hot chocolate. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Age: Recommended for 6 years +

R/NR Fee: $9/$11.25

Class # 410519

 

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Illustration by John Tenniel from Alice in Wonderland


Alice in Wonderland

November 21 at 7pm | November 22 at 2pm | Community Center
 
Presented by the Children's Playhouse


Ticket prices:

Tickets may be purchased online at wheatonparkdistrict.co/tickets starting November 1, 2014.












 



 

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales

November 28-December 30 | Hours: 9am-9pm / Lights: 3-9pm | Cosley Zoo
 
Zoo Admissions is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales.  Donations are greatly appreciated!


A winter time visit to Cosley Zoo has become a family tradition for many.  Make sure it is one of yours!  Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  The Festival of Lights and Tree Sales begin the day after Thanksgiving (11/28/14) and continue through December 30. The zoo is open 9A-9P daily; lights come on at 3P.  All proceeds support the zoo, its animals, programs and development. 

 

 









 

Christmas Tree Lane--FULL

Tree Decorating: November 30-December 6 | Cosley Zoo
 

Gather together your scout group, friends, coworkers or family members to help decorate Cosley Zoo for the holidays!  We provide a lit five foot tree and you provide wildlife-friendly ornaments and imagination.  Trees are displayed through December.  Payment is due upon reservation; trees are limited so call today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Santa's Craft Corner

Saturday, November 29, December 6 & 13 | 10am-2pm | Cosley Zoo


Can’t make it to the North Pole?  Do the next best thing and come to Cosley Zoo where you can see Santa AND the animals!  While visiting Santa, make a craft or two and enjoy refreshments. 
















 

 

 

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Questions?

Please contact Ryan Miller, Race Director, at 630-510-5135 or rmiller@wheatonparks.org.




This is a CARA Certified Race. Race is hosted by the Lions Club in conjunction with the Wheaton Park District.

Lions Club Reindeer Run

Saturday, December 6 | 8:30am | Downtown Wheaton
 
Holiday-themed 5K for the serious and casual runner looking to get into the holiday spirit!


Registration Fees:

Individual Runner or Walker: $30.00/person
Group (Team of 4 minimum): $25/person

Active.com members save $10 off registration. Membership terms may apply

Registration closes Monday, December 1, 2014.

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Wheaton Lions Club Charities is proud to support the Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital. A portion of the proceeds from the 2014 Reindeer Run will be donated to this cause. Additional donations to this project are always welcome.

Your donation to the Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital can make a world of difference to families for many years to come, providing stability, security and a place to stay in times of great need. Making a philanthropic gift in support of Ronald McDonald House is easy. You may give at www.cadencehealth.org/giving or by calling 630.933.4483. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

The Lions Club Reindeer Run is a CARA Certified Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA Certified Race. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA's Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race. Due to CARA's advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org. The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run—farther, faster, better, for life.