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**All patrons are highly recommended to wear masks indoors**

On July 29, 2021, Cook County entered into the substantial spread category of COVID-19 and its variants.  Based on recommendations from the CDC and IDPH, we highly recommend that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in all public indoor settings until further notice. Please remember that some facilities serve high-risk groups including seniors and school-age children who are not vaccinated.  Beginning August 2, all children 12 years and under and their instructors are required to wear face masks at all times while indoors.  Additionally, all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, in our school-related programs, must wear masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Special Events


Join us for a family movie night in the park.  We will watch the TOY STORY movie on a 35′ big screen in the large field on the north end of Twin Lakes.  Please bring a blanket or a lawn chair.  Social distancing must be maintained between each family.  Children must remain seated and quiet during the movie.  Maximum 10 people per group.

Location: Twin Lakes Grassy Area  (North End)

Day Date Time Fee
Th 8/5 8:30pm (DUSK) FREE to residents


You will not want to miss our annual Turtle Trek Race and Raffle!  Adopt a turtle today, and you will have a chance to win a great prizes, as we will race our fleet of plastic turtles in Donut Lake! The grand prize winner will receive $500!  If your turtles do not win, don’t fret – we will have over 40 prizes from our wonderful sponsors!  If you would like to become a sponsor for this event, please visit our sponsorship page on our website at   REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.SALTCREEKPD.COM FOR YOUR TURTLES!

Location: Twin Lakes Recreation Area

Code Day Date Time Turtle Fee
215000-01 F 8/6 6:30pm 1 Turtle $5
215000-02 F 8/6 6:30pm Snap Pack (5) $20


You are provided with paint, brushes, easels, canvas and an art instructor to teach you step by step on how to create a beautiful work of art. Please wear a paint shirt with short sleeves. For more information contact Ashley at Food & beverage will be available for purchase through RoccoVino’s during this event.  Pre-registration is required. *Indicates All ages welcome.

Sponsored by Smiling Shamrock
Location: Twin Lakes

206705-07 F 8/20 6:30-8:00pm $24 Fall Wreath


Join us for our 4th annual Youth Obstacle Course Race (OCR) at Twin Lakes! The race is 1.25 miles or (2K) race.  The course will take adventurous youth between the ages of 6-14 years old on a fun course on the perimeter of Twin Lakes golf course.  Participants will enjoy 10-14 man-made & natural obstacles that will challenge their physical ability and determination.  All participants will receive a t-shirt (if registered before Sept. 1), goodie bag and bragging rights.  Race will run rain or shine.

Location: Twin Lakes

Code Day Date Time AGES AWARDS
100115-01 Sa Sept. 18 9:00am 12-14 years (co-ed) Eligible
100115-02 Sa Sept. 18 9:10am 9-11 years (boys) Eligible
100115-03 Sa Sept. 18 9:20am 9-11 years (girls) Eligible
100115-04 Sa Sept. 18 9:30am 7-8 years (co-ed) Eligible
100115-05 Sa Sept. 18 9:40am Family Fun Run (6+ yrs) No awards


Get ready for this family friendly event throughout Twin Lakes Recreation Area.  Hayrides will be taken around the park as a story is read, and s’mores and hot chocolate will be ready for you as you relax around a bonfire. The 5:10pm ride is geared towards younger kids and will start while it is still light outside.  Please dress for the weather!  Fee is per person and adults must accompany children.  Children UNDER 1 years old are free.  Limited numbers per hayride.  Stories are read by the Palatine Public Library.  Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins. 

Location: Twin Lakes Tent

Code Day Date Time AGES Fees
105800-01 F October 8 5:10pm 5 & under w/adult $6/per person
105800-02 F October 8 5:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-03 F October 8 6:10pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-04 F October 8 6:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-05 F October 8 7:10pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-06 F October 8 7:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-07 F October 8 8:10pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-08 Sa October 9 5:10pm 5 & under w/adult $6/per person
105800-09 Sa October 9 5:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-10 Sa October 9 6:10pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-11 Sa October 9 6:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-12 Sa October 9 7:10pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-13 Sa October 9 7:40pm All Ages $6/per person
105800-14 Sa October 9 8:10pm All Ages $6/per person


Dress your pet to impress!  Prizes awarded to the Most Creative, Spookiest and Best Couple (Human & Pet), and the Cutest.  Check-in at pavilion 2 (closest to 53) and we will be walking over to pavilion #1 by the playground.  Pre-registration is required.

Location: Twin Lakes

Code Day Date Time Fee AGES
105215-01 Su October 17 11:30am check-in

12:00pm start

$7/ per pet 3 yrs & up


Bring the family out for a Halloween-themed bingo night.  Please bring a full-sized candy bar for each family member to go into our pot-o-candy.  Bingo winners will get to pick a candy bar out of the pot; but don’t worry, everyone will leave with a sweet treat!  Each participant will receive one slice of pizza to enjoy during the event.  Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins.  No refunds if cancellation is 48 hours before event.

Location: Twin Lakes

Code Day Date Time Fee AGES
105810-01 F October 22 5:30-7:00pm

$8R/ per person

Families (3 yrs & up)


Register for a SAFE Halloween party in Palatine held in the Salt Creek Sports Center!  There will be games with prizes, a coloring station, a Halloween costume contest and more!  Please bring a bag/bucket for your prizes.  Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins.

Location: Salt Creek Sports Center

Code Day Date Time Fee AGES
105200-02 W October 27 5:30-7:00pm $8R/$10NR (child)        $2R/$3NR (adult) 10 yrs & under


Bring out your best homemade items and join us for our annual craft fair at the Salt Creek Park District.  You’ll get a 10ft x 10 ft. space where you can bring your own table or rent an 8-foot table from us.  Call 847-259-6890 or visit for an application.  Each vendor will receive one lunch meal deal with your registration.  Additional lunches can be purchased for $7. 

Location: Salt Creek Sports Center

Code Day Date Time Fee AGES
103200-01 Sa 11/20 9:00-2:00pm $42 (Table, 2 chairs & electricity) All
103200-02 Sa 11/20 9:00-2:00pm $32 (Table, 2 chairs) All
103200-03 Sa 11/20 9:00-2:00pm $22 (Bring your own table) All


Now hosting an interactive Family Trivia Night! Come on and challenge your brain with some fun trivia questions!  We will be hosting the event at Twin Lakes and using the Kahoot app for Trivia.  We will have some fun holiday questions for the entire family.  Everyone must pre-register for the event by December 1. Trivia night will be held on Friday, December 3 from 6:00-7:30pm.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 families.  Please only register one member of your household.

Location: Twin Lakes

Code Day Date Time Fee AGES
105605-01 F 12/3 6:00-7:30pm $15/family (up to 5 people) All


We’re offering a chance for your pet to actually meet Santa and get their picture taken!  Register for your 10-minute time slot as soon as possible – space is limited!  Picture frame and treat for your pet is included.  Pre-registration is required!

Location: Twin Lakes Pro Shop

Code Day Date Time Fee
105250-01 Su 12/12 1:00-3:00pm $10 ($5/each add’l pet)


Experience the magic of the North Pole Express! The train will depart from the Arlington Park Train Station and head to the ‘North Pole’ and back.  Enjoy a special reading of the “Polar Express” book, play holiday games, sing Christmas carols, answer trivia, take pictures with our special quest & more! Cookies & chocolate milk will be provided to everyone on the train. Pre-registration is required! Children under 1 year are free.  All participants (including adults) must register.  Please check in 20 minutes before departure time.  Limited availability, please register early!

Residents only – may register August 2-13.
Open Registration begins August 16.

Location: Arlington Park Train Station

Code Day Date Time Fee
104300-02 Su 12/5 depart: 11:20am / return: 1:29pm $22R/$26NR Adults, $18R/$22NR Kids (12 yrs & under)
104300-03 Su 12/5 depart: 3:20pm / return: 5:29pm $22R/$26NR Adults, $18R/$22NR Kids (12 years & under)
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