Virtual Recreation Center

Virtual Recreation Center

Welcome to the Waukegan Park District’s Virtual Recreation Center! Even when our facilities are closed, we have fun activities for families to do at home. When you’re finished, email a photo with your activity to to be entered in a raffle to win fun prizes and be featured on our social media.

Parks to Kids Day

Kids to Parks Day became Parks to Kids Day! We celebrated parks with the National Park Trust to keep kids and families connected to the outdoors from home!

Programas Virtuales Gratuitos En Espanol
Papel Picado Mexican Craft

Vamos a hacer papel picado, un arte popular mexicano! Let’s make papel picado, a popular Mexican art craft!

Free Virtual Fitness Programs

Through our virtual fitness programs, you can continue to stay active with free home workouts! The programs are free, but pre-registration is not required.

4-Minute Tabata with Parky

Let’s get moving! Stay active at home with Parky’s 4-minute tabata. To make it challenging, complete the 4-minute tabata three times!

Waukegan Park District BingoWaukegan Park District Bingo

Bingo! Now is the perfect time to be active while completing some necessary tasks/chores at home. Complete five in a row and share your card or photo in action with us at or Facebook to be entered in a raffle for a chance to win prizes from the Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center! Download the official Waukegan Park District Bingo card here.

GO Waukeganopoly
Get up and get moving with GO Waukeganopoly, a fun fitness game from the Waukegan Park District! All you need is one die. Instructions are on the board. Download the official Go Waukeganopoly board game here.
GO Waukeganopoly
Free Virtual General Recreation Programs


Toilet Paper Roll Aliens

Don’t know what to do with all those empty toilet paper rolls? Maria Contreras, our Recreation Intern, and her niece show us one way you can reuse them to make toilet paper roll aliens!

Free Virtual History Programs
Video Programs Presenter Time
Influential Women of Waukegan’s Past Ty Rohrer 46:47
Bowen Country Club Ty Rohrer 34:26
Baseball in Waukegan Ty Rohrer 43:16
Titanic: A Fateful Ticket to Waukegan Ty Rohrer 29:58
Waukegan History Museum Behind the Scenes Bryan Escobar 7:05
The Civil War: The War Efforts in Waukegan Ty Rohrer 48:25
Waukegan Exotic Animal Stories Ty Rohrer 27:37
Ray Bradbury: Waukegan’s Influence on a Visionary Ty Rohrer 1:02:38
Al Capone in Waukegan Ty Rohrer 23:26
World War II: Waukegan’s Involvement in the War Ty Rohrer 41:55
Famous Visitors to Waukegan Ty Rohrer 53:27

Virtual Music Lessons

Registration for virtual music lessons is now open! The first two virtual music lessons are a special bundle price of $19! Refunds may only be granted before you are put in contact with your instructor. After the first two lessons the price per lesson is $17.50/$18. Scholarships are available. For more information, go to

Days for Lessons

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hammered Dulcimer  –

Private Music Lessons with Instruments

Parky's Polls

Parky has questions for his community! Every Wednesday at noon, Parky asks posts a poll on the Jack Benny Center for the Arts’ Facebook page. Participate in the fun! We never know what he will ask. So far, voters have said that they would prefer to:

  • Attend a full length symphony concert, instead of a third graders’ concert.


Free Virtual Special Recreation Programs

Special Recreation Services of Lake County – Waukegan’s virtual programs feature art, fitness, trivia, and a virtual cafe! The programs are free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Kari at or Maria at

Parky’s Riddles

Parky has riddles to share with the community. Every Friday, Parky will release a riddle. Get the correct answer to the riddle to be entered in a raffle to win fun prizes! Post your answer on Facebook or email it to Javi at A winner will be announced for every riddle.

Riddle #1
Parky's Riddles #1

Riddle #2
Parky's Riddles #2


Waiver and Important Information

You are solely responsible for determining if you or your minor child/ward is physically fit and/or adequately skilled for the activities associated with this virtual activity. If this activity requires physical activity, you should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time you should stop immediately. If you choose to partake in this virtual activity,  you do so at your own risk and understand that you are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for the activity. If this activity requires physical activity, you acknowledge that the exercises carry an inherent risk of physical injuries. To the extent permitted by law, the Waukegan Park District  and its affiliates disclaim any and all liability in connection with all our virtual activities and any instructions and advice provided.