Look, learn and explore—outside your front door!

In an effort to get kids ages 5-13 to stay active and explore their parks and community, the Park District of Oak Park has established a Parks Passport Program. This free summer program kicks off Thursday, June 8, featuring an interactive booklet that includes 10 missions to be completed in 10 different park locations.

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 shared Parks Passports with all students prior to the end of the school year. Passports are also available at all three library locations.

Highlighting history, nature, fitness, math, and more

All activities associated with the missions are free, which will help ensure that every child who wants to has a chance to participate. Below are examples of the activities, which revolve around play, history, nature/exploration, fitness, math, and arts and crafts: 

  • Visit the new Maple Park playground and play follow-the-leader with a friend.
  • Visit Scoville Park, find the sculpture of Percy Julian, and answer the question “Who is he?”
  • Visit the Oak Park Conservatory and learn about century plants.

Participants will fill in answers and draw pictures in their passport booklets to show the completion of each mission.

Turn in your passports before August 22

When they turn in their completed booklet to a Park District customer service location (deadline is Tuesday, August 22), they will get to select a prize from a variety of fun games and toys. They will also receive $5 in Red Mango Bucks.

In addition, the school with the highest participation in the program will win a water-activated art design that will be installed on their playground. Find more information about water-activated artworks >

In addition to the schools and libraries, the Park District will have booklets available at all of its facilities