Rockford Park District offers several activities for all

Staff Report

The Rockford Park District Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground Programs are now underway.

This program offers children ages 5-12 a variety of fun, active and safe opportunities to play and socialize with other children this summer at 12 locations in Rockford and Loves Park.

Staff supervise activities such as games, water play activities, weekly field trips and more.

Fees will be charged for each field trip participants choose to take.

Supervision is provided only for the organization of activities, and not for each child present at the site.

These programs operate Monday-Friday through August 7.

One site runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., nine of the other sites run from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and two sites, Keye-Mallquist Park in Rockford and Wantz Park in Loves Park, are all-day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. programs.

Registration is required for the playground programs and may be done either online at rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), or on site the first day of the program.

Participants need to complete a registration for each location they choose to attend.

The Park District is also offering several family activities on Saturdays at Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Rd.

There’s a covered pony ring for children ages 1-7, the Children’s Farm Animal Barn with friendly farm animals and horseback trail rides for riders age 8 and older.

Families can also take on a scenic hay ride through the scenic meadows and woods.

Tickets for the pony ring are $3 per child, and wagon rides are $3 per adult, $2 per child; trail rides are $24.00 per person ($26.00 non-resident) and Children’s Farm Animal Barn visits are free.

Advance reservations are recommended for trail rides with online reservations being available at rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) or by calling the park at 815-987-8809.

Activity hours (weather permitting) on Saturdays through September are: hayrides, noon-4 p.m. (hours may vary); pony ring and Children’s Farm Animal Barn, noon-5 p.m., and trail rides, noon-4 p.m.

October activity hours on Saturdays and Sundays for Locktoberfest Weekends are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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