The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin “The Centre” turns 20 this November!
While the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department has been around for quite some time, this year marks the 20 year anniversary of the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. A true gem to the city, the Centre has provided the Parks and Recreation Department with a venue to offer so many programs and events that enhance the quality of life and wellness in our community. In celebration, several special events and programs have been planned to help reintroduce you to all of the different divisions that truly make the Parks and Recreation Department the heart of our community. This page is updated frequently, check back soon for exciting news and happenings!

This includes special monthly events, challenges, programs and memories to last a lifetime.


Elgin Short Film Festival @ The Hemmens Cultural Center

Saturday, September 24 / 7pm-9:30pm
(Red Carpet Reception 6pm-7pm)

All seats $10

Enjoy an evening of cinematic shorts as filmmakers from around the world showcase their talents (in 20 minutes or less). Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and you! Audience members will cast their votes for their favorite film. The excitement starts with a Red Carpet Reception featuring filmmaker interviews and entertainment, followed by the film screening. Virtual or in-theatre tickets available – watch at home or come out and join us for the event that has entertained film lovers since 2009. 847-931-5900 or

Spidey Movie Night @ the Hemmens Cultural Center

Friday, September 30 / 6pm-9pm

All ages, Free! 

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the motion picture Spider Man! There will be free popcorn, face painters and appearance by Spider Man to keep everyone entertained. Superhero costumes encouraged but not required.



All ages, Free! 

Nine, Wine & Dine @ Bowes Creek Country Club

Tuesday, October 4 / 3pm-7pm


Fall Family Festival @ the Centre

Thursday, October 13 / 5pm-7pm

All ages, Free! 

Join us for an evening of games, crafts, stories, refreshments, entertainment and more!  Activities will be planned primarily for children ages 2-7 years old but the entire family is invited to come experience the fun!   

It's a great day to play!

Monster Mash Family Bash @ the Centre Fieldhouse

Friday, October 28 / 6pm-8:30pm

All ages, Fee: $5R/$8NR

Join us for a Monstrous good time for a Very Scary night of nerf battles, dodgeball, basketball, swimming and fun games. Free giveaways and snacks. Costumes encouraged but not required.

Swimming with Santa @ Adventure Island Pool

Friday, December 2 / 6pm-9pm

All ages, Fee: $5R/$8NR

Have you been a good boy or girl?  We hope so because Santa is coming to Adventure Island!  The big guy will be visiting families enjoying a float on a winter night.  Santa will have a special giveaway for the kiddos!    

Family Brunch with Santa @ Bowes Creek Country Club

Sunday December 11 / 11am – 2pm

All ages. $35 adults, $12 kids under 12.

Get your smiles ready!  Santa is coming to Bowes Creek.  Join us for brunch and pictures with Santa.  Reservations are required. Contact Johnny’s Supper Club at 847-214-5887 to reserve your seating.  Reservations begin after Thanksgiving.

20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration @ The Edward Schock Centre of Elgin:

Whiskey Tasting and Pairing Event @Heritage Ballroom

Friday, November 11 / 5:30pm-8:30pm

2 Mile Family Fun Walk

Saturday, November 12 / 8:30am

Get out and get moving with the family!  The day will be packed with fun events for everyone to celebrate the Centre’s 20th anniversary of the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. Take a leisurely fun walk along the Fox River before heading to the Centre for afternoon events including an Open House!  Can’t wait to stroll with you! Click here to register.

Food Truck Fiesta

Saturday, November 12 / 10am-3pm

The Edward Schock Centre Ceremony

Saturday, November 12 / 11am

Princesses & Superheroes Open House

Saturday, November 12 / 12pm-3pm

All ages, Free!