When Does Registration Begin?

Registration for all summer events and programs begins Monday, April 17th at 9:00am for residents, and Monday, April 24th at 9:00am for non-residents.

How Do I Register?

The Wildwood Park District offers multiple ways to register, including online, email, fax, mail, and in-person. Registering online is always fastest. For more details on registering, or to register once registration opens, please visit:


How Quickly Do Spots Fill?

Fast! We recommend viewing our website and 2023 Summer Brochure (hard copy and digital version coming early April!) prior to open registration and having all your favorite events and programs picked out ahead of time so you can enroll as soon as registration opens. Our summer offerings are our most popular with children being on summer break, and with how fun and action packed they are!


Movie in the Park: featuring Puss in Boots the Last Wish & Tropical Chill Ice Cream Truck

Come out to Rule Park and enjoy Puss in Boots the Last Wish! The bounce house and concessions will open at 7:30pm and the movie will begin at 8:45pm.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Please register by Monday, June 5th. Bring blankets, chairs, and bug spray!  In case of severe weather, the reschedule date is Friday, June 16th.


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Location Rule Park Day  Friday
Time 7:30pm Date 6/9
Min/Max N/A Class ID: 2327.00.03
Fee FREE Please Bring: Blanket, Chairs, Bug Spray, $ for Ice Cream Truck

Gages Lake Conservation Committee’s 17th Annual Carp Fishing Derby

The Carp Fishing Derby is sponsored by Gages Lake Conservation Committee and Gagewood Lions Club in cooperation with Wildwood Park District. An Illinois Fishing License is required. Registration will take place at the Willow Point Park Pavilion.  Some fishing poles will be available for use, or you may bring your own.  Basic fishing instruction will be provided for beginners. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for each age group.

Location Willow Point Park Day  Saturday
Time 9:00am – Noon Date 6/10
Min/Max N/A Instructor: Gages Lake Conservation Committee & Wildwood Park District Staff
Fee FREE Please Bring: Illinois Fishing License and fishing pole/gear

Blues Soiree at the Park featuring Matt Meyer Band & Da Local Boy Food Truck

Come join us for some relaxing Live Blues Band Music at Willow Point Park featuring the Matt Meyer Band. It’s a free event with a Mardi Gras theme. Wear your favorite Mardi Gras attire, bring your chair or blanket, bug spray, money for food truck, anchor your boat and partake in the fun!

Location Willow Point Park Day  Friday
Time 6:00-8:00pm Date 6/23
Min/Max N/A Instructor Park District Staff/Volunteers
Fee FREE Please Bring: Chairs, Blankets,  Bug Spray and $ for Food Truck

Family Campout

Bring out the family for a night under the stars! Enjoy stargazing and games at our campout at Rule Park. Families will come, set up camp, play games, and spend the night. The Warren Newport Public Library bookmobile will be on site from 7-8pm and will also be handing out take-and-make crafts. Snacks will be provided in the evening and on the morning of the 22nd.  Preregistration is required by Monday, July 17th.  In case of severe weather, the reschedule date is July 28th .


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Location Rule Park Day  Friday
Time 7:00pm-9:00am Date 7/21 – 7/22
Min/Max N/A Instructor Park District Staff/Volunteers
Fee $17R/$20NR Class ID: 2327.13.01

National Night Out

Join the Wildwood Park District and neighbors as we gather for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie to make Wildwood a safer, more caring place to live. We will have live music, food trucks, kids activities, safety demonstration, and more!

Location Rule Park Day  Tuesday
Time 5:00-7:30pm Date 8/1
Min/Max N/A Instructor Park District Staff/Volunteers

Paddle the Lake

Paddle the Lake is a day full of friendly competitions including a kayak race, paddle boat race, and a paddle board race. Please pre-register by Friday, August 18th.  Refreshments and treats will be provided during the day’s events.


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Location Valley Lake South Day  Sunday
Time 1:00-2:30pm Date 8/20
Min/Max N/A Instructor Park District Staff/Volunteers
Fee $10R/$11NR Class ID:  2327.24.01