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The Therapeutic Recreation team’s social program provides adults (Be Social) and teens (Teens on the Town) with events to hang out with their friends. Some of the events are housed within the Rockford Park District facilities. These events include seasonal dances, karaoke nights, game nights (video and board games), movie nights, craft opportunities, and cooking programs, to name a few. When we “hit the town,” we’ll check out community sporting events (IceHogs, Rock Valley College basketball), the local museums, movies, bowling, go out to eat, visit favorite parks for picnic fun, and of course, hang out at some of our favorite RPD spots (Forest City Queen, Magic Waters, the pools, Lockwood Park, etc.). We’re also open to suggestions. If you’re looking to get out on the town to be social, give us a call!

Be Social

Locations vary by program 

(Ages 20+)

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Teens on the Town

Outdoor Games & Summer Picnic

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than at the park with all your friends! We will enjoy a summer picnic, and then play outdoor games such as bags, boccia, croquet, ladderball, kickball, and board games, too. We may even take a walk on the paved path around the park. We love summer!

(Ages 13-19)

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NASR Bowling Tournament

Strike it big at NASR’s 7th annual bowling tournament. Bowlers will compete in two games, and be placed on lanes based on bowling average and age. If you are not a regular bowler, please indicate level of ability when registering. Also, please notify your agency if you are a bowler who uses a ramp. Lunch, awards, prizes, bowling, shoes, and tons of fun are included in the registration fee.

(Ages 8+)

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Peer Play

Peer Play After School Program

Grades K-5

This after school program provides an inclusive opportunity utilizing the Youth Achievement YMCA Program as its main source of fun. Participants will make new friends while participating in the following activities: arts and crafts, health and fitness, active games, and playing on the playground. Participants will also be given the chance to spend time on their homework; a daily snack will be provided. Participants should use Septran to get to the site, and parents/guardians should pick up at the site between 5:00 and 5:30 pm. Program offered following the District 205 calendar.


  • AC Thompson Elementary School
  • Brookview Elementary School
  • Windsor Elementary School

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Peer Play at School's Out Club

Grades K-5

This program provides an inclusive opportunity utilizing the YMCA School's Out Club as its main source of fun. This program is offered at the YMCA of the Rock River Valley's ID Pennock or Northeast Branch facility on days when school is not in session. Participants will make new friends while participating in the following activities: arts and crafts, health and fitness, active games, swimming, and outdoor play. Participants must bring a sack lunch, swimsuit, towel, lock, and appropriate clothing for outdoor play; an afternoon snack will be provided. Parents/guardians should drop off and pick up at the site. Drop-off starts at 6:45 am and pick-up is from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.

NOTE: If a swimmer is not completely toilet trained, swim diapers are required. Paper diapers of any type are not allowed in the pool. Swim pants or swim diapers must be reusable rubber or plastic pants that fit tightly around the waist and legs of the participant. These are similar to plastic pants that fit over cloth diapers.


  • YMCA ID Pennock Family Branch
  • YMCA Northeast Family Branch

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TR Camps


Teen Summer Camp

Teen camp is a fun and interactive camp for teens ages 13 to 21. Within this camp, groups will be broken down by age to ensure that each teen has a safe, fun, and successful summer. Staff will lead activities focusing on leisure and recreation skills as well as social and daily living skill development. Each week will follow a different theme, with a variety of activities relating to that theme. We will also be going on various field trips throughout the area, encouraging the teens to have new experiences and make fun memories! Teens are required to bring a labeled sack lunch and beverage, Monday through Friday; one snack will be provided daily.

Morning door-to-door transportation is offered Monday through Friday for residents, with pick-up points for non-residents. Consider your options with Septran, RMTD, or a parent/guardian for afternoon pick up. Pick up each day will be run from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

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Inclusion Camps

Glide and Slide Camp

This unique camp combines skating and swimming lessons. We will take the ice first for lessons and some free skating time, then walk over to the Dolphin Swim Club to participate in a half-hour swim lesson and open swim time. What a great way to spend the summer! Fun daily themed activities, off-ice activities, crafts, etc. Lunch is not provided. EXTENDED CARE OPTION: Drop your child off between 8:00 and 9:00 am, and/or pick up between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. The additional fee is $20 ($25 non-resident) per week.

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Summer Blast

Summer Blast is a place for your child to be active both indoors and outdoors, make new friends, and have fun all summer long. Different activities are led by trained, energetic staff, ensuring the safety of all children. Outdoor activities include various sports, water games, and playing on the playground. Indoor activities will include playing in the gym, board games, and “make-it, take-it” art and crafts projects. Activities and field trips are based around a different theme each week that’s sure to keep campers fascinated. Instructional lessons will be offered in the areas of track, golf, and flag football. Lunch and Snacks will be provided.

Location: RESA Middle School

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Nature Quest (Ages 5-12)

Every week, Nature Quest offers an introductory camp experience with a different theme. Typical camp activities include archery, hiking, singing, games, crafts, and tie-dyeing. To add to the fun, there are weekly field trips, visits by special guests, and live animal demonstrations. Plan on joining us each Thursday for “Family Night,” and see for yourself how much fun your child had at Nature Quest! EXTENDED CARE OPTION: Drop your child off between 7:30 and 8:30 am, and/or pick up between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. The additional fee is $30 per week.

Location: Aldeen Park (Linda K. White Center)

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WPCC Youth Summer Camp (Ages 5-10)

Come ready to play with our caring, well-trained staff. Campers will stay active all summer with friends at the community centers while enjoying indoor sports, arts and crafts, dancing, computer lab access, and video games. The fun doesn’t stop there; kids will also enjoy a ton of outdoor games such as basketball, playing on the playground, field games, water play, and skating program. Instructional lessons will be offered in tennis, golf, and flag football. Daily snack and lunch included.

Location: Washington Park Community Center

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WPCC Tween Summer Camp (ages 11-15)

Want to get your teen out of the house and into an active, exciting, positive place? The WPCC Tween Camp is just the place! We offer sports, games, computer lab access, gaming systems, pool, air hockey, weekly field trips, and more. The staff will make sure your camper has a fun and safe summer they’ll never forget!

Location: Washington Park Community Center

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Tween Scene (Ages 11-14)

Tween Scene is a fun, positive place for tweens to hang out this summer. This program packs a variety of activities in every day, so your child won’t be bored all summer long. Some of the daily activities offered are sports, gaming systems, ping pong and foosball tables, indoor and outdoor games, arts, and hanging out with cool, energetic staff. Your tween will develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Lunch and morning/afternoon snack provided. Field trips are subject to change. Registration is taken until the Monday night of the week of camp. The last day of registration for each week is the end of the first day of camp for that week.

Location: RESA Middle School

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Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground Programs

Time 2 Play offers your child many active choices to play with friends at a neighborhood park. Participants will enjoy breaking a sweat playing fun games such as spiderball, four-square, kickball, table hockey, wet and wild water play, weekly field trips, and more, all supervised by well trained staff.

Field trips may include: Magic Waters, Skate Co, Park Lanes Bowl, and Rockford Park District area pools. For every new location a participant chooses to attend, a new registration must be completed.



Walking Club

Lace up your walking shoes and join the Park District for Walking Club! Let’s walk away a few extra pounds while visiting with friends and enjoying nature at Dahlquist Park. We will keep track of our laps, and tally them at the end of each night in order to give us a goal to work toward the next week.

(Ages 13+)

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Buddy Sports

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Buddy Baseball

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RPD Buddy Baseball FBBuddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for individuals of all abilities. Each player with a disability related need is paired with a “buddy” to assist in creating a fun and successful opportunity. The program focuses on team play, exposure to a lifelong leisure skill, and participation in one of America’s favorite pasttimes. All involved will have fun as friendships are formed and skills are developed.

(Ages 8-21)

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Buddy Basketball

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RPD Buddy Basketball FBIs basketball is your favorite sport? Do you love the way the ball dribbles up and down the court? Then join us for the second annual Buddy Basketball season! Get paired with a volunteer buddy to learn, practice, and perfect your basketball skills.

(Ages 8-18)

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Buddy Soccer

Check out our newest buddy sport, Buddy Soccer! It is a non-competitive, recreational league for individuals of all abilities. Each player with a disability related need is paired with a volunteer "buddy" to assist in creating a fun and successful opportunity for all. The program focuses on team play, exposure to a lifelong leisure skills, and participation in one of the most exciting, fast paced sports. All involved will have fun as friendships are formed and skills are developed.

(Ages 5-22)

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Buddy Skate

This program is designed to help skaters with disability-related needs to develop the life-long skill of ice skating. This program follows the Rockford Park District Learn To Skate curriculum, and will teach beginner to intermediate skating skills. Each skater will be assisted on the ice by a "buddy" to create a fun and successful opportunity. Helmets required.

(Ages 5-15)

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