Special Events and Trips

The Butterfield Park District offers a variety of Special Events and Trips throughout the year. Many are long-standing traditions that help build the community  and provide family-friendly fun for people of all ages. Check out all we have to offer below. Some of these events require pre-registration.

Daddy Daughter Date Night 8477

Dads, Daughters, Desserts & Dancing. Get ready to spend a night with your 'Sweetheart.’ Come dressed for a night on the town and spend some time with your 'Best Gal.’ Dads, Uncles, Nieces, Grandfathers and Daughters will dance the night away, take photos, play bingo, create beautiful craft projects and enjoy delicious desserts. Join us for a night to remember!
Ages: 3+
Feb 5     F     6:30 - 8:30pm     $35     POSTPONED

Mom & Son Bowling Event 8754

Tired of the same old routine? Looking for a fun adventure just for mothers & sons? Come join us at the Fox Bowl in Wheaton for a night out with bowling and pizza on the menu. Come see who can have the most gutter balls, strikes and even a "Turkey" or 2. *Fee includes 2 games, shoe rental, pizza and drink. *Pre-registration is required.
Ages: 5+
Feb 21     Su     3:00 - 5:00pm     $20


You're never too old to go on a prize hunt. These prizes just happen to be hidden in eggs!! Get your weekend started off with an adventure. Bring your flashlight and basket to look for the hidden treasures of candy and toys. Find one of the special eggs and collect your grand prize basket. Arrive at 8:15pm for check-in and make sure to dress for the weather. **Parking available at Butterfield School and Hoffman Park
Ages: 3+
Mar 26     F     8:15 - 8:45pm     $6

Feed My Starving Children - New 8896

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Come join the Butterfield Park District as we have a great day while 'Giving Back' to others.
Ages: 18+
Feb 10     W     10:00am - 2:00pm     $5

New Chicago Auto Show 9228

Come join the Butterfield Park District and check out the Chicago Auto Show! Transportation from the Park District to the Auto Show will be provided.
Ages: 18+
Feb 17     W     10:00am – 5:30pm     $25

NEW Urban Air Adventure Park trampoline park in naperville  9229

Come join the Butterfield Park District and check out Urban Air Adventure Park! Transportation from the Park District to the Park will be provided. Teens will be able to participate in the sky rider, ropes course, climbing walls, warrior course, drop zone, dodge ball, the basic trampoline, and much more! Sign up with your friends and have a blast!!
Ages: 11-16
Mar 13     Sa     12:00 – 2:00pm     $35


When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922 he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world’s trees through plant collections, science and conservation, education, and outreach. Spend a day appreciating the surroundings indoors and out. We’ll walk the nature trails and see the enjoyment that the grounds have to offer.
Ages: 18+
Apr 6     Tu     11:00am – 3:30pm      $20


Tour the magnificent Rialto Square Theatre, often referred to as the 'Jewel of Joliet,’ and widely considered one of the 10 most beautiful theatres in the nation. The building reflects Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture. While listening to a brief history of the theatre, you'll walk through the grand Esplanade and Rotunda to see the architecture and craftsmanship. Next is the stage and 'green room' where you will see 1000's of signatures from past artist.
Ages: 18+
May 11     Tu     10:00am - 4:00pm     $45


Take a hands-on look at beautiful downtown Geneva and explore the historical architecture, unique stores, specialty food shops and so much more. We'll spend sometime at the Geneva Historical Museum before going on a guided Architectural Tour of several homes and buildings of the surrounding area. Lunch and shopping will conclude the day.
Ages: 18+
May 17     M     9:30am - 3:30pm     $35 


Cantigny is a 500-acre park in Wheaton, Illinois, 30 miles west of Chicago. It is the former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune. It is open to the public with interactive exhibits & displays presenting the military history of the First Infantry Division.
Ages: 18+
May 19      W      10:00am – 3:30pm      $25 

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Garden - New 9288

Come join us at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. It has a collection of 30 master works of large-scale sculpture situated within 100 acres of prairie landscape. This museum-in-the-prairie is open for public viewing 365 days a year. There will be a short presentation on the history of the park before our guided tour. The walking tour will last approximately an hour and a half. Ages: 18+
Jun 17      Th      9:00am - 3:00pm      $45


The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a rich variety of programs to those young and young at heart. Join us for an activity-filled day to meet world-renowned artists, engage in lively discussions, and maybe make your own masterpiece.
Ages: 14+
Jun 19      Sa      9:30am - 4:00pm      $50


 The Pride of Oregon is an authentic Paddle Wheel Riverboat, 102 fee of real river charm. She docks at the historic Maxson Riverside Restaurant and Paddle Wheel Inn. Built as a replica of the famous Rosie O'Shea paddle wheel in 1989, her festive exterior and graciously appointed interior provide a relaxing atmosphere for memory-making cruises. We'll take a 2 hour 15 mile round-trip river cruise that takes passengers past Lowden State Park and under the watchful eye of Chief Blackhawk, the largest concrete monolith in the country.
Ages: 14+
Jul 17      Sa      9:15am - 3:45pm      $60


When their legs get tired, they run with their hearts. Experience the racing excitement from the elevated platform of the Million Room Restaurant. With a lookout point to the track and access to the stadium, you can enjoy the afternoon in style. This all-inclusive outing provides admission to Arlington International, an Arlington program, a seat on the Million Room Platform, and a 2 hour Chef's Table with a beverage of your choosing.
Ages: 14+     
Aug 12     Th     11:30am - 6:00pm     $100

Family Fun Fest 

Ahoy Mates! Come walk the plank with the Butterfield Crew and dive into a day filled with family fun! Your day will be jam packed with fun activities, live DJ, and chances to win awesome raffle prizes. Admission to the pool is also FREE during this event. You will need to pre-register for this event, no walk-ins will be allowed.

When registering, you must choose which of the two pools you wish to swim in. In order to follow state guidelines for social distancing and limits to how many people can gather in one place, we will NOT be able to allow patrons to use both pools. You will be limited to one pool or the other. Once checked in you will receive a wrist band for the pool you have registered for. There is a 50-person limit per pool, 100 swimmers in the facility for this event. **Family Fun Fest is FREE Admission. Raffle Tickets are $1.00 a piece for purchase at the event. **
All Ages
9435       Sa      July 24     12:00-3:00pm        Dive Well (Pool A)
9436       Sa      July 24     12:00-3:00pm        Leisure Pool (Pool B)


Come take a ride on The Polar Express Storytime Train! We will board the train at the Downers Grove Main Street Station and head to the North Pole (Banquets at Two Brother's Roundhouse in Aurora). Upon arrival, Santa's Elves will welcome your family into Santa's Workshop where we will eat a breakfast or lunch buffet with Santa. During your stay at the North Pole, you will take a picture with Santa, decorate a delicious sugar cookie, play fun holiday games, and create a holiday craft! At the end of the day Santa will read one of his favorite stories to everyone. We will sing some familiar holiday songs on our train ride back and read a special story. Make this event part of your holiday tradition! Pre-registration is required. Tickets sell out quickly. Registration opens July 19. *This program is not included in reduced prices.
Ages: 3+
9881      Dec 12      Su      9:00am -12:30pm      $60.00
9882      Dec 12      Su      1:00 - 4:30pm             $60.00

Santa Storytime Express Bus AM or PM

Travel to Santa's North Pole by bus this holiday season! Hop aboard our decorated state of the art express bus for a special story, and a fun sing along. We will travel to Santa's North Pole (Banquets at Two Brother's Roundhouse). Upon arrival you will be greeted by Santa's elves, enjoy a meal with Santa, play fun games, enjoy crafts, and decorate cookies. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Monday July 19th. 
Ages: All Ages
9885     Dec 12     Su      9:30am -12:30pm      $55.00
9886     Dec 12     Su      1:00 - 4:00pm             $55.00

North Pole VIP Excursion-AM Breakfast or PM Lunch

Join us on a magical journey to the North Pole! Families will receive VIP treatment, experience personal quality time from Santa including one on one visits, a special group story time, individual and group photos. Each child will get to keep a signed autographed copy of the book read by Santa and families will receive a special gift at the end of your visit.
The day will begin at the North Pole (Two Brother's Roundhouse in Aurora, IL), guest will arrive via their own transportation to a special location and be greeted by one of Santa's special Elf helpers! Everyone will be guided into the North Pole to VIP seating up close and personal with the big guy himself. After your 30-minute visit with Santa, brunch will be served followed by crafts, games, and cookie decorating.
Special invitations, VIP passes, full event itinerary and menu will be sent to families by December 1st.
Contact 630-858-2229 for more details. Registration opens Monday July 19th.
Ages: 3+
9883      Su      Dec 12      9:30-12:30pm      $50.00
9884      Su      Dec 12      1:00-4:00pm        $50.00

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteer opportunities? Join our  Helping Hand Volunteer program, and you can become one of the dedicated individuals providing quality service and improving the quality of life in our community. Share your time with us while making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun!

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