Hinderman: Plenty of things to do in Orland Park
By Laura Hinderman Citizen Journalistemail@example.com November 8, 2012 2:22PM
More than 400 runners take off along Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park during the 2009 Turkey Trot. | File Photo
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:10AM
Having survived Halloween’s sugar rush and the candy-laden festivities that surround the ghostly gatherings, we turn the calendar to November.
Orland Park has a bevy of events coming up to keep you motivated and entertained as we enter the holiday season.
Orland Park’s annual Turkey Trot will again “run” on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.
This 21/2-mile, chip-timed, cross country race starts at the Franklin Loebe Center and travels the many beautiful streets, paths and woodland of our town. Check-in is 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. However, registration for all 725 spots was full as of Nov. 2.
Next year, consider advance registration. As an incentive, all participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and are eligible for postrace raffle prizes. The event is open to all ages, with awards given to the top overall male and female finishers, plus the top three in each age group and gender.
Prerace packets are available from Friday to Nov. 20 at the Human Race, 15148 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.
This is a great way to start Thanksgiving Day, which will, inevitably, end up in overeating and/or overindulging. Come out and cheer on the runners.
Kids Turkey Trot
Ahead of the Turkey Trot and for the younger set, there will be a Kids Turkey Trot at 9 a.m. Saturday.
This indoor event at the Sportsplex will host ages 3 to 9 as they participate in a pint-sized event on the indoor track. The cost is $12 for residents, $15 for nonresidents and $7 for Sportsplex members.
For the youngest of all, ages 1 and 2, there will be a Diaper Dash at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sportsplex. The fee for this adorable event is $6 for residents, $9 for nonresidents and $5 for Sportsplex members.
Register for the Turkey Trot, the Kids Turkey Trot and the Diaper Dash at the Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St., Orland Park, or at 14600 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start time of your age division for check-in.
Are you up for some team sports?
The 11th annual Turkey Shoot will start at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Sportsplex. Have some fun and, perhaps, win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
Teams will include one parent and one child, and will be grouped according to the child’s age. Registration will be taken for children only. Don’t worry, parents, you may compete with more than one of your children.
All ages may play, but there is a limit of 100. To make it fair for the tiniest shooters, mini-basketballs and pint-sized hoops will be used for the younger group.
The cost is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents and $1 for Sportsplex members. Good luck!
‘School’s Out ...’
Finally, if you are struggling with how to keep the kids occupied during Thanksgiving break, consider sending them to the Sportsplex to work off some of that extra energy.
Ages 9 and older might enjoy “School’s Out ... Fun Is In” from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 to 21 and 23. Available are open gym, the soccer field and, of course “The Rock,” a 32-foot-tall climbing wall available for an additional $3 daily fee for residents and $6 for nonresidents.
Registration for the open gym and fields costs $3 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. Admission for high school students is $12 for the nonresident open gym option, but “The Rock” remains the same cost as listed above.
Consider saving a few bucks by purchasing an all-inclusive play package, which includes rock climbing, open gym and open field play for one flat rate of $5 for residents, $10 for nonresidents and $15 for nonresident high school students.
As always, Sportsplex members (children or students who are under a family plan membership or have their own high school plan) may use the gym and “The Rock” for free.
Just because we turned the clock back last week does not mean we need to hunker down and stay on the couch for the duration of the season. Orland Park offers many fun things to do.