Valpo Parks Briefs, September 30, 2014

By: Valpo Parks Last Updated: September 30, 2014

valpo-parksVisit the Valpo Parks website for information on all programs at Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the Parks Office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 219.462.5144.

ValPLAYso Volunteers for October 6-13 Build
The success of ValPLAYso - The Next Generation project relies upon volunteer support of the community. Individuals and groups are invited to assist in a wide variety of areas during the week long build. Online volunteer registration and more information are available at

Hayride Reservations at Rogers Lakewood
Family gathering, scout groups, birthday parties or service organizations will enjoy an autumn evening hayride in a tractor-drawn hay wagon through Lakewood Park, ending at a glowing campfire. Bring the marshmallows! Reservations are currently available through November 2 on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The one and a half hour time slots include hayride and campfire. Price is $65 for Valpo city residents and $77 for non-residents.

Monster Dash 5K and Family Fun 1K
Do the Monster Dash in your favorite costume in downtown Valpo! Both the start and finish of the Saturday, October 18 races are at Central Park Plaza with participants receiving a shirt and each youth receiving a participation ribbon. There will be awards for the top three Male and Female runners by age group in the 5K event. Price for the 5K is $25 per individual and $55 for a family of 3. Price for the 1K is $15 per individual and $35 for a family of 3. To do both events is $30 per individual and $65 for a family of 3. Race day registration is available for an additional $10.

Fall Party at Discovery Cottage
“Spooktacular Fun” will have kids age 3 to 5 years old trick or treating and playing Halloween games in their favorite costume. The party takes place at Discovery Cottage on Friday, October 31 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Price for city residents is $8; those who live outside Valpo city limits are $20.

Youth Volleyball League
The volleyball league for 1st – 8th Grade is an 8 week coed league separated into 4 age appropriate divisions. Rules will be modified to help kids have a great time learning volleyball and being successful. Teams will practice once a week. All practices and games will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Valparaiso (354 Jefferson St.). Register by December 12. Practices begin Jan 5. Game on Saturdays from Jan 24 through Feb 28. Bonus with registration is an annual Boys & Girls Club membership. Price is $65 Resident / $77 Non-Resident.

Broadway in Chicago Day Trip
January 3 is the next day trip for a matinee performance of Disney’s “Newsies” which received 2012 Tony Awards for best choreography and best score. The day package includes a matinee ticket, motor coach transportation to and from Chicago’s Oriental Theater, and exclusive Suite Service prior to show and at intermission. Suite Service includes light snacks, private bar, desserts, private restroom, private coat check and first class attentive service. Register early; reservations sell quickly. Price is $149 per person; must be 21.