On-line Registration for Citywide Summer Day Camps and Programs Begins April 9
Registration for the Chicago Park District’s summer day camps and programs begins online Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m. at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. Patrons who would like to enroll their family members must first create an online account. Summer program offerings can currently be viewed online and wish lists can be created. In-person registration at most local parks begins Saturday, April 14.
Each summer, the Chicago Park District provides more than 30,000 campers ages 6-12 with a season of supervised activity at more than 230 local parks. Children will go on field trips; explore nature, arts and culture; engage in sports and recreation; and enjoy pool time.
Summer day camp hours vary for each location with typical camps running about six hours per day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Many parks offer early morning and late-day sessions as well. Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours.
Standard day camps run for six weeks from June 25 – Aug. 3. Parents seeking programs in August are encouraged to also register their children for specialty and late-summer camps. Educationand character-building components arecombined with recreation at several of the Park District’s specialty camps including cultural arts, leadership, sports, and urban campers.
High Volume Anticipated; Please Follow Screen Directions
Demand for the summer day camp program continues to grow and the Chicago Park District anticipates a high amount of traffic on its website April 9. Patrons may experience very high wait times after first selecting a program to be added to their cart. If the “please wait” screen appears, they should follow the directions. Patrons who leave the page, hit refresh or any other key will lose their place in line. They should remain on this page until they are automatically moved along to the next screen. Upon completing registration, patrons will see a receipt page that provides instant confirmation of registration.
Preparing for Registration Day
In order to be prepared for the first day of online registration, patrons should consider the following tips:
· Create an account in advance. All patrons must create an account on the new registration system prior to registering. No accounts exist from the old system. An account is required for online or in-person registrationand can be created online or at the parks.
· Add all individuals whom you plan to register for on your account.
· View the program registration instructions offered online. Review the instructions and screen shots showing the new registration process online.
· Set up a wish list. This feature does not save actual slots in the program, but does saves time on the first day of registration.
· Be flexible on your location. Many highly sought after programs are available in other parks across the city. If you can be flexible on your location, you'll have a greater chance of getting into the program you want.
· Plan appropriately for registration day. The system doesn’t currently support creating an account or registering by mobile device, so please plan appropriately.
· Have your credit card ready. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted on the new system. Paypal is no longer used.
· Utilize the new waiting list function. Once all the online and in-person spots in a program are sold, you can be added to the waiting list. If a spot becomes available, parks will contact patrons based on list order.
When patrons register for two or more programs for family members less than 18 years of age in one transaction, the order qualifies for a 10% discount on the less expensive program(s).
Discount is available for online and in-person orders, but cannot be combined with the CHA or DCFS discount programs. All family members should be entered into one account on the Chicago Park District’s registration system.
In addition to summer day camps, the Park District offers thousands of sport and fitness, cultural and environmental programs for adults, seniors, teens and youth. Regular summer programs run June 18 – Aug. 26. For more information, contact your local park, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312-742-PLAY.