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New park district facility to open with Day of Play

MUNDELEIN – The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new Dunbar Recreation Center, 888 Dunbar Road, with a free Day of Play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7.

The festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting commemorating the official opening of the facility at 10 a.m. After that, the party gets started with lots of free fun to get everyone moving: a DJ, bounce house, crafts, face painting and more.

A sampling of Day of Play activities includes a Ninja Warrior Course, Big Wheel Race, Basketball Shoot Out, Putting Challenge and Soccer Skills Clinic. There will be cooking, baking, fitness and dance mini classes as well as Candy Bingo, Preteen Cell Phone Challenge, and bridge and mahjong lessons for active adults.

Participating in the activities will earn chances in raffle giveaways ranging from passes to Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center to membership at Park View Fitness Center and free entries to upcoming events. Be sure to stop by the “Money Machine” for a chance to win discounts on Park View memberships. 

Everyone will be eligible for discounts on many programs during the Day of Play event, including $25 off party bookings, early bird pricing on Barefoot Bay season passes, 10 percent off summer camp registration, 10 percent off preschool camp, 10 percent off swim lessons, 10 percent off youth sports programs, and 25 percent off the Loyalty Program at Steeple Chase Golf Club.

For those who can’t attend, these deals will be available online (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7) as well.

Dunbar Recreation Center houses a full gymnasium, two multipurpose rooms, instructional kitchen and a dance/exercise studio.

The recreation center was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

Details and a schedule of Day of Play can be found at

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