Family Activities

Family Recreation


Carbondale Park District offers family fun and recreational activities to enrich the quality of community life. We do this through offerings of quality leisure and recreation opportunities. Take a look at our family activities today!

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Family Recreation at the Carbondale Park District
The Carbondale Park District offers a wide variety of events and programs through the seasons. Please check back often to see any new events happening.

Parent/Child Friday Night Swim
This swim session is for families to enjoy our heated, indoor pool during a time when no lessons or fitness classes are scheduled. Parents are invited to bring their children and spend Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 at the LIFE Community Center. The fee is $5.00 per family of 4. Additional family members are $1.00 each.

Family Vacation Night
Sponsored by the Postitive Youth Development Coalition, Family Vacation Nights are held on the first Monday of the month from 5:30-7pm. This free family activity is open to all families. Visit for more information. The next Family Vacation Night will be held Monday, August 6th at Evergreen Park. Canoeing, fishing, and outside games are just a few of the fun things that we will do.

Canoe for $2
We supply the equipment, lifeguard, and instruction for people interested in learning to canoe. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $2 per person. This programs takes place on the following Saturdays in the fall from 1-3pm at the Evergreen Park boat dock: TBA

Fall Hayride Rentals

Private hayride rentals are available for your group event. Hayrides are conducted between 7:00 and 8:30PM by a Carbondale Park District staff member. Rental includes the use of the Giant Sycamore Shelter between 6:00 and 11:00PM. The shelter has electricity, lights, grills, and picnic tables for your cookout needs. Hayride rentals must be booked at least one week in advance.

Cost: $100 Resident/$125 Regular

Upcoming Family Recreational Events

Check back often to see what new events are coming up. Take a look at our events calendar for a full list of events.

Family Events

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All Events

Family Recreation Classes

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Course Name Time Duration Start Date
Parent Tot Exploration Session 3
Sat. 9:00 – 9:30 am
6 Classes October 27, 2018
Parent Tot Exploration Session 4
Mon. 5:00 – 5:30 pm
6 Classes October 29, 2018
Parents’ Night Out Session 1 1 Class September 15, 2018

Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356