Cooking and baking classes for all ages are filling the calendar at Dunbar Recreation Center’s state-of-the-art instructional kitchen

Cooking and baking classes for all ages are filling the calendar at Dunbar Recreation Center’s state-of-the-art instructional kitchen

Mundelein Park District proudly celebrates the grand opening of the new Dunbar Recreation Center located at 888 Dunbar Road in Mundelein. To commemorate the occasion, the park district has planned a FREE “Day of Play” for the entire family on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony 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. Just a sampling of “Day of Play” activities will include: a Ninja Warrior Course, Big Wheel Race, Basketball Shoot Out, Putting Challenge and Soccer Skills Clinic.

Also, 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! The giveaways range from passes to Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center to memberships at Park View Fitness Center and free entries to upcoming events. Be sure to stop by the “Money Machine” for your chance to win discounts on Park View memberships.

“Our ‘Day of Play’ is not just about showing off our new facility, but also reaching out to our residents to educate them all of the great things Mundelein Park District has to offer,” said Matt LaPorte, Mundelein Park District Superintendent of Recreation, “We are excited about all the expanded activities our new facility will host, and also want to highlight a little bit of everything else we have to offer as well.”

“Day of Play” participants will be eligible for discounts on many Park District programs during the “Day of Play” event including $25 off of party bookings, early bird pricing on Barefoot Bay season passes, 10% off of Summer Camp registration, 10% off of Preschool camp, 10% off of Swim Lessons, 10% off of Youth Sports programs, 25% off of 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. on Saturday April 7) as well.

Prior to the construction of the new Dunbar Recreation Center, a small A-frame building referred to as the “Chalet” stood on the property. On June 1, 2017, the Chalet was razed to make room for the new 13,000 square foot facility. The Dunbar Recreation Center houses a full gymnasium, two multi-purpose rooms, instructional kitchen and a dance/exercise studio. It 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

The Dunbar Center will house fitness classes, dance classes, kids and adults cooking classes, kids and adults baking classes, rec-connect, camp programs, special events, parties, and other park district programs to fill in open times.

“The “Day of Play” will showcase everything the Dunbar Center will do for the community along with plenty of activities, games, crafts, raffle prizes, fitness demos and cooking demonstrations. If you are interested in the Dunbar Center, I highly encourage you to attend this free fun event and be sure to invite your friends and family,” LaPorte concludes.