Howard Leisure Center
6676 W. Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714


Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm



Robin Brey (Office Manager/Recreation Program Supervisor)

Theresa Kaufhold (Recreation Administrator)


  • Administration & Finance Departments, Recreation Program Supervisor
  • Registration Office
  • Bright Beginnings Preschool Classrooms
  • Recreation Classes
  • Park Board Meetings


Your child deserves a bright beginning!  Join our preschool program. 

Registration is open for the 2022-2023 school year.  Fees and schedule is below.


Bright Beginnings Preschool is guided by the philosophy of learning through play.  Guided or self-initiated, we believe play is an essential component in developing the whole child.  We provide an environment that is safe and nurturing while promoting the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of the young child.  Children are given the opportunity to explore, discover, problem solve and build self-esteem through play based exploration.

Bright Beginnings Preschool curriculum follows weekly themes.  The themes incorporate activities that are developmentally appropriate for all areas of a child's development.  Children are motivated with age-appropriate toys, positive reinforcement, and activities that stimulate the growth of a young child.  Daily activities encourage language development, artistic expression and problem-solving skills.

Preschool Staff
Bright Beginnings Preschool staff is an integral part of the classroom.  Each class has a lead teacher and assistant.  Staff maintain 15 hours of in-service in ECE yearly, and are certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.  All staff meets the requirements issued by DCFS to teach at Bright Beginnings Preschool.

Niles Park District Bright Beginnings Preschool is certified by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


CONTACT US!  Call (847) 967-6633, or email Robin Brey at for preschool information. 


birthday party packages at NPD

Birthday Party A-G Include:

  • Party leader to plan and organize party
  • Happy Birthday tableware and paper goods
  • Helium balloons for all guests

Days, Times & Fee:
Friday:  4:00-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday:  10:00 am-5:00 pm
Additional times may be available based on request.  Parties are 2 hours.

Fee:  Res $250, Non-Res $275
Additional fee is $10 per child over 15 children

Days, times, and fees listed above excludes:  Jungle Fun Party, Ice Skating, Pionner Park Mini Golf, and Pool Parties.

A- Tye Dye Birthday (Ages 4-10 at Howard Leisure Center)
Your guests will enjoy making their own tye-dye shirts with crazy designs and swirly lines!  Children should bring their own dyables.

B-  Crafty Creations (Ages 4-10 at Howard Leisure Center)
Have a crafty birthday party.  You bring the birthday child and friends and we will supply the great memory!  Choose from one of the the following crafts for your special party fun.

  • Paint and create jewelry boxes
  • Make colorful sand creations
  • Paint ceramic piggy banks

C- Rumble Jumble & Climb! (Ages 2-4 at Howard Leisure Center)
Come roll, tumble, and climb in our Rumble Jumble room!  Children can't resist climbing the wall and rolling on our soft play equipment.  Our party leader will organize fun group activities.

birthday party packages at NPDD- Princess Party (Ages 5-12 at Howard Leisure Center)
Girls, it's time to put on your princess dress and be glamorous.  We will have a blast as you get your nails done by our party leader and make a special craft, play games and dance to fun party music.  This party is sure to tickle any princesses' fancy.

E- Day at the Races (Ages 4-12 at Howard Leisure Center)
Horses and race cars have nothing on this party.  Each child will participate in relay races, scooter races, obstacle courses, and more!

F- Old Fashioned Fun (Ages 4-12 at Howard Leisure Center)
An oldie but goodie.  Activities to bring back the memories of your childhood!  The fun includes Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Musical Chairs, Hot Potato, Clothes Pin Drop, and more.

G- Super Hero Party (Ages 5-12 at Howard Leisure Center)
Kids will enjoy "saving the world"!  The fun will include making their own super hero or villain mask, as well as showing their super strength with games, obstacle course and more.                                   


JUNGLE FUN PARTIES (Ages 2-12 at LoVerde Sports & Rec Center)
Our jungle play land offers children a multi-level climbing structure with bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, and swings.  2 hour activity time in the jungle room (private) and access to the attached party room.  Includes a party leader to set up and assist with party activities.  A $50 fee will be added for not leaving the party room 15 minutes after the end of your party.  Socks are required for all participants.  Max of 25 children.  Full payment is required at booking.
Time:  Call 847-967-6633 for availability
25 kids- Res $330, Non-Res $355
20 kids- Res $300, Non-Res $325
15 kids- Res $270, Non-Res $295
Each additional child is $10


Day & Time:
Saturday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm (Skate (11:45 am-1:15 pm) 

Party Package:
Skate admission for 20 people
Free skate rental.
Party room for 3 hours for up to 25 guests.
Skating during the public skating session.  Announcement of birthday during the session.

Cost:  Res $280, Non-Res $340
Additional skaters after the first 20 are $14 per person.
For parties over 25, there is an additional charge of $14 per guest.  Parties of 26-30 receive skate admission for 25.  Parties of 31-40 receive skate admission for 30.  Parties of 41-50 receive skate admission for 35.  Parties with more than 50 guests must contact IceLand for rates.

General Information:

  • Reserve party rooms in person at IceLand.
  • Full payment for party is due at time of reservation.  Upon payment you will receive a folder with admission tickets for skating and maps to send out with your invitations.
  • Two weeks notice is required for cancellation.  A $10.00 service charge will apply to all cancellations.  The reservation fee is non-refundable if the party is canceled less than 2 weeks prior to party.
  • A party host or skating instructor is available upon request at an additional cost.
  • Private rink rentals are also available  Contact IceLand for details.  847-297-8010.



PIONEER PARK MINI GOLF PARTY (April-October, for groups of 20 or more)
Looking for an outing the whole family can enjoy?  Pioneer Park is a great place to hold your next birthday party, school group, camp, church, or company outing!  Customize a fun filled day for your group with an event that's sure to be a hit!

Mini-Golf:  $5.00 per person
$11.50 per person with food

Call Pioneer Park at 847-583-2746 for more information.



IceLand Registration Form




Register online HERE.
Follow instructions to Create an Account, or log in to your existing account.
Some exclusions apply.

Email your Program Registration Form to Robin Brey at
IceLand Skating & Hockey Classes- Email the IceLand registration form to


Fill out the Program Registration Form.  Payments may be made by check payable to 'Niles Park District' or on VISA, American Express, MasterCard, or Discover.  Please do not mail cash payments.  If you wish to have a receipt mailed to your home, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mail to:
Niles Park District-Registration
6676 W. Howard St.
Niles, IL 60714

Stop by one of our offices to register for your classes:

Howard Leisure Center
6676 W. Howard St
Phone:  847-967-6633
Monday-Friday:  8:30 am-5:00 pm

IceLand Skate
8435 Ballard Road
Phone:  847-297-8010
Accepts hockey and ice skating registration

Tam Tennis
7686 N. Caldwell Ave.
Phone:  847-967-1400
Accepts tennis registration

Resident Definition
Resident rates apply to those persons residing within the borders of the Niles Park District (check your real estate tax bill for verification).  Niles is its own entity and does not have co-term agreements with neighboring suburbs.

Errors and Adjustments
We try very hard to be accurate when the Fun Guide is printed. There is so much information to communicate, there may be some unavoidable errors or changes to the programs, fees, schedules and other information herein. The Park District reserves the right to make any adjustments found to be necessary and apologizes for any inconvenience which may result.

Register Early
There is a point when decisions must be made to stop taking registration for a class because it is filled, or to cancel a class due to low enrollment. Please do not wait until the day a class begins to register, or you might miss out.

Refund Policy
Niles Park District will grant a full refund of program fees, less a $5 service charge, if the refund request is received prior to the start of the program. Once the program begins a prorated refund will be given for classes attended, minus a $5 service charge.  If an insufficient number of registrants have enrolled in the program, the Park District will issue a full refund. There will be no refunds for season passes or coupon books.  Refunds take approximately two weeks to process.

IceLand Refund Policy
Learn to Skate & Instructional Hockey- A class refund can be issued if you cancel the class before it begins.  There will be a $5 service charge for canceling a class.  Once the session begins there are no refunds.  Tot Beginner Class Refund Policy- A class refund can be issued if you cancel the class before it begins.  There will be a $5 service charge for canceling a class.  Once the session begins if your child is not ready for the program, please let the office know by the 3rd week and a 50% household credit will be issued.  No credits will be issued after the 3rd week.  This policy applies to Tot Beginner classes only.

Golf Class Refund
Niles Park District will grant a refund of golf program fees, less a $10 service charge, if the refund request is received prior to the start of the first class.  Private Lessons: 24-hour cancellation policy is in effect for all private lessons.  If you do not cancel 24 hours before the start of the lesson, you will be charged in full.

Summer Camp Refund Policy
Applies to Recreation Camp, Sports Camp & Early Childhood Camp.  To withdraw from a session of camp and receive a refund, a request must be made by 5:00 pm the Thursday prior ro the start of the session.  A $25 per camper service charge is applied to all refund requests.

Cooperative Facilities
In addition to the facilities owned and operated by the Niles Park District, cooperative agreements with neighboring park districts make certain facilities available to Niles residents at their resident rate.  The Morton Grove Park District's Prairie View Health Center, 6834 Dempster, 965-1200, and the Des Plaines Park District Lake Opeka, 827-7930, are part of our cooperative efforts.

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