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.

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

We are not taking Birthday Party reservations currently.

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.  Parties are 2 hours.  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.
Time:  Call 847-967-6633 for availability
25 kids- Res $310, Non-Res $335
20 kids- Res $280, Non-Res $305
15 kids- Res $250, Non-Res $275
Each additional child is $10

ICE SKATING PARTY (September-June @ IceLand)

Due to COVID restrictions, IceLand currently is not offering party packages.
Special party packages are offered for birthdays and special events.  Room rental is for 3 hours.  Parties up to 25 people, skate admission and skate rental for 20.  For parties more than 25, call IceLand for details and prices.  To add an instructor to your party, please contact the skating director for rates and availability.  Call 847-297-8010.

Friday, 7:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, Noon-3:00 pm
Sunday, 1:30-4:30 pm

Fee:  Res $220, Non-Res $265
Food Packages Available (in addition):
#1:  Hot dog, chips, drink & pudding or fruit cup
#2:  Pizza, drink & chips
$6.00 per person


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

Call 847-583-2746 for more information during hours of operation.


Pool Party reservations will not be taken this season.


Party fee includes:

  • Admission to Oasis Fun Center, including spray pad, drop slide, water slide and diving boards.
  • Use of Oasis Fun Center room for 2 hours.
  • Lunch (Pizza or hot dog, chips and soda)
  • Park District staff member to help your party run smoothly.

Time:  Parties available during open swim hours
Fee With Food:
Res $290 for 15 guests ($10 each additional)
Non-Res $340 for 15 guests ($10 each additional)
Fee Without Food:
Res $250 for 15 guests ($8 each additional)
Non-Res $300 for 15 guests ($8 each additional)

Niles Park District Programs

Fall Programs- View our Fall Fun Guide here

Winter Spring Programs- View our Winter Spring Guide here

Registration Information





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 only!

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

Email your Registration Form to Robin Brey at 

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.

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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