For the last 75 years, the Downers Grove Park District has enriched our community through natural area preservation and exceptional recreation, parks, and facilities that inspire memorable experiences. With almost 600 acres of parks and facilities, there are thousands of opportunities for individuals of all ages and interests to grow, play, imagine and explore.


Saturday, May 14, from 12-7pm
McCollum Park
Presented by Grove Dental Associates

Join Downers Grove Park District for an event of epic proportions at The Big Bash: 75th Anniversary Celebration! Party the day away with free activities for the whole family at McCollum Park. Listen to live music, enjoy tasty eats from local food trucks and sip some wine and beer. Visit the kids areas including inflatables, games and crafts. Compete in contests, join the Birthday Parade or partake in a scavenger hunt. Stroll the Park District & Sponsor Showcase to receive goodies and participate in hands-on activities. It's a day of celebration not to be missed!

*Schedule and activities are subject to change.

Download the event map and schedule


Special Activities

  • Free miniature golf at Miner's Mike Adventure Golf
  • Scavenger Hunt: 12-4:30pm
  • Fitness Class: WERQ (dance fitness): 12:30pm
  • Birthday Parade: 4:30-5pm (Prizes awarded to best dressed pet, family, trike or wagon
  • Happy Birthday Blowout: 6:30pm

Family Activities

  • 95-foot inflatable obstacle course: 12-5pm
  • Zorb ball track: 12-5pm
  • Crafts: 12-4:30pm
  • Giant yard games (checkers, soccer darts, Connect Four and more): 12-6pm
  • Open Volleyball: 12-6pm
  • Crafts: 12-4:30pm

Competitions and Contest

  • Free Throw Contest: 12-6pm
  • Water Balloon Toss: 3:30pm at Softball Field #1
  • Bags Competition: 12-6pm

Tiny Toes Music

  • Classes taught hourly 12:30-4:30
  • Play live instrumental music in-between classes
  • Multiple giveaways

Park District & Sponsor Showcase

Free activities and giveaways provided from 12-4:30pm: