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Parks department offers scavenger hunt, activity books

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    The scavenger hunt takes place throughout Elgin Memorial Park. Photos courtesy of Elgin Parks & Recreation Department
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    Last week’s activity book featured reptiles and amphibians.

The Elgin Parks & Recreation Department is currently hosting its first ever scavenger hunt in Elgin Memorial Park through July 27. 

Participants travel through Elgin Memorial Park looking for clues, solving riddles and eventually figuring out the solution to “The Missing Time Capsule.”

The scavenger hunt is fun for all ages, especially groups of family or friends, and is self-directed, allowing participants to come and go at their own pace and maintain social distancing while getting out and having some fun.

The fee is $5 per team. Upon registering, a team will receive their first clues and challenges to begin the adventure through the park. To register for the scavenger hunt, visit and select “Special Events.”

Additionally, the Parks & Recreation Department continues to offer its weekly activity books outside of the Elgin Recreation Center. The free activity books have been available each Wednesday since April 22 and feature a different topic each week, including seven days worth of activities, crafts, experiments, writing prompts, coloring pages, brain teasers and more.

So far this summer, the Parks & Recreation Department has given out 2,000 activity books. Also available has been toys, books, kids’ exercise equipment such as jump ropes, and fresh-grown produce from the Elgin Farmer’s Market, local backyard gardens and staff.