Activities while you Stay At Home and Social Distance

The Carol Stream Park District has created this web page to offer positive tips, indoor/outdoor family activities, home workout videos, and other helpful resources that will help us stay physically and mentally healthy while we are STAYING AT HOME to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This time of “social distancing” is vital in this fight to prevent COVID-19, but it doesn’t have to be distressing.

First and foremost, get fresh air. At this time when we CAN be outdoors, we need to take advantage of it for our mental health. Social distancing is still an important precaution even outdoors. The National Recreation and Park Association recommends:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

You can read the entire statement below.

*Please remember to practice safe social distancing while outdoors.

Remember, ALL ILLINOIS PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED. This includes all Park and School District playgrounds. Call the police if you see people or kids on the playgrounds.

In the effort to keep groups of 10 or more from congregating, we have made the decision to close specific parks or park amenities as of noon, 4/2/20:

  • Basketball Courts/Hoops at ALL PARKS – CLOSED
  • Inline Skate Court at Armstrong Park – CLOSED
  • Skate Park at Hampe Park – CLOSED


National Recreation and Park Association suggests keeping parks open, while it is safe to do so

“Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.”

Read NRPA Statement

Staff's Favorites!

Carol Stream Park District Recreation staff has come up with the following indoor and outdoor activity ideas for the community:


Walk, jog, rollerblade, bike the 1.25 mile paved trail around Heritage Lake. There are a variety of bird species. See if you can identify them. Parking is available at Bierman Park, 1253 Woodlake Drive.

Do the same at Armstrong Park on 2.32 miles of trails. Armstrong Park main entry is at 391 Illini Drive. Parking available.

Walk your dog! Remember to leash and pick up after your pets.

Fishing is allowed at many park locations, listed below. A fishing license from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is required. We encourage “catch and release.”

Consider joining a running app like Strava and make a group to run with friends while apart.

Have you ever tried geocaching? It’s an outdoor treasure hunting game using coordinates. You can download a free Geocaching app to your phone.



Puzzle time! Take out that old-fashioned board puzzle and piece it together as a family.

Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches – now you have the time!

How about a board game? Life, Monopoly, Sorry.

Family movie night! Netflix, Hulu and Prime are a few that are streaming the best “pandemic” movies.  On the lighter, kid-friendly side, there are plenty of family movies too!

Teach the kids how to bake cookies. Here’s a simple sugar cookie recipe with minimal ingredients that most households usually have on hand: Easy Sugar Cookies

Arts and Crafts time – it’s not just Pinterest parents that have all the good ideas. You can Google just about any idea. Or, find junk at home and see how you can repurpose it.

Make slime! Here’s 4 recipes for slime making.


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Fountain View Fitness presents Home Workouts

Fitness staff put together these home workouts, and with modifications so we all can try them. The videos will help you stay diligent to your exercise routine.

Workout #1 – 15-Minute AMRAP – as many reps as possible. Do each exercise back to back, completing as many reps as possible in 15 minutes. 50 Jumping Jacks, 40 Squats, 30 Mountain Climbers, 20 Side Lunges, 10 Push-ups, 5 Burpees

Workout #2 – Circuit Workout – Do all exercises back to back. Repeat entire circuit 3 to 5 times. 50 Jumping Jacks, 20 Jump Squats, 10 Alternating Jumping Lunges, 10 Push-ups, 15-20 Leg Lifts

Workout #3 – 15-Minute AMRAP – as many reps as possible. Do each exercise back to back, completing as many reps as possible in 15 minutes. 15 Body Weight Squats, 10 Push-ups, 5 Burpees, 10 Plank with Shoulder Tap. Extra: Rest and do another 15-minute AMRAP: 40 Mountain Climbers, 20 Jumping Jacks, 10 Jump Squats, 10 Deadbugs

Workout #4 – 50-40-30-20-10 Perform each exercise 50x, then 40x, then 30x, etc. Mountain Climbers, Sit-ups, Jump Squats, Bicycle Crunches

Workout #5 – 30-Minute: Every minute on the minute. Every minute do one of the exercises. Rest any time that you have left in that minute. When the next minute starts, complete the next exercise for a total of 30.  12 Burpees, 20 Reserve Lunges, 20 Sit-ups, 15 Push-ups, 20 Triceps Dips

Workout #6 – HIIT 60/30, 40/20, 20/10. For the first round, do each exercise for 60 seconds and rest 30 seconds. For the second round do each exercise for 40 seconds and rest 20 seconds. For the third round do each exercise for 20 seconds and rest 10 seconds. Alternating Reverse Lunges, Plank, Step-ups, Push-ups, Hip Bridges

Workout #7 – Circuit Workout – Do all exercises back to back. Repeat 3-5 times. 10 Burpees, 10 Squat Jumps, 12 Walking Planks, 12 V-Ups, 12 Lunges

Workout #8 – 10-Minute Morning Workout – 25 Squats, 30 Push-ups, 30 Forward Lunges, 45 seconds Wall Sit, 30 Jumping Jacks

Workout #9 – Countdown Workout – *Start with 10 reps of each exercise, then do 9 reps of each exercise, and then 8 reps, etc until you reach 1 rep of each. **For an extra challenge work your way back up. After you do 1 rep of each exercise, do 2 reps of each, and then 3 reps continuing your way back up to 10 reps. Exercises: Push-Ups, Air Squats, Sit-Ups, Burpees, Lunges.

Workout #10 – 15 Minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) – Do each exercise for the specified amount of reps back to back. Once you get through all three exercises start again at the top for 15 minutes. 10 burpees, 10 air squats, 20 mountain climbers.

Chair Yoga by Sherry – During our Stay at Home order, Sherry takes a chair outside to her porch and guides you through some simple meditative yoga. Take it outdoors like Sherry!

Home Workout Series #1 by Gina – Using simple household items as props, Gina takes you through a home workout that is good for beginners and seniors.

Home Workout Series #2 by Gina – Easy workouts from Gina to keep you toned and flexible.

Workout #11 – 15-minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) 10 burpees, 15 squats, 20 mountain climbers.

Home Workout by Brian – Stretching for Shoulder Flexibility

Home Workout #12 – 5 rounds in 24 minutes: 1 min mountain climbers, 1 min pushups, 1 min bridges, 1 min squats, 1 min break.

Home Workout Plank Challenge

Workout #13 –  “Core Commotion” 5 rounds, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off: Planks, Bridges,
Mountain Climbers, Deadbugs, Bicycle Crunches

Home Workout – Pushup Challenge

Home Workout #14 – 10 Rounds – one minute on, one off: 10 Step ups, 15 Jumping Lunges, Jump Squats (as many as possible in time remaining)

Home Workout #15 – Core and More – 5 rounds, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off:               Glute Kick Backs, Walking Plank, Leg Raise, Dead Bug

Home Workout #16 – Lower Body Blast – 4 rounds, 30 seconds on, 15 seconds off:               Jumping Jacks, Side Lunges, Jump Squats, Forward Lunges

Home Workout Wall Sit Challenge

Home Workout 1-Minute Challenge

10,000 Steps

100 Squats Challenge


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Social Media Fun

Friend us on the following social media accounts to stay up to date on Park District events, promotions, deadlines, news and more!

During this “Stay at Home” order, we are posting an “Activity a Day” on the park district Facebook page. Friend us!

Facebook accounts:
Carol Stream Park District Facebook
Fountain View Fitness
Adult Sports
Youth Sports
Coral Cove Water Park 
Coyote Crossing Mini Golf
Awesome Adventure Camp
Bark Park

Carol Stream Parks Foundation
Veterans Memorial Plaza of Carol Stream


Search for “csparkdistrict” “fountainviewfit” and “csparks_678” (middle school)

Facebook fun!

There are some funny social media games going on. For example, other park districts are doing a See10Do10 challenge. It’s fun. See our VIDEO.

Other Facebook fun – What’s your COVID-19 name? Take how you are feeling and add it to what you most recently ate and share with friends to keep it going. For example, you could be “Tired Egg Salad” or “Grateful Ham Sandwich” or “Distracted Cheerios”.

Use Facebook stories or start a blog. Show or write about what you’ve been doing while at home with your family, what you’re baking, reading or what board games you’re all playing. Consider it a diary to look back at years later.

Share GIFS on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter about how you are working from home.

Are the kids on Instagram? Snapchat? TikToc? Make a funny video with your child and post. Make a dance video or show what you are crafting. These are super short videos but create fun memories.

Teens are encouraged to keep in touch with friends and family through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or try a video meet up with Google Hangout or Facetime. Watch a Netflix movie or series with friends over Facetime.


Fishing is available at the following park locations. You need to have a fishing license from the Illinois Department of Natural Resource (IDNR). We encourage “catch and release”.

Armstrong Park, 391  Illini Drive
Blue Heron, 745 Castleton Court
Community Park, 725 Thornhill Drive
Evergreen Park, 1041 Birchbark Trail
Fair Oaks Central, 1320 Birchbark Trail
Gerald Weeks Park (east), 25W149 Doris
Gerald Weeks Park (west), 1N170 Morse Street
Heritage Lake (Bierman Park), 1253 Woodlake Drive
Jirsa Park, 1363 Rose Avenue
McCaslin Park, 27W650 North Avenue, West Chicago
Mitchell Lakes Park, 200 Elk Trail
Red Hawk Park, 651 W. St. Charles Road
Shining Waters Park, 874 Oswego Drive
Tedrahn Park, 1286 New Britton Drive
Veterans Park, 200 E. Lies Road

Carol Stream Public Library

The Carol Stream Public Library is offering the following resources:

Your Library at Home

  • Access e-books and e-audibooks through Overdrive. (To use this service on your mobile device, search your app store for Libby. You’ll need your library card number to download books.
  • Stream music and videos through Hoopla. (We raised the maximum items per month during this time.)
  • Read all the latest current issues of your favorite magazines (over 2,900 of them!) with RB Digital.
  • Get your craft on by watching tutorials on Creativebug.
  • Learn new skills on everything from software to accounting to videography with Lynda.com.

Just for kids:

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Social Distancing is not new

As fast as this virus hit, resources have popped up to help us all understand and deal with an atmosphere we never expected. A pandemic in 2020! While most people are taking the COVID-19 virus and social distancing seriously, the idea of social distancing is not new. Read about the 1918 H1N1 flu pandemic: “With no vaccine to protect against influenza infection and no antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections that can be associated with influenza infections, control efforts worldwide were limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings, which were applied unevenly.”

This is on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.  It’s one of the best resources you can refer to if looking for any kind of information on COVID-19, or any other pandemic.

History from the CDC

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