Wednesday, April 15, 2009


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 14, 2009) – One of the best ways for a family to spend a Sunday afternoon together is at Arlington Park. Every Sunday from May 24 through Sept. 6 is a Family Day, which returns for the 2009 season with new themes that include partnerships with area sports teams including the Schaumburg Flyers and the Chicago Fire; area attractions such as Legoland, DuPage Children Museum and Brookfield Zoo; and three “family friendly” concerts.

Also on Sundays, children can sign up and participate in Arlington Park’s Junior Jockey Club, which is open to kids 12 and under. The Junior Jockey Club, which is free to join, educates children about Arlington Park and horse racing through hands-on activities and giveaways. Children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park. Post time on Sundays throughout the season is at 1 p.m.

The entire theme schedules for Family Day and Junior Jockey Club follow:

Date Family Day Theme Junior Jockey Club Theme

*May 3 Make a Derby Hat Craft Make a Derby Hat
*May 10 Mother’s Day Craft Mother’s Day Craft
May 24 DuPage Children’s Museum Day Blacksmith Day
May 25 (Mon.) Brookfield Zoo Day
May 31 Schaumburg Flyer’s Day Design Your Own Silks
June 7 Legoland Day Meet the Track Announcer
June 14 USO Salute to the Troops Starting Gate Tour
June 21 Father’s Day Craft Father’s Day Craft
June 28 Little Nashville (live music) Equine Dentist
July 5 Chicago Fire Fest in the Park Paddock Tour
July 12 Rick Kelly (live music) Meet the Jockey Colony
July 19 Fiesta in the Park Meet the Veterinarian
July 26 Schaumburg Flyer’s Day Starting Gate Tour
Aug. 2 Legoland Day Backstretch Tour
Aug. 9 Brookfield Zoo Day Sports Photography
Aug. 16 Justin Roberts Pre-Race Concert & DuPage Children’s Museum Day Back to School Days
Aug. 23 Mascot Day Blacksmith Show & Tell
Aug. 30 Jeanie B (live music) Paddock Tour
Sept. 6 Chicago Fire Fest in the Park Junior Jockey Club Party

* Special pre-Memorial Day weekend Family Day and JJC activities

For more details on individual Family Day and Junior Jockey Club themes, check the online calendar at

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