Off School Specials FAQ

My child attends a different school district than what is listed, can they still attend?
Yes, registration is open to the public. The listed districts off are our local schools.

How old does my child have to be to attend?
Generally, these programs are geared towards Kindergarten – 5th grade students.

What time is drop off and pick up?
Drop off anytime from 7:30-9:00 AM.  Pick up anytime 3:30-6:00. Make sure to bring an ID to be cross referenced to those listed at the time of registration. Field trip times may vary, but a detailed email will be sent out a few days prior to the day off school, and will include these specific times.

What is the cancellation policy?
Generally, 14 days.  Please refer to the Off School Special PDF, “Registration Deadline” column. That date is the registration and cancellation deadline.

I signed up before the Registration Deadline, but it says waitlist, why is this?
Based on staffing, we will either take a school bus on field trips, or utilize our own MPPD vehicles.  Our own vehicles have individual seats and seat belts, so it may reach capacity before the deadline. The number of staff available also determines the number of participants allowed. If you do see “waitlist”, please make sure to check out/finalize your purchase, and you will receive a receipt for $0. We will contact you via email if a spot becomes available.

Is there an option to stay at RecPlex while the other kids go on the field trip?
No, all participants will attend the field trip.

What should my child bring?
Lunch, water bottle, snack (for 3:00 PM – please label this separately so they know not to eat it during lunch), gym shoes and socks.

How can I reach you during the day, if needed.
Please feel free to text or call our cell phone at (224-355-8425)

I have taken my child to the listed field trip, do I still need to complete a waiver?
Yes, we need a complete set of waivers for our group outing, so you will have to complete one again that we would bring with us. (Please note: Not all trips require waivers, and some are electronic, this will be included in the informational email for each day off school).

How do you get to/from the field trips?
Based on the day/number of registered participants, we will either take Mt. Prospect Park District vehicles, and our staff are the drivers, or, we will take a yellow school bus.

Is there a multiple child discount?
No, the registration fee amount is per participant.