Special Events

Toddler Play at the Park (Ages 18 mo. - 3 yrs.)

Messy crafts, parachute play & outdoor explorations. Join Mrs. Julie and Mrs. Renita at Blackhawk Meadow Park for an outdoor toddler play day. Dress for mess and wear tennis shoes. Please register a week in advance to secure your spot.----Toddler Play 200x200.JPG

Date: Monday, August 26

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park

Fee: FREE- Registration is required.

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**Now an official Rockford Road Runners circuit race! www.rockfordroadrunners.org

Tiger 10 Miler

Join us for the second annual Tiger 10 Miler Trail Race and after party! This exciting race will take runners on ten miles of twists, turns, and hills within the Byron Forest Preserve and the more secluded Nardi Equine Prairie. All participants will receive a custom finisher's medal, shirt and our unique age group awards go 3 deep in 5-year brackets. Overall male & female winners and also male and female masters winners will receive awards and a cash prize. This is a "cup free" race so please bring your handheld water bottle or hydration pack as we won't have paper cups at our three aid stations in order to keep our trails clean and be environmentally friendly.

Following the race, the after party will be held at the Hairy Cow Brewing Company from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Race participants will kick back and enjoy a complementary meal while awards, cash prizes, and door prizes are distributed! "Like" or "follow" us on the socials @Tiger10Miler for updates and pictures of the course.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m.* - 11:00 a.m.

Check-in: 7:00-7:45 a.m. at the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Prairie Center

* Walkers are welcome and will start at 7:30am. "The early start is assigned by performance and is not done by or for convenience to competitors. The early start is out of respect to our volunteers and hopefully will shorten the amount of time they spend working on race days".

Location: Byron Forest Preserve

Fee: $40/person before August 6th
$50/person August 7th - September 5th
$60/person September 6th or race day


Age Groups
0 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 24 25 - 29 30 - 34 35 - 39 40 - 44
45 - 49 50 - 54 55 - 59 60 - 64 65 - 69 70 - 74 75 & older

If you have questions about this race, contact Race Director, Nick Warrner at 815-234-6218 or email nwarrner@byronparks.org.

Love and Logic Parenting Class

This is a six-session course designed to help parents equip kids with character, compassion, problem solving skills and more! Participants will learn how to put an end to arguing, back talk and begging. Love and Logic® teaches how to set limits without waging war while avoiding power struggles along the way. Parents will also learn to teach responsibility without losing their child's love while guiding them to solve their own problems. Love and Logic ®will also give you strategies to teach kids to complete chores without reminders and without pay!

Touch A Truck


Join the Byron Park District for the 3rd Annual Touch A Truck event. See the vehicles that fascinate you up close and hands on, including emergency and military vehicles, farm equipment and more! This exciting event is fun for the whole family!

Date: Saturday, September 14

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Behind Byron High School


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Head to the Byron High School Swimming Pool for a one of a kind night of GLOW swimming! Enter the Splash Contest and hang out with friends! Glow bracelets and necklaces will be available for purchase.

Date: Friday, October 4th

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Byron High Swimming Pool

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Join the Byron Park District and Byron Forest Preserve for an afternoon on the prairie. Enjoy games, hayrides, face painting and more! Games are .25 each or 5/$1.00. Concessions will be available.

Date: Sunday, October 27

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Jarrett Prairie Center


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Let the smashing begin! Bring your pumpkins, throw them off the fire tower and try to hit the bullseye. Cookies and apple cider will be served.

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Byron Fire Department


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Calling all 5th - 8th graders, it's early dismissal! Join us for an afternoon of bowling and fun at Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Fee includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and a beverage. The bus will depart from and return to the Byron Park District. Please register by Friday, November 1st.

Date: Friday, November 8th

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cherry Bowl Rockford

Fee: $18

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Get ready to burn some calories before heading to your Thanksgiving Day feast! This race will be an approximate 5K distance with chip timing provided by Real Timing, Inc. Runners will not be allowed to use timepieces. Turkeys will be awarded to the top finishers who are closest to guessing their race time. Awards ceremony will be held inside the PE Center 15-20 minutes after the race. Shirts will be guaranteed to those registered by Friday, Nov. 22. Day-of registration will be available during check-in.

Date: Thursday, November 28

Location: Byron School Grounds

Check-in Time: 7:00-7:45 am

Race Time: 8:00 am

Fee: $15-youth/ $25-adult

To volunteer at this event, please contact Renita Folkers at 815-234-6492 or rfolkers@byronparks.org.