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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Nov/Dec 2017 

2018 Season Passes to the Youth Activity Park are on sale Nov. 1.

2018 Season Passes Now on Sale

Annual Season Passes to the Youth Activity Park are on sale through the end of the year. Renew your family, individual or youth season pass before Dec. 31 and get a 10 percent discount! Costs are as follows:

  • Ages 17 and under: $100
  • Ages 18 and over: $115
  • Family: $185 for two adults and three children under age 22 living at home; additional family members are $25.
Individual passes can be purchased online or at the park. Family passes must be purchased at the park.

The Youth Activity Park is designed to provide a safe place for area youth to enjoy an assortment of alternative recreational opportunities. The largest outdoor skate park in Missouri, this state-of-the-art concrete course is open year-round to users of all ages, skateboards, inline skates, scooters, and BMX bikes.

In addition to the skate course, the facility also features a 30-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a sand volleyball court, half-court basketball, an open play area, table tennis, foosball table, air hockey and large video gaming area equipped with two flat screen televisions.

For more information, please call the park at 636-561-4964. 
Learn to homebrew at the Heritage Museum on Nov. 4.

Learn to Homebrew at the Museum

If you've thought about learning how to homebrew, but just haven't found the perfect opportunity, this is it! Little Hills Homebrewers, along with park staff will teach methods of making beer at home during our Learn to Homebrew Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Heritage Museum near St. Charles.

You'll observe and learn through demos and tastings, find out what system will work best for you, and what equipment you'll need to start your own home brewery. 

Learn to Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encour­age homebrewers to introduce to others what they consider to be the most rewarding hobby, ob­session and lifestyle since the beginning of time!

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register for the program, visit or call 636-949-7535.  .  

Win cash prizes and a Thanksgiving Turkey at the Disc Golf Blind Turkey Toss Tournament!

Disc Golf Turkey Toss Nov. 18   

Disc golf enthusiasts or first-time disc golfers alike can compete for cash prizes, trophies, and a Thanksgiving turkey at the annual Disc Golf Blind Turkey Toss, Saturday, Nov. 18, at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville.

Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third-place finishers in the disc golf tournament, and the competitor closest to the pin of one of the glowing baskets wins a Thanksgiving turkey!

Cost to enter is $10 per person. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on the day of the event; the tournament begins at 5 p.m. Call 636-949-7535 for more information.

Disc Golfing Divas Win Big

Disc Golf Divas Win Big  

Two outstanding park volunteers recently gained world-wide recognition for their exceptional disc golfing skills.

Congratulations to 9-year-old Virginia Polkinghorne of O'Fallon and her mother, Debbie, for their exceptional play on the course at the 2017 Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championships held this summer in the Quad Cities. This was Virginia's second Amateur World Disc Golf Championship. Debbie took home a fourth place title in the Women's Advanced Masters Division.

The Polkinghorne's passion and enthusiasm for disc golf is apparent on and off the course. When they're not playing disc golf together as a family, you'll find them volunteering at disc golf events in the park. The Polkinghorne's were recently honored and recognized with an Outstanding Volunteer - Family Award for making a substantial impact to our regional parks system.

Want to play disc golf? There are courses at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville, College Meadows Park near Cottleville and Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville.

For more information about disc golf league play at Quail Ridge Park, visit the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club at

Experience Christmas Candlelight Walks in the Park.

Enjoy Candlelight Walks in the Park

Step back in time to observe Christmas traditions of the past on Dec. 1-2 and 8-9 at our Christmas Candlelight Walks at The Historic Daniel Boone Home.

Experience a night of warmth and beauty this holiday season at the Boone Home. The enchanting village, illuminated with thousands of lantern lit candles, comes to life as guests experience the traditions of different cultures of the early 1800s frontier. Visit with Daniel Boone as he reminisces of winters past, enjoy hot apple cider, traditional carolers, and more while strolling through the historic park. This year’s musical performances will be held inside the Old Peace Chapel.

Each night, there are three sessions to choose from: 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Tickets are limited for this popular four-night event and pre-registration is suggested by calling
636-798-2005. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 4 are free. Online registration is available at Then click on "Activity Registration" and choose from Night 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Santa Clause is coming to the Youth Activity Park on Saturday, Dec. 2!

Santa Claus is Coming to the YAP!

It's the most wonderful time of the year and Jolly Old St. Nick is going to help us celebrate by visiting the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie! Children ages
4-11 can visit with Santa from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at our exciting Santa Party. Don't forget to bring a Christmas wish list and a camera to capture this special time with Santa.

Each child will receive a unique elf name, play games, create crafts, and decorate their very own cupcake. Each will take home a candy-filled YAP water bottle and enough memories to make visions of sugarplums dance in their heads.

Cost is $12 per child. Register early; space is limited! For more information or to reserve your spot, call the Youth Activity Park at 636-561-4964 or register online at

Holiday Toy Train Display opens Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Heritage Museum.

Holiday Toy Train Display Returns!

The popular Holiday Toy Train Display at Heritage Museum near St. Charles is back this year and running from Saturday, Dec. 9 through Wednesday, Jan. 31. The museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday and noon –5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free!

The entire family will enjoy our three holiday themed model trains: the Gingerbread Village, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland and Polar Express. 

While you’re visiting, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the museum's current exhibit, "Our Sporting Heritage," which celebrates recreation by showcasing the history of hunting and fishing in St. Charles County and Missouri, from prehistoric times to the modern era.  

The exhibit features the Marksman Training Simulator, an interactive digital hunting simulator that has the largest video shooting surface in the world. It is one of only three of its kind in the United States. The simulator allows visitors to experience the thrill of hunting duck, deer, bear, and boar, as well as clay targets, and was donated to the Parks Department by hunting enthusiast August A. Busch III. 

Call the museum at 636-255-6000 for more information. 

New park development at Pitman Hill Road and Kisker Road is starting to take shape.

New Park Development Update 

Construction on the 120-acre park development at Pitman Hill Road and Kisker Road near Weldon Spring is starting to take shape. 

SWT Design of St. Louis, the lead design and engineering firm for the development has been moving dirt and making progress. Final grading of the park is complete and crews are installing lake liners, paving walking trails and parking lots, and constructing structures throughout the site.

The property, formerly known as the Sammelmann Farm, was acquired by St. Charles County in July 2014, and is expected to open the summer of 2018. The new park features the following amenities for residents of all abilities:

  • Walking and biking trail system; a 1.6 mile trail on the perimeter of the park with smaller trails inside the perimeter.
  • A destination playground for children of all abilities that encompasses social/emotional, physical, sensory, cognitive, and communication development.
  • An interactive water play area with features initiated by motion; a music play area; an adventure play areas with climbing features; as well as inclusive swings and a hillside slide.
  • Two lakes stocked with fish.
  • An off-leash dog park divided into small and large dog areas.
  • Three open play fields encompassing 6 acres.
  • A 100-person signature picnic shelter overlooking one of the lakes and surrounded by a garden, along with another 50-person picnic shelter.
For more information about the new park, visit or call 636-949-7535.
Webster Works Worldwide group assists with volunteer project at Boone Home.

Student Volunteers Give Back

A group of students from Webster University gathered at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, during Webster Works Worldwide Service Day in October. The group of 45 students rolled up their sleeves, flexed their muscles and spent the day applying a fresh coat of paint to the white picket fencing throughout the park. 

Webster University has been a service day partner with the St. Charles County Parks Department for the past several years. The one-day event offers students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to work together and volunteer at various non-profit organizations.

If your organization or business is interested in giving back to the community by volunteering with the parks department, call 636-949-7535.

More Events and Important Dates

Nov. 2: Little Explorer Nature Program 
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24: Public Stargazing
Through Nov. 5: Hayrides
Nov. 10: Mountain Bike Night Ride
Nov. 11: Gourd Crafting: Painting and Birdhouses  
Nov. 11: Trail Work Day
Dec. 1: Mountain Bike Night Ride
Dec. 1, 8, 22, 29: Public Stargazing  
Dec. 7: Little Explorer Nature Program 
Dec. 15: Mountain Bike Night Ride
Dec. 29: Mountain Bike Night Ride 

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