How to Register

ONLINE registration is encouraged!

Read these tips!

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registration form

  • Registration is first come, first served.
  • Register online at, bring, or mail in your registration form to us at 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest.
  • Telephone registrations are not accepted.
  • Walk-in and online registration have first priority.
  • Forms that are received by mail will be processed as soon as time permits.
  • Children and adults MUST LIVE within the corporate limits of the City of Lake Forest to be considered a RESIDENT of Lake Forest.

Non-residents may register in person OR online at for any programs not already filled.

Non-resident fees include a 20% increase over the resident rate.

Lake Bluff & Mettawa Residents

  • Lake Bluff & Mettawa residents receive resident rates for all programs, fees, and memberships in the following areas: Athletics, Fitness Center, Stirling Hall Arts Center, Kinderhaven Preschool Academy, Lake Forest Dance Academy, Lake Forest Sailing, and Deerpath Golf Course.
  • Forest Park Beach operations and fees are not included in this agreement.
  • Lake Bluff & Mettawa registration takes place during the same time as non-resident registration


  • Program fees must be included with registration form.
  • Checks should be made payable to LAKE FOREST PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT.
  • Fees may also be charged to your DISCOVER, VISA, MASTERCARD, or AMERICAN EXPRESS card.
  • If programs chosen have openings, your registration will be processed you will receive a confirmation receipt.
  • If you register online, you will receive the confirmation email right away.
  • If programs chosen have already reached maximum enrollment, your name will be placed on a wait list and you will be contacted as soon as a spot is available.