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Posted on: January 2, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of January 2

Please find below information on events and activities taking place at or with the Niles Teen Center in the next couple of weeks.

Winter Break Open/Closed Days & Hours
The Teen Center will be OPEN during winter break on Tues. 1/3 and Wed. 1/4 from 2:00-6:00 pm

The Teen Center will be CLOSED on Thursday 1/5 and Friday 1/6.  We will Reopen for our regular hours on Tuesday January 10 from 2:45 to 7:00 pm


STEAM PROJECT- Continues this week 3:00-5:00 pm

On most Tuesdays, staff will offer projects related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).  These could include science experiments, art drawings, or construction of a marble run.
CHAOS TOWER- Tuesday and Wednesday this week

Help Mark and Nick design and build a kinetic marble sculpture.  The motor driven chain lifts a ball to the top of your construction and off it goes through whatever course you have set up. Create a really fun controlled "perpetual motion" Rube Goldberg-type device.  The tower has a max height of 78" and a whopping 602 pieces!

MLK Day- Gameworks Trip- Deadline is Tuesday January 10

Gameworks offers a unique combination of food, fun and entertainment.  So grab a friend and spend the day off with the Teen Center, as we head to Gameworks for a day filled with gaming and good times.  Fee includes 2 hours of game time, lunch, transportation and supervision.  This trip may depart from a location other than the Niles Teen Center. Trip offered with Park Ridge Park District.
Date: Monday, January 16     

Time: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm          

Min/Max: 4/8

Cost: $30 each

Deadline: Tuesday, January 10

STEAM PROJECT- Tuesday, January 10- 4:00- 6:00- Oobleck

On most Tuesdays, staff will offer projects related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).  These could include science experiments, art drawings, or construction of a marble run.

Oobleck- Want to have fun with physics and even "walk on water"? Try making a mixture of cornstarch and water called oobleck. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. It makes a great science project or is just fun to play with.


Friday Jan. 13- Teen “In House” Movie Night- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm- $4 each
Come to the Teen Center for Teen Movie Nights. Stop by or call to recommend a teen movie. All movies will be PG or PG-13. Bring a pillow or blanket and make yourself at home. Additional snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Fee goes toward additional supervision. No sign-up prior to event is necessary.
Movie Choices will be …

Ghostbusters (PG-13-  2 hours- Action/Comedy)- In this reboot of the 1984 classic, it’s the ladies doing the ghostbusting.  After writing a book suggesting that ghosts are real, Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates are called upon to lead the fight when spooks overrun Manhattan. (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon)

Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13- 2 hours- Action/Sci-Fi)- Twenty years after the initial invasion of Earth by an army of advanced extraterrestrials, the same foes attack again with redoubled force, forcing humankind to construct defenses cobbled from an alien technology left behind after the original attack. (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth)

X-Men: Apocalypse (PG-13- 2 ½ hours- Action/Adventure)- Bearing the ominous moniker of Apocalypse, a legendary mutant comes to life after thousands of years and resolves to impose an oppressive new world order.  With humanity’s fate at stake, the X-men team prepares for an all-or-nothing showdown. (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence)

Girls Group- Continues Wednesday, January 11 from 4:00- 5:00 pm
Have you had a rough week at school? Are you juggling too many responsibilities and feeling stressed? Having a conflict with a friend? Or maybe you just want to share ideas with other teens? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for group! Girls group is Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00, and boys group is Thursdays from 4:00-5:00.
These groups are designed to meet the social and emotional needs of teens. They focus on improving self-esteem/self-image, communication skills, conflict resolution, reducing stressors and addressing other challenges teens face. The groups are facilitated by Nicole Espinoza and Darren Brown of Niles Family Services.
If you are interested in additional support, Niles Family Services also offers counseling and additional services. Please contact us at 847-588-8460.

Winter Weather Closure Policy
Reminder that the in the event that East Maine 63 and/or Maine East High School declare an Emergency Closure Due to Winter Weather, the Teen Center will also be Closed on those days.  We will work to notify families as soon as possible following the schools decision to close.


Niles Public Library- Teen Winter Reading- Dec. 1 through Jan. 31
Pick up a game-board in the Teen Underground to join the Winter Reading Program. Fill one line to earn a prize, plus entry in the grand prize drawing for $50 Amazon gift cards. Earn extra entries w/ each additional line you fill, & turn in your completed game-board for a $10 Starbucks gift card.


Follow these simple steps to activate your account

Stop by the Teen Center or call 847-588-6900 to verify your Teen Center account email

Go to  Click Online Registration (left side of page)

Click Login (top right of page)

Click forgot password

Type in the email you verified with the Teen Center

You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password.  Type your password, verify your password and click submit.

Click Login to access your account

Click on My Account

You are now able to enter all Family Account Information

With your online account, you will be able to register and pay online for events and activities like movie night and trips.  However, you will not be able to renew your membership.  Memberships must be renewed in person through the Teen Center office.


Snow Shoveling Assistance Program- Neighborhood HEROES- Sign up TODAY!!
The Village of Niles encourages residents to build a stronger sense of community by volunteering to shovel snow for their senior and/or disabled neighbors and friends who are unable to do the work on their own. The newly adopted Village of Niles Neighborhood HEROES Program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. Individuals requesting assistance, as well as individuals and/or organizations willing to volunteer, are encouraged to sign up now. Volunteers will be needed for the entire 2016-17 snow season.

Your efforts will help create a safer community for everyone.


How to BECOME a HEROES Volunteer: 

To Volunteer for the program, please go to to fill out a Senior Center Volunteer Application, you can then select the Neighborhood HEROES Program.

Once an application is completed, we will contact you to match you up with a resident in need. If you are unavailable or out of town, we ask that you notify us so we can attempt to find a backup Volunteer for that specific clearing.

A waiver will need to be signed and submitted before the ability to give assistance.

*If you are under the age of 18, a parental release waiver will need to be signed and returned to the Niles Senior Center. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Niles Senior Center.


Teen Center supports Gemini Chromebooks!!!
Did you know that the Teen Center has 5 chargers for the Gemini chromebooks?  Just ask staff to use one.  We believe that by offering these chargers, an open WiFi network and knowledgeable staff will support student academic success.  If you have homework, come work on it at the Teen Center.  We are always here to help!!!


Policy and Procedure Manual
Teen Center staff recently developed a policy and procedure manual.  The information included is intended for teens and parents, as well as staff, explaining our standard procedures of operation and explaining behavior expectations and consequences for teen participants.
Parents, please review this document with your teen participant.  Thanks!

ID cards REQUIRED for TC Attendance
Remember, ALL Teens are REQUIRED to have and USE their teen center ID cards to CHECK-IN to the facility.  Any need for a reprinted ID will be $5 each.  If you don’t have your ID, you will create more work for Mark and he will have to manually check you in.  The new MaxGalaxy software does not allow members to bypass the ID scanner, therefore ALL TEENS MUST USE THEIR ID CARDS TO CHECK-IN.  Thanks!


Mark Williams                        
Niles Teen Center Director

Niles Teen Center       
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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