South suburban resource guide


 
 
 

Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center 227 N. Gougar Rd., Joliet (815) 741-7278, www.jolietpark.org Events: Clown University 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21. Kids 3-11 can paint their faces and learn to be a clown. Registration required. Admission: $8 kids, adults attend and eat for free.

Centennial Park 7220 W. 167th St., Tinley Park (708) 342-4200, www.tinleyparkdistrict.org Events: Fishing derby 9-11 a.m. June 17. Admission: $6, $11 per family.

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn 9600 E. Shore Dr., Oak Lawn (708) 423-6709, www.cmoaklawn.org Ages: 2-10 (recommended) Events: Dads get in free on June 17. Enjoy crafts, food and entertainment at the Big Birthday Bash June 24 (free). "Teaching with Tales," 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Open on Tuesdays starting June 13. Call ahead for daily updates. Admission: $3.50, $3 ages 1-16, free under 1.

C.W. Avery Family YMCA 15120 Wallin Dr., Plainfield (815) 267-8600, www.jolietymca.org

Galowich Family YMCA 749 Houbolt Rd., Joliet, (815) 744-3939

Smith Family YMCA 1350 S. Briggs St., Joliet, (815) 726-3939 Avery events: Story art class for preschoolers (3-5), 2-3 p.m. June 20. "Messy Me," 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 13. "Littlest Chefs" (3-5), 1-2 p.m. June 29. $5 members, $10 program members. Galowich events: Movies at dusk June 29. $10 a family, members free. Girls Slumber Party from 8 p.m. June 17 until 8 a.m. June 18 (8-12). $60, $30 for members. Smith events: "Pool Time Adventures." 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 23. $15 family; free members.

Exploration Station 1095 West Perry St., Bourbonnais (815) 933-9905, www.btpd.org Events: Meadow Fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3 at Perry Farm Park. Games are 50 cents each, or pay $10 for 25 tickets. Bubble Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30 at Exploration Station. Free with museum admission ($5, $4 kids and seniors, under 12 months free).

Gymboree Learning Center 9255 W. 159th St., Orland Hills (708) 364-0309, www.gymboree.com Ages: 0-5 with parents Events: Baby Signs parent workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. June 7. $50 per adult, $10 additional adult in same family. Father’s Day party (14 months-5 years) 3:30-5 p.m. June 17. Register by June 15. $20, $2 per adult.

Governor’s State University Center for Performing Arts 1 University Pkwy., University Park (708) 235-2222, www.centertickets.net Events: A one-hour version of "The Music Man" performed by summer camp students at 7 p.m. June 30. $10.

Culver Park Parker Road in Pebble Creek, Homer Glen (708) 301-0522 (Township administration building) www.homertownship.com Events: Homer Community Independence Day Parade 11 a.m. June 24. Park celebration after features clowns, food, entertainment and a fire department visit. Free.

Homewood Public Library 17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood (708) 798-0121, www.homewoodlibrary.org Events: Register for "Voyage to Book Island," the summer reading program, and get a free sundae from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on June 14. Storyteller Leanne Johnson brings new life to old tales at 4 p.m. June 28. Families. Free.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 2453 Vollmer Rd., Olympia Fields (708) 481-2330, www.ironsoaks.com Events: Summer camps are available in June for ages 5-14. Check the Web site or call for details. "Who’s That Fluttering By" 10-11:30 a.m. June 3. Ages 9 and up. $5.

Joliet Area Historical Museum 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet (815) 723-5201, www.jolietmuseum.org Events: "Toy Tech: Toy Inventing and the Science of Toys" June 24-Sept. 4. On "Toy Tech Tuesdays" (June 13, 20, 27) learn about historical kids games. Ages 6 and up, register in advance. $8. $5 members. Multicultural arts camp 10 a.m.-noon June 19-23. Ages 3-6, (3-4 with adult). Dads free on Father’s Day from noon-5 p.m. Admission: $5, $4 students and seniors, $3 kids 4-17, free 3 and under.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

7402 Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights

(708) 361-1873, www.palosheights.org/lake/

Events: "June Bug Jump," 7 p.m. June 23. $8. "Turtle Time" 9:30 a.m. June 1 and 2, 10 a.m. June 3. $3, $4 nonresidents. Ages 3-6. "Aquatic Ecology" 3:45-4:45 p.m. June 7 for ages 7-9 and 3:45-4:45 p.m. June 8 for ages 5-7. $5. "Teeth of a Lion" for ages 7-9, 3:45-4:45 p.m. June 14. $5. "Mysterious Moths" from 3:45-4:45 p.m. June 21. Ages 7-9. $5. Call for details and camps.

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve 23144 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield (815) 436-1274, (815) 727 8700 (after hours) www.fpdwc.org Events: Educational programs led by naturalists at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Saturdays and 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. The preserve is open 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Free.

Lakeshore Park 9601 E. East Shore Dr., Oak Lawn (708) 857-2200, www.olparks.org Events: Jamaican reggae band Waterhouse plays a free concert in the park. 7 p.m. June 22. Picnic in the park noon June 22. Bring your own lunch.

Lions Community Center 1 W. Manor Dr., New Lenox (815) 485-3584, www.newlenoxparks.org Events: Fairy princess luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. June 24. Ages 4-6. $15. Kids’ All-American Fishing Derby at Freedom Park from 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 3. Ages 2-16 with adult. "Party with a Princess" June 28 ages 3½-6. $17. Picnics in the park at Fieldstone Park noon-2 p.m. June 21. $2.

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve Route 53 (Broadway) and Division Street (815) 727-8700, www.fpdwc.org Events: "Prairie Ramble" 6 p.m. June 21. Bring a camera and a water bottle. Be prepared for weather and moderately difficult hiking. Free.

McCarthy Park 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park (708) 342-4200, www.tinleyparkdistrict.org Events: "Dog’s Day in the Park" noon-3 p.m. June 25. Free.

Monee Reservoir 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee (815) 727-8700, www.fpdwc.org Events: "Twilight Paddle" at 7:30 p.m. June 10. Ages 10 and up. Canoe experience required. Register by June 3. $7. "Midnight Madness," from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on June 10. Bring a flashlight. Free. "Kayak Kollege" introduces anyone 10 and up to kayaking. Two sessions are available on June 17. Kids 10-14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Register by June 10. $10.

Oak Lawn Ice Arena 9320 S. Kenton Ave., Oak Lawn (708) 857-5173, www.olparks.com Events: Open skate hours are 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-9 p.m. Friday. $6, $5 for kids. $2.50 skate rental. Oak Lawn Park Library 9427 S. Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn (708) 422-4990, www.oaklawnlibrary.org Events: Summer reading program for ages 4-13 runs June 5-July 31. "Voyages at Lunchtime" is a cultural program focusing on a different country each session. All ages. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, June 19-July 24. Family story nights 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 21-July 26. Beach party 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. June 20 for ages 2-7. Submarine party for ages 8-10. 2-3 p.m. June 27. Storyteller Linda Gorham on 2-2:45 p.m. June 16. Ages 4 and up. Teens can come paint the library to match the "Book Island" theme from 6-7:30 p.m. June 22. Ages 11-15. Henna tattoo program 2-3:30 p.m. June 28. Registration and participation in the summer reading program are required for all events. Free

Orland Park Public Library 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park (708) 428-5127, www.orlandparklibrary.org Events: "Shiver Me Timbers" scavenger hunt 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 6. "Reel Fun Family" 7 p.m. June 22. Free.

Perry Farm Park 459 N. Kennedy Dr., Bourbonnais (815) 933-9905, www.btpd.org Events: Check the Web site for camps. Little Putters golf for ages 5-7. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 19-July 24. Youth golf lessons for ages 8-10 6:45-7:45 p.m. June 19-July 24. $78, $67 residents.

Splash Station Water Park 2780 US Route 6, Joliet (815) 741-7250, www.jolietpark.org Events: Tropical paradise party 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 23. Park hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: $12, $9 residents. Shorter than 48 inches $8, $5.50 ages 3 and under.

Pilcher Park Nature Center 227 N. Gougar Rd., Joliet (815) 741-7278, www.jolietpark.org Events: Pilcher’s family overnight 7 p.m. June 16-8 a.m. June 17. Ages 14 and under with adult. Admission: $25.

Plum Creek Nature Center 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher (815) 727-8700, www.fpdwc.org Events: "The Sun and Daytime Planets" astronomy class. Free.

Riverview Farmstead 111th Street and Book Road, Naperville (815) 886-1467, www.fpdwc.org Events: "Island Rendezvous" 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11. Free.

Silver Cross Field One Mayor Art Schultz Dr., Joliet (815) 726-BALL (2255) www.jackhammerbaseball.com Events: Tuesday nights are family nights. Kids can run the bases after the game. Home games are June 13-18, 23-25. Admission: $5-$10.

Tinley Park Public Library 7851 Timber Dr., Tinley Park (708) 532-0160, www.tplibrary.org Events: "Teddy Bear Picnic" 11 a.m. June 23. Bring a bag lunch. "Buccaneer Bingo" 1-2 p.m. June 30. Free.

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park (708) 342-4200, www.tinleyparkdistrict.org Events: Teen movie nights 5 p.m. June 2 and 16 $3. Free movie in the park dusk June 28. Free concerts in the park 6 p.m. June 11 and 7 p.m. June 22.

Willowhaven Interpretive Center 1451 N. 4000 East Rd., Bourbonnais (815) 933-9905, www.btpd.org Events: "Animal Stories" 1-2 p.m. June 11 for ages 3-6. $5, $3 residents. "Bluegill Buddies" 1-2 p.m. June 25 for ages 3-6. $16, $12 residents. "Animal Trackers" June 22 for ages 6-8. $12, $8 residents. "Junior Gardeners" 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, June 13-29. Ages 8-12. $46, $36 residents.

Wolfe Wildlife Refuge 109th Street and Laramie Avenue, Oak Lawn (708) 857-2201, www.olparks.org Events: Train safety picnic at noon June 29. Bring your own food. Free.

Chicago Area Families for Adoption (CAFFA) 1212 S. Naper Blvd., Ste. 119, Naperville (630) 585-4680, www.caffa.org Providing information, support, networking and activities to adoptive and interested parents. Meetings monthly. Call or e-mail caffamember@gmail.com. Annual membership: $40.

Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children 17314 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest (708) 335-0020, (708) 351-TOYS (8697) Lekotek staff is available for in-home visits. Call (708) 351-8697 to schedule. Good Shepherd’s Respite Service provides professional caretakers and offers an integrated preschool and autism lending library. $5 donation requested, scholarships available.

Governors State Smart Start Program 1 University Pkwy., University Park Family Development Center (708) 235-7330, www.govst.edu Dedicated to keeping families connected. Parent-child play groups, family activities, prekindergarten and early childhood classes available.

Mothers and More

Crest Hill Library 1298 Theodore St., Crest Hill (630) 941-3553 for the national group (815) 828-0618 local www.mothersandmore.org www.jolietmothersandmore.com Working to improve the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. For meeting place and times, contact the local number. June "survive the summer" seminars available. Annual membership: $45.

Parent and Child Education and Support Organization (PACES) P.O. Box 13, Lombard (630) 835-4111, www.pacesmoms.com PACES offers support for parents of children from birth-5 years through groups, seminars, workshops, baby sitting co-ops and social outings. Annual membership: $32. For meeting times in Palos Heights, call (708) 598-9415. Childcare provided. $2 nonmember meeting fee.

Parents Anonymous of Chicago and Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network 10046 S. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 429-9307, www.parentsanonymous.org Free parent support groups meet weekly. Calumet City offers teen and Spanish-speaking chapters. New group to begin in June on Chicago’s south side. Free childcare provided. Call (773) 429-9326 or e-mail gaddist@ucanchicago.org.

South Suburban Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Riverdale Community Resource Center 13725 S. Wabash Ave., Riverdale (708) 841-7054 Grandparents and other relatives raising children are encouraged to share experiences. Refreshments and free childcare provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Mondays. Specialized training available, call (708) 308-3849.

University of Illinois Extension 5527 Miller Circle Dr., Suite C, Matteson (708) 720-7520, www.urbanext.uiuc.edu Family Life Extension Educators teach no-cost or low-cost courses on family issues throughout the year. Call for admission information.

Young Single Parents Inc. 16050 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park (708) 293-0051, www.youngsingleparents.org Providing networks for divorced, separated, widowed or unwed parents. Meet at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Additional activities available.

 
 







 
 
 
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