South suburban resource guide

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library 11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip (708) 371-5666 Family Story Time features stories, games, music and crafts. 7-8 p.m. Monday. Recommended for kids 8 and under with caregiver. Program does not run on Jan. 22. Registration required. $4 per child. Movie and Popcorn, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. $1 per child. Knitting for Kids, 11 a.m. Jan. 27. Kids 9 years old to eighth grade. All materials provided. Drop in Crafts on Fridays all day while supplies last.

Bolingbrook Park District 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook (630) 739-1700 Daddy Daughter Date Night. Enjoy dinner and dancing. Have a picture taken with dad. 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 2-3. Registration required by Jan. 26. $69 per couple, $34 additional daughter; $46 per couple residents, $23 additional daughter.

Chicago Ridge Public Library 10400 S. Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge (708) 423-7753 Drop in crafts during regular library hours on Jan. 4 and 18. Families.

Exploration Station 1095 West Perry St., Bourbonnais (815) 933-9905 Lionel train exhibit including Thomas and his friends and the Polar Express. Hands-on activities with Thomas the train toys. Runs through Jan. 31. Snow Days Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Games, activities and crafts. Make your own snow, paint with icicles and more. Families. Both events free with museum admission. Call for more information.

Fossil Ridge Public Library District 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood (815) 458-2187 Winter reading festival begins on Jan. 22 and runs through Feb. 24. Book logs available at registration. Storytime registration for kids 3-5 begins Jan. 22. Storytime runs 6:15 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday starting Feb. 5.

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts 1 University Parkway, University Park (708) 235-2222 The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will be performing 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Visit for ticket information.

Homewood Flossmoor Park District 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor (708) 957-0300 Enjoy fun activities and field trips at Camp Frosty. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 3-5. Kids kindergarten-sixth grade. $28 per day.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields (708) 481-2330 Play nature bingo to learn about the critters in your neighborhood, 9-10 a.m. Jan. 4. $1 per card. Registration required by Jan. 2. Participate in the "If I Lived in a Pond" program to discover the various life stages of wetland critters. 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Program is held at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club pool. Kids 7-11 must wear swimming gear and be comfortable in five feet of water. Registration required. $10, $7.50 members.

Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch 3395 Black Road, Joliet (815) 740-2663 Meet in play area by Sears for stories and songs with Storytime at the Mall. 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at Westfield Mall Joliet. Saturday Morning Crafts, 10 a.m. Jan. 13 for kids in fourth-eighth grades. Registration required.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights (708) 361-1873 Winterfest. Puppet show, hayrides, winter obstacle course and special animal guests. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 27. $5, $3 kids 3-12, free kids 2 and under.

Lion's Community Center 1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox (815) 485-3584 Winter Wonderland Day Camp includes games, sports, movies, arts and crafts. Light breakfast and snack provided but bring sack lunch. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 3-5. Kids 6-12. $47 per day, $78 for two days, $111 for three days. One-Day School Vacation. Age appropriate activities including games and science projects. Price includes breakfast, snack, drink and craft supplies. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 10 and 15. Kids 6-12. Bring sack lunch. $38 per day. Drop off kids during Parent's Friday Night for a fun-filled night of activities. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Second-fifth grades. $10 child, $8 sibling. Noah's Ark Penguin Parade includes penguin stories and activities. Each child will hand stuff a penguin stuffed animal. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 20. $18 per child. Kids 8 and under must be accompanied by adult. Family Fun Bowling, 3-5 p.m. Jan. 28. Located at Country Lanes on Laraway Road. $15 includes food, photo and prize. Registration required for all programs.

Orland Square Mall W. 151st Street and S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park (708) 428-4571 Moms can get fit with Stroller Strides. Bring water and a mat. Stay after class for fitness goal tips and to learn more about the program. 8:45 a.m. Jan. 3. Meet by the St. Francis Hospital play area on the lower level. Free.

Pilcher Park Nature Center 2501 Highland Ave., Joliet (815) 741-7277 Families are invited to participate in "Steal Away to a Place of Freedom," a program focusing on the history of the underground railroad. 5:15 and 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Meet in the parking lot next to Hickory Creek. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. Registration required. $8 per person.

Pump It Up 11411 W. 183rd St., Orland Park (708) 479-1466 Karoake Night and Open Jump from 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 for kids 2-12. $7. Drive-in movie night and open jump from 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 for kids 2-12. $7.

The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn 9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn (708) 423-6709 Teaching with Tales Storytime. Stories followed by activities and crafts. 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Wednesday. Look at books and make bird crafts for National Bird Day, Jan. 5. Make yarn bats. Jan. 10-13. Celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday with readings of Winnie the Pooh stories and related projects. Jan. 18-20. Make huge paper snowflakes. Jan. 24-27. Create good luck paper goldfish. Jan. 31. Check Web site for updates, regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Thorn Creek Nature Center 247 Monee Road, Park Forest (708) 747-6320 Take a walk through the woods during a winter night hike. 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5. Families. $3.

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