South suburban resource guide

Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs

Bolingbrook Park District 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook (630) 739-1700 Daddy Daughter Date Night 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 2 and 3. Kids 5-15 with dad. Enjoy dinner and dancing. Have a picture taken with dad. Registration required. $69 couple, $34 additional daughter; $46 resident couple, $23 additional daughter.

Chicago Ridge Public Library 10400 S. Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge (708) 423-7753 Drop-in crafts 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 1 and 15. Families.

C.W. Avery Family YMCA 15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield (815) 267-8600 Kids Day Out of School 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 19. Kids in grades K-5 can spend the day having fun. Dress for the weather, bring a sack lunch, drink and snack and a swimsuit and towel. Registration required. $35 program member, $30 full member.

Galowich Family YMCA 749 Houbolt Road, Joliet (815) 744-3939 Girls Night Out 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 9. Girls 5-12 can make beaded jewelry, a mosaic sun catcher and paint. The night ends with ice cream sundaes. All supplies included. Registration required. $20 program member, $10 full member.

Homewood Flossmoor Park District 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor (708) 957-0300 Daddy-Daughter Date Night 6:30 p.m. for girls 4-8 or 8:30 p.m. for girls 9-13, Feb. 2. Includes dancing, refreshments, complimentary corsages and keepsakes. Held at HF Sports Complex, 18211 Aberdeen, Homewood. $23 couple, $15 additional child; $15 resident couple, $10 additional child. Pee Wee Jammie Jam 6-8 p.m., Feb. 9. Wear your pj's, bring your Teddy bear and enjoy pizza, stories, games, crafts and a movie. Held at the Irwin Center, 18120 S. Highland Ave., Homewood. Kids 4-6. $16.50, $11 resident.

Homewood Public Library 17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood (708) 798-0121 Check out the reading program, Patch Club (runs through May 2007). Stop by the youth services desk to register and find out how you can earn patches. Drop-In Storyhour for kids 3-5. 9:45-10:30 a.m., Thursdays until Feb. 22. Baby Bloomers Storyhour for kids newborn-2. 10:45-11:15 a.m., Thursday until Feb. 22. Includes storytime, songs, fingerplay and free time for socialization. Other story hours are available; call for more information.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields (708) 481-2330 Full Moon Hike 7:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3. Hike through the trails and enjoy an astronomy lesson. Kids 7 and older. Registration required. $3. Winter Drive-In for Mothers and Sons 6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 9. Create "cars" to sit in while watching "Open Season." Bring cushions for your car's seats. Registration required. $5 mother/son group. Play nature bingo to learn about the critters in your neighborhood, 9-10 a.m. Feb. 22. $1 per card. Registration required by Feb. 21.

Joliet Public Library 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet (815) 740-2660 Pig Out On Books Feb. 1-28. Features weekly pig activities. Write down all the books you read on a corncob and then feed it to the pig. All ages. Clifford Drop-In Crafts 1-5 p.m., Feb. 11. Make your own big red dog ears. Families. Joliet Reads-Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson 1 p.m., Feb. 17. Kids in grades 1 and up can hear the story, make a family tree book and complete a simple quilt craft. Registration required. Celebration of Black History Month features a story and games from 10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. Program includes free admission for the day to the Joliet Area History Museum at 204 N. Ottawa St. For kids in grades K-4 with parent. Registration required.

Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch 3395 Black Road, Joliet (815) 740-2660 Saturday Morning Craft Club 10 a.m., Feb. 10. Kids in grades 4-8 can make a different craft each month. All materials provided. Registration required. Game Night 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 16. Play games like chess, dominos and more. Kids in grades 6-8.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights (708) 361-1873 Family Star Gazing 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 22. Program will feature guest astronomer, Joseph Mayer, and outdoor viewing with telescopes. $10 per family. Valentine's Tea 3:45-4:45 p.m., Feb. 14. Kids in grades K-2. Dress up, have tea and make a craft. $5. Snug in the Snow 3:45-4:45 p.m., Feb. 21. Discover who lives under the snow, make a diorama and have a treat. Kids grades 2-4. $5. Registration required for all programs.

Lion's Community Center 1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox (815) 485-3584 One-Day School Vacation 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 19 for kids 6-12. Activities include organized games, arts and crafts and science projects. Participants need to bring a sack lunch with their name on it. Registration required. $38.

Matteson Public Library 801 S. School St., Matteson (708) 748-4431 ext. 13 Baby Love 6:30-7:15 p.m., Feb. 15. Stories, songs, crafts and more for kids up to age 3 with parent. PJ Storyhour 7-8 p.m., Feb. 21. Wear your pj's and listen to bedtime stories. Cookies and milk provided. Families. Black History Program 7-8 p.m., Feb. 26. Presented by local Archonettes group of girls from Woodgate Homeowners Association. Families.

Oak Forest Park District 15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest (708) 687-7270 Daddy Daughter Date Night 7-9 p.m., Feb. 9. Share a special night with daddy. The evening ends with a balloon drop. A photographer will be available at an additional cost. $18 per couple, $8 each additional date. Call (708) 687-7270 ext. $6 for registration and more information.

The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn 9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn (708) 423-6709 Teaching with Tales Storytime 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday. Stories followed by activities and crafts. Participate in Groundhog Day crafts, Feb. 1-3. Enjoy melting old crayons to make new ones, Feb. 7-10. President Art and Penny Experiments, Feb. 14-17. Make Mardi Gras masks and Chinese lanterns, Feb. 21-24. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Sand Ridge Nature Center 15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland (708) 868-0606 Wee Wonders-Owls 1:30 p.m., Feb. 8. Preschoolers with parent can meet Hootie who will teach them all about owls. Nature Tales-Native American Legends 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17. Hear about aspects of nature through stories. Kids in grades K-4. President's Day Holiday Program-Deer 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19. Family program featuring the white-tailed deer.

Thorn Creek Nature Center 247 Monee Road, Park Forest (708) 747-6320 Chili Moon Night Hike 5-8 p.m., Feb. 2. Take a hike and return to the nature center for a mug of chili. Families. $5. Fossil Fair 1-3 p.m., Feb. 18. See rare fossils, learn their history and make fossil prints. Families. $3. Build a Gourd Bird House 1-3 p.m., Feb. 24. You can build a birdhouse from a gourd during this family workshop. Bring a hammer. Families. $10. Stroller Strides (708) 428-4571 Enjoy a class for couples 10-11 a.m., Feb. 3 at the Tinley Park Roller Rink, 17658 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. Bring babies/toddlers in strollers and participate in one hour of cardio and resistance training. Registration required. Free. Contact (708) 428-4571 or

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park (708) 342-4200 Grandma & Me Valentine Party 5:45 p.m., Feb. 7. Kids 3-11. $36 adult/child, $24 additional child; $24 resident adult/child, $16 additional child. Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance 7-9 p.m., Feb. 9. $20 per person, $13 resident per person.

The Children's Farm at The Center 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park (708) 361-3650 Registration is now being taken for the Farm and Ranch Summer Camp for kids 9-17 and for the fall 2007 Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool program. Call for more information.

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library 11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip (708) 371-5666 Bead Crazy 11 a.m., Feb. 3. Make bracelets and necklaces. Kids grades 3-5. Valentine's Day Party 11 a.m., Feb. 10. Kids 3-8 can hear stories, make a craft and enjoy refreshments. Bingo 4-4:45 p.m., Feb. 12. Kids in grades K-8. Younger children may need parental assistance. Registration required for all programs. $1 per program, residents free. Fossil Ridge Public Library District 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood (815) 458-2187 Winter reading festival runs until Feb. 24. Book logs available at registration. Toddler Storytime for 2 year olds with parent 10 a.m., Monday until Feb. 26. Storytime for kids 3-5 runs 6:15 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until Feb. 27. Registration required. The Children's String Instrument Concert and Suzuki Orchestra program features music from students ages 4-13, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27. Families.

Rialto Square Theater 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet (815) 726-6600 "Clifford The Big Red Dog Live!" 2 and 5 p.m., Feb. 11. Contact (815) 726-6600 or check the Web site for ticket information.

Pump It Up Orland Park 11411 W. 183rd St., Orland Park (708) 479-1466 Valentine's Day Sundae & Jump Party 5-8:30 p.m., Feb. 14. Open jump and make-your-own sundaes for kids 2-12. Reservations required. $10/child.

Chicago Area Families for Adoption 1212 S. Naper Blvd., Suite 119, Naperville (630) 585-4680 CAFFA provides information, support, networking opportunities and activities for adoptive parents and parents interested in adopting. For more information, e-mail

Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children 17314 Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest (708) 335-0020 (708) 351-TOYS (8697) Parents can arrange for trained Lekotek staff to visit their home with a therapeutic toy library to meet their child's needs.

Mothers and More Crest Hill Library 1298 Theodore St., Crest Hill (630) 941-3553 (national) (815) 828-0618 (Joliet chapter) South suburban moms meet with the Joliet chapter in the Crest Hill Library Community Room from 6:45-8:45 p.m. the first Thursday and third Wednesday of each month.

South Side Parents P.O. Box 16431, Chicago (312) 842-8936 South Side Parents connects parents to other south side families. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Blackstone Library (4904 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago). For information, e-mail

South Suburban Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Riverdale Community Resource Center 13725 S. Wabash Ave., Riverdale (708) 841-7054 Every Monday from 10 a.m.-noon, grandparents raising grandchildren from birth to age 18 share their experiences at this support group meeting. Call Myrna Watkins-Thompson at (708) 308-3849 for information.

University of Illinois Extension 4801 Southwick Drive, Suite 100, Matteson (708) 720-7520, (708) 481-0111 Family Life Extension Educators teach no-cost or low-cost noncredit courses on family issues throughout the year. Call for information.

Young Single Parents Inc. South Chapter, Centennial Lanes 16050 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park (708) 802-0804 Weekly club nights and family events throughout the month.

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