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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library

11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip

(708) 371-5666


Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case 11 a.m. July 14. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company. Kids 6 and up (recommended.) Registration required. $1, free residents. Matt the Magician 10:30 a.m. July 28. Families. Registration required. $1, free residents.

Bird Haven Greenhouse

225 N. Gougar Road, Joliet

(815) 741-7278 ext. 106


Charlotte’s Web 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 18. Stuff your own Wilbur and create Charlotte. Games and lunch included. Kids 3-10. Registration required. $12.

Bolingbrook Park District

200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook

(630) 739-1700


Family Fishing Derby 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 7. Enjoy this family event of fishing and picnicking. Prizes awarded. $20 per family of up to five, $5 per additional person. Kids’ Snorkeling Course 9 a.m.-11 a.m. July 24-26. Kids 6 and up will learn water safety, play water games and practice diving skills. $80, $58 residents.

The Children’s Museum
of Oak Lawn

9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn

(708) 423-6709


Harry Potter Premier Party 4-6 p.m. July 13. Come in costume, attend magical classes and create some crafts and potions. Reservations required. $5. Sidewalk Art Festival July 17-21. Have fun drawing on the sidewalk. Make ice cream slushies in a bag July 24-28. Check Web site for updates, regular museum hours and admission. Kids 2-10 (recommended.)

Fossil Ridge Public
Library District

386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood

(815) 458-2187


Craft Day 10-11:30 a.m. July 2. Crafts for kids 4-14. Younger kids must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

Governors State University

Center for Performing Arts

1 University Parkway, University Park

(708) 235-2222


Seussical the Musical 11 a.m. July 19. Kids 4-12 (recommended.) Check Web site for ticket information.

Homewood Flossmoor
Park District

3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor

(708) 957-0300


Family Fun Fest noon-4 p.m. July 4. Food vendors, carnival games, clowns, inflatable slide, obstacle course and DJ. Held at Izaak Walton Preserve in Homewood. Free, but small charge for games and activities. Families. Watermelon Eating Contest 2:30 p.m. July 20. Wear an old T-shirt and compete for prizes and more. Families. Free.

Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

(815) 723-5201


What! No Electricity! 10-11:30 a.m. July 24. Learn what it was like to live in Joliet 200 years ago. Kids 5 and up must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. $9, $5 members. Girls Love History: The Life of a Victorian Girl 10-11:30 a.m. July 26. Explore the life and times of a typical Victorian American young girl. Play games, explore fashion and more. Registration required. $9, $5 members.

Joliet Park District

Joliet Memorial Stadium

3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet

(815) 741-PARK (7275)


Taste of Joliet through July 1. Family activities, inflatables, entertainment and food. Check Web site for more information.

Joliet Public Library

150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

(815) 740-2660

Story Time at the Mall 10 a.m. July 6. Meet at the play area outside Sears at Westfield Mall. Kids in preschool (recommended.) Summer Craft Club at the library 2 p.m. July 19. Kids 9-14.

Joliet Public Library

Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road, Joliet

(815) 740-2660

Summer Craft Club 1 p.m. July 11. Kids 9-14.

Lake Katherine Nature Center
and Botanic Gardens

7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

(708) 361-1873

Kamp Habitat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23-27. Kids 7-10 can learn about the natural world through games, crafts and daily explorations. Registration required. $75.

Lions Community Center

1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox

(815) 485-3584


Picnic in the Park noon-2 p.m. July 17. Food, games entertainment and more. Held at the park at Bluestone Bay Drive and Westwind. Families. Registration required. $2.

Little Red Schoolhouse
Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Hawks 1:30 p.m. July 21. Bats 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 22. Arts and crafts activities. Discover the Prairie 1:30 p.m. July 29. Informative walk among the prairie. Families.

Monee Reservoir

27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee

(708) 534-8499


Midnight Madness 7 p.m.-midnight July 27. The preserve will remain open until midnight for shoreline fishing. Bring a flashlight. Families. Free.

Pilcher Park Nature Center

2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet

(815) 741-7277


Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles 3-4:15 p.m. July 14. Get up close to snakes, alligators, turtles and lizards. Families. Registration required. $2. Hoots, Howls and Hollers 8-9:30 p.m. July 19. Enjoy a marshmallow roast, a talk about nighttime creatures and a walk in the forest. Families. Registration required. $5.

Plainfield Park District

Renwick Community Park

Renwick Road, just west of Route 59

(815) 436-8812


Teddy Bear Picnic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 10. Pack a lunch and bring your favorite furry friend. Held at Village Green, Fox River and Chicago streets. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Family Fun Day at Ottawa Street Pool 1-4 p.m. July 14. $8, $4 residents. Regular admission fees to pool apply. Plainfield Fest July 20-22. Activities for the entire family including carnival rides, games and more. Check Web site for more information.

Sand Ridge Nature Center

15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland

(708) 868-0606


Wee Wonders—Rainbows 2:30 p.m. July 12. A special program about rainbows for preschoolers. Nature Tales—Dragonflies 1:30 p.m. July 14. Learn about these insects through stories and activities. Kids 5-10. Summer Eye-Opener Camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 16-19 kids 9-10. Registration required. $10. Outdoor Adventures Camp 9:30 a.m.-noon July 23-26 kids 11-13. Registration required. $10.

Tinley Park Park District

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center

8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 342-4200


Family Camp Out 5:30 p.m. July 20 until 11 a.m. July 21. Bring your tents and sleeping bags. Community Park. $10 per campsite. Movie in the Park at dusk July 25. See "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the band shell. Free.

Thorn Creek Nature Center

247 Monee Road, Park Forest

(708) 747-6320


Summer Safari 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 9-13 kids 5-7 and July 16-20 kids 8-10. Participate in nature explorations, hikes, experiments and more. Registration required. $45. Moonlight on the Lake Night Hike at Pine Lake 8-10 p.m. July 27. Families. $3.



Fourth of July fun


Tinley Park Park District

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center

8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 342-4200


July 4 Extravaganza 4-8 p.m. July 4. Enjoy penny carnival, face painting, tug-o-war, pie eating contest, fireworks and more at McCarthy Park. 16801 S. 80th Ave. Free.

Village of Beecher

Firemen’s Park

673 Penfield St., Beecher

(708) 946-2261


Fourth of July Celebration July 1-4. Carnival, food, live music and more. Features a parade July 4. Check Web site or call for more information.

Village of Evergreen Park

9418 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park

(708) 422-1551


Independence Day Parade 6:30 p.m. July 3. Parade goes from 95th Street and Pulaski Road, east to 95th Street and Francisco Avenue. Followed by fireworks at Duffy Park, 92nd Street and Millard Avenue at dusk.

Village of Orland Park

Orland Park Cultural Center

14700 Park Lane, Orland Park

(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY


Independence Spectacular at Centennial Park July 3-4. Various events and activities run throughout both days. Check Web site for more information.

Village of South Holland

Thornwood High School South Ballfields

171st and South Park Avenue, South Holland


Independence Day Celebration July 4. Municipal Band Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks display is at 9 p.m.

City of Palos Heights

7607 W. College Drive, Palos Heights

(708) 361-1807


Independence Day Celebration 4 p.m. July 3. Held at Memorial Park, Route 83 and 76th Avenue. Inflatable attractions, games and activities. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.


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