Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
www.joliet.lib.il.usStory 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.
Black Road Branch
3395 Black Road, Joliet
www.joliet.lib.il.usSummer Craft Club 1 p.m. July 11. Kids 9-14.
Lake Katherine Nature Centerand Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
www.palosheights.org/lakeKamp 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
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 SchoolhouseNature Center
9800 Willow Springs RoadWillow Springs
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.
27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
673 Penfield St., Beecher
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
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
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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