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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


South suburban resource guide

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library

11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip

(708) 371-5666


Samantha's Amazing Acro-Cats. 11 a.m. June 30. Watch as these cats ride skateboards, roll barrels and more. Families. Registration required. $1, free residents.

Bird Haven Greenhouse

225 N. Gougar Road, Joliet

(815) 741-7278, ext. 106


Finding Nemo. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 20. Join in the search for Nemo. Lunch included. Kids 3-10. Registration required. $10.


Bolingbrook Park District

200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook

(630) 739-1700


Wednesday Night Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27. Performing Arts Theater, 375 W. Briarcliff Road. Free. Pelican Harbor's Big Squirt Blast Challenge 3-6 p.m. June 23. Bring your own squirt gun. Call (630) 739-1705 for details.


The Children's Farm
at The Center

12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park

(708) 361-3650


Frontier Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2. Horse rides, hayrides, live music, crafts, a root beer "saloon" and more. $3, $1.50 kids.

The Children's Museum
of Oak Lawn

9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn

(708) 423-6709


4th Annual Birthday Bash. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 9. A day of games, crafts, music, food and fun for the entire family. Free admission to museum, but small fee for other events. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Kids 2-10 (recommended).

Downtown Joliet

(877) 4-JOLIET


Kicks on Route 66. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 2. Enjoy a sock hop, ice cream bar and root beer floats. Featuring classic cars, contests, music and more. Check Web site for details.

Fossil Ridge Public
Library District

386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood

(815) 458-2187


Space Pirates. 10:30 a.m. June 2. Kids 3-10 can enjoy the adventures of "Captain Book & Two Eyed Pete's." Father's Day Stamp Craft Day. 10-11 a.m. June 14. Kids 3-14. Registration required. Kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult for all programs.

Homewood Flossmoor
Park District

3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor

(708) 957-0300


Pee Wee Jammie Jam. 6-8 p.m. June 8. Kids 4-6 can enjoy pizza, stories, games, crafts and a movie. Held at the Irwin Center. Registration required. $16.50, $11 residents. Crafts & Snacks. 10 a.m. June 23 and 30. Kids 3-5 make an art project and enjoy a snack. Held at the Irwin Center. Registration required. $10.50, $7 residents.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields

(708) 481-2330


National Trails Day Hike. 7:30 p.m. June 1. Enjoy a nature walk and help clean up the area. Families. $4.50, $3 residents.

Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N. Ottawa, Joliet

(815) 723-5201


Flag Mania Day. 2-3:30 p.m. June 14. Play games, do crafts and learn more about the flag. Registration required. $9, $5 members. Father's Day at the Museum. Noon-5 p.m. June 17. Free admission for dads on this special day.

Joliet Park District

Nowell Park

5 Mills Road, Joliet

(815) 741-PARK (7275)


Picnic at Nowell Park 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 23. Bring a picnic lunch and participate in a variety of activities. Registration required. $5 per family.

Joliet Park District

Joliet Memorial Stadium

3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet

(815) 741-PARK (7275)


Taste of Joliet. June 29-July 1. Family activities, inflatables, entertainment and food. Check Web site for details.

Joliet Public Library

150 N. Ottawa, Joliet

(815) 740-2660


Story Time at the Mall. 10 a.m. June 1. Meet at the play area outside Sears at Westfield Mall. Kids in preschool (recommended). Summer Craft Club at the library. 2 p.m. June 21. Kids 9-14.

Joliet Public Library

Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road, Joliet

(815) 740-2660


Big Run Wolf Ranch. 1 and 3 p.m. June 12. See wolf pups, a wolf, a skunk and a raccoon during this educational program. No registration required, but seating is limited. Summer Craft Club. 1 p.m. June 13. Kids 9-14.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

(708) 361-1873


Lake Katherine Nature Corps. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11-15. Each day kids will engage in a variety of activities focusing on a particular area of the preserve. Kids 11-15. Registration required. $75. Kamp Habitat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25-29. Kids 7-10 can learn about the natural world through games, crafts and daily explorations. Registration required. $75.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

(708) 839-6897

Reptile Ramble. 1:30 p.m. June 2. Search for reptiles on the trail. Families. Tadpoles. 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 17. Featuring arts and crafts activities. Families.

Monee Reservoir

27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee

(708) 534-8499


Midnight Madness. June 1. The preserve will remain open until midnight for fishing. Blue Moon Paddle. 8 p.m. June 30. Launch into the reservoir as the sun sets. Kids 10 and up. Registration required. $7. Call or check Web site for details.

Parent and Child Education and Support Organization

P.O. Box 13, Lombard

(630) 835-4111


PACES offers support for parents of kids newborn-5 through play groups, parenting seminars, workshops, babysitting co-ops and social outings. $32 annual membership. The south suburban branch meets at the Life Church, 6600 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Childcare is provided. Annual PACES Picnic. 11 a.m. June 19 at Brookfield Zoo. Check Web site for details.

Pilcher Park Nature Center

2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet

(815) 741-7277


Bat Detectives. 8-9:30 p.m. June 21. Investigate the myths and facts about bats. Enjoy a campfire marshmallow roast and night hike. Registration required. $5.

Plainfield Park District

Renwick Community Park

Renwick Road just west of Route 59

(815) 436-8812


Fishing Derby. 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 2. Kids 3-13. Kids 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring bait and bucket for your fish. Held at 23729 W. Ottawa St. Registration required. $12, $8 residents. Movies in the Park. 8 p.m. June 8 featuring "Curious George" and June 22 featuring "Scooby-Doo. Shown at Settlers Park, 24000 W. Lockport St. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free.

Plum Creek Nature Center

Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve

27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher

(708) 946-2216


Buzzin' Busy Bees. 6:30 p.m. June 15. Learn all about honey bees. Families. Registration required. Free.

Sand Ridge Nature Center

15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland

(708) 868-0606


Wee Wonders-Look and Listen. 1:30 p.m. June 14. A special hike just for preschoolers. Nature Tales-Polliwogs and Frogs. 1:30 p.m. June 23. Learn about these amphibians through a story and a craft. Kids 5-10.

Thorn Creek Nature Center

247 Monee Road, Park Forest

(708) 747-6320


Historic Farm Walk. 1-3 p.m. June 3. Tour the farm buildings, wander through the old-fashioned gardens and gather eggs. Families. $3. Thorn Creek Folk Fest. 2-5 p.m. June 23. Enjoy a variety of musicians. Advance tickets required. $8.

Tinley Park Park District

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center

8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 342-4200


Do it for Dad. 4-5 p.m. June 8. Make a special gift for dad. Kids 5-10. $14, $9 residents. Del Melton Fishing Derby. 9-11 a.m. June 16. Held at Centennial Park. Families. $11 per family, $7 kids. Movie in the Park at dusk. June 27. Watch "Robots" at the band shell. Families. Free.

Village of Orland Park

Orland Park Cultural Center

14700 Park Lane, Orland Park

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


Movie at the Center. 8:45 p.m. June 21 featuring "Over the Hedge" and June 28 featuring "Kicking and Screaming." Families. Free.



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