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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


Mother's Day Fiesta 11 a.m. May 5. Bring mom and enjoy a Cinco de Mayo Mother's Day celebration featuring crafts, activities and snacks. Kids 3-8. $1, residents free.

Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center

227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet

(815) 741-7278


Mother's Day Brunch May 13. Enjoy brunch and then stroll through the greenhouse. Call (815) 725-9001 for available times and reservations. $20, $12 kids 4-12, free kids under 3.

Bolingbrook Park District

200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook

(630) 739-1700


2007 May Dance Concert Series 7:30 p.m. May 19 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 20 at the Bolingbrook High School Auditorium, 365 Raider Way. Performances by the Power Dancers and Danceforce. Check Web site for performance details. $2, $1 seniors and kids 9 and under.

The Children's Farm
at The Center

12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park

(708) 361-3650


Children's Farm Family Visit 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in May. Features complimentary pony rides and hayrides, weather permitting. $4.25, free kids under 2.

The Children's Museum
of Oak Lawn

9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn

(708) 423-6709


Teaching with Tales 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays in May. Storytime followed by crafts and activities. National Kite Day May 11. Make a kite and fly it inside the museum. National Backyard Week May 23-26. Enjoy backyard games, jump rope, hopscotch, jacks and more. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Fossil Ridge
Public Library District

386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood

(815) 458-2187


Mother's Day Stamping Craft 10 a.m. May 5. All materials provided. Kids 5-14. Registration required.

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts

1 University Parkway, University Park

(708) 235-2222


Jungle Jack Hanna 5 p.m. May 19. Jack Hanna brings his menagerie of animal friends to The Center. Visit Web site for ticket information.

Homewood Flossmoor
Park District

3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor

(708) 957-0300


Pee Wee Jammie Jam 6-8 p.m. May 4. Kids 4-6 can enjoy pizza, stories, games, crafts and a movie. Held at the Irwin Center. Registration required. $16.50, $11 resident. Mom & Me Mother's Day Celebration 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 11. Activities include decorating a picture frame, creating a pastel drawing and making ice cream sundaes. Kids 3-11 with moms. $36 couple, $24 resident couple.

Homewood Public Library

17917 Dixie Highway, Homewood

(708) 798-0121


Check out the reading program Patch Club (runs through May). Stop by the youth services desk to register and find out how you can earn patches. Several story hours are also available; call for more information.

Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

(815) 723-5201


Mother's Day at the Museum noon-5 p.m. May 13. Admission is free to moms on this special day.

Joliet Public Library

150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

(815) 740-2660


Get curious with Curious George 1-3 p.m. May 19. Meet Curious George and get your picture taken with him. Listen to stories and make a craft. Recommended for kids 7 and under. Free.

Joliet Public Library
Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road, Joliet

(815) 740-2660


Saturday Morning Craft Club 10 a.m. May 12. Kids 10-14 can make a different craft each month. All materials provided. Registration required. Game Night 6:30-8 p.m. May 18. Play Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and more. Kids 10-14.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

(708) 361-1873


Hayride and Sleepover 7 p.m. May 18 concluding at 8 a.m. May 19. Families can enjoy a night of activities including a hayride, campfire, games, crafts and a story. Includes a supervised sleepover in the auditorium and continental breakfast. Registration required. $25 per person.

Lion's Community Center

1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox

(815) 485-3584


Parents' Friday Night 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 18. Kids can enjoy a night of activities including games, movies, crafts, Baggo, snacks and more. Recommended for kids in grades 2-5. Registration required. $10, $8 sibling discount.

Moraine Valley Community College Dorothy Menker Theater

9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills

(708) 974-4300


"Beauty and the Beast" 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 12. Performance recommended for kids 4-10. $8, $6 kids. Visit Web site for more information.

Pilcher Park Nature Center

2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet

(815) 741-7277


Fairy Fest 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 5. Enjoy fairy flower walks, discover fairy food and make crafts. Come dressed in wings, make a wand and learn a few magic words. Families. $4.

Plainfield Park District
Renwick Community Park

Renwick Road just west of Route 59, Plainfield

(815) 436-8812


Plainfield Park District/Jeric's Skate Contest noon May 19. Contestants will get two one-minute runs. Skaters in grades K-12 will be grouped by age division. All skaters must wear helmets to participate. $8 pre-registration, $12 day-of registration.

Pump It Up Orland Park

11411 W. 183rd St., Orland Park

(708) 479-1466


Open Gym 5:30-8 p.m. May 8. Kids 2-12. Registration required. $7.50. Family Fun Night 5:30-8 p.m. May 22. Families with kids 12 and under can enjoy open gym and games. Registration required. $10 per child, includes pizza/drink and activities.

Rialto Square Theater

102 N. Chicago St., Joliet

(815) 726-6600

Jungle Jack Hanna 2 p.m. May 20. Hanna's show features many animal friends along with stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Call (815) 726-6600 or visit the Web site for ticket information.

Sand Ridge Nature Center

15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland

(708) 868-0606


Nature Tales-Seeds 1:30 p.m. May 26. Learn about seeds, listen to a story and plant seeds to take home. Recommended for kids in grades K-4. Free.

Thorn Creek Nature Center

247 Monee Road, Park Forest

(708) 747-6320


Roots and Shoots 10 a.m.-noon May 5. This club meets monthly and is designed to empower children as they learn about nature. Kids 5-10 work on projects that benefit wildlife, the environment and the community. Free. Junior Ecologists Club 1-3 p.m. May 19. Kids 11-15 can uncover the mysteries of nature while exploring the preserve and working on projects. Free.

Tinley Park Park District Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center

8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 342-4200


Girls Night 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. May 2. Girls 7-10 can enjoy a night of crafting and then refreshments. Registration required. $36, $24 resident. Mother Son Sock Hop 7-9 p.m. May 4. Moms can enjoy an evening of dancing, games, refreshments and fun with their sons. Registration required. $20, $13 resident. Community Band Concert 3 p.m. May 6. The community band will join with local school bands for an afternoon of music at Tinley Park High School. Families. Free.

Village of Orland Park
Hostert Log Cabins

14700 West 100th Ave., Orland Park

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


Times of the Civil War 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5-6. See an authentic Civil War military camp at the Hostert Log Cabins. Families. Free.

Worth Park District

11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth

(708) 448-7080


Mother's Day Craft Workshop 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 7. Create a special wind chime for mom. All materials provided. Kids 3 and up. $3 per person. Mother-Daughter Self Defense Course 7 p.m. May 23. Learn how to protect yourself in this basic self-defense course. Recommended for girls 8 and up. $8 mother/daughter team, $5 single participant.

Support for families


Grassroots Homeschoolers

(773) 983-5333

Grassroots Homeschoolers meets from noon-2 p.m. every first and third Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 6303 W. Volmer Road, Matteson. Most members bring a lunch to enjoy with friends. Scheduled activities begin at 12:30 p.m. There is a $2 per family charge for use of the facility. For more information visit www.grassrootshomeschoolers.com or call Christina at (773) 983-5333. Upcoming meetings are May 2 and May 16.

Mothers and More

Crest Hill Library

1298 Theodore St., Crest Hill

(630) 941-3553 (national)

(815) 828-0618 (Joliet chapter)



This nonprofit group provides a nationwide network of local chapters working to improve the lives of mothers by offering support, education and advocacy. 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. Children should not come to the meeting. May events: "The Ripple Effect" May 3. Guest speaker is Jo Lynn Bartlett. Garage Sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at 6716 Langsford Lane in Plainfield.

International MOMS Club

Mokena Public Library

11327 W. 195th St., Mokena

(815) 469-1070


The New Lenox/Frankfort and Mokena Chapter meets 10 a.m. May 8 to celebrate their one-year birthday with cake and activities for kids. Families. Free. Call for more information.

Parent and Child Education
and Support Organization

P.O. Box 13, Lombard

(630) 835-4111


PACES offers support for parents of children from birth to age 5 through play groups, parenting seminars, workshops, babysitting co-ops and social outings. Annual membership is $32. The south suburban branch meets at the Life Church, 6600 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. Childcare is provided. Monthly meeting topic: "The Ten Most Common Mistakes Good Parents Make" 7 p.m. May 15. Presentation by Dr. Michael Maniacci. Visit Web site for more information.

South Side Parents

P.O. Box 16431, Chicago

(312) 842-8936


South Side Parents (SSP) is a not-for-profit organization that connects parents and their young children to other South Side families and organizations striving for access to educational enrichment program excellence. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago. For more information, e-mail [email protected].


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