South suburban resource guide
Big Run Wolf Ranch14857 Farrell Road, Lockport(815) 588-0044www.bigrunwolfranch.orgFamily Day/Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12. See Kuma the bear and all the animals. Wildlife lectures, guided tours and more. $1.
Bolingbrook Park District200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook(630) 739-1700www.bolingbrookparks.orgWeek of the Young Child April 13-18. Week-long celebration includes a variety of activities for kids. Tons of Trucks noon, April 13. Other activities include an ice cream social and storytelling. Visit Web site for schedule.
The Children’s Farm at The Center12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park(708) 361-3650www.thecenterpalos.orgFrom Sheep to Shawl 1-4 p.m., April 6. Featuring sheep shearing, wool carding, spinning and weaving. $4.50, free kids under 2.
The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn(708) 423-6709www.cmoaklawn.orgNational Young People’s Poetry Week April 9-12. Enjoy poetry and more. The Week of the Young Child April 16-19. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities. Earth Friendly Crafts April 23-26. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest(708) 747-0580www.freedomhall.org"The Ant and the Grasshopper" 7 p.m., April 4. Recommended for kids 3-9. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Governors State UniversityCenter for Performing Arts1 University Parkway, University Park(708) 235-2222www.centertickets.netAfrican Children’s Choir 5 p.m., April 5. This group of singers performs a selection of African tunes accompanied by traditional instruments. Check Web site for ticket information.
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center 2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields(708) 481-2330www.ironsoaks.comNightly Night 7-7:45 p.m., April 18. Kids 2-3 can create a craft and listen to a story about weather. Come in your pj’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal. Adult must accompany child. Registration required. $3.
Joliet Park DistrictHartman Recreation Center511 N. Collins St., Joliet(815) 741-PARK (7275)www.jolietpark.orgTons of Fun noon-6 p.m., April 11. Kids 6-12 can enjoy a day of sports, arts and crafts, movies and more. Bring your own lunch. $10, $5 resident. Family Fridays 7-9 p.m., April 11. Enjoy a movie, popcorn and other refreshments. Families with kids 12 and under. $1.
Joliet Public Library150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet(815) 740-2663www.joliet.lib.il.usImagineering 2 p.m., April 5. Kids 5-9 can use their imaginations to design, create and improve selective products. Magic Tree House 2 p.m., April 19. Kids 7-11 can explore the Magic Tree House books and take imaginative trips of their own. Earth Day Papermaking 4:30 p.m., April 22. Kids 7-11 can take trash and make a treasure. Registration required for all programs.
Joliet Public LibraryBlack Road Branch3395 Black Road, Joliet(815) 740-2663www.joliet.lib.il.usCraft Club 7 p.m., April 7. Kids 9-14 can learn a new craft. All materials provided. Registration required. Free. Civil War Living History Encampment April 11-13. Visit with Union and Confederate troops as they camp the entire weekend. Check Web site for more details and schedule.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights(708) 361-1873www.lakekatherine.orgFamily Star Gazing 7 p.m., April 12. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Includes outdoor viewing with telescopes. Registration required. $10/family, $2.50/person. Lake Katherine Days April 20-25. Several activities held throughout the week. Check Web site for more information. Arbor Day Celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m., April 26. Exhibits, demonstrations and more. Free.
Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature PreserveRenwick Road, .5 miles east of Route 30 (Plainfield Road),Plainfield(815) 727-8700www.fpdwc.orgTurtle Talk 10 a.m., April 26. Learn what kinds of turtles live in northern Illinois and how they do what they do. Dress for the weather. Free.
Lions Community Center 1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox(815) 485-3584www.newlenoxparks.orgCeramic Painting 6:30-8 p.m., April 24. Kids 7-13 can make a creative, colorful project. All materials provided. Wear old shirt or apron. Registration required. $20.
Monee ReservoirRidgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee(815) 727-8700www.fpdwc.org/monee.cfmLet's Go Fly A Kite 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 19. Learn about various types of kites and the art of kite making. Make or bring your own kite and fly them. Free. First Time Fishing 1 p.m., April 27. Kids 7 and older can learn the basic skills of fishing. Everything you need is provided. Registration required. $5.
Plainfield Park DistrictRenwick Community ParkRenwick Road just west of Route 59(815) 436-8812www.plainfieldparkdistrict.comWeek of the Young Child April 13-19. Times and locations vary. Families can enjoy a variety of activities. Check Web site for information. Earth Day Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 26. Held at Easton Preserve, 135th Street just east of Route 59. Features outdoor activity demonstrations, recycling information and more. Free.
Plum Creek Nature CenterGoodenow Grove Forest Preserve 1.25 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 394 on Goodenow Road, Beecher(815) 727-8700www.fpdwc.org/plumcreek.cfmEarth Day Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 19. Explore the meaning of sustainable living and how our lifestyle choices impact the earth. Free.
Sand Ridge Nature Center15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland(708) 868-0606www.fpdcc.comEarth Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 19. Activities will include displays, walks, puppet shows, a craft and Earth Day Jeopardy.
Tinley Park Park DistrictTony Bettenhausen Recreation Center 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park(708) 342-4200www.tinleyparkdistrict.orgPendulums and Catapults 1-2:15 p.m. for 4-6 year olds and 4-5:15 p.m. for 6-9 year olds, April 2. Kids can explore experimenting with pendulums, building catapults and doing physics. Registration required. $18, $12 resident. Family Kite Fly 1-3 p.m., April 20. Held at Community Park, 8125 W. 171st St. Fly your kite and enjoy other activities and treats. All ages. Free. Make it for Mom 4-5 p.m., April 25. Kids 5-10 can make and gift wrap a surprise for mom. Registration required. $15, $10 resident.
Thorn Creek Nature Center247 Monee Road, Park Forest(708) 747-6320www.villageofparkforest.comGetting to Know the Woods 10 a.m.-noon, April 12. Trek through the woods to explore what is living in there. $5. Earth Day: Unearth the Forest Floor noon-4 p.m., April 20. Featuring hikes, presentations and a raffle.
Village of Worth 7425 W. 115th St., Worth(708) 448-1181www.villageofworth.comEarth Day Five-Day April 21-25. Celebrate Earth Day with a week of eco-friendly activities. Each day will focus on a different activity. Registration is required. $35, $20 resident to participate the entire week. $15, $10 resident for craft session only. Free to participate in park clean-up and recycling challenge. Check Web site for a detailed schedule.
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