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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


South suburban resource guide

Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Road, Lockport
(815) 588-0044
Family 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 District
200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook
(630) 739-1700
Week 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 Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
(708) 361-3650
From 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 Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
(708) 423-6709
National 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 Theatre
410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest
(708) 747-0580
"The Ant and the Grasshopper" 7 p.m., April 4. Recommended for kids 3-9. Visit Web site for ticket information.

Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222
African 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) 481-2330
Nightly 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 District
Hartman Recreation Center
511 N. Collins St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)
Tons 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 Library
150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
(815) 740-2663
Imagineering 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 Branch
3395 Black Road, Joliet
(815) 740-2663
Craft 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) 361-1873
Family 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 Preserve
Renwick Road, .5 miles east of Route 30 (Plainfield Road),
(815) 727-8700
Turtle 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) 485-3584
Ceramic 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 Reservoir
Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee
(815) 727-8700
Let'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 District
Renwick Community Park
Renwick Road just west of Route 59
(815) 436-8812
Week 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 Center
Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve
1.25 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 394 on Goodenow Road, Beecher
(815) 727-8700
Earth 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 Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
(708) 868-0606
Earth 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 District
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park
(708) 342-4200
Pendulums 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 Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
(708) 747-6320
Getting 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) 448-1181
Earth 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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