What’s in your neighborhood

Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Road, Lockport
(815) 588-0044

Family Day/Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16. See "Kuma" the bear and all the animals. Enjoy wildlife lectures and guided tours. $2.

Bolingbrook Park District
200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook
(630) 739-1700

Summer’s Last Blast noon-dusk Aug. 23. Featuring music, games, a family challenge, fishing derby, outdoor concert, car show and fireworks. Free.

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 August. Featuring pony rides, hayrides and animal visits. $4.50 per person, free kids under 2.

The Children’s Museumof Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
(708) 423-6709

Cootie Catchers Aug. 5-9. Make a craft for your pet Aug. 12-16. Celebrate the anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" Aug. 19-23. Check Web site for updates and for summer museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Crestwood Park District Caesar Park
141st Kenton Ave., Crestwood
(708) 371-4800

Crestwood Fest Aug. 7-10. Carnival rides, games, puppet shows and ponies. Fireworks show on Aug. 10. Check Web site for schedule of events and information.

Downtown Joliet
(877) 4-JOLIET

KidzFest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2. Kids 3-12 can play games and enjoy activities throughout the streets of downtown Joliet. Free.

Frankfort Country Market
Oak and Kansas streets, Frankfort

This open air market along the bike path in downtown Frankfort features kids’ activities in the Munchkin Market from 10 a.m.-noon. Munchkin Market is for supervised children ages 3-8 and is free. The market runs from 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday.

Frankfort Historic Business District
Kansas Street, Frankfort
(815) 469-3356

Frankfort Fall Festival Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Featuring live entertainment, a carnival, community parade and food. Free admission.

Homewood Flossmoor Park District
3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
(708) 957-0300

Sunday Night Family Entertainment Series 6 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Family entertainment featuring a different act each Sunday. Bring your lawn chairs and pack a picnic. Free. Bubble-Ology 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Make your own bubble art and bubble wand. Kids get an opportunity to be in a bubble. Registration required. $10, $7 resident.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields
(708) 481-2330

Open Climbing 5 p.m.-dusk Aug. 13 and 27. Kids 8 and older can scale the face of the 36-foot climbing tower. Arrive before 6 p.m. for a chance to climb. Waivers are required.

Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa, Joliet
(815) 740-2663

Dance Mania 5000 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Features free play and a tournament. Free.

Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch
3395 Black Road, Joliet
(815) 740-2663

Dance Mania 5000 6 p.m. Aug. 22. Features free play and a tournament. Free.

Kankakee River State Park
5314 West Route 102, Bourbonnais
(815) 933-1383

S’Mores and More 2 p.m Aug. 2. Enjoy a presentation and s’mores. Meet at Chippewa Campground. Birds of Prey 2 p.m. Aug. 9. Learn to identify Illinois’ birds of prey by their features and sounds they make. Meet at Potawatomi Campground next to shower building.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
(708) 361-1873

Family Star Gazing 9 p.m. Aug. 9. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Includes outdoor viewing with telescopes. Registration required. $2.50, $10 family.

Lions Community Center
1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox
(815) 485-3584

Kidz Fest 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Kids 3-10 can enjoy games and activities including a water balloon toss, sack races and candy bar bingo. Lunch is provided. Registration required. $5.

Monee Reservoir
Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee
(815) 727-8700

Midnight Madness 7 p.m.-midnight Aug. 16. Kids can enjoy nighttime fishing under the stars. Concessions will remain open throughout the evening. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. Free.

P&J Kids Art Loft
230 E. 8th St., Suite 4
(815) 501-9485

Open houses in August. Visit Web site for dates and times. Center features workshops, music and movement classes and arts and crafts.

Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet
(815) 741-7277

Bat Detectives 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Investigate the myths and facts about bats. There will also be a marshmallow roast and night hike. Wear long sleeves, pants and bug repellent. Registration required. $6.

Sand Ridge Nature Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
(708) 868-0606

Don’t Call Me Dirt 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Kids can get dirty and discover the wonderful things found in the soil. Free. Dream Catchers 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Learn about the significance of dream catchers in Native American cultures and then make your own. Kids 7 and up with adult. Registration required. $6.

Tinley Park Park District
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park
(708) 342-4200

Movie in the Park: "The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long" at dusk Aug. 6. Enjoy this classic tale along with special activities including trivia and costume contests. Free. Amazing Magic Tricks 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Kids can learn several tricks. All materials are provided and kids will take home a magic kit. Kids 5-12. Registration required. $27, $18 resident.

Thorn Creek Nature Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
(708) 747-6320

Getting To Know The Woods 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 9. Hike through the woods to explore what is living and growing there. $5. Moonlight on the Lake Night Hike 7-9 p.m. Aug. 15. Meet at Pine Lake for a leisurely night hike. $5.

Village of Beecher
Firemen’s Park
673 Penfield St., Beecher
(708) 946-2261

Lions Club Beef Roast, Car Show and Craft Fair 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 2. Families can enjoy a variety of activities. Visit Web site for details.

Village of Orland Park John Humphrey Complex
147th Street and West Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY

Taste of Orland Aug. 1-3. Featuring food, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Visit Web site for schedule.

Village of Tinley Park
16250 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
(708) 444-5000

Movies in the Plaza at dusk.
See "Happy Feet" on Aug. 2
and "Back to the Future" on Aug. 16. Free.

Will County Fairgrounds
Peotone-Wilmington Road, Peotone
(708) 258-9359

Will County Fair Aug. 20-24. Family entertainment tent, carnival, food and livestock judging. See Web site for schedule of events and more information.


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