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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center
227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet
(815) 741-7278

Breakfast with Santa 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Enjoy breakfast, crafts, games and a visit with Santa. Registration required. $9, free kids 2 and under.

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park
201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 724-3760

"A Christmas Carol" 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Enjoy this classic holiday story. Visit Web site for details. Reservations required. $3.

Bird Haven Greenhouse
225 N. Gougar Road, Joliet
(815) 741-7278 ext. 106

Santa in the Greenhouse 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13 and noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Kids can visit with Santa. Bring your own camera. Free.

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

Pajama Party with Santa 6-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m. Dec. 12. Come dressed in your pajamas and get a picture with Santa. Also features a craft, stories, cookies and milk. $21, $14 resident.

The Children's Farm at The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
(708) 361-3650

Bethlehem at the Children's Farm 1-3 p.m. Dec. 21. Shepherds will invite you to see and touch the animals. Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus will be in the stable. Donations accepted.

The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
(708) 423-6709

Make a St. Nicholas Day Paper Slipper Dec. 3-6. Pictures with Santa. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 6. Special early opening for Chicago Parent readers and museum supporters 9:30-10 a.m. Learn how to make Swedish paper chains for St. Lucia Day Dec. 10-13. Make a Paper Poinsettia Dec. 17-20. Visit Web site for hours. Events recommended for kids 2-10.

City of Blue Island
Prairie Street and Western Avenue, Blue Island
(708) 388-5735

Christmas Lights Parade 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Parade starts at Prairie and Western. Visit Web site for more details.

Fossil Ridge Public Library District
386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood
(815) 458-2187

Christmas Stampin' Crafts 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Kids 4-14 can stamp Christmas crafts. Parent must assist younger kids. Registration required. $1.

Frankfort Public Library District
Pfeiffer Road and Route 30, Frankfort
(815) 469-2423

Madrigals Concert 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Families can enjoy an evening of music performed by the Lincoln-Way East Madrigals. Free.

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
(708) 235-2222

"A Christmas Carol" 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Enjoy Dickens' holiday classic. Visit Web site for ticket information.

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

Breakfast with Santa 9 and 10:15 a.m. Dec. 13. Kids 6 and under can enjoy breakfast, visit with Santa and participate in a sing-along. Registration required. $9, $6 resident.

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
(815) 723-5201

Winter Tea Party 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 30. Bring your favorite doll and enjoy a tea party, games and a craft. Registration required. $8.

Joliet Park District Inwood Park
3200 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)

Candy Cane Hunt 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Kids 3-9 can hunt for candy canes. Event is held outside. $8.

Joliet Park District Hartman Recreation Center
511 N. Collins St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)

Camp Reindeer 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday Dec. 22-Jan. 2. Kids 6-12 can enjoy games, crafts and more. Bring a lunch daily. Registration required. $85, $75 resident.

Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)

Children's New Year's Eve Party 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Featuring music, sports and crafts. Kids 4-12. Registration required. $10.

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

Holiday Hayride 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Ride on a decorated hay wagon through the streets of Palos Heights singing Christmas carols. Return to the nature center for food, crafts and activities. Registration required. $8.

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

Holiday Gingerbread House 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Kids 5-10 can create their own edible Gingerbread House. Registration required. $16.

MainStreet Plainfield
Lockport Street, Plainfield
(815) 436-5510

Holiday Open House 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Enjoy activities throughout the day including breakfast or lunch with Santa, story time and carolers. Visit Web site for details.

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

Winter Wonder Walk 1-3 p.m. Dec. 30. Featuring a walk through the preserve with snowshoes (weather permitting) and hot chocolate. Registration required. $3.

Moraine Valley Community College
Dorothy Menker Theater
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-4300

"Babes in Toyland" 11 a.m. Dec. 20. Musical tale is appropriate for kids 4-10. Visit Web site for ticket information.

Plainfield Park District Normantown Trails Equestrian Center
12151 S. Normantown Road, Plainfield
(815) 436-8812

Holiday Pictures & Pony Rides 1-3 p.m. Dec. 21. Kids can ride the ponies and get a picture taken. Rides are 10 minutes long. $5 picture, $10 pony rides.

Plainfield Park District Plainfield Township Building
22525 W. Lockport St., Plainfield
(815) 436-8812

Snacks with Santa 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12. Kids can visit with Santa and enjoy snacks and a craft. Registration required. $7.50, $5 resident.

Plainfield Park District Van Horn Woods Dog Park
I-55 Frontage Road, north of Caton Farm Road
(815) 436-8812

Howl-A-Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13. Bring your dog for activities including a costume contest, scavenger hunt and photos with Santa. Registration required. $12, $8 resident.

Renaissance Center
214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
(815) 280-1444

Brunch with Santa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14. Families can enjoy brunch along with holiday activities. Visit Web site for more information.

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

Christmas Past 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Visit the pioneer cabins to see how Christmas was celebrated in the past. Free. Owls: Silent Hunters of the Sky 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Learn all about owls. Free.

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

Solstice Celebration 5-7 p.m. Dec. 19. Featuring a woodland hike and traditional treats including wassail. $5. Healthy Families Hike 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 21. Enjoy a moderate hike through the woods. Free.

Village of Tinley Park
173rd and Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park
(708) 444-5000

Holiday Market in Downtown Tinley Park Dec. 5-7. Featuring holiday activities throughout the weekend including cookie decorating, music and more. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.

Worth Park District
11500 S. Beloit, Worth
(708) 448-7080

Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa 3-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Visit Web site for details. Family Countdown to 2009 Party 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Play games, make a noisemaker, dance and enjoy snacks. $7.50, $5 resident, free for parents.

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