South suburban resource guide

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Chicago Parent Staff

Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs

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. every Wednesday in January. Kidz Art 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10. Features special art projects for kids. Class is included in admission fee. Secret Pal Day Jan. 12. Treat your secret pal to some fun at the museum. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

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

Winter Wonderland 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 4. Featuring an indoor puppet presentation, outdoor tour of the animal barns, cookies, cocoa and more. $4.25 ages 2 and older.

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

Junior Chefs 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Kids 7-10 will work in groups to complete projects and learn cooking methods, how to read a recipe and how to measure. Registration required.

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites 11 a.m. Jan. 12. Stories are retold on stage through black light puppetry. Visit Web site for ticket information.

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

Ice Arena’s Holiday Open Skate 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 2-6. All ages. $6 per person. $4 for skate rental. Cabin Fever Featuring James & the Giant Peach 1 p.m. Jan. 20. Performance features puppetry and original music. All ages. $11 at the door, $8 advanced ticket. Bring three canned goods to show for $1 refund.

Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th St., Romeoville
(815) 886-1467

Native Stories and Games 2 p.m. Jan. 19. Enjoy Native American games and storytelling. Refreshments will be served. All ages. Free.

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

Eco-Rangers 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 1-4. Explore the outdoors and learn about what happens to trees, plants and animals in the winter. Kids 5-12. Registration required. $78, $50 resident.

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

Magic Tree House 2 p.m. Jan. 19. Kids 7-11 can explore the Magic Tree House books and take imaginative trips of their own. Registration required.

Joliet Public Library

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

Magic Tree House 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Kids 7-11 can explore the Magic Tree House books and take imaginative trips of their own. Registration required. Imagineering 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Kids 5-9 can use their imaginations to design, create and improve selective products. Registration required.

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

Winterfest noon-4 p.m. Jan. 26. Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including hayrides, winter obstacle course, ice bowling, hiking, children’s crafts and ice sculpting. Small entrance fee. Call for more info.

Oak Forest Park District
15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest
(708) 687-7270

Family Fun and Games Night 6-8 p.m., Jan. 12. Families can enjoy board games and relay races. Registration required. $21 for family of four, $6 each additional family member.

Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher
(708) 946-2216

Winter Bird Feeding 1 p.m. Jan. 6. Learn about birds in the area over winter, what they like to eat and how to attract them in your yard. Kids 5 and older. Registration required. Free. Twilight Tubing 6-10 p.m. Jan. 25. Tube down a 40-foot-high sledding hill under the moonlight. All ages. Inner tube rental $1.

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

Follow the Drinking Gourd 6-9 p.m., Jan. 27. Program offers a glimpse into what passengers on the Underground Railroad endured on their trip. Features hands-on activities. All ages. $8.

Rialto Square Theater
102 N. Chicago St., Joliet
(815) 726-6600

Sesame Street Live—Super Grover Ready for Action Jan. 11-13. Check Web site for show times and ticket info.

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

Wee Wonders—All About Winter 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Preschoolers can enjoy stories and activities about winter. Woodpeckers 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21. This special family program features the drummers of the bird world. Learn about local woodpeckers, view some real ones and make woodpecker treats for your backyard. Families.

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

Roots and Shoots 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 5. Kids 5-10 can expand their woods lore, plan community projects and work for wildlife and the environment. Free.

Village of Orland Park
Centennial Park
15600 West (100th) Ave., Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY

Winter Follies 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday in January. Enjoy skating and entertainment each week at the ice rink. Different activities each week. Check Web site for info. Popcorn and hot apple cider provided. All ages. Free.

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