The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn(708) 423-6709www.cmoaklawn.org
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 Center12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park(708) 361-3650www.thecenterpalos.org
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 District386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood(815) 458-2187www.fossilridge.org
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 UniversityCenter for Performing Arts1 University Pkwy., University Park(708) 235-2222www.centertickets.net
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 District3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor(708) 957-0300www.hfparks.com
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 Museum501 E. 135th St., Romeoville(815) 886-1467www.fpdwc.org
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) 481-2330www.ironsoaks.com
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 Library150 N. Ottawa, Joliet(815) 740-2663www.joliet.lib.il.us
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 Branch3395 Black Road, Joliet(815) 740-2663www.joliet.lib.il.us
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) 361-1873www.palosheights.org/lake
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 District15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest(708) 687-7270www.oakforestparks.org
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 Center27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher(708) 946-2216www.fpdwc.org/plumcreek.cfm
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 Center2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet(815) 741-7277www.jolietpark.org
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 Theater102 N. Chicago St., Joliet(815) 726-6600www.rialtosquare.com
Sesame Street Live—Super Grover Ready for Action Jan. 11-13. Check Web site for show times and ticket info.
Sand Ridge Nature Center15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland(708) 868-0606www.fpdcc.com
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 Center247 Monee Road, Park Forest(708) 747-6320www.villageofparkforest.com
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 Park15600 West (100th) Ave., Orland Park(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAYwww.orland-park.il.us
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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