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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
(708) 371-5666

Zany Magic 11 a.m. Nov. 15. Magic show presented by Steve Belliveau. Free. Thanksgiving Bingo 4-4:45 p.m. Nov. 24. Kids 5-11 can join in a game of bingo. Younger kids must be accompanied by adult. 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. Saturday and Sunday in November. $4.50 per person, free for kids under 2.

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

Craft like an Egyptian Nov. 5-8. Make a recycled craft Nov. 12-15. Thanksgiving crafts and stories Nov. 19-22. Gingerbread House program begins Nov. 22. Visit Web site for details. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Downtown Joliet City Center
(815) 774-6066

Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade 5 p.m. Nov. 28. Bands and floats kick off the holiday season. The parade runs along Chicago Street.

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

Cookies with Santa 10 a.m. Nov. 29. Kids can enjoy a visit with Santa, puppet show and refreshments. Registration required. Free.

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

"Magic Tree House: The Musical." 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 22; 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Performance based on the book series. Check Web site for ticket information.

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

Nighty Night 7-7:45 p.m. Nov. 7. Kids 2-3 can hear stories about nature, then do a craft. Kids should bring a stuffed animal and be accompanied by adult. Registration required. $3.

Joliet Park District
Joliet Memorial Stadium
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)

Junior Jog 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Kids can participate in a Junior Fun Run around the stadium track held in conjunction with the Red Eye 8K Run. Registration required. $3.

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

CSI Crime Lab 1-3 p.m. Nov. 11. Kids 8-12 can learn the secrets to performing forensic analysis. Registration required. $15. American Girl Tea Party 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 15. Bring your favorite American Girl for games, crafts and a tea party. Kids 6-10. Registration required. $15.

Joliet Park District
Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)

Family Float Night 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7. Rafts and pool toys will be allowed for this pool party. Walk-in fee applies, members free.

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

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 25. Create an edible fruit turkey centerpiece. Kids 7-10. Registration required. $28.

Lockport Township Park District Central Square
222 E. Ninth St., Lockport
(815) 838-1183

Christmas in the Square 1:30-5 p.m. Nov. 29. Visit with Santa and his reindeer and view the Victorian Village. Tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Free.

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

Candlelight Christmas 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29. Enjoy activities including carriage rides, a visit with Santa and the lighting of the crèche. Visit Web site for details.

Oak Lawn Park District
Community Pavilion
9401 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Lawn
(708) 857-2420

Turkey Shoot Free-Throw Contest 11 a.m. Nov. 23. Kids and parents can compete in free throw competition. Registration required. $4, residents free.

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

Littlest Elves Holiday Workshop 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29. Kids can pick an unfinished ceramic item to paint. $3 plus cost of item.

Plainfield Park District
Renwick Community Park
Renwick Road just west of Route 59
(815) 436-8812

Turkey Hoop Shoot 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21. Kids ages 8-15 along with parent can shoot baskets to win a prize. Registration required. $15 team, $10 resident team.

Plum Creek Nature Center
Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve, Beecher
1.25 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 394 on Goodenow Road
(815) 727-8700

Sounds of the Night-Owls 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14. Families can enjoy sitting around the campfire before heading out for a night hike in search of owls. Registration required. Free.

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

Buffet with Santa Claus 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 28. Enjoy games, puppet shows, give-aways, face painting, crafts and a buffet. Call for pricing.

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

"The Nutcracker" performed by Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet 2 p.m. Nov. 30. Check Web site for ticket information.

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

Settlers' Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. Featuring costumed living history demonstrators. Try a two-person buck saw and make a craft. Free, but donations of nonperishable food accepted.

Sugar Creek Administration Center
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet
(815) 727-8700

Holiday Nature Crafts 2-4 p.m. Nov. 15. Make holiday decorations out of items found in nature. Registration required. Free.

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

Night Sounds of Thorn Creek 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Take a hike through the woods at night. $5.

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

Turkey Shoot 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14. Teams consisting of kids and parents or grandparents can compete in age brackets throughout the night. Free.

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

Cinderella's Ball 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15. Evening features music, dancing and refreshments. Kids 3-12 with adult. Registration required. $21, $16 resident.

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

Thanksgiving Centerpiece 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Kids and adults can work together to create this holiday decoration. Registration required. $7.50, $5 resident. Parent/Child Turkey Shoot 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22. Kids 8-14 with parent can compete in this free throw competition. Prizes for each division. Registration required. Free.


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