What’s in your neighborhood

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

Professor Presto’s Magic School 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20. Kids can learn easy-to-do magic tricks. All props are provided. Kids 7 and older. Wii Gaming 2-4 p.m. Sept. 27. Play on the big screen, compete for prizes and enjoy refreshments. Kids 8 and older. Registration required.

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

Family Day/Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13. Featuring Jim Nesci and his cold blooded creatures. Also see "Kuma" the bear, enjoy wildlife lectures and guided tours. $2.

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

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

Celebrate Grandparents Day Sept. 13. Free admission for grandparents. Teddy Bear Week Sept. 17-20. Bring in your bear for stories and crafts. Smithsonian free admission day Sept. 27. Check Web site for updates and museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Elim Christian Services
13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights

Elim Dutch Festival 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27. Entertainment, petting zoo, carnival, magic show and wooden shoe carver. Food, including Dutch specialties, available for purchase.

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

Storytime for kids 3-5 runs 6 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday starting Sept. 15. Toddler Twos runs 9:30 a.m. Monday starting Sept. 15. Registration required.

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.-2 p.m. Sundays.

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

Full Moon Hike 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Check out how the moon transforms the terrain of the park. Registration required. $6, $3 kids.

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

Dance Mania 5000 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Features free play and a tournament. Free.

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

Monarch Butterfly Festival 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 21. See the butterflies and enjoy food and family fun. Kids in butterfly/insect costume receive free gift bag and march in parade. Small entrance fee.

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

Kids’ Fishing Derby 7 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. Kids 5-15 can fish for prizes. Each participant receives a goody bag. Registration required. $8.

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

Open Arts and Crafts events for all ages. Featuring Scrapbooking 6-8 p.m. Sept. 12; Candlemaking 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26. Visit Web site for more information.

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

Fall Fest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Featuring live music, magic shows, farm animals on display, games, storytelling and hayrides. Free admission. Food and crafts available for purchase.

H.A. Rathje’s Peotone Mill
427 W. Corning Ave., Peotone
(708) 258-6797

Old Mill Fall Fest 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14. Featuring mill tours, Native American artifacts and demonstrations of old-time crafts including wood carving, broom making and beading. Free admission; food available for purchase.

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

Archaeology Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13. Visit with local archaeologists and see their extensive collections. Also enjoy storytelling, games, guided hikes and other activities. Free.

Tall Grass Arts Association
367 Artist Walk, Park Forest
(708) 748-3377

53rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Featuring art, music, food and kids’ art activity. Held in downtown Park Forest. Free.

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

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20. This medically accurate babysitting preparation course teaches basic first aid, behavior management and nurturing care techniques. Registration required. $99, $66 resident. Dog’s Day in the Park noon-3 p.m. Sept. 28. Families can bring their dogs and participate in canine contests, dog obedience demos, animal activities and contests. Free.

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

Owl Prowl Night Hike 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Learn the habits and calls of three owl species, then hike through the woods. Registration required. $5.

Village of Midlothian
147th and Springfield Avenue, Midlothian
(708) 389-0200

Scottish Fair & Celtic Celebration Sept. 27. Featuring a fiddle competition, pipe bands, sheep herding, Scottish and Irish dancing, storytelling and kids’ activities. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.

Village of Orland Park John Humphrey Complex
147th Street and West Avenue, Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK (7275)
(708) 645-PLAY (7529)

Concert on Ravinia 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Enjoy the Contemporary/Motown band 312 Chicago. Free.

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

Music in the Plaza 7-10 p.m. Sept. 13. Enjoy the music of Eleventh Hour. Held at the Oak Park Avenue Train Station. Free.

Village of Worth
7425 W. 115th St., Worth
(708) 448-1181

Worth Days Fest Sept. 4-7. Enjoy a carnival, music, food and a children’s area with entertainment just for kids. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.

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

Touch a Truck 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Kids can experience the wonder of trucks and sit behind a bus, tractor and other vehicles. Held at Terrace Centre parking lot. Free. Go Healthy Challenge 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 27. Featuring several family-oriented activities including games, obstacle courses, races and walking events. Held at Gale Moore Park. Free.



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