South suburban resource guide


Chicago Parent Staff


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

Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22. Enjoy wildlife lectures, visits with the animals and tours. $3.

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

Green Man Super Hero Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5. Kids 3-10 learn ways to recycle items into unique projects. Registration required. $7.

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

Summer's Last Blast noon-dusk Aug. 29. Held at Pelican Harbor. Featuring swimming, games, music, inflatables, fishing derby, 5K run, car show and entertainment. $1, free for Pelican Pass holders and aquatic members.

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

Downtown Joliet
City Center on Chicago Street
(815) 774-6066

KidzFest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1. Featuring entertainment, interactive educational activities, food and crafts. Visit Web site for schedule. Free.

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

Bubbology 1:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Make bubble art and a bubble wand and get a chance to be in a bubble. Kids 2-10. Registration required. $10.50, $7 resident.

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

The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt Exhibit Aug. 1-31. Featuring interactive panels, audio-visuals and narratives to tell the story of the Apollo mission, the moon landing and Houbolt's vision. There is also a Lunar Lander simulator. Exhibit is included in museum admission fee.

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

Concerts on the Hill 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Enjoy an outdoor concert and $1 hot dogs along with other concessions. Visit Web site for details. Free admission and parking.

Kankakee River State Park
5314 W. Route 102, Bourbonnais
(815) 933-1383

Guided Hike 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Walk lasts about one and a half hours. Meet at Visitor Center. Free. Blast from the Past 1 p.m. Aug. 22. Examine artifacts and fossils to discover the history of the area. Free.

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

Family Star Gazing 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Program includes astronomy project and outdoor viewing. Donations requested.

MainStreet Plainfield
Lockport Street
(815) 436-5510

Tuesday Night Cruise Nights 5-9 p.m. in August. See antique, classic and vintage cars. Free.

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

Bat Detectives 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Learn about bats and then go on a night hike. Wear long sleeves, pants and bug repellent. Registration required. $6.

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

Family Fun Day 1-4 p.m. Aug. 9. Held at Ottawa Street Pool, 23820 W. Ottawa. Featuring games and dive contests. $3, free to season pass holders.

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

Wee Wonders-Animal Oddities 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Kids 3-4 can learn about different animals. Registration required. Free.

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

Moonlight on the Lake Night Hike 7-9 p.m. Aug. 6. Meet at Pine Lake for a leisurely night hike. Registration required. $5.

Tinley Park Park District
McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave.
(708) 342-4200

Wizard of Oz Sing-along dusk Aug. 6. Enjoy the tale and participate in activities including trivia contest and costume contest. Free. Zoom-Jet Pilot 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Aug. 12. Kids 4-6 can make planes and helicopters and experiment with air pressure. Registration required. $18, $12 resident.

Village of Alsip
Kostner Avenue from 119th to 122nd streets
(708) 385-6902 ext. 317

Alsip Street Fair 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Featuring live entertainment, music, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall, games and food. Visit Web site for detailed schedule. Free admission.

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

Movies in the Plaza Aug. 8, "Hotel for Dogs." Pre-show entertainment begins at 7 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Free.

Village of Orland Park
14700 S. Ravinia Ave.
(708) 403-6145

Movies at the Center at dusk Aug. 6 and 20. Visit Web site for movie. Held at the Cultural Center. Free.

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

National Night Out/Touch A Truck 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4. Kids can see and touch police cars, fire trucks and large construction equipment. Free. Movie in the Park 8 p.m. Aug. 13. Call or visit Web site for movie selection. Held at Gale Moore Park. Free.


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