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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

Big Run Wolf Ranch Presentation 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 24. See a variety of animals, skulls and antlers. Registration required. Free. Wii Gaming 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31. Play Wii games on the big screen and compete for prizes. Kids 8 and older. Registration required. Free.

Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
2405 Calumet Ave., Hammond, Ind.
(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120

Bi-State Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 17. Various family activities include exhibits, demonstrations, skating and bonfire. Call or visit Web site for more information.

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

Children's Art Classes 9 and 10:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 10. Six-week session. Registration required. $65.

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 19. Various activities held throughout the day. Chinese New Year Crafts Jan. 28-31. Visit Web site for hours. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

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

Log Cabin Building Contest begins Jan. 12. Kids 5-11 can enter event. Cabins will be on display in the library. Call for entry information and rules.

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

Sleeping Beauty and Carnival of the Animals 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Mike Super-Magic and Illusion 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Visit Web site for ticket information.

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

Teen Night New Year's Party 7-9 p.m. Jan. 2. Kids 10-14 can enjoy pizza, billiards, ping pong, dodgeball, movies and music. $5, $4 in advance.

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

Winter Warriors: Outdoor Skills 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Families can learn how to build a fire, stay hydrated and layer clothing for winter exploration. Registration required. $20. Experience the Journey: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19. Participants can discover the history of the Underground Railroad. Kids 8 and older. Registration required. $9, $6 resident.

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

Fossils and Bones 9:30-11:30 a.m. kids 3-5, 1-3 p.m. kids 6-10, Jan. 19. Kids can learn about dinosaurs. Registration required. $15. Kiddies Bracelet Beading Class 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 24. Kids can learn to bead a bracelet. All materials supplied. Younger kids will need parental assistance. Kids 4-12. Registration required. $30, $25 resident.

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

Winterfest noon-4 p.m. Jan. 24. Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including hay rides, winter obstacle course, ice bowling, hiking, children's crafts and ice sculpting. Small entrance fee. Call for more information.

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

From Snowflakes to Snowmen 6:45-7:45 p.m. Jan. 13. Kids 6-10 can learn the basics of simple art using different mediums to create snowflakes and snowmen. Registration required. $15.

Moraine Valley
Community College Dorothy Menker Theater
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills
(708) 974-4300

Russian American Kids Circus 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Professional circus stars kids ages 6-16. Visit Web site for ticket information.

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

Follow the Drinking Gourd 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 31. Program offers a glimpse into what passengers on the Underground Railroad endured. Registration required. $8.

Plainfield Park District
Boy Scout Park
23729 W. Ottawa St., Plainfield
(815) 436-8812

Snow-Fun in the Park 1-3 p.m. Jan. 3. Families can build a snowman to compete for prizes. Bring decorating materials. Registration required. $12, $8 resident.

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

Nature Tales-Movie/Story Festival 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Kids 5-10 can enjoy a nature movie or story and popcorn. Free. Monk Parakeets Program 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Learn where Monk parakeets can be found. Free.

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

Healthy Families Hike 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 18. Enjoy a moderate hike. Registration required. Free.

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

Teddy Bear Picnic 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 28. Kids can enjoy a snack and stories. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. Parent must remain with child. Registration required. $7.50, $5 resident.


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