Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs

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Chicago Parent Staff


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 March. Featuring pony rides and animal visits. $4.50, free kids 1 and under.

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

"Seuss-a-thon" reading and crafts March 1-7. St. Patrick’s Day crafts March 11-14. Celebrate the invention of LEGOS March 18-21. Learn magic March 25-28. The museum is anticipating a move to its new location; visit Web site for updates. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

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

Pulaski Day Show 10:30 a.m.-noon March 2. Entertainment by Rick Kelley featuring hula-hoop activities and a sing-along. Held at the H-F Sports Complex. Registration required. $8, $5 resident.

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

Feed the Birds 1-3 p.m. March 2. Make a birdfeeder out of recycled materials. Kids 6-12. Registration required. $15, $10 resident.

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

I Believe in Magic 4-4:55 p.m. March 31. Kids 5-12 can learn magic tricks. All materials provided. Registration required. $25, $20 resident.

Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa, Joliet
3395 Black Road, Joliet
(815) 740-2663

Goosebumps: Fear and Fun 4:30 p.m. March 13. Enjoy scary treats, gross experiments and stories. Registration required. Free.

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

Green Waterfall for St. Patrick’s Day noon March 17. The waterfall will be dyed green.
Lions Community Center
1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox
(815) 485-3584

Just A Little Bit of Irish Luck 6:45-7:45 p.m. March 10. Kids 6-10 can enjoy games and crafts. Registration required. $15.

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

St. Patrick’s Irish Day Parade March 8. Kids can come to Plainfield Central High School to enter the best-decorated bike contest and then join in the parade. Check Web site for time and details.

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

Woodcock Walk 7 p.m. March 27. Learn about the American Woodcock and then take a hike to watch for the courtship flight. Kids 7 and older. Registration required. Free.

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

Pioneer Fest and Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.-noon March 14-15. See a maple syrup-making demonstration and enjoy pancakes, sausage and maple syrup. $8, $5 kids, free 1 and under.

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

Mother-Son Dance—’80s Style 6:30-8 p.m. March 6. Enjoy dancing, games and refreshments. Dress in ‘80s style and compete for prizes. Held at JFK Middle School, 12350 S. Essington. Registration required. $30/couple, $20/couple resident; additional sibling $20, $10 resident.

Plum Creek Nature Center
Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve, Beecher
(815) 727-8700

Salamander Safari 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and see a variety of amphibians. Hikes held throughout the day. Registration required. Free.

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

Family Float Night 6-9 p.m. March 20. Rafts and pool toys will be allowed for this pool party. Walk-in fee applies, members free.

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

Wee Wonders: Snakes 1:30 p.m. March 19. Kids 3-4 can learn all about snakes. Registration required. Free. Nature Tales: Raccoons 1:30 p.m. March 28. Learn about raccoons. Kids 5-10. Registration required. Free.

Southside Irish Parade

Parade, featuring about 120 groups of families and community organizations, noon March 15. Parade route is from 104th and Western to 115th and Western.

Village of Orland Park Sportsplex
11351 W. 159th St., Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY

Camp In at Sportsplex 5:30 p.m.-9 a.m. March 28-29. Camp inside and enjoy rock climbing, athletic events and a movie. Continental breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. Registration required. $41, $33 resident per tent.


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