South suburban resource guide
What’s in your neighborhood
Monday, April 20, 2009
Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
Mother’s Day Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. May 2. Bring mom and your Teddy bear to enjoy a story, craft and refreshments. Kids 3-8. Registration required.
Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
2405 Calumet Ave. Hammond, Ind.
(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120
Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands, Wind and Water Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23 and 6 a.m.-8 a.m. May 24. Features a fishing clinic, kite fly, face painting, wind surfing instructions and sunrise service on Sunday. Visit Web site for more information.
Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Road, Lockport
Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16. Enjoy wildlife lectures, visits with the animals and tours. $3.
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest
Irish Fest May 22-25. Features many activities for kids including puppet shows, pony rides, a petting zoo, clowns and jugglers. There is also musical entertainment and food. Visit Web site for hours and additional information. $15, $12 kids 4-12, $10 noon-1 p.m., free kids 3 and under.
The Children’s Farm at The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
Children’s Farm Family Visit 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in May. Features pony rides and animal visits. $4.50 per person, free kids under 2.
The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
Mother’s Day cards and crafts May 6-9. May Day Basket craft May 13-16. Patriotic crafts May 20-23. 5K Family Fun Run May 23. Registration required for 5K run. The museum is anticipating a move to its new location; visit Web site for updates. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
Fossil Ridge Public Library District
386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood
Summer reading program registration begins May 26. Call or visit library for more information.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy., University Park
Charlotte’s Web 9:45 a.m. May 1. Appropriate for kids 5-11. Visit Web site for ticket information.
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
Mother’s Day at the Museum noon-5 p.m. May 10. Admission is free to moms on this special day. International Museum Day noon-5 p.m. May 16. Spend the day making crafts and visiting the galleries.
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
Columbia Street, off Scott Street and east of Ruby Street bridge, Joliet
Joliet Iron Works Tour 9 a.m. May 31. Learn about iron and steel production and the stories of the men who worked at the factory.
Kankakee River State Park
5314 West Route 102, Bourbonnais
Wildflower Walk 11 a.m. May 2 and 9. Walks last about one hour. Meet at Visitor’s Center. Free.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive Palos Heights
Hayride and Campfire 7 p.m. May 15. Bake potatoes on a campfire, play games, sing songs and go for a hike. Registration required. $8.
Lockport Street, Plainfield
Springfest in downtown Plainfield May 15-17. Features kids’ activities, kiddie rides, carnival and entertainment. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.
Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee
First Time Fishing 5 p.m. May 29. Learn basic skills, including how to tie a knot, bait the hook and cast. Event includes one hour of shoreline fishing. Registration required. $5.
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet
Breakfast with the Fairies 9-11 a.m. May 2. Enjoy breakfast before attending the Fairy Festival. $10 includes admission to festival. Fairy Festival 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 2. Come dressed in wings, make a wand and learn magic words. $5.
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
Mother’s Day Spring Walk 1:30 p.m. May 10. Features a guided hike in the preserve. Free.
Worth Park District
11500 S. Beloit, Worth
Baby Disco Open Gym 9:15-10:15 a.m. May 15. Enjoy music, a snack and free play. Families with kids 4 and under. $4, $2 resident.