Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library 11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip(708) 371-5666www.alsip-mp.lib.il.us
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 Initiative2405 Calumet Ave. Hammond, Ind.(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120www.wolflakeinitiative.org
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 Ranch14857 Farrell Road, Lockport(815) 588-0044www.bigrunwolfranch.org
Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16. Enjoy wildlife lectures, visits with the animals and tours. $3.
Chicago Gaelic Park6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest(708) 687-9323www.chicagogaelicpark.org
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 Center12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park(708) 361-3650www.thecenterpalos.org
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 Lawn9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn(708) 423-6709www.cmoaklawn.org
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 District386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood(815) 458-2187www.fossilridge.org
Summer reading program registration begins May 26. Call or visit library for more information.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts1 University Pkwy., University Park(708) 235-2222www.centertickets.net
Charlotte’s Web 9:45 a.m. May 1. Appropriate for kids 5-11. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
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(815) 727-8700www.fpdwc.org
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 Park5314 West Route 102, Bourbonnais(815) 933-1383www.dnr.state.il.us
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(708) 361-1873www.lakekatherine.org
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.
MainStreet PlainfieldLockport Street, Plainfield(815) 436-5510www.mainstreetplainfield.org
Springfest in downtown Plainfield May 15-17. Features kids’ activities, kiddie rides, carnival and entertainment. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.
Monee ReservoirRidgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, Monee(815) 727-8700www.fpdwc.org/monee.cfm
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 Center2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet(815) 741-7277www.jolietpark.org
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 Center15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland(708) 868-0606www.fpdcc.com
Mother’s Day Spring Walk 1:30 p.m. May 10. Features a guided hike in the preserve. Free.
Worth Park District11500 S. Beloit, Worth(708) 448-7080www.worthparkdistrict.org
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.
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