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Chicago Parent Staff


Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
(708) 371-5666

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
(815) 588-0044

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
(708) 687-9323

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
(708) 361-3650

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
(708) 423-6709

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
(815) 458-2187

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
(708) 235-2222

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

(815) 723-5201

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) 727-8700

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
(815) 933-1383

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) 361-1873

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 Plainfield
Lockport Street, Plainfield
(815) 436-5510

Springfest in downtown Plainfield May 15-17. Features kids’ activities, kiddie rides, carnival and entertainment. Visit Web site for detailed schedule.

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

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
(815) 741-7277

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
(708) 868-0606

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
(708) 448-7080

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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