South suburban resource guide
Bolingbrook Park District
200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook
Parent/Child Climbing Wall classes 9-10 a.m., Nov. 3-Dec. 22. Kids 6 and older with parent can learn climbing. Registration required. $84 pair, $56 resident pair.
Chicago Ridge Park District
9807 Sayre Ave., Chicago Ridge
Turkey Shoot 7 p.m., Nov. 14. Parent/child teams can participate in a free throw contest. All ages. Free, charge for non-residents.
The Children's Museum
of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
Craft Like an Egyptian, Nov. 1-3. Happy Birthday Sesame Street stories and crafts, Nov. 7-10. Thanksgiving crafts and stories, Nov. 14-21. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
The Children's Farm
at The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
Family Christmas Card art class 1-3 p.m., Nov. 18. Explore printmaking and embossing in this family-oriented class. Reservations required. $8/person.
Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade 5:30 p.m., Nov. 23. Bands and floats kick off the holiday season. The parade runs along Chicago Street.
Public Library District
386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood
Jim Gill Family Tour Show 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12. This family concert is filled with songs for kids. Performed at the Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church on Hickory Street. Call for more information.
Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy., University Park
Annie 1 and 6 p.m., Nov. 4. See this award-winning musical tale of Little Orphan Annie at the Center. Winnie the Pooh 11 a.m., Nov. 17. The classic books come to life in this musical featuring Pooh, Tigger and the rest of the gang. Visit Web site for ticket information.
3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
Grandparent and Me Thanksgiving Feast 6:15-7:15 p.m., Nov. 6. Enjoy dinner and make a craft with Grandma or Grandpa. Make your own homemade butter, a Native American headdress and turkey. Ages 4-8. Registration required. $39/pair, $26/resident pair. Turkey Hoops 6-8 p.m., Nov. 9. Parents and kids can team up to shoot free throws. Your combined score may win you a turkey. Kids 4 and older with parent. Registration required. $4.50, $3 resident.
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields
Nighty Night 7-7:45 p.m., Nov. 16. Kids 2-3 years old can listen to stories and create crafts. Kids should come in their PJs with their favorite stuffed animal. Parents must accompany kids. Registration required. $3.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
Light Up the Holidays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 23. Enjoy Victorian-themed crafts and activities for all ages. Free admission to the museum on this day.
Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa, Joliet
Book Carnival 2 p.m., Nov. 18. Make a book, take a book walk, play book bingo and spend some time in the reading corner. All ages.
Joliet Public Library
Black Road Branch
3395 Black Road, Joliet
Craft Club 7 p.m., Nov. 5. Kids 9-14 can learn a new craft. All materials provided. Registration required. Free. Book Carnival 1 p.m., Nov. 17. Make a book, take a bookwalk, play book bingo and spend some time in the reading corner. All ages.
Joliet Junior College
214 N. Ottawa, Joliet
Brunch with Santa 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 23. Enjoy brunch and then have a picture taken with Santa, make a gingerbread ornament, decorate Christmas cookies and make a chef's hat. There will also be face painting, raffles and games. Reservations recommended but not required. $10.95, $7.95 kids.
Lake Katherine Nature Center
and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
Family Star Gazing 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Includes outdoor viewing with telescopes. Registration required. $10/family, $2.50/person.
Lions Community Center
1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox
Ceramic Painting Masterpiece 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 21. Learn the basic fundamentals of ceramic painting and dry brushing. All tools and paints are included. Kids 7-13. Held at the Lincoln-Way Transportation Center. Call for more information.
Matteson Public Library
801 S. School St., Matteson
(708) 748-4431 ext. 13
Anime Drawing 4-5:30 p.m., Nov. 7 and 28. Learn the basics along with some new twists. Kids 10 and older. Registration required.
Oak Lawn Park District
4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn
Family Harvest Fest 4:30 p.m., Nov. 17. Evening begins with a light meal followed by stories of Native American past. Learn traditions and lifestyles as told by folktale artist Laurie Snaer. Held at Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St. Call Pat at (708) 857-2225 for more information. Register by Nov. 9. $10, $5 kids.
P&J Kids Art Loft
230 E. 8th St., Suite 4, Lockport
Art Workshop 4-6 p.m., Nov. 3 and 17. Make special crafts for the upcoming holidays. All ages. Call or visit Web site for more information. Registration required. $15.
Rialto Square Theater
102 N. Chicago St., Joliet
The Nutcracker performed by the Chicago Festival Ballet 2 p.m., Nov. 25. Check Web site for ticket information.
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
Settlers Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 18. Visit with costumed living history demonstrators, take a history hike, play pioneer games and more. Free, but donations of nonperishable food or money accepted.
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Harvest Moon Pie in the Sky Hike 7-10 p.m., Nov. 16. Hike by moonlight and then return to the nature center for a slice of pie. No flashlights. All ages. $10. Cornucopia Magic 1-3 p.m., Nov. 18. Families can make a cornucopia. All ages. $10.
Tinley Park Park District
Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park
Turkey Shoot 7-9 p.m., Nov. 16. Kids and adults form teams of two to shoot free throws. All ages. Free.
Village of Orland Park
15600 West (100th) Ave., Orland Park
(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY
Winter Festival 3-6 p.m., Nov. 25. Visit with Santa, take a sleigh ride, make a craft and enjoy entertainment and refreshments. Families.
Hickory Hills Park District
8047 W. 91st Place, Hickory Hills
Pumpkin Fest noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Kids 12 and under can enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin patch, games and more. $8, $6 in advance. Call or visit Web site for more information.