Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
Big Run Wolf Ranch Presentation 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 24. See a variety of animals, skulls and antlers. Registration required. Free. Wii Gaming 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31. Play Wii games on the big screen and compete for prizes. Kids 8 and older. Registration required. Free.
Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
2405 Calumet Ave., Hammond, Ind.
(219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120
Bi-State Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 17. Various family activities include exhibits, demonstrations, skating and bonfire. Call or visit Web site for more information.
The Children's Farm at The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park
Children's Art Classes 9 and 10:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 10. Six-week session. Registration required. $65.
The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 19. Various activities held throughout the day. Chinese New Year Crafts Jan. 28-31. Visit Web site for hours. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
Fossil Ridge Public Library District
386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood
Log Cabin Building Contest begins Jan. 12. Kids 5-11 can enter event. Cabins will be on display in the library. Call for entry information and rules.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway, University Park
Sleeping Beauty and Carnival of the Animals 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Mike Super-Magic and Illusion 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Homewood Flossmoor Park District
3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor
Teen Night New Year's Party 7-9 p.m. Jan. 2. Kids 10-14 can enjoy pizza, billiards, ping pong, dodgeball, movies and music. $5, $4 in advance.
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields
Winter Warriors: Outdoor Skills 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Families can learn how to build a fire, stay hydrated and layer clothing for winter exploration. Registration required. $20. Experience the Journey: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19. Participants can discover the history of the Underground Railroad. Kids 8 and older. Registration required. $9, $6 resident.
Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)
Fossils and Bones 9:30-11:30 a.m. kids 3-5, 1-3 p.m. kids 6-10, Jan. 19. Kids can learn about dinosaurs. Registration required. $15. Kiddies Bracelet Beading Class 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 24. Kids can learn to bead a bracelet. All materials supplied. Younger kids will need parental assistance. Kids 4-12. Registration required. $30, $25 resident.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
Winterfest noon-4 p.m. Jan. 24. Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including hay rides, winter obstacle course, ice bowling, hiking, children's crafts and ice sculpting. Small entrance fee. Call for more information.
Lions Community Center
1 W. Manor Drive, New Lenox
From Snowflakes to Snowmen 6:45-7:45 p.m. Jan. 13. Kids 6-10 can learn the basics of simple art using different mediums to create snowflakes and snowmen. Registration required. $15.
Community College Dorothy Menker Theater
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills
Russian American Kids Circus 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Professional circus stars kids ages 6-16. Visit Web site for ticket information.
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet
Follow the Drinking Gourd 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 31. Program offers a glimpse into what passengers on the Underground Railroad endured. Registration required. $8.
Plainfield Park District
Boy Scout Park
23729 W. Ottawa St., Plainfield
Snow-Fun in the Park 1-3 p.m. Jan. 3. Families can build a snowman to compete for prizes. Bring decorating materials. Registration required. $12, $8 resident.
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
Nature Tales-Movie/Story Festival 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Kids 5-10 can enjoy a nature movie or story and popcorn. Free. Monk Parakeets Program 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Learn where Monk parakeets can be found. Free.
Thorn Creek Nature Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
Healthy Families Hike 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 18. Enjoy a moderate hike. Registration required. Free.
Worth Park District
11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth
Teddy Bear Picnic 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 28. Kids can enjoy a snack and stories. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. Parent must remain with child. Registration required. $7.50, $5 resident.