Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip
Circus Boy 7 p.m. July 6. Featuring magic and athletic feats by Bobby Hunt. Free. Flying Frisbee Dogs 11 a.m. July 18. Watch as this group of dogs performs tricks and catches Frisbees. Free.
Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Road, Lockport
Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25. Enjoy wildlife lectures, visits with the animals and tours. $3.
Bird Haven Greenhouse
225 N. Gougar Road, Joliet
(815) 741-7278 ext. 106
Green Man T-Shirt Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15. Kids 3-10 bring a white T-shirt to create a piece of art. Registration required. $7.
Bolingbrook Park District
200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook
Summer Concert Series 7:30-9 p.m. July 1, 8 and 15. Families can enjoy a different group each week. Concerts are held at the Performing Arts Theater, 375 W. Briarcliff Road. Free.
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 July. Featuring pony rides and animal visits. $4.50 per person, free kids 1 and under.
The Children's Museum of Oak Lawn
9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn
Patriotic Art July 1-4. Puppet Making July 8-11. Sidewalk Art July 15-18. Slushies July 22-25. The museum is anticipating a move to its new location; call or visit Web site for updates. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.
City of Palos Hills Moraine Valley Triangle
107th Street and 88th Avenue Palos Hills
Palos Hills Friendship Festival July 9-12. Featuring food, carnival, classic car show, kids' entertainment and fireworks. Visit Web site for schedule. Free admission.
Chicago Street between Jefferson and Benton streets Joliet
Race Fan Rally 5-11 p.m. July 8. Featuring entertainment, NASCAR drivers, show cars, simulators, interactive KidZone and food. Free.
Fossil Ridge Public Library District
386 W. Kennedy Road Braidwood
Craft Day 10 a.m. July 1. Kids 4-13 can create crafts. Younger children must be accompanied by parent. Free.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy., University Park
Cinderella 11 a.m. July 23. Visit Web site for ticket
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields
Young Explorers: Smaller Than Me 10-11 a.m. July 27. Kids 2-3 with parent can explore the natural world with games, activities, stories and crafts. Registration required. $7.50, $5.
Joliet Park District Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park
201 W. Jefferson, Joliet
Independence Celebration 5-10:30 p.m. July 3. Featuring bands, kids' activities, food and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. Wizard of Oz 7 p.m. July 10-11. Outdoor performance features the beloved tale with a twist. Visit Web site for information. $6, $4, free kids 3 and under.
Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
(815) 741-PARK (7275)
Care Bears Cheer Party 1-3 p.m. July 3. Bring your Care Bear and enjoy rainbow art. Kids 3-5. Registration required. $10. Zany Brainy Science Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20-22. Kids 6-10 will blast off rockets, erupt volcanoes and try experiments. Registration required. $110, $100 resident.
Kankakee River State Park
5314 West Route 102, Bourbonnais
Guided Hike 10 a.m. July 4. Walk lasts about one and a half hours. Meet at Visitors Center. Free.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
Family Star Gazing 9 p.m. July 25. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Program includes astronomy project and outdoor viewing. Donations requested.
MainStreet Plainfield, Lockport Street, Plainfield
Tuesday Cruise Nights in July. See antique, classic and vintage cars. Visit Web site for detailed schedule. Plainfield Fest 5 p.m.-midnight July 17, 10 a.m.-midnight July 18 and noon-6 p.m. July 19. Featuring carnival rides, games, bands, food and family activities. Visit Web site for details.
Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet
Hoots, Howls and Hollers 8-9:30 p.m. July 9. Featuring a nature talk around the campfire and a hike in the forest. Wear long sleeves, pants and bug repellent. Registration required. $6.
Plainfield Park District, Renwick Community Park
Renwick Road, just west of Route 59
Patriotic Picnic & Fireworks 5-9:30 p.m. July 3. Activities include beanbag toss, PlayZone, inflatables, touch-a-truck and food. Held at Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs.
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15890 Paxton Ave., South Holland
Animals of the Forest 1:30 p.m. July 18. Join a naturalist on a hike to see how animals survive. Free.
Tinley Park Park District, McCarthy Park
16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park
July 4th Extravaganza 4-8 p.m. July 4. Featuring free penny carnival, face painting, tug of war, sand art, watermelon and music. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free.
Village of Chicago Ridge, Freedom Park
Birmingham and Oak Avenue (two blocks east of 104th and Ridgeland) Chicago Ridge
Ridge Fest July 23-26. Festival features bands, food, carnival, arts and crafts and kids' entertainment. Visit Web site for schedule of events.
Village of Tinley Park
16250 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
Music in the Plaza 7-10 p.m. July 11 and 25. Free.
Village of Orland Park
14700 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park
Movies at the Center at dusk July 9, 16 and 23. Visit Web site for movie information. Held at the Cultural Center. Free. Family Entertainment with Steve Beno 11 a.m. July 22. Held at the Outdoor Amphitheater. Free.
Worth Park District
11500 S. Beloit, Worth
National Ice Cream Day 12:30-2:30 p.m. July 18. Enjoy ice cream, games and a moon jump. Held at Gale Moore Park. Free.