The Children’s Farm in Palos Park begins its 77th season of camp this Sunday, June 16. Campers ages 9 through 17 will arrive to enjoy two weeks of living at the farm, riding horses, caring for animals, hiking in the woods and creeks, making campfires, meeting new friends, and enjoying campouts, hayrides, games and crafts. Older teenagers, ages 15-17, learn leadership and outdoor adventure skills, such as canoe-camping.
Later in the summer, one and two week sessions of overnight camp begin on July 7, July 21, and July 28, and Day Camps are offered the weeks of July 1 and July 22. There are still some open spots in the 2013 season roster. Contact camp director Amy DiDominicis at 361-3650. The Children’s Farm is at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Father’s Day at the Farm
Fathers are invited to a free visit to the Children’s Farm at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, on Father’s Day, this Sunday.
The Children’s Farm will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., as it is every Saturday and Sunday this summer. Visitors to the farm can tour the barns and see the farm animals. Pigs, lambs, calves, goats, bunnies, chicks and ducklings are waiting to greet farm visitors. Families are invited into each animal pen by a farm volunteer who helps children to touch and learn about the animal.
Complimentary pony rides and/or hayrides are offered every weekend throughout the summer, work and weather permitting.
Admission to the farm is $5 per person, or by a $75 annual family pass. No reservations are required on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. (361-3650)
The Enneagram theory for spiritual growth will be explored on 10 Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., and on six Thursday mornings, beginning June 20, 10 a.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Led by Chris Hopkins, the Enneagram DVD series is intended to help participants to understand themselves spiritually. Hopkins welcomes new participants to The Center’s spirituality programs at any time.
The cost of the 10 week program is $50. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.
The Bridge Teen Center
• Open Mic Night — 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 14, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host an open mic night along with music from Ashleigh Ashton plus free samples from Jamba Juice. Secure your spot by visiting the website. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade with a completed student membership application on file.
• Open Mic Night II — 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 15, with music from Maria Forsythe plus free samples from Ed & Joe’s Pizza. Secure your spot for Open Mic in advance by visiting our website. This event is exclusively for students in 10th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID.
• Summer Bunting — 1-6 p.m. June 18-20, a bunting craft station where participants can create decorative pendants that hang from string. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
• How to Save A Life: CPR Training — 2-4 p.m. June 18, held by Orland Park Fire District. Great for teens interested in babysitting. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
• Shoot A Music Video — 4-6 p.m. June 18, 19, 20, participants will work on a team to shoot and edit their very own music video. This free program is for teens in high school only.
• Chicagoland Speedway — 2:45-5:45 p.m. June 19, behind the scenes with Chicagoland Speedway where participants will get an up close look at the track and much more. This free program is for teens in 7th through 12th grade.
• U.S. Cellular Field — 1:15-4:30 p.m. June 20, participants will get a behind the scenes look at the dugout, press box, VIP suits and more. This free program is for teens in 7th and 8th grade.
For more information call) 532-0500, or visit thebridgeteencenter.org.
Children’s programs are held every Wednesday afternoon through Aug. 28 at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.
The first of these Discovery Isle programs will be Wednesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. The program is free of charge and open to all ages.
Discovery Isle will feature a different activity or demonstration every Wednesday during the summer focusing on plants, animals or history. One week might look for critters on the trail, and the next week meet with a re-enactor portraying a voyageur from the 18th century to learn fun games and hear interesting stories.
Depending on topic and weather, programs may be held indoors or outdoors.
Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. and join in the fun.
Indoor facilities are accessible. Outdoor activities will take place on level paths or natural surfaces across uneven terrain.
Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E, 135th St. (Romeo Road), ½-mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville. For information, call (815) 886-1467.
A stepping stone art workshop is offered at The Center on Monday, June 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The workshop is held at the Children’s Farm on the east side of 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.
Instructed by Program Director Lois Lauer, participants make a set of cement garden stepping stones, inlayed with prints of woodland leaves and garden herbs. Lauer says this is a fun and easy outdoor project.
The class fee is $13 plus a $7 materials fee. Reservations are required. (361-3650)
Summer solstice night:
candlelight labyrinth walk
A celebration of the summer solstice will be held on Friday, June 21, from 8 to 10:30 p.m., at The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Pastoral Director Chris Hopkins will lead the group in star-watching and a celebration of gratitude for summer’s bounty and long days of light, and then invite participants to walk the labyrinth which will be ringed by candlelight. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, bug spray, and small snacks to share.
The summer solstice celebration costs $10 and registration is required. The registration fees will be contributed to The Center’s permanent labyrinth fund.
The evening is weather dependent, so call if the weather forecast is uncertain. (361-3650)
New yoga class
A gentle yoga will be offered at The Center on five Tuesday evenings beginning July 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will meet at the Anderson Activity Center of The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.
Instructor Valerie Lindstrom will lead the yoga sessions, which will include discussion and practice on breathing, relaxation, and centering, as well as movement and poses.
Newcomers are welcome. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. The five-week class costs $50. Registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.