Family Friendly: Families invited to search for treasure
Families will get prizes after turning in tokens they find while geocaching Sept. 13.
Surprises await families who geocache in Oak Park’s parks.
“Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt over 5 million people are enjoying worldwide,” said Diane Stanke, manager of communications for the Park District of Oak Park.
“Anybody can do it,” Program Manager Shari Wenzel said. “You’re looking for a canister, footlocker or water bottle covered in camouflage tape. It will be hidden in a tree or stump or by the base of a bush.”
All ages can learn to geocache with a GPS unit or smartphone, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Fox Park, 624 S. Oak Park Ave. The cost is $5 per family. The park district’s caches will contain tokens. The first 40 people to turn in five tokens will receive a paperweight. If you can’t make it to the class, pick up a clue sheet at Hedges Administrative Center, 218 Madison St., Oak Park starting Friday, Sept. 14.
For details, call (708) 383-0002 or visit www.parkdistrictofoakpark.org.
Kids Helping Kids is the motto of the 11th annual LemonAid, a fundraiser held every Sept. 11 on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest. Bring your family between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday for lemonade, popcorn, baked goods and entertainment. This year, donations will support Sarah’s Inn, which protects women and their families from domestic violence.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-Brae-911-Charity-LemonAid-Stand/114229398635316.
Still more in store
An extra attraction at LemonAid 2012 is the first Local Celebrity Story Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 700 Bonnie Brae, River Forest. Staff from the River Forest Public Library and event organizers will read stories and lead activities for children.
For details, call (708) 366-5205 or visit www.riverforestlibrary.org.
Be a sport
You and your 2-to-3-year-old will participate in activities that promote simple motor skills at Parent-Tot Super Sports, 5 to 5:45 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 27, at Washington Square Tennis Courts, 131 Forest Ave., River Forest. You will catch, throw, bat, shoot and pass. The cost is $61 for residents, $73 for nonresidents.
For details, call (708) 366-6660 or visit www.rfparks.com.
Rolling right along
There’s a pretty good chance that you are more excited about the start of school than your kids are. Help stir up enthusiasm by bringing them to the drop-in School Bus Craft, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library, 845 Gunderson Ave.
For details, call (708) 848-0672 or visit www.oppl.org.