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PDM Community & Kids Events - Joliet Area

Braidwood Lions Club 41st Annual Summerfest - A Tropical Extravaganza  

Features carnival rides, games, free live entertainment, bands, bingo games, food, competitions and much more for the entire family.

Thursday-Sunday, July 14th thru July 17th, 2022

Braidwood Park District’s Old Smokey City Park  -  245 W. First St., Braidwood, IL


Taste of Joliet 2022

The three day event will feature headline music entertainment, kids zone, carnival, delicious food vendors, and more.

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, 2022

ATI Field At Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60433


Frankfort Bluegrass Festival 2022

The two day festival will feature national and regional acts, children’s activities, workshops, picker’s tent, crafts, food, and more.

Saturday- Sunday, July 9-10, 2022

11 S. White St, Frankfort, IL 60423


Joliet Kidz Fest

18th annual Kidzfest, a FREE, interactive event for children from ages 2-12 years old. Activities will include DJ entertainment, inflatable fun, pony rides, petting farm, magic shows, dancers, food and more!

Saturday, August 6, 2022 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown Joliet Rialto Theater area  -  102 N. Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432


Channahon’s Three Rivers Festival

The 33rd Channahon's Three Rivers Festival is a 5‑day, fun‑filled, family festival. Enjoy carnival rides & games, live bands in the beer tent, food vendors, family stage, Kids Zone, Little Miss Channahon, baby contest, bingo, craft show. Special Needs on Thursday.

Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2022

Central Park Route 6 at Bluff, Channahon, IL


Kids Museums

Joliet Area Historical Museum & Old Joliet Prison

Exhibits are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio-visual presentations, life-size models, award-winning touch screen visuals, and even a step-in Lunar Lander Simulator.
201 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432

Naperville DuPage Children’s Museum

For 30 years, DuPage Children’s Museum has been inspiring children and their adults with experiences that encourage curiosity, discovery, and collaboration.
301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540

Frankfort KidsWork Children Museum

Enjoy 2 floors of exciting exhibits filled with action and fun.
11 S. White Street, Frankfort IL 60423

Art & Nature


Terrapin Orchards near Galena, IL

Plan on visiting Galena? Stop at a nearby apple orchid, Friday to Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.
1063 US Route 20 E
Elizabeth, IL 61028

Small, family owned orchard. Our orchard has 5500 dwarf apple trees in 6 different varieties (Zestar, Premier Honeycrisp, Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Evercrisp) and 4 acres of strawberries in 4 different varieties. Our strawberry season starts in Early June and runs through the beginning of July. We offer both pick your own and pre-picked berries that are dripping with flavor.

Royal Oak Farm in Harvard, IL
15908 Hebron Rd.
Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 648-4141

Four generations of the Royal Oak Farm family live and work at Royal Oak Farm Orchard with backgrounds ranging from builders to musicians to booksellers to athletes.

August 21 - October 31st
Gift Shop, Bakery, Country Kitchen, Playground, Petting Zoo, Train (Weekends Only), Carousel (Weekends Only), Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, Amaze 'N Apples, and More. Call for details and hours.
Kuiper’s Family Farm
1n145 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
(815) 827-5200, ext 1

Apple and pumpkin farm of 230 acres. Midwest Tulip Fest April and May. Apple Orchard opens August 27. Pumpkin Farm opens September 17 - October 30.

County Line Orchard
200 S County Line Rd
Hobart, IN 46342
(219) 947-4477

Enjoy apple picking and fall activities. Fun for the whole family! Open August 31. Kids area with a train ride, play area, and animals, corn maze, observation bee hives, tractor rides to the u-pick apple trees, and gift shop. Call for information.

Heap's Sunflower Harvest Family Farm in Minooka

Hang out with farm animals. Corn maze challenge, hay ride, 25 acre pumpkin patch, playground fun barn and of course Linda Kay's Craft Shop and tasty treats and burgers. Opening Sunflower Harvest in late August, 10am to 7pm. $12 per person. Call for details.

4853 US Highway 52  - about 8 miles west of I-55
Minooka, IL 60447
(815) 651-7288

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm in Lockport

Explore 10 acre corn maze. Play over 35 attractions. Country Store, Fresh Baked Pies, Sweet Corn, Fresh Produce, Group Outings, Barn Weddings, Pumpkin Fest and Statesville Haunted Prison, Christmas Trees. Facebook page.

17250 Weber Road
Lockport, Illinois 60441

Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Hidden Oaks Conservation area ensures that visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature.

419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL

Children’s Garden Project of Elwood

Enlightening and educational experience for the young and the young at heart who enjoy nature and gardening. A nice drive from New Lenox, Manhattan, Frankfort along Laraway Road.

801 N. Chicago Avenue
Elwood, IL 60421

Sunflower Patch. Fruit, vegetables and Pumpkins! Birthdays events. Facebook page.



PDM Kids Activities

“What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.” - Gene Fowler (1890 – 1960)

Kids Scavenger Hunt - Printable

Scavenger hunts bring excitement to favorite traditions. Print a wide range of scavenger hunts from visiting a pumpkin patch to football game or visiting an orchid, nature walks, thanksgiving and more.
A scavenger hunt lets everyone look for hidden treasures. Just print the scavenger hunt sheet. Reuse it by laminating or putting it into a page protector. Then, head outside to hunt and every time you find a mystery, check it off the list.

PDM Kids Lorax Activity Book  

ENERGY STAR's Lorax Activity book is full of games and tips for learning about protecting the environment.

PDM Kids Lorax Coloring Book

Kids can have fun coloring ENERGY STAR's Lorax Coloring book and learn about protecting the environment at the same time.

PDM Kids Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA.

Ten activities to introduce you to the Essential Principles of Climate Science. Learn about Earth's climate system, the factors that drive and change it, the impacts of those changes, and what you can do to explore, understand, and protect our Earth. Great for Middle to High School.

PDM Kids Word Search

Pdm Kids Word Search Page

DIY Air Conditioners

Learn About Energy with Games

Water Crossword Puzzle

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