For a list of local community events (festivals, shows, sports etc.) see the Community Foundation’s Event Calendar at:
Kankakee Public Library
Ages: Birth to preschool
Cubbies is an interactive story hour that has a different theme every week and includes a story, craft and snack. Click on the link to the library’s website for dates and times.
Story & Stuff
Ages: Grades K-2nd
Children will get the chance to see people from our community use their storytelling skills through books, puppets, crafts and much more.
Check the Kankakee Public Library website for special Family Events.
Bradley Public Library
Ages: 0 – 12 months
Babygarten is a parent/child interaction class intended for babies 0 to 12 months of age. This 1/2 hour class will provide enjoyment with your child through music, movement, games, and bonding. Registration is required.
Ages: 1 – 3 years of age
StoryTykes, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. is a parent/child interaction class intended for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years old. This 1/2 hour class will help to promote social interaction with others through stories, hands-on activities, music, and crafts. Registration is required
Bourbonnais Public Library
Ages: 6 months – 2 years
Tuesday mornings: 9:30-10:00 am. or 10:30 – 11:00 am. During each half hour session, the parent-child relationship is enhanced through the shared enjoyment of play. Your child’s growth and development will be encouraged through movement, rhythm, and short stories. Registration is required.
Manteno Public Library
Baby Tots Rhyme Time
Ages: 6 months – 2 years
Stories, songs and movement – offered September through May.
Thursday: 10:00 am.
Ages: 2 years – 5 years
Stories, songs and crafts – offered September through May.
Tuesday: 10:30 am.
Wednesday: 10:30 am.
Limestone Public Library
Ages: 6 months—2 years
Thursdays from 10-10:30 A.M.
Lapsits offer a wonderful interactive experience for babies and their
parents or caregivers. Music, stories and play activities are part of this learning exploration!
Ages: 3-5 years
Tuesdays from 10-11 A.M.
Story Time introduces children to the life-long adventures of reading! Early childhood literacy skills are reinforced through stories, crafts, finger plays, and more!
All classes are by registration only.
Check the Limestone Township Public Library website for special events.
Pembroke Public Library
Edward Chipman Public Library (Momence)
Kankakee Valley Park District
Bourbonnais Township Park District
Many children’s programs are offered such as: Afternoon Adventure, Play and Learn, Early Morning Roundup, Toddler Thursdays, Parent and Tot Art, and All By Myself. Contact the Recreation Station for more information at 815-933-9905.
Exploration Station …. a children’s museum
459 North Kennedy Drive, Bourbonnais
Exploration Station...a children's museum is a hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers and care givers. At Exploration Station, children can climb inside the tower of a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, sail on a pirate ship, become a soda shop clerk, drive a tractor and much more. Children of all ages are welcome at the museum, however, the majority of the exhibits are designed for children between the ages of 3-10 years old.
Willowhaven Interpretive Center
A place to explore, learn and enjoy the splendors of nature.
1451 N 4000 E Road, Bourbonnias
Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays – seasonal hours may vary
Kankakee area YMCA
We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. See website or visit the YMCA for a current Program book. Fees may apply - Scholarships may be available.
Art Start Studios
Art fun for all ages! Located at 165 Mohawk Drive, Bourbonnais. Fees may apply.
Tumbling and gymnastics for girls and boys. Fees apply.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Toddler Storytime on Thursdays, 10:45 am.