Family Friendly: Rocking out while learning about geology
Updated: November 1, 2012 10:12AM
You and your kids may become rock-hounds after attending Rock & Mineral Identification together.
The event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.
“We start out with a basic introduction to geology where we talk about the difference between rocks and minerals, the different types of rocks and how rocks form,” said geologist Sara Johnson. That is followed by hands-on activities.
“We start with a sample mineral, analyzing the crystal for color, texture, crystal shape, cleavage, luster, transparency, hardness and streak,” Johnson said. Next Johnson shows the group a reference chart listing the different minerals for which the museum has samples so participants can identify some of them, first as a group and then individually. Afterwards, the geologist explains how to identify different rocks. The class, for ages 8 and older, also runs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Admission is $5, $3 for museum members.
For details, call (630) 833-1616 or visit www.lizzadromuseum.org.
ARE YOU GAME?
People will play the pieces in a life-size Hasbro game during the International Games Day celebration at Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Participants will explore lollipop woods and ice cream slopes. Registration is required.
For details, call (630) 986-1976 or visit www.hinsdalelibrary.info.
GET FIT, BE FED
Oak Brook residents can swim for free in the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, during the Oak Brook Park District’s 50th Anniversary Open House, Monday, Nov. 5. Adults can try group classes without charge that day. After you burn off some calories you’ll be able to replenish them with free sliders and dessert while supplies last.
For details, call (630) 645-9521 or visit www.obparks.org.
Great prizes will be awarded during Family Bingo Night, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the Park District of La Grange’s Recreation Center, 536 East Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $3 per person. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 7.
For details, call (708) 352-1762 or visit www.pdlg.org.
Register early because space is limited for Toddler & Preschool Music Time with Miss Gretchen, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. The 45-minute class, for ages 2-6 with an adult, combines children’s music, nursery rhymes, interactive materials, movement activities and multicultural singing.
For details, call (630) 323-8188 or visit www.clarendonhillslibrary.org.