Sidewalk Obstacle Course

On Saturday, July 3, come check out the outdoor obstacle course at the Forest Park Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sidewalk course returns with an adventure/survival theme inspired by Jumanji. If there’s rain, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 17. At 7555 Jackson Blvd. Visit for more information.

Danger Island Virtual Escape Room

On July 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., middle grade students are invited to a virtual escape room. Answer questions and puzzles to survive the escape room, inspired by collaborative games like Gamewright’s fantastic “Forbidden” series of tabletop games (Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Sky) along with survival adventure books like the “Can You Survive?” series and “Bad Island” by Doug TenNapel.

Compete individually or as a family or friend team to complete the challenge. You must register to receive the link to the form. Visit for more information.

Celebrate Nature’s Original Toys

Visit the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, for a short, self-guided trail near the museum while you enjoy reading a posted story. This month the story is “Stick and Stone” by Beth Ferry, a story celebrating the original nature toys! Afterwards, stop by the museum to pick up a craft and activities bag to continue the adventure.

Unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask indoors at all times; and they must wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other people) is not possible. Contact 708-366-6530 or for more information.

First Thursday Art Stroll

On Thursday, July 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. join the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Park Arts Alliance for the First Thursday art stroll on Madison Street. This month’s featured maker is Accents by Fred, 7519 Madison St., owned by husband-and-wife team Fred Bryant and Ann Hanson, who hand-make almost everything in their store. Stroll down Madison Street to meet other Forest Park artists and makers.

Curious by Nature

This summer, kids of all ages can experience the library’s summer experience Curious by Nature. This summer is about celebrating nature and the world around us. The library has created an assortment of events and activities including a reading incentive program for kids ages 0 to middle grades. Visit for more information.