Frog frolic

Jump over to the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest, to get a look at the friendly amphibians that inhabit the Thatcher Woods at this event on Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Attendees at this free event are promised a chance to “explore the springtime happenings and meet our amphibian friends.” Guests will learn about frog calls and get to meet some “froggy ambassadors” while exploring the great outdoors.

Pre-registration is required by calling 708-366-6530.

Sensory-friendly magic show

white rabbit in black cylinder

Magician and autistic self-advocate Cody Clark will take the audience through a virtual performance hosted by the Forest Park Public Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m.

Clark’s show combines his lived experiences as a magician, consumer of the arts and autistic adult, and the result is a 30-minute show dedicated to the special needs community. In this show, which he calls a Sensory-Friendly Spectacular, the magic is gentle, there are no jarring images and no sudden sounds, but the magic is just as impressive.

Clark also weaves some of his personal stories into the show and explains what being autistic is like for him. He promises audiences will be “amazed and inspired.”

The show is open to kids of all ages and their families. View the show live on the library’s Facebook page.

The Bama Lamas

These Chicago-based, horn-honking frat rockers return to action with this show at Outta Space, 6840 32nd Street in Berwyn, on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

 Led by the tag-team vocals of Chris Holtane and Gabrielle Sutton, this band was last seen in Uptown at the Green Mill, where they laid waste to a packed house during the Paper Machete variety show in February. That was a mere sampler of what this septet could do; you can get the full experience at this Outta Space show. Tickets are $10.

An evening with Emery Lehman

Olympic medal winner, speed skater and Oak Park resident Emery Lehman will be present for a special question-and-answer session at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:45 to 8 p.m.

There will also be a brief presentation about the park district’s new community recreation center, which is scheduled to open in spring 2023. 

Reservations are requested by emailing

Outdoor storytime

Join the Forest Park Public Library for this toddler-focused reading at Remembrance Park, 7341 Randolph St., on Friday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m.

This storytime is designed to get your kids moving, so come in your playtime clothes and prepare to move and groove. 

Pre-registration is requested so that the library can notify attendees of any cancellations due to rain or cold temperatures. To register, visit, or call 708-689-6126 with any questions.