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Enjoy nature from the top when you 'Go Ape'

Friday, July 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune
by Myrna Petlicki

Take to the treetops for a new view of nature with a zipline adventure in Bemis Wood in Western Springs. (Forest Preserves Cook County)
Pioneer Press

You and your children, ages 10 and older, will observe the beauty of a Cook County Forest Preserve from a unique vantage point if you Go Ape. The Treetop Adventure Course opened in late June at Bemis Woods South, 1100 Ogden Ave., Western Springs.

The seven-acre course includes 5 zip lines and a double Tarzan swing which allows two people to swing from 30 feet at the same time and land in a cargo net. There are also rope ladders, bridges and trapezes plus 40 obstacles more than 40 feet up in the forest canopy.

It takes two to three hours to complete the course which is designed for a wide variety of skill levels. The adventure begins with a 20-minute safety session.

The course promotes exercise and confidence building, as well as team cooperation.

The cost is $57 for adults and 16-17-year-olds; $37 for ages 10-15. People are encouraged to book their adventure online.

For details, call (800) 971-8271 or go

Don't forget

Kids can Make a Summer Memory Jar, noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at Elmhurst History Museum's Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. Participants can visit the museum afterwards to see the exhibit, "But Wait, There's More!" about pitchman and inventor Ron Popeil. The workshop is $3; free to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation members.

For details, call (630) 833-1457 or go

Strangest pet yet

A young girl finds there's lots to do with an unusual pet in "Too Many Moose!" by Lisa M. Bakos. Naturally, the girl begins thinking that more moose would be even better fun than one. Your kids can hear this book and participate in related activities during a storytime 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go

Atta boy

Fans of the loveable Peanuts characters will enjoy seeing the film, "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown," 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect. There will be a related craft at this drop-in event.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go

Monster meeting

The popular children's entertainment group ScribbleMonster will entertain during a Thursday Family Night, 5-8 p.m. July 28 at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. Kids will sing, play and dance along at this drop-in event which is free to members; nonmembers pay a $5 arboretum admission fee after 4:30 p.m.

For details, call (630) 968-0074 or go

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