Family Films (Ages 3 to 8+)


A series of short films for children ages 3 to 8+: The Song for Rain, Sweet Cocoon, and Piper.

The Song for Rain
Yawen Zheng/2012/8 min
FILM DESCRIPTION: This gentle, heart-warming animated film tells a powerful story, without words, about a boy and a fox who become friends one rainy day in the city. The boy helps the fox, who wants to collect water to take to his home in the countryside. Viewers will discover how friends and small gifts from nature can brighten the day.

Sweet Cocoon
Matéo Bernard, Matthias Bruget, Jonathan Duret, Manon Marco, Quentin Puiraveau/2017/6 min
CHICAGO-AREA PREMIERE. FILM DESCRIPTION: Sweet Cocoon is a delightful Oscar-nominated animation that follows two insects who help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis.  This humorous, non-dialogue story from France shows how cooperation leads to success, and helping others is a  virtue. 

Alan Barillaro/2017/ 6 min
FILM DESCRIPTION: Academy-award winning animated short Piper tells the exciting tale of a hungry sandpiper who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food. The only problem: She must search beneath the sand where intimidating waves crash to shore. Director Alan Barillaro, a veteran Pixar animator, found inspiration for Piper while running along the coast and noticing shore birds darting in to eat between crashing waves. Featuring an endearing mother/child relationship and an important message about independence, Piper urges viewers to overcome their greatest fears. Forgoing dialogue for bird calls, audiences hear the strong sound of determination.

Saturday, March 10, 9-10:15 a.m. [W Suburbs]
Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

Join us for nature activities with staff from Trailside Museum of Natural History (Director Susan Dombro and Educator Irene Fleebe) and the Park District of Oak Park (Program Supervisor Leah Pryor). Plus, enjoy live music with beloved local musicians Dave and Jodi Walker. Discover action opportunities through the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and parenting resources from Gail Shelton, Director of New Moms Oak Park. Trailside Museum Director Irene Fleebe and Educator Susan Dombro will also be available. Facilitator: Wendy Negron, Educator in Chicagoland schools.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.