Youth & Family Programs

Saturday, March 10
Thatcher Woods Pavilion
8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

 Little boy with fox.

For Kids Ages 3 to 8+ at 9 a.m.

Join us for three short children's films.

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
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.

Join us for nature activities with staff from Trailside Museum of Natural History and the Park District of Oak Park. 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 of New Moms Oak Park. Facilitator: Wendy Negron, educator in Chicagoland schools. Refreshments available.

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

 Straws logo in red.

For Kids Ages 9 to 13+ at 11 a.m.

Join us for three short films:

 Turtle hatchling with big eyes.

Chingtien Chu/2017/3 min
FILM DESCRIPTION: This non-dialogue, high-quality animated short follows a young sea turtle’s ocean voyage through polluted water. As only 1 in 1,000 baby sea turtles survive to adulthood, this small film shows the big struggle facing marine life today.

Linda Booker/2017/32 min/Waste
FILM DESCRIPTION: Through colorful animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, Straws shows us the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers us to be part of the solution. The film features an 11-year old from Costa Rica who developed a campaign, #NoStrawChallenge, that has become a world-wide movement making waves. Activists estimate that every day in the U.S., more than 500,000,000 straws are used once and tossed. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the #5 most common item found on beaches. Straws wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually. 

The Discarded
Annie Costner and Carla Dauden / 2016/18 min
FILM DESCRIPTION: Filmmakers Annie Costner (actor Kevin Costner’s daughter) and Adrienne Hall juxtapose stunning drone-captured images of Rio de Janiero’s natural beauty with sewage and garbage that pour into its bay. In Portuguese with English subtitles, the film is narrated by locals, including a 9-year old boy who sails the garbage-choked waters and an elderly man who turns debris into art. Teens, athletes, scientists, and policymakers speak about the seemingly insurmountable challenges of Rio’s pollution crisis and reasons for hope. Filmmakers show the city’s effort to bandage the problem with expensive one-time solutions to serve tourists for the Summer Olympics. Viewers are also left with big questions: What does it mean to ignore subsets of society, to label some as worthy, and others as discarded?

Come share your solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle. Program guests are design teacher Tim Walsh of Percy Julian Middle School and Liita Forsyth of Little Bits Workshop. Ann McElhatton of Beach Chair Scientist and Jeff Shelden of the Sierra Club Water Team will help sort the facts, while Sue Crothers of the River Forest Sustainability Commission will share ways to make change. Facilitator: Wendy Negron, educator in Chicagoland schools. Refreshments available.

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