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*Summer SALE/Show Specials 2010*
Weekday Roll Back
~Shows booked Monday-Wednesday in the months of May & June will "Roll Back" To 2008 Pricing! Book the Basic show for $175 & The Large Creature Show for $300!

~Upgrade your Basic Show to a "Large Creature Show" & get $25 off! Upgrade includes a large additional talking parrot (Macaw), the 5 ft Monitor lizard, XL Tortoise, 4 ft alligtor & more! This offer is good from May-July 2010!


*2010 Public Shows & Events*

Chicago Pet Expo
Saturday July 17th from 11am-4pm
Come meet some of the creatures & see lots more neat stuff!
At the Chicago Pet Expo

Come meet "Pony O'Malley" & see where he lives @ Windy Isles Farms
for the Midwest Connemara Breeders Show 32263 Eqyptian Trail, Peotone Il. There will also be horse & pony shows in Dressage, Hunter Jumper, etc., as well as a Donkey Derby! Goats, cows, sheep & chickens will be there for petting. Irish Dancers, music, food & Entertainment too! July 10th & 11th 2010 all day!

Fall dates for FREE shows at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
September 6th 1pm
October 11th 1pm
November 11th 1pm
Hope to see you there!
MORE SUMMER SHOW DATES TBA!

Attention Teachers!
Special school year discounts for schools for all day programs January-June 2010
Don't wait until the last minute to book!
Call now for details!

NEW at Natures Creatures!! PONY RIDES!!
Our cute new pony, "Pony O'Malley" will be making his debut Spring & Summer 2010
Pony O'Malley can come to your birthday or school for a fun lesson in horsemanship & then some pony rides! *Combine a show & a pony ride for a full day of animal fun!*

Beginner Riding Lessons & Horesmanship
Offered on Pony O'Malley for 30 minute or 1 hour lessons
Call Erin for more details & scheduling. (773)881-9379
Pony O'Malley is located in Peotone Il @ Windy Isles Farms


PAST NEWS & EVENT PHOTOS


A Free Show was done at Rib Fest Sunday June 13th
Special Thanks to my awesome Volunteers! Shay, Sara & Linda!
Another Special thanks to all the fans that stuck around depsite the rain!

Erin did a free show Sunday May 16th at Family Time Magazines annual Kids Expo!
Special thanks to my volunteers that helped people handle the creatures!

A FREE Show was featured @at Chicago Childrens Museum
Green FEST! Thursday April 29th 5pm-8pm

FREE SHOWS were featured at at Chicago's Green Family Festival
Irish American Heritage Center 4626 Knox, Chicago Il., 60630, April 17th & 18th (708)361-6000 Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Free Animal Encounter @Lords of Nature-Predator Exhibition
The Big Guys were on display @ The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
From 1pm-3pm Tuesday April 13th at "Mysteries of the Marsh"
Large Alligator, Large Monitor Lizard & Large Snake

FREEShows were features at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Spring 2010
March 25th, April 1st, & April 9th @ 1pm

Animals were out for petting & pictures @ the Kids Expo
Saturday March 20th 9am - 5pm @ Tinley Park Convention Center / 18501 S. Harlem

The animals were on display & on stage at
The Highland Park Infinity Foundation Funtastic Family Fun Fest
1201 Park Ave West, Highland Park Il, 60035
Just East of 41 on Park Ave West @ Highland Park Country Club
There will be kids games, crafts, snacks, songs, magicians & an NC show @ 2:30pm!
Sunday January 31st, 2010 1-4pm

Free Animal Shows were featured at
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Fall 2009
October 12th, Nov 27th, Dec 26th & 27th @ 1pm

     

Come meet the animals at the Green Holiday Fair at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
December 6th, 2009 from 10am-5pm

October 2009 Erin welcomes two new creatures to the clan!
"Taraway" a 9yr old Throughbred x-race horse who will need lots of work,
& "Pony O'Malley" a cute pony that will be offering pony rides spring & summer 2010

FREE Animal Play Pen @ Beverly Banks Annual Family Fun Day.
Saturday October 17th, 2009 11am-2pm, Beverly Bank, 103rd & Western Ave.
Erin will have a huge Animal Pen with bunnies, ducks, Giant turtles, baby chicks, etc.
There will also be Irish Dancers, Men on Stilts, clowns, magicians, kids games, snacks & more!

FREEThird annual Large Animal Play Pen at "Barzofest"
Bunnies, Giant Trutles, Ducks, Snakes, Alligators & more!
Also food, beer, games for kids, live bands & more!
July 4th, @ Mt. Greenwood Park, Chicago.

Free Animals to play with in the Play Pen @ Ben Fest
Friday & Saturday July 10th & 11th from 3pm-8pm
*(Sorry folks but we got Thunderstorm rained out this year...hope its dry next year!)*

*Don't forget to come see the NC animals at Rib Fest 2009 June 13th & 14th.*
Chicago Rib Fest On Stage June 2008 & 2009
Check back for Rib Fest Dates in 2010!

Natures Creatures had a booth at the 08 Rib Fest in the kids section. All day Saturday & Sunday the kids were able to play with bunnies, ducks and "Tootsie" the giant tortoise. Snakes were there for holding and the talking parrot was talking away. At 4pm Erin was on the kids stage to give a talk about the animals and how important it is to be responsible pet owners. Kids got to come on stage and help out holding the animals for everyone to see.

     

FREE Creatures at GREEN FEST at Navy Pier.
Erin will have Creatures at the Green Parents Network booth. There will be 100's of Green & Environmental booths with foods, clothing, childrens toys & activities, home products, etc., all promoting healthier & greener living.
All day Saturday & Sunday May 16 & 17th 10-5pm @ Chicago's downtown Navy Pier.
Check out the Green Parents Network for great ideas!

Natures Creatures in the News @ Green Fest-May 2009
Check out Natures Creatures @ Green Fest in the News!

FREEShow at the 2009 Pet Expo
at the Tinley Park Convention Center
Come meet Erin and some of the critters from 10-4pm Sat.& Sun. May 23 & 24 th.
There will also be 100's of booths on pet products and care for all your pets needs.
On stage Sunday at 10:30am!

Easter Bunny Party April 09
Come Visit the Natures Creatures Bunnies at the Children's Farm on Saturday April 11th, 09. Play in the bunny play pen this Easter with 12 of the Natures Creatures soft & velvet REX bunnies while kids get their Easter baskets, paint eggs and meet the Easter Bunny! Advanced tickets required, call the farm at (708)361-6350 to book!
HOP to see you there!

Behind The Scenes! Summer 2009
Erin joined zookeeper friends last summer to see Jeff Corwin. Later she went on tours behind the scenes for some close encounters with the Decatur Zoo animals like zebras, deer, wolves, primates, cheetah's and Galapagos tortoises!

     

BIRTHDAY PARTY special! @ Jungle Gym(Save $50!)
Book your childs birthday party at the Jungle Gym in Mt. Greenwood and have Natures Creatures Animal Show come do a show! Parties booked will receive $50 off the NC show & Animal Play Pen!

     

Party rental rooms are booked seperately from animal shows. Call NC AND the Jungle Gym to determine combined availibilty. Shows are booked on a first come first serve basis with special priority for Jungle Gym parties!

Contact: Jungle Gym 2760 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655 773-445-5000

December '07 and January '08
NEW Reptile & Animal Care Class!

Classes will be held at local Park Districts for kids ages 4-6 and 7-9! There will be limited class size so stay tuned so that you can sign up as soon as possible!

The kids will spend 1 hour a week working with live animals up close! We will talk about how they live, what they eat, and interesting facts about the animals themselves! Then the kids will have plenty of fun interaction time with each creature. There will be new creatures each week! Check back to this "NEWS" page for further announcements about sign up dates.


Christmas '07
**NATURES CREATURES GOES HOLLYWOOD !!**

Last Spring, Erin taught Chicago & LA based Actor & friend, Kevin J. O'Connor horsemanship needed for his movie character in "There Will Be Blood" due out this Christmas, also starring Daniel Day Lewis. There Will Be Blood is a movie "loosely" adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson from the 1927 novel "OIL!" by Upton Sinclair.(info from IMDb) This movie may not be for kids, but will be a great one for adults!

Kevin took riding lessons from Erin at The Childrens Farm, in Palos Il., a few days a week on the late "Tiki" and Appaloosa horse "Joe". The Children's Farm was nice enough to donate the use of their horses for the training.

Some of Kevins past apprearances include roles in movies such as: The Mummy, Seraphin Falls, When Peggy Sue Got Married, Kettle of Fish, Van Helsing, Deep Rising, Virtuosity, Lord of Illusions, Canadian Bacon, and many many more!

For more info on the actor: Kevin J. O'Connor Fan Site

You can see Kevin in "The Beast" Spring 09 on A & E


Sundays in October! --Creepy Crawlie Fest at the Farm!
Every Sunday in October Erin had creatures at The Childrens Farm in Palos Il for FREE animal interation time. the "Creepy Crawlies" were there... tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, and the "ghostly" Cockatoos, and the "Animal Play Pen" with the Ducks, baby bunnies, and Giant Tortoises. The farm was open to visit all of the farm animals, and the "pick your own pumpkin patch" was swarmed with visitors getting ready for the season. If you didn't make it this year, don't worry,... Natures Creatures hopes that we have the nice weather to do it again next year!

*Did you catch the Natures Creatures coverage in "Chicago Parent Magazine" October issue?

Saturday October 27th - Halloween Family Fun Fest To benefit UNICEF!! Trinity Church at 9848 S. Winchester Ave, Beverly Il. 4pm-7pm. For the 4th time Erin will had creepy crawlies at this fun fest for the whole family! There was spooky crafts, goulish games, Rainbow the clown with balloon art, fun treats and a teenie weenie play room! Erin was on stage with the 10ft python, an alligator, spiders, scorpions, smaller snakes, baby bunnies, a duck, a giant tortoise, "Maya" the Cockatoo in her ghost costume and ghostly white bunnies! Call Trinity Church (773)445-5300, or visit: trinitymethodistofbeverly.org --for more info on next years Halloween event!

     

Special thanks to all of the Natures Creatures Volunteers that helped that day!

     

OCTOBER 5,6,7 NAVY PIER! Erin & Natures Creatures was at the Naturally Healthy Children's Expo! at Navy Pier! On Friday Erin was a guest speaker & held animal workshops all day for students and teachers that came to field trip for the event. Saturday & Sunday Erin had the giant tortise, "Brownie" the Rex bunny with her 7 brand new baby bunnies, and "Maya" the always funny & chatty Cockatoo! Erin was there to answer your questions directly and share in your fun with the Natures Creatures animals. Special thanks to all of the Natures Creatures volunteers that came out and helped at the expo weekend! For more info visit: www.naturallyhealthychildren.com

SATURDAY BABY EXPO
September 29, 9am-5pm Erin had animals at the BABY EXPO! in Tinley Park at the Convention Center 18501 S. Harlem (I-80 & Harlem). Erin had Bunnies, ducks, giant tortoises, snakes and spiders for people to meet up close! For more info about the expo visit: www.familytimemagazine.com. Special thanks to all of the Natures Creatures volunteers that helped for the day!

September 22, Erin donates animal play time in Beverly! Families & local artists colored the sidewalk squares around the school to help raise money for the school PTA. Local artists had artwork and other items for sale at Sutherland School 10001 S Leavitt Ave. Ducks, Giant Tortoises, Bunnies, "Maya" the talking parrot, Snakes & Gators were there for the day!

August 4th Erin donates animal play time at the Le Leche League as they celebrate the "World Breastfeeding Week" in Lockport from 10:30a-1:30 pm. Later that same day Erin again donated animal time at the "Play for Maeve" fundraiser at 103rd Beverly Park, from 4:30pm - 7pm raising money for Brain Cancer in the memory of Maeve. The set up included a large animal pen with ducks, bunnies, giant tortoises and baby chicks walking around for kids to go in and hold and pet. Outside of the pen there were snakes and alligators to hold and a talking parrot to laugh with.

July 2007 "Jake the Snake" the giant boa constrictor has fell ill suddenly with a rare blood disorder. Although the source is unknown the we are hoping for the best! Doctors have been monitoring his blood and Erin has been giving antibiotic injections every day so we hope that he will recover soon. "Jake the Snake" has been part of the animal show for about 4 years. His girlfriend, our extra large female boa is due to have baby snakes any day now. Maybe Jake has just been worried sick?!

July 2007 Natures Creatures on Myspace! Check out the new... Natures Creatures Picture Slide Show

June 2007 "Babe" the pig and "Oreo" the "kid" goat have made their debut this summer in the BIG SHOW and are a big hit! Babe and Oreo can be visited on some weekends at The Childrens Farm.

June 2007 "King" a 15 year old boa constrictor was donated to the show. King is not a giant guy, but he is very friendly, and displays the dark colors that many boa constrictors change to as they get older.

May 2007 Its baby bunny season! Baby Rex and mixed breed bunnies will be available for adoption all spring and summer from NC as well as The Childrens Farm.

March 2007 Watch for your chance to make a bid on the NC show at many benefits coming soon. Erin has donated many animal shows this season for local benefits and fundraisers!

January 2007 "Maya" the Cockatoo was donated from a loving home to the animal show. Maya has quickly made himself known since he is so smart and animated. A little love and training has made him the hit of the show and already on special request! He is one of the best talkers and loves to laugh along with the kids when he isn't doing his act. So happy to have him aboard!


December 2006 Peacock update: Luke recovered from surgery fine however his eye infection has not gone away. A possible second surgery is being considered but in the meantime we are focused on keeping him happy and healthy! His plummage is starting to grow back again early and his colors are looking nicer than ever!

August 2006 Luke the Peacock is rescued from the farm and taken in for eye surgery. He was in bad shape and the doctors may not be able to cure his infection. We just hope that he survives the surgery and we can keep his eye! Cross your fingers and keep your hopes up! Special thanks to Dr. Diane at Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital for doing such a great job with him!

May 2006 Erin donates animal time for "Walk for Life" at Sandburg High School raising money for Cancer research. A few hours of planned animal time turned into 30 minutes since the temp dropped to the 40's!

April 2, 2006 Grace the beautiful REX rabbit had 6 baby bunnies! Grace is on display at The Children's Farm. Other farm babies include 2 baby goats, 4 baby lambs, 3 baby pigs, 2 baby calves, and many baby chicks and ducks! Come to the farm and see! Open to public Sat & Sundays, from 1-4pm. (708)361-3650

March 19th 2006

  • Sunday Daily Southtown Newspaper Article on Erins show

  • (About article Quotes/Note from Erin:)"I would like to note that often times when I am quoted in the paper, my statements about animal facts seem unusual or wrong. For example, Frogs do not actually have "suction cups" on their toes. I often use funny examples to try to explain things to the little kids so that it is easier for them to understand. I then go into more detail and explain what really makes those toes work!"

    Special thanks to reporter Courtney Greve for the very nice article! I really appreciate her coming out to see the show and writing such a nice piece! --Erin

    NEW CLASS! Starting APRIL 2006... Erin is starting an Animal Care & Enrichment Class offered at The Childrens Farm in Palos Park, Il. Class is for kids 13-16yrs on Tuesdays or Fridays from 4-5pm. Cost is $65 for 6 weeks. To sign up call the farm (708)361-3650.

    Kids will spend time grooming the farm animals while they learn about animal anatomy and behavior. They will learn about animal enrichment, why it is important, and how to apply it to the farm animals. They will take animals for walks, learn proper animal handling skills, and assist Erin in some basic training. This class also includes an introduction to basic horsemanship and a horse ride!

    Erin will also be starting a similar class for adults so call the farm if you are interested!

    April 2006 - VOLUNTEER TRAINING at THE CHILDRENS FARM Love animals? Love kids? Love nature? We need you! Erin & the Childrens Farm staff invite potential volunteers to volunteer training! Learn to be a tour guide or work in animal care!

    Volunteer Training dates:

  • Wednesday April 5th, 2-4pm.
  • Saturday April 8th, 10am-4pm volunteer open house.
  • Friday, April 14th, 3:30-5pm.
  • You can also call for individual training sessions!

    Saturday, March 11th, 2006 Erin will be bringing some Natures Creatures and Childrens Farm animals to the FREE KIDS EXPO from 10am-5pm at the "Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool" booth. Animals scheduled to come are: Cornsnakes, "Gandolf" the rooster, "Rouen" the duck, "Tootsie" the giant tortoise, "Luke" the peacock, and many baby bunnies. The kid expo is at 183rd. Harlem Ave. Tinley Park Convention Center.

    Friday, March 3, 2006 at 7:30pm FREE show. "Gold Earth Science Club" presents Natures Creatures at The OAK VIEW CENTER - 4625 W. 110th st. Oak Lawn Il., (708)857-2200. Visitors and guests welcome. Free Admission. Refreshments.

    Tuesdays in February, 2006 Erin will be doing FREE animal shows at The Children's Farm in Palos Hills, Il. (708)361-3650. Show Dates are Tuesdays: 7th, 21st, and 28th. Show times are: 10am, 1pm, and 3:30pm on all 3 days. Following the MINI show, guests will follow Erin up to visit the farm animals.

  • Show photos from Feb 21st Show at The Farm featured in "The Daily Southtown Newspaper" (2 pages)

    February 2006 - Hot Bran Mash Dates Feb 1st 5-7pm, Feb 8th 5-7pm, Feb 14th-Valentine Bran Mash, Feb 18th 3-5pm, Feb 21st 10am-noon, Feb 24th 3-5pm.

    January 2006 - Hot Bran Mash Parties Join Erin at The Children's Farm to make tasty treats to feed the farm animals. The animals miss their people friends in these cold winter months and warming up their bellies with a visit is the perfect way to say hello again. Please bring a carrot, apple, oatmeal or molasses to add to our mix!

         

    Hot Bran Mash Dates: Jan 6th 5-7pm, Jan 10th 3-5pm, Jan 14th 2-4pm, Jan 17th 10am-12pm, and Jan 24th 5-7pm.


    July 4th, 2004- ANNOUNCEMENT There will be a free Nature's Creatures show and animal display at Mt. Greenwood Park. Following the show, stick around for the fireworks!

    June 14, 2004 Erin welcomes a new REX bunny, "Grace" to the show. She is young and shy but beautiful in her brown and white velvet Rex coat. Watch for her in up & coming shows!

    June, 2004 Erin sums up the school year with many last minute free shows in Chicago Public Schools, and brings bunny "Ace" back to visit his classroom before going home to NC for the summer. The kids went nuts too see there old friend again.

    Erin also begins the renovation and expansion of animal exhibits at Nature's Creatures.

    May, 2004 When little dog Jack comes to visit the animals, he has a blast! He plays chase with the bunnies, but Erin keeps him far from the big snakes, who might like him for lunch. The African Grey Parrot "Pak" has learned to immitate Jacks squeakie toy noises & teases him sending him running around looking for his toys.

    May, 2004 ANNOUNCEMENT Natures Creatures will be having a FREE show at the Evergreen Park Public Library at 94th & Kedzie on May 22nd. Show starts at 10:30 a.m.

    April, 2004 Nature's Creatures welcomes "Pugsley" aka "Pugsley Pak" or "Pak", an African Grey Parrot to the show. Pak is 6 years old and loves to talk. He frequently makes ambulance, nextel, phone & doorbell noises. He also asks, "Whats up?", "How you doing?", "Love you", "Don't mess with me", and many, many other things. Pak was donated to the show, so Erin will have to work with him until he is tame enough to come to shows. In the meantime, he spends his day climbing on the jungle gym and talking away with "Luca" the Double Yellowhead Amazon Parrot.

    February, 2004 Erin adopts a dog of her own, "Jack Dempsey," a miniature pincher. Jack was given up to The Pet Adoption League. Since they had more homeless dogs than space and food, Jack was a candidate for euthanasia the week of Christmas. Thanks to many volunteers, he was taken in until a new home could be located. Erin is having a blast with her new funny companion. Jack learns new things every day & Erin considers letting Jack show some of his tricks for NC shows sometime next year.


    December, 2003 Special thanks to those that adopted the baby bunnies, guinea pigs & large Iguanas. Hopefully that they have a nice first Christmas at their new homes!

    October, 2003 NC donates a bunny to a third grade Chicago Public School classroom. The kids named him "Ace" and try their best in school all week for "playing with Ace privledges."

    September, 2003 NC experiments in breeding saltwater clownfish again, and selects a few pairs as brood stock. By the end of the month they were already pairing off & rotifer cultures are growing to feed the baby clows that will hopefully come by next spring or summer.

    July, 2003 Clare has "surprized" us again with baby bunnies and some re-arranging has been done in the bunny habitat. (New babies will be available for adoption at the end of August.)

    June, 2003 Two adorable adult Guinea Pigs were returned to a pet store & taken in by NC. We will try to find them a good permanent home. (They are now available for adoption.)

    May, 2003 One of our bunnies, "Clare" became a mother for the first time and has proven to be a great mom. (Babies now available for adoption.)

    April, 2003 With all of the pre-summer confusion we suddenly realized that there are two scorpions missing. Uh oh!

    March 14, 2003
    Brain Games Inc. moves to another location and donates their classroom animals to Natures Creatures Inc. (new location to be posted later).

    January 2003
    Luca that parrot learns how to answer the telephone with his foot, which is quickly becoming a nuisance.


    December 2002
    Our extra large male Iguana and a large female are adopted out to a new homes.

    October 2002
    One of the large snakes who was getting "too large" was adopted out to a more suitable home.

    September 18, 2002
    Sadly, "Ricky" dies of the dreaded colic after the veterinarian works on him for 36 hours. However he died in Erins arms surrounded by people that love him. Rest in Peace sweetie.

    Summer 2002
    Erin meets Jeff Corwin of Animal Planets' "The Jeff Corwin Experience" at Brookfield Zoo and compliments him on his Eco Zone Project.

         

    June 9, 2002
    Luca the parrot has surgery at the Bird Fair. And it turns out he really is a boy!

    May 19, 2002
    Ricky & Brit enter their first dressage show together & put on a beautiful performance!

    May 4, 2002
    Erin meets Jane Goodall for the third time at another Roots & Shoots promotion in Chicago and gains insight on how Nature's Creatures can work to help kids get more involved with animals & the environment.

    April 30, 2002
    The new female Iguana has become a bit of an escape artist. She has escaped from the Iguana room three times this week. The tadpoles are growing strong & preparing to move to ten Chicago school classrooms next week so that kids can observe the metamorphosis up close and note changes every day.

    April 22, 2002
    Naturescreatures.net goes online, and Erin is happy.

    April 19, 2002
    The White's Tree Frogs escaped this morning, but Erin found them in no time. Toad tadpoles have emerged and are swimming around.

    April 16, 2002
    American toads laid eggs which have begun to divide. We should have tadpoles in a few more days.

    April 12, 2002
    A new female iguana was adopted and introduced to our iguana family. At first, the females battled out the hierarchy, but eventually the pecking order was established and now everyone is happy.

    April 1, 2002
    The rollerbirds started courting and eggs have been laid.


    Contact the NC show at NaturesCreatures@hotmail.com

    (773) 881-9379