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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Garfield Park Conservatory

I can't tell you how much I love Garfield Park Conservatory. It is especially wonderful to go in the dead of winter when everything is gray... you can walk into a paradise of plants and flowers where it's always warm (usually I pretend I'm on vacation)!  There are water falls and streams with stepping stones, paths to explore... it's close, it's free, and it has a great children's area called the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden. Check out their website because there always seem to be special events that are perfect for young children.

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Daily Hours: 9am-5pm
Wednesdays: 9am-8pm
(312) 746-5100

Morning Glories for Families
Every Monday Morning Year Round
Time: Drop in anytime between 10 am – Noon
No registration required.
Location: Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
Cost: $2 suggested donation per family

Enjoy learning together with your preschooler during this weekly drop-in activity and storytime. Projects are fun, interactive, and encourage children’s curiosity about plants. Preschoolers and their care-givers participate within a group of children to complete a hands-on activity and listen to a related story. Each group session takes approximately 20 minutes. After completing your project, be sure to stick around to dig in the soil, shake musical plant instruments, or help water our plants. (interactives change weekly). They suggest a donation of $2.00 to help cover the cost of materials.

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