Garfield Park Conservatory is one of my favorite places to take my kids. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, it’s always beautiful, fresh and fun there. We love to walk around the different houses, ducking under arches full of hanging plants, enjoying water falls, stepping over streams, exploring moss covered stones, watching fish in the ponds… and of course the children’s garden. I think I’ve said this before, but when we go it always feels like we’re on a tropical vacation!
Today I woke up and didn’t know what we were going to do, so funny enough I looked at the lists of places to go on Kidlist! I hadn’t gone to Garfield Park Conservatory since all the hail damage last year and missed walking around there. It turned out to be an awesome day to go because they have various kids activities on Mondays. My kids learned how to save seeds from marigolds and make their own seed packet to keep them in. They went down the slide many times and played in a huge tub of dry dirt filled with buckets, shovels, pretend vegetables and flowers to plant. There were also tents set up to play in, storytime and various toys and blankets throughout the children’s area.
While we were playing in the kids area my daughter had to go to the bathroom, which happens to be at the front entrance to the conservatory. I am so glad we made it over there because in the little nook where the bathrooms are there is an art exhibit from the Museum of Contemporary Art! Imagine a room filled with about three feet of white balloons… it was like a dream. (The balloons are a little bigger and thicker than normal, but I wouldn’t feel right unless I mentioned that you always have to be careful and not let kids put the balloons in their mouths.) There is a representative from the museum there from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday making sure there aren’t too many people in the room at one time and all the balloons stay in there. It is so much fun! On the way home my kids asked me if we could fill one of the rooms in our house with balloons… Good thing the exhibit will be there until October 15. We will have to go back.
And all of this was FREE!
Here are the details:
Morning Glories for Families
Every Monday Morning
Date: Year Round
Time: Drop in anytime between 10 am – Noon
No registration required.
Location: Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
Cost: Donations appreciated
“Half the air in a given space” Art Exhibit
Tuesday, September 11 through Monday, October 15
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visit the MCA website for more information about this installation.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1996