Garfield Conservatory

Spring has officially sprung. Even though Chicagoans are still braving the elements in their morning commutes, weather changes at the drop of a ball in Chicago and Opening Day is less than two weeks away. Coincidence? We don't think so. Get a head start on spring with these four family-friendly events.

Write a Seasonal Haiku in the Malott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Malott Japanese Garden is perhaps one of the loveliest spots in the area to catch spring in action. At the Japanese Garden Spring Weekend, families will enjoy storytelling, cultural demonstrations, a tea ceremony and a koto harp performance. Kids will have the opportunity to write a seasonal haiku and make a cherry blossom hanging scroll. Bring your camera - this is a great spot to capture that perfect spring photo of your kids. Oh and remember your construction: 17 on, 5-7-5.

Enjoy Soulful Latino Cuisine and Fun Kid's Activities at Carnivale's Spring Break Family Night

Sunday, March 24; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the savory dishes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, El Salvador and Mexico AND kickoff Spring Break at Carnevale's annual "Spring Break Family Night" event. Festivities will include an action photo booth, face painter, balloon artist, stilt walker, magician, coloring stations, cotton candy station and a special kids menu. 

Take a Zoo Safari Tour at the Lincoln Park Zoo

April 6 - May 19

Young explorers will learn how to the zoo's African carnivores hunt, what they eat and how they contribute to the area's valueable ecosystem. Afterwards, wander around the zoo to see which animals have stepped out of hibernation. 

Celebrate Spring at the Garfield Park Conservatory

For a paradise experience in bustling Chicago visit the Garfield Park Conservatory. Its Palm Room contains more than seven dozen varieties of palm trees, so it's always a tropical retreat no matter the weather outside. Listen to waterfalls, watch koi fish, and smell the pleasant, fresh air of a flower filled nirvana. It's May in Chicago, but all day everyday.

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