Garfield Park Conservatory is the perfect vacation spot within the city during the winter months. Spring even comes early to the conservatory, with the annual Spring Flower Display. On Friday, February 1 through Sunday, May 12, you can spend some times with the lovely blooms of spring before they make their outdoor garden debut. Azaleas and camellias will be featured on February1st, with hydrangeas joining the flowery crowd in April. This is the best spot in Chicago to gather some spring cheer.
For younger kids, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden, located within the conservatory, features climbable leaves, a giant seed pod, a long, curvy slide and best of all, a chance to run around and breathe in oxygen - without a coat, hat and gloves. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 4pm, join the Plant Party Play Dates in the children's garden: there is a soil pit for digging, spray bottles for watering the plants, and imaginative craft and play activities.
Older kids might be interested in the Origami Open House. Every second Saturday of the month, in the Conservatory Classroom, the Chicago Area Origami Society presents a free drop-in Origami open house. Both kids and adults are welcome to drop in and craft.
Admission and all programs at the conservatory are free and open to the public, but consider making a small donation if you can.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesdays until 8 p.m
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