The Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Morning Glories for Families at the Garfield Park Conservatory

I know that it seems crazy to talk about winter survival tactics on a 70 degree (!) November day, but there are certain to be many long, cold days in your near future.

In order to make it through a Chicago winter with little ones, you've got to have a plan -- ideally, a plan that includes lots of fun, affordable indoor activities so your kids can run around and get all of their pent-up energy out.

One of my absolute favorite cold-weather spots is the Garfield Park Conservatory. This spot is warm and inviting, even on the chilliest day. On Monday mornings, the Conservatory offers a wonderful, FREE program called Morning Glories for Families in the Children's Garden.

Families can drop in anytime between 10-noon for an organized activity or craft (all for a $1 donation per child). When the short activity is over, kids are free to roam the Children's Garden and explore other hands-on learning opportunities. Or they can just go down the slide over and over.  Whatever.

While you are cruising around the Conservatory, don't forget to check out the fish pond -- a favorite of every little person I know.

Take a look at the photo gallery below to see all of the fun we had at Morning Glories for Families at the Garfield Park Conservatory during our visit earlier this week. And then plan to go check it out yourself.


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