Take Mom Outdoors

A bee on a sunflower

A bee on a sunflower

Mother’s Day is May 12, 2013, and there is still time to plan a wonderful nature-filled afternoon with mom. Both Chicago and the Chicago suburbs have numerous events that focus on spending time outdoors with the special mom in your life.


River Forest: Woodland Walk on Mother’s Day

From 1:00-2:00 pm the Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest is hosting an outdoor woodland walk. This family themed stroll will meander through springtime woodlands giving you the change to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful surroundings with mom. Registration is required. http://fpdcc.com/events/


Northbrook: Mother Nature’s Day

From 1:30-2:30 pm the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook is hosting a hike in honor of Mother Nature through the forest. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors while honoring both the mom in your life and Mother Nature. For details: http://fpdcc.com/events/


Naperville: Horse Drawn Hayrides

Danada in Naperville will be hosting horse drawn hayrides from noon to 3:00 PM. Enjoy the beautiful Danada grounds and then take mom on a scenic hayride. $5 per person age 13 and up, $2 for kids 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Groups of more than 15 should call to arrange a private hayride. For details: http://www.dupageforest.com/Calendar.aspx?id=5179&startdate=2013-05-04T17:00:00


Wheaton: Brunch at Cantigny Gardens

Treat mom to a gourmet brunch and a walk through the gorgeous gardens at Cantigny. Cantigny’s Mother’s Day brunch is an award-winning affair, featuring shrimp, roast strip loin of beef and delicious creations by their pastry chef. After lunch, take mom on a beautiful stroll through the sprawling Cantigny grounds which includes the McCormick mansion, museums and 29 acres of different gardens that include a rose garden, an idea garden and formal gardens. For more details: http://www.cantigny.org/dining/red_oak_room.aspx


Brookfield: Brunch at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is offering a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch that includes an omelet station, carving station and a wide variety of sweet treats. After treating mom to brunch, enjoy exploring all the zoo has to offer, including the return of the Dinosaurs! Alive exhibit. Prices vary for members and nonmembers, for more details: http://www.czs.org/CZS/mothersday-1

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