Tag: Chicago Botanic Garden

New to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Summer 2012

New to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Summer 2012
I recently had the chance to spend the morning exploring new additions to the Chicago Botanic Garden. This family destination has long been a favorite of ours, but we were thrilled to have a chance to move beyond the Japanese Gardens and model trains to check out something new on our most recent visit. We... Read more »

Summer Scheduling Series: Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden

Summer is all about spending time outdoors and The Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden are both great places to do just that. The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden are perfect spots for an any-day adventure. Pack some lunches, slather on some sunscreen, and see where the day takes you. However, both places... Read more »

3 Ways Every Family Can Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day doesn’t have to be about making major lifestyle changes like vowing not to flush the toilet regularly or ditching your car and buying a De Fietsfabriek to cart your kids around town (I totally want one of these though). I think that Earth Day is really about making small, conscious efforts to do... Read more »

Growing Healthy Kids holds inaugural meeting

In response to growing health concerns about Chicago’s kids — including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and decreased physical activity — several local organizations and individuals within the Chicago food community have joined together to develop new ways of sourcing, providing and thinking about food. This newly formed group recently gathered at the Logan Square Kitchen... Read more »

10 things to do with your kids in Chicago over winter break

Only a few more days until winter break begins. How are you doing with your planning? Is your calendar jam packed with fun, family activities? Or are you looking for a a few more ways to keep your kids busy while they are out of school? You can’t go wrong with any of these activities or... Read more »

Let's take this outside: Outdoor holiday activities at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum and Lurie Garden

Yeah, yeah, so it’s December and it is cold now. But if you bundle up, there is still lots of holiday fun to be had outdoors.Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. The Lurie Garden isn’t just a summertime destination. There are plenty of great family workshops you can take advantage of throughout the winter. On Saturday,... Read more »

Chicago-area Halloween happenings

Let me begin by saying that I do not have it in me to create a comprehensive list of all of the Halloween events taking place in and around Chicago during the next week or so. In my estimation, there are at least a billion different options — from costume parades to scarecrow building to... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for August 14-16

Photo used with permission of REP3.com Still looking for something to do with the kiddos this weekend? I’ve got a few ideas for you.The Chicago Air and Water Show. I don’t mean to be a grump, but I would skip this one because of the crowd issues — unless you take my advice and go... Read more »

Let's Talk About Worm Poop

I have an idea for an eco-friendly project that your kids will love — vermicomposting. Photo by Caitlin Giles Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to eat your kitchen waste and turn it into nutrient-rich compost material to return back to your flower or vegetable garden. Any one can do it and the kiddos... Read more »