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Postponed: Tinkerlabs at Home: Workshop for Families

April 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Above view of table with dried plant parts and child's hands.

In light of recent developments with the COVID-19 virus, we have postponed this program. We will update this page with the most up to date information.

Playing outside in nature has many benefits to children of all ages: cognitive growth through open-ended exploration, physical opportunities of all kinds, social and emotional learning growth through problem solving and small group play, stress reduction, and more. STEM/STEAM is the combination of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. At first it may not seem like STEAM and nature play go hand in hand with their different goals, but at the Conservatory we’ve found that combining those concepts is powerful for children. The benefits of STEAM activities include growth in critical thinking and problem solving, creative work, and collaboration.

At the Garfield Park Conservatory, we are experts on plant science and nature play, and we run activities for kids of all ages four times a week. We want to teach parents and caregivers how to do these activities and engage in nature play at home and outside. Tinkerlabs are how we bring the elements of STEAM into nature play exploration by using natural materials and science concepts.

Just how do we create a tinkerlab? Join GPCA nature education staff to learn the details of how to create interactive and open-ended STEAM activities for children 3 and up at home using simple, natural materials.

This workshop is open to people of all ages. There will be activities for kids happening while adults learn from experts. The workshops are designed for families to all learn and play together.

Each family will receive a small bound handbook to take home with more information on the topics covered in the workshop. In addition, families will work together to create a colored rice Eye-Spy bag to take home!

Scholarships are available for each workshop. To apply, please fill out this form or contact if you have questions.

Preregistration is required.


Tickets are $30 per family or $24 per member family.


April 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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