Family Programs

Garfield Park Conservatory is a fantastic place to bring family members of all ages. family of 5 posing for a photo Something’s always growing, and there’s always something new to discover! To make your experience here even more enjoyable, we offer a number of educational opportunities FREE for kids and families!

At this time, all of our on-site programming is on hold until further notice. Please check the COVID-19 Updates page for more updated information.

Looking to bring the experience of the Conservatory’s Family Programs home? Check out our online activities and follow us on social media as we post videos and activities to families to do at home.

Nature Play Kits

Register today to pick up a Nature Play Kit! These kits include everything your kids need to create a nature-based craft on a different theme every month. Kits are free and you can register for one per child. Sign up for an August kit on Eventbrite!

Early access to sign up for a kit is available to Garfield Park neighbors. If you live near the Conservatory and need to access code, call or email Lydia Van Slyke: lvanslyke@garfieldpark.org, 773-638-1766 x32.

Pickup information for all kits can be found in Eventbrite. Find the kits at a table outside on the south side of the building, between the entrance and the parking lot. In case of rain, we will be indoors in the Classroom. Talk to the Front Desk if you have any questions on pickup day.

Registering for a kit is not the same as registering for a visit, so please keep that in mind and make a reservation to visit the Conservatory for the same day as the kit distribution! If you have any questions, please call or email Lydia Van Slyke: lvanslyke@garfieldpark.org, 773-638-1766 x32.

Planning a visit when we don’t have programming?

No problem! We have a variety of resources to make your self-guided visit just as fun, including scavenger hunts, digital tours, activities and more!

RESOURCES

Fiddleheads

Saturdays & Sundays Noon to 4pm

Each weekend we cook up projects that get kids and families wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit over the weekend to get a dose of the tropics and keep your kids connected to nature throughout Chicago’s colder months. Each month, we will wonder about the natural world in a different way, with activities changing weekly.

Please Note: activities are subject to change.

Morning Glories

Mondays 10am to Noon

Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session. Activities are fun, interactive, and encourage children’s curiosity about the natural world. Children and their care-givers rotate to different stations around the Children’s Garden. Stations include planting projects, soil digging stations, tours, story-time, and more. Participation is free, but donations for material costs are appreciated.

Please note that while all children 5 years old and under are welcome to take part in Morning Glories with adult supervision, some projects are designed specifically for children ages 3-5 years old. Younger children are welcome to participate in all stations with the support of their care-givers. Adult supervision is required for participation in the Morning Glories Program.

Wild Wednesdays

Wednesdays 4pm to 7pm

Join us Wednesday evenings and let your kids get a little wild! Whether we’re inside or out, we will be exploring nature, getting our hands dirty and discovering new things about plants, animals and nature. Kids become scientists in this hands-on approach to STEM learning as they problem-solve, collect data, experiment, and practice their measuring skills – all through play! Drop in with your young one and let the learning begin!

We were featured on WGN’s TV Series, S.E.E. Chicago!  Click here to watch the clip!