Are the kids getting cabin fever? Bring the entire family to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 9-17. With its fabulous display gardens, cool kids’ programs, culinary demonstrations, Marketplace suppliers, and all the family fun of Navy Pier, the stroller-friendly Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers a memorable day for toddlers to teens and, of course, adults!
The show’s Kids’ Activity Garden, sponsored by JULIE Illinois One-Call System and designed and built by North Shore-based Growing Grace, will inspire learning and a love for gardening. Kids can have creepy-crawly fun at a bug zoo, get in-the-know about worm composting, roll up their sleeves with “make-and-take” projects, and discover the joys of miniature gardening in a parent-child workshop. University of Illinois Master Gardeners will teach basic gardening how-to’s through daily activities at the indoor playground, while groups including the Girl Scouts and Make-A-Wish Foundation will guide arts and crafts projects to keep young ones busy.
Want to green up your St. Patrick’s Day with the family? After the downtown parade on Saturday, March 16, hop aboard the free trolley from Michigan Avenue to Navy Pier for a 45-minute just-for-kids floral workshop at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by Mariano’s Fresh Market. This interactive class will teach children of all ages how to appreciate, care for, and arrange flowers as they create a colorful bouquet to take home! For a complete schedule of the show’s kids’ activities, click www.chicagoflower.com.
Show tickets are only $5 each for children ages 4-12 and group rates for schools and youth organizations, including Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, are available. To get $2 off the box office price for each adult ticket purchased and order tickets for “Evening In Bloom,” the show’s exclusive March 8 preview event, click here. Show parking starts as low as $10 at the Navy Pier East and West garages. Click here for public transportation options to Navy Pier. See you at the show!