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Free Family Workshop: Little Lurie Gardeners

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Early childhood is a wonderful time to discover the sensory connections between nature, music and language.  Bring your little explorers to Lurie Garden, a one-of-a-kind urban oasis in Millennium Park, where art and nature meet.  The Little Lurie Gardeners program offers children and their parents and caregivers an interactive exploration of the natural world through live music and movement. Come prepared to sing, dance and smell the flowers in your very own garden in the city. Note: Pre-registration is required. No session May 25.

When: 10-10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free, preregistration required.

Planets on the Path

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.


A walkable scale model located along Chicago’s lakefront. Beginning with the "Sun" station at the Adler, you can follow the "planets" south to Calumet Park or north to Juneway Terrace Park. If you walk at a leisurely pace, it will take you about the same amount of time to reach each planet as it would take a beam of light.

Cost: Free

Organic Garden

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.


Children can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization. Check website for schedule.

Cost: Free

Sensory Storytime

Conrad Sulzer Regional Library | Chicago, Ill.


A series of learning, play and engagement programs designed for children—especially those who are on the Autism Spectrum, or those with other special needs—and their families. Expert help in designing the program model for Sensory Storytime was provided by Autism Speaks and The National Lekotek Center.

When: 10 a.m. March 25, April 29, May 27
Cost: Free

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