The last thing moms need on Mother's Day is stress. Hosting a
big meal means clean-up, before and after. Brunches are delicious,
but on Mother's Day, they're also crowded and expensive.
What we want is to be with our families in a relaxing and
beautiful environment, where kids can run free and we can stop a
minute and smell the flowers. Lucky for us moms, Garfield Park Conservatory
provides the perfect city oasis.
No matter what the weather outside, a walk through the
conservatory means a walk through lush gardens, native prairies, a
tropical rainforest and warm desert air. Mother's Day, May 9, marks
the final day of the gorgeous Spring Flower Show. Enjoy the reds,
pinks and blues of spring blossoms, especially the featured
hydrangeas. If you think kids will be bored, make a game of finding
certain colors, shapes or flowers.
In fact, kids can stop at the Admission Desk and ask for a
scavenger hunt. The hunt requires kids to locate trees, shrubs and
flowers in each room of the conservatory using written clues and
their keen eyesight. Be warned: the hunt is a challenge and little
ones will need a parent's help. But, at the end of the quest, kids
feel a sense of pride in the finish and even qualify for a small
If the weather is nice, take advantage of the beautiful outdoor
gardens. It's hard to believe that you can find so much open
grassland, ponds with lily pads and gorgeous sculptures in an urban
setting. I love to sit on a bench in the sun while my sons race
across the grass and roll down the conservatory's hills. We've
bought ice cream bars and found that elusive "quality time" sitting
at tables and watching butterflies fly from bloom to bloom each
Admission to Garfield Park Conservatory is free, although
they do ask for a donation from families visiting during special
events like the Spring Flower Show. Open every day of the year, the
conservatory is located at 300 N. Central Park, with an adjacent
free parking lot, and is just steps away from the Green Line
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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