No matter what the calendar says, February can feel like
Chicago's longest month. Here are three escapes:
300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, (312) 74-5100, garfield-conservatory.org
For a warm and free excursion, nothing beats Garfield Park
Conservatory. Explore the thousands of plants in room after warm
room. Ask for a scavenger hunt from the front desk to make a game
of your visit. Or, take part in the weekend family programs (11
a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Children's Garden.
Chicago, Schaumburg and Gurnee, rainforestcafe.com
My kids love a trip to Rainforest Café for a special winter
treat. We go for lunch and the wild animatronic show, and they each
bring a few bucks from their piggy banks to use in the gift shop.
All in all, it's well worth the price for a couple hours in a wild
9415 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, (708) 485-4700, gallopingghostarcade.com
Older kids (and parents) will love an afternoon playing an
assortment of more than 200 restored video games. For one admission
price, you can spend an entire day trying to top the high score on
Frogger, Tron or Ms. Pac Man. Pop and candy are available for
purchase. Be warned: games are unrated, so parental supervision is
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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