Kids get dirty. Don't fight it - redirect it! We've got eight completely acceptable mess-making activities to satisfy that destructive urge. And who knows? Maybe they'll be less likely to take a crayon to the walls.
Garfield Park Conseravtory is one of Chicago's hidden treasures - beautiful, historical and packed with free activities for the budding horticulturalist (or bored kiddie). Or if you're making your own adventure, print out the conservatory's Eye Spy Hunt before you go.
One weekend a month, June 8 - Oct. 12. The conservatory has found a great way to keep its grass mowed: goats. One week a month, goats will be munching up prairie grass and the public is invited to see them.
Last Wednesday of every month, drop in anytime betwen 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Meet live animal presenter Scott Heinrichs and get a close-up look at some fascinating critters. And get an animal painted on your face.
Backyard Bingo Scavenger Hunt
Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
A great way to learn about the conversatory grounds. Take your bingo card and look for Amazonin lillies, historic bulls and backyard bees, among other species. Cards are available at the front desk.