Make your own bouncy balls at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Weekend Family Classes

If you thought there was no point in visiting Chicago Botanic Garden until the flowers start to bloom, think again. The garden’s Weekend Family Classes dig into some of kids’ favorite things–while adding a scientific twist.

Chicago Botanic Garden Weekend Family Classes

9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.

Kids 4-10, with adult

per child

After exploring gingerbread in December and hot chocolate in January, the programming takes a colder, sweeter angle with Homemade Ice Cream (Feb. 20, 28 and March 5), where parents and kids work together to make their own batch of ice cream with a charmingly DIY technique you can re-create at home instead of buying more Ben& Jerry’s. But it also includes a study of tiny vanilla orchid seeds and a plant to take home, so it’s definitely more educational than a trip to Dairy Queen.

In the early weeks of spring, the classes focus on Gumballs& Superballs (March 19, April 2 and 24). Families learn how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber, then get to create their own bouncy ball and gum to take home. We live in the city of Wrigley, so you know great things are bound to happen.

The classes are also a good reminder that even though we can’t always see them, plants are all around us–and full of potential for educational family fun.

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