Spend Mother’s Day outdoors in Chicago

It’s no accident that Mother’s Day arrives in the spring, when flowers are in bloom and everything smells and looks so sweet. Spend your special Sunday walking the trails and paths of these four nature centers.

Morton Arboretum celebrates mom with a number
of events. Kids can take their moms on an exploration of the
Children’s Garden, with a pre-packed backpack of science tools,
guides and other props. You can also get a family portrait, with
the beauty of the arboretum as a backdrop. If you want to explore
the arboretum’s grounds, you can either take a nine mile bike ride
or jump on the tram. And, of course, you can eat. There will be
breakfasts both Saturday and Sunday, but the Sunday event sells out
pretty quickly.

Mothers Day Weekend at Morton Arboretum


Head to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for the annual American Rhododendron Society Show and Sale,
taking place over Mother’s Day eeekend. The Botanic Gardens also
has a brunch on Mother’s Day, but tickets need to be purchased at
least a month in advance. You can still walk around and see the
tulips in bloom and all the best that spring in Chicago has to
offer.

Mother’s Day amid the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Gardens


Spend Mother’s Day laughing with and talking to the animals atthe Brookfield Zoo. They have a special Mother’sDay brunch, with two seatings.

Mother’s Day with the animals at the Brookfield Zoo


The Trailside Museum in River Forest is holding a Mother’s DayNature Walk. Ditch the stroller and walk through thespringtime woods, checking out wildflowers, bees and birds.Suitable for families with kids who can navigate the trail.

Mother’s Day Nature Walk at Trailside


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