Celebrating spring in Chicago (before someone officially declares that summer has arrived)...
Normally around this time of year, Chicago-area families would be looking forward to the first daffodils popping though the ground and hoping for highs in the 60s so we can head to the park after school. Mother Nature obviously has other plans this year! Summer gardens are beginning to bloom, and we are donning tank tops and shorts to stay cool in the unseasonable heat.
As you enjoy this balmy spring in Chicago with your family, take advantage of events that celebrate the best of the season.
Swing into Spring at Navy Pier
Over the next few weeks, Navy Pier's Family Pavilion is transformed into an old-time town square. Check out Chicken or the Egg Orchestra on the music stage every day. Watch Mother Goose and her friends act out stories and more. This fun event takes place every day at 11:00 a.m. from March 30 through April 8.
Enjoy a truly stunning array of spring flowers at this free conservatory located conveniently next to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The kids will love the fish ponds and fruit trees and mom and dad will appreciate the spectacular orchid collection.
"Bunny Hop!" at The Morton Arboretum
Your sweet little bunnies can literally hippity-hop down the bunny trail while searching for bunny nests, babies, and bunny tracks at the "Bunny Hop!" Participants don adorable bunny ears, play games, hear a story, and make a fuzzy bunny craft to take home. This event is intended for children ages 18-36 months and takes place on both March 31 and April 4 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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