Kids Activity Garden
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with The Kitchen Community. Join us any day of the show to pot your own plant that you can take home and watch grow! Kids’ Potting Parties have limited space available, but are FREE to all participants!
Bees, beetles and bugs oh my! Insects are great pollinators and help our gardens grow. Kohl Children’s Museum will be facilitating the Insect Architect Station at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Children will be able to design and construct a bug condo for beetles, spiders, bees, or even ladybugs using sticks, grass, tubes, and other wonderful natural materials. Just like with the Kids' Potting Parties, this is FREE to all participants!
In the Kids' Activity area, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will demonstrate how worm composting can make ‘black gold’ from kitchen scraps. Master Gardeners will also man the Insect Petting Zoo. You’ll have the chance to meet Rosie the tarantula, Millie the millipede and other creatures up close and personal from Noon-3 pm weekdays and Noon-5 pm weekends. New this year will be edible insects for your tasting pleasure and Madagascar Hissing Cockroach races.
Discover the world of agriculture with the Cook County Farm Bureau®. Our Agriculture in the Classroom Program features make and take activities to teach children how their food grows from seed to plant. Visit our garden to learn about soybeans, corn and machines we use on the farm.
Soybeanie Babies– Make a germination necklace to bring home and discover the process of soybean seed germination.
My Little Seed House– Decorate a seed house to hang in your window at home. Discover what it takes to sprout seeds for your spring garden.
Tops and Bottoms– Learn what vegetables grow on top of the soil and which ones grow underground. Make a craft to take home to use as a reminder in planning your summer garden.
Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Illinois to craft your own beautiful and unique flowers from tissue paper, coffee filters and felt.
This interactive class teaches children of all ages how to appreciate, care for and arrange flowers. The class encompasses biology and artistry. For some students this will be their first hands-on floral experience. At the end of the class students will know how to care for flowers, make flower food, and create their own flower bouquet to take home.