Chicago Flower Show


2015 Kids' Activity Garden

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Potting Party and More!  - 11 am to 1:00 pm, March 14-20.

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!


Bugs and Worms  - Noon to 5:00 pm on weekends and noon to 3:00 pm on weekdays.

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.



The Cook County Farm Bureau  -  1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on weekends, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekdays

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.


Build You Own Bee and Bug Sanctuary  -  1:30 pm - 2:30 pm daily.

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!


Fun in the Garden  -  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on weekdays.

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Illinois and create a mobile of the earth with hearts hanging to draw pictures of ways everyone can be more green and help conserve the planet.  Also, make bird cutouts decorated with plant/herb names written on them, “laminated” with clear contact paper and attached to a popsicle stick to make indoor planter stakes.  And do not forget the coloring sheets for younger kiddos who can’t do a full craft project.



Flowers for Kids  -  Noon on Weekends

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.




Do You Know What's Below?  - 11 am to 3:00 pm on weekends, special interactive presentations at 1 pm and 2pm.

Natural Gas is an energy source that comes from the ground and was created millions of years ago from the remains of plants and animals that decayed. That’s why natural gas is called a fossil fuel – it comes from fossils.

Begin your experience as a Junior Excavator by dressing up in a hard hat and vest – safety gear that Nicor Gas employees wear as they identify natural gas pipes underground.  Once you are dressed safely and prepared to go on the job site, you will learn how natural gas pipelines deliver this energy source to homes and schools – and how we mark pipelines to protect your safety. Once you help mark the underground pipelines on the job site, you will dig with hand shovels for “fossils” and other buried treasures underground. At the end of the experience you will learn important natural gas safety tips from Sniffy the Skunk and receive a coloring page as well as a scratch and sniff card so you know how to Smell Gas? Act Fact!

You can also visit us 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to play an interactive video game and learn about natural gas as an energy source, its uses, and how to be safe around natural gas.

These activities are FREE to all participants!


Local Animal Encounters  - 11 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, March 20

Join the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for a special visit with wildlife that call Illinois home.


Kids' Fairy Gardening Workshop  - 11 am to 12 pm

Join Arlena Schott as she takes children through the wonderful world of Fairy Gardening.  Kids' will learn how to set up their very own miniature gardens with hands-on instruction. 


A special thank you to our sponsor JULIE and all of the organizations that participated in the 2015 Kids' Activity Garden! Check back frequently for updates regarding the 2016 Kids' Activity Garden.

For highlights from previous years, click here.


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