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Family Drop-in Program

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-In Activities

Join us for fun and hands-on aquatic and conservation-themed activities.

May 31 – August 31, 2014
Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kleinman Family Cove

Enjoy fun, hands-on activities for families and children. Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more.

 

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Wednesday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 31 2014 except Wed Jun 04 2014.
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/12/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00

Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony.

Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls' Day and Boys' Day—design a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Repeats every day until Sun May 18 2014 .
Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, plus try other hands-on activities.

Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, plus try other hands-on activities like a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy a tea ceremony demonstration, traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden.

  • 12 - 2 p.m. Pam Martinez: Interactive Suminagashi Demonstration
  • 1 p.m. Anne Shimojima: Traditonal Storytelling 
  • 2  p.m. Chicago Koto Group: Koto Harp
Repeats every day until Sun Mar 22 2015 .
Sat, 03/21/2015 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:00 to 16:00

ScreenBreak Family Drop-in Program

Stop by for hands-on, nature-themed fun! Geared toward 2- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver.

Wednesday & Friday, March 4 & 6, 2015
9 – 11 a.m.

Stop by for hands-on, nature-themed fun. Activities are geared towards children ages 2 – 5 with a caregiver. No registration required. Parking is free from March 1 - 7, 2015 for those families with a ScreenBreak button, wristband, or card. Offered in collaboration with the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood’s ScreenBreak. For information about ScreenBreak activities at other locations, visit http://www.theallianceforec.org/.

Repeats every 2 days until Fri Mar 06 2015 .
Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:00 to 11:00
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:00 to 11:00

Tu B’Shevat

A variety of fun, educational drop-in activities will focus on the joy trees bring to the world.

Sunday, January 26
1 – 4 p.m

In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees, special free family activities will be offered in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. A variety of fun, educational drop-in activities will focus on the joy trees bring to the world. Families can explore trees in the Greenhouses; plant a seedling to take home; enjoy a reading corner filled with books about trees and Tu B’Shevat; and more. Activities will be held in the Regenstein Center.

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 13:00 to 16:00

Sukkot Family Activities

Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot with arts and crafts activities to decorate the sukkah.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot! Families are invited to help decorate the branch-covered sukkah, which will be on display from October 9 through 15 at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. These activities are provided by the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. 

Click here for more information on the Sukkah display.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Kids of all ages can celebrate summer by making a paper fan, kite, and more!

Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsuri) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, enjoy traditional folktales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer — make fish prints (gyotaku), create a paper fan (uchiwa), design a kite, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 17 2014 .
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00
Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays

Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture.

June 1 & 15, July 6 & 20, August 3, September 7 & 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Drop by the Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time and are subject to change. 

Repeats every month on June, July, August, September on the first Sunday and on the third Sunday until Sun Sep 21 2014 except Sun Aug 17 2014.
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Family Drop-In Activities

Get close to nature while discovering where food comes from and how plants grow.

May 31 – August 31, 2014
Monday – Friday
Noon – 4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get close to nature at the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Discover where food comes from and how plants grow. Pollinate flowers, dissect seeds, see roots growing, compost with worms, create a rainbow for healthy eating, and more. Activities vary from week to week. Weather permitting.

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 31 2014 .
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/12/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00

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