The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
Open Every Day of
Hours: 9 am
– 5 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8 pm
Where: Inside The Conservatory — Southwest Wing
Garden is located inside the Garfield Park Conservatory, is open
every day of the year to all visitors! Read on for important
information and don't miss out on our "Discovery Area" and free
"Weekend Activity Time" sessions in the Children's Garden..
Inside this botanical wonderland, a gigantic vine beckons
children to trace it from root to blossom, while a 7-foot-tall
seed waits to be climbed. Here, the curious can unravel the many
mysteries of plant life, and the adventurous can hunt for some
of the most unusual specimens found in the Garfield Park
Conservatory (some of which are included on our downloadable Eye
Spy Conservatory Hunt). Young explorers will encounter the
Sensitive Plant, so shy that it cringes when touched, and the
Balsa Tree, which emits a hollow sound when the trunk is tapped.
Up on the mezzanine, children can befriend a larger-than-life
bee and assist it in pollinating the largest flower in the room
before taking a ride down the twirling stem of a green slide.
Young toddlers and babies are invited to explore the colors and
textures of soft-form blocks and play rings in the special
permanent Crawling Area, and can slip down their own miniature
For more information on educational and "fun family and kid
activities" go to our
Kid & Family Fun web page.