Monday, December 11, 2017

Share the Love: #WonderlandExpress at Chicago Botanic Garden

Now that our children are growing older and our family plans our holiday adventures and can't-miss experiences together for the season, I experience a little bit of Neverland; I thought perhaps by now our children, who range in age all the way from five to 17, would have outgrown the #WonderlandExpress model train exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Fly the W! 2016 at the #Wonderland Express representing Chicago Cubs World Series Champs!
But I suppose you never get too old for the magic of indoor snow and the wonder of how artists bring the natural world and its magnificent materials together to recreate a gloriously beautiful replication of the city of Chicago.  
Wonderland Express 2016
We've been enjoying this one-of-a-kind, indoor exhibit at the garden since our boys were small, and every year after I wonder if this year might be our last year we venture off to the exhibit and wonder at the beauty, the creativity and the attention to the smallest details as we explore the creation. 
Flashback to when we chased little boys who chased little trains!
While we're certainly not chasing boys who are chasing trains anymore, we're definitely still wooed through the whole exhibit, drawn into the carefully crafted details of famous landmarks like the Bean near the lake front and the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. 

Wonderland Express 2016
The Chicago Botanic Garden is always so generous with those who gather here to read, and this year is no exception. The garden is giving away four tickets to the #Wonderland Express and two parking passes to one winner who enters. All you have to do is follow the simple directions below. 

Hoping you get to experience a little bit of Neverland-I'll-never-grow-up feelings this season, too!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Share the Love: One Last Summer Hurrah at the Chicago Botanic Garden {Ticket Giveaway!}

As August begins its fade into September and the days are still warm and long, we have this beautiful opportunity to enjoy a few last summer hurrahs.

The beach, the gardens, the sunlight, the parts of nature we miss during the long winter freeze are all still upon us even though school has swung back into session for many of our kiddos. {The homeschooled children and I are still very much feeling like we're soaking up summer!}

One of our very favorite summer adventures is heading to the Chicago Botanic Garden; while we love visiting the garden in all seasons, we go each summer especially to visit the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit. 

Words fail me when talking about the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit. So here's our explanation of why you want to make this a last summer hurrah in pictures:

All of this times one hundred!

Just imagine a garden teeming with dozens of varieties of butterflies flying around, dancing through the air.

And sometimes, if you're very still and also a butterfly whisperer {wear vibrant-colored clothing}, they will come up extra close for a little visit.

My youngest son, who is a nature lover at age seven, always takes the laminated sheet showcasing the different butterflies when he enters the exhibit so he can try and find all of the different butterflies pictured before he leaves; I count this as educational summer fun.

Excitingly, too, the exhibit is now in its permanent home at the Regenstein Learning Campus, which you simply must explore in its entirety while you're visiting. {Read about all the fun offerings for families and see pictures of the learning campus here!}

Maybe you need a last hurrah, too, before you're ready to say farewell to summer 2017?

The Chicago Botanic Garden is generously giving away four tickets to the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit in addition to a free parking pass to one of my friends here!
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Disclosure: I am so glad to be a Chicago Botanic Garden Ambassador. In exchange for writing about the garden and its happenings, my family is provided with a season membership so we can keep exploring and sharing!