Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Park District’

Chinese Dragon Puppet

We are in the depths of (the Polar Vortex) winter and I don’t know about you but I need all the distraction I can get to stop dreading the cold. Over the last few years one distraction that I really look forward to is the Chinese New Year parade. The bright colors, fireworks, lions and dragons do a lot to warm the soul. I love that it’s in February and forces us to get outside and have some fun, usually followed by lunch at our favorite Chinese restaurant.


Last year there was also a celebration at the Garfield Park Conservatory (you can read about it here), which is an excellent place to visit during a cold and dreary winter. Much to Stella’s disappointment they didn’t have a celebration this year but she so enjoyed a project she learned there that she not only wanted to make it again, but decided to make a video to show others how to make it. This is a great project to do with your kids and I really love it because it uses materials that you probably already have. Stella used glitter to decorate her dragon but you could even use tissue paper or painted macaroni…get imaginative.

P.S. This is the first time either of us have really attempted to do something like this and actually share it. It was very impromptu…in other words rough. I hope you can enjoy it, regardless!

Posted on: February 8th, 2014 by Gette

Chicago Trees Need Your Help in Summer Drought!

It’s been a scorcher of a summer and the trees in the Chicago Parks could really use some help. Friends of the Park is hoping that you can help save some on the 10,000 young trees that have been planted over the last 3 years. These trees need to be watered regularly and the park district just doesn’t have the manpower to keep up. Explains Erma Tranter, president of Friends of the Parks, “We’re in a crisis situation with the hottest summer in history.” Without providing this additional water, Chicago residents could suffer “a tremendous loss of trees, and the environmental benefits they provide by shading and cooling neighborhoods.”

Click here for more info

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Gette

Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program

rain barrels

The City of Chicago has what looks like an amazing program to help you maintain a sustainable yard. They offer residents up to 50% back on local purchases of trees, native plants, compost bins and rain barrels (up to certain amounts). See the website for downloadable rebate forms, participating garden centers, a list of educational workshops and resource links (such as the beautiful “Shedd Aquarium’s The Care & Keeping of Worms Guide”)!

I’ve never used this program (I’m an apartment dweller with nary a yard), so if you have please leave a comment to let us know how it worked for you.

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by Gette