Little reviews: Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival – Glencoe

Glencoe, IL

Back in August, we spent the day at the Chicago Botanic Garden {Glencoe}. It was a gorgeous sunny day and also happened to be the Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. My oldest is fascinated by Asian culture, and the Malott Garden is one that we had not seen in a long while.

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Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

The festival was a special event to celebrate the end of summer, however many of the activities we experienced are available during the Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday’s, see the Chicago Botanic Garden Family Calendar to find the next one.

We started our festival journey in the beautiful McGill pavilion listening to traditional Japanese drummers. My girls were fascinated by the music and the seashell they played at the beginning of the songs.  We were on the outskirts of the patio, which gave us an okay view but, more importantly, gave the girls room to move around and dance. There was shaded seating in the pavilion, but we were not there early enough to get seats in it.

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Traditional Japanese Drummers

At the back of the pavilion were several hands-on centers where the kids could learn about Japanese culture and do crafts.

Kite making:

Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

Japanese calligraphy

Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

Zen rock gardens:

Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

Origami paper folding:

Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

How to use chop sticks: 

Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival

The weather was perfect for the kites, with just enough breeze to make them flitter perfectly. The attendees were all very helpful and informative and let us take home the supplies for the crafts we didn’t get to.

After we made our way around the stations, we went to visit the garden. The garden is an island, and while it’s accessible with a stroller, some areas are not, and some areas that were more difficult to maneuver with a double stroller. Some activities were set up in the pagodas that I couldn’t access with the baby sleeping in the stroller.

Pagoda in the Malott Japanese Garden

It was a perfect way to experience the garden with a group of varied age children (baby through age 8). By focusing on the one garden and its surrounding activities we were able to focus the energy of our older kids while having a short enough visit to be done before naptime (and meltdowns) for the younger kids.

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Disclosure: My family and I were given parking passes and entry into the railroad garden in order to provide you better information for this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

Little reviews: Malott Japanese Garden Family Festival - Glencoe
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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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