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  1. Photograph: Christine Escobar
  2. Photograph: Christine Escobar
  3. Photograph: Christine Escobar

Green kids' deals

All-natural kids' fun on a budget.


Free cupcake with drink purchase at Smash Cake (1). Bleeding Heart Bakery’s kid-friendly offshoot doles out free vegan cupcakes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when you buy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. While you relax, kids can color on the paper table coverings or play with provided toys or in the play kitchen. 2961 N Lincoln Ave, 773-281-2353.

Morning Glories for Families (2), $1 suggested donation per family at Garfield Park Conservatory. Drop in between 10am and noon each Monday for this indoor family program in the Children’s Garden. Kids will have the chance to dig in dirt, learn about plants, hear a story and do a nature craft. 300 N Central Park Ave, 312-746-5100.

Kids combo (3), $5.50 at Drew’s Eatery . At this North Center restaurant known for its organic and vegan hot dogs and ice cream, kids particularly love the combo special, which includes a dog or PB&J, chips or applesauce, and drink or dessert. 2207 W Montrose Ave, 773-463-7397.

Enjoying Chicago Wilderness With Your Family: An Activity Guide, $5. Using this book from Chicago Wilderness magazine, the entire family can explore 24 nature activities to enjoy together all year. 312-580-2137, or to order.

Local mom and Huffington Post Green Living contributor Christine Escobar (left) launched in 2008 to keep families updated on eco-conscious lifestyle and natural-family-living news and events in and around the city.


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