Families

  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Daily, through through October 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    Acorn Express Tram Tours
    Hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides.

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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo.

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  • Troll Tram Rides

    Troll Tram Rides
    Explore Troll Hunt from the comfort of our motorized open-air tram. Daily beginning August 13, 2018.

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  • Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

    Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters
    The exhibit features artifacts from the library’s special collection relating to famous plant hunters, and it explores modern conservation efforts by scientists at the Arboretum. Tuesdays-Saturdays, during regular library hours.

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  • Build-a-Tree Eco-Workshop

    Build-a-Tree Eco-Workshop
    Use natural and recycled materials to build your own nature keepsake to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Daily June through October, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Fall Color Festival

    Fall Color Festival
    Surround yourself in 1,700 acres of breathtaking fall color at The Morton Arboretum. Spend the day hiking or biking, explore our award-winning Children’s Garden, or enjoy seasonal events on select weekends, like our Cider and Ale Festival, Glass Pumpkin Patch art sale, Grimmest of Ghost Tales, Halloween events, and more!

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  • Family Explorers Backpack

    Family Explorers Backpack
    Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, through October, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2018. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    Acorn Express Adventures
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, (except Friday, July 20) 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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  • Garden Story Time

    Garden Story Time
    Gather in the Children’s Garden for story time and fun. Fridays, June through October, 2018 11:00 a.m.

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  • Trick or Trees

    Trick or Trees
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers and experience classic Brothers Grimm tales a new way: surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends in October, 2018

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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  • Boo Breakfast

    Boo Breakfast
    Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m

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  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Tree Pose Family Yoga
    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses! Mondays, May through October, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (EXCEPT OCTOBER 15 AND 22).

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  • Gnome Hunt

    A small gnome hangs from a tree
    Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily November 2018 through March 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Winter Play

    Child making a snow angel
    Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily November 2018 through March 2019, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.

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  • Arbor Reading Adventures

    Arbor Reading Adventures
    Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! Best for ages 2-6 with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays November 2018 through March 2019, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Holiday Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists. Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Gnome Globes

    Gnome Globes
    After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, gnome globe of your own. Weekends, November 2018 through February 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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  • Members’ Extra Discount Weekend

    Members’ Extra Discount Weekend
    The Morton Arboretum members, enjoy extra savings in time for the holidays. November 9-11, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veterans Day-Veterans Free
    All veterans free November 11 and 12!

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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  • Illumination Entertainment

    Illumination Entertainment
    During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo Room and around the trail during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

    Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Thursday, November 22, 2018

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  • Breakfast with Santa

    Breakfast with Santa
    Enjoy a special breakfast in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! Select dates in December

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  • Supper with St. Nick

    Supper with St. Nick
    Make this holiday season special by joining us in the Thornhill Mansion for an elegant family supper. December 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2018

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.

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  • Arboretum Store Closed

    Arboretum Store Closed
    The Arboretum Store will be closed on Monday, January 7, 2019 for our annual inventory process. The store will re-open on Tuesday, January 8 at our regular time.

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 18 through February 24, 2019

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  • Husky Heroes

    Husky Heroes
    Save the date, January 26 and 27, 2019 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    Chocolate Weekend Member Night
    For Arboretum members only. Shop Chocolate Weekend vendors before the crowds arrive. Friday, February 8, 2019

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolate Weekend
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 9 and 10, 2019

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  • Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney

    Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney
    Calling all LEGO® fans! Don't miss Nature Connects Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15, 2019

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  • Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Mondays, May through October, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. NO CLASS ON OCTOBER 15 AND 22, 2018.
  • What happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum? Come and find out on this fun filled, guided family hike. Saturday, November 3 or Friday, November 23, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Take a winter walk, find out what sweet treats grow on trees, then decorate a keepsake, light-up, chipboard gingerbread house with natural materials to take home at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday, November 17 or December 8, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.

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