VISIT & explore

Families

Binoculars and a boat are made of recycled paper and cardboard.
Discover the world of recycling through fun games and make a recycled craft of your own to take home. Weekdays in April, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
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, April through October, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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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Children creatively playing at the Nature's Kitchen
Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play at our new Nature's Kitchen near Parking Lot 20.
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A visitor learning about endangered tree species by using the interactive panels
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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A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (except April 28)
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Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Friday, April 28, 2017. Saturdays and Sundays, April 29 - May 28, 2017. Daily, May 29 - September 4, 2017. Monday, October 9, 2017. Saturdays and Sundays, September 9 - October 29, 2017. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last rental is at 3 PM; bikes need to be returned by 5 PM).
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning April 24, 2017 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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Photo of children dressed like a tree
On April 28, 2017 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 28, 2017.
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A pine cone, an acorn, and some tree cookies.
Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden all weekend long! Friday, April 28 through Sunday April 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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Arbor Day Celebration
Celebrate Arbor Day with a walk from the Children's Garden to a tree planting. Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
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Children listening to a story
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun. Fridays, April 7 through October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
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A illustration of a celebration including a pop-up Plant Clinic and giant coloring display.
Celebrate trees with our third-annual Arbor Day Celebration and Pop-Up Plant Clinic on April 28, 2017 at Chicago's Daley Plaza. 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Children are hugging a tree.
Arbor Day is coming soon…show your support and be a tree for the day. Weekends in April, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Pancakes with blueberries and powdered sugar
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m. The Ginkgo Restaurant will be closed on April 15 & 16
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The Arboretum Store sign with spring-time flowers in the background
Shop for jewelry on whimsical themes and nature designs by local designer Nancy Neill. Sunday, April 30, 2017
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The Acorn Express Tram is moving down the road.
Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 5 Through October 4, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
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A child scooping her hands in the water catching tadpoles
Prince or frog—can you guess what our tadpoles turn into? Look at pictures, get fun facts, and make a toad-ally cool tadpole to take home. Weekends in May, 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A biker with a child
Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May 7 through August 20, 2017
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Visitors and their dogs walking on a paved trail.
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 6 and September 9, 2017, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!
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Aerial view of the Maze Garden
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 12, 2017 at The Morton Arboretum. 7:00 a.m. to sunset there is something to do at The Morton Arboretum.
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Springy table setting
Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 14, 2017. Seatings are sold out.
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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily May 19 through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
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Colorful adirondack chairs
Find new and unique items to enhance your yard and garden, including lawn furniture, wall decor, wind chimes, and art. At The Morton Arboretum May 19, 20, and 21, 2017.
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Metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, origami. Taken at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
Dozens of large-scale metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will engage you on paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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A hand painted origami basket, on one side are the red and white stripes of the American flag and on the other side are the fifty stars.
Enjoy opening weekend of Origami in the Garden. Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children’s Garden and Arbor Court
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Multi-colored origami flowers
Fold paper into something magical with origami expert Marilyn Schweitzer. June 10 & 11, 2017
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Families dancing and playing
Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Thursdays, June 15-August 24, 2017 at The Morton Arboretum. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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The colorful entrance to the Children's Garden
Play games and make crafts inspired by Japanese culture. July 8 & 9, 2017
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Kubo and the Two Strings movie flyer
Join us on Saturday, July 8, 2017 for a summer movie night featuring "Kubo and the Two Strings", an epic action-adventure set in Japan. Enjoy a night out with family and friends to experience the Origami in the Garden exhibit.
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A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
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A family exploring nature on bikes
Cyclists and foodies, enjoy vehicle-free roads, live music, and a food truck social. July 15, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to sunset. at The Morton Arboretum.
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A display in The Arboretum Store
Save on home and garden decor, jewelry, apparel, books, and more. Friday, July 21 through Friday, August 11, 2017
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Sumo wrestlers
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
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Display of several Bonsai displays
See bonsai displays and demonstrations by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 5 & 6, 2017. 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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Child looking through a spyglass at plants in a container
Come celebrate the Children’s Garden’s 12th birthday with a bee-utiful event! September 9 & 10 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A German dance trio
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. September 23-24, 2017, at The Morton Arboretum.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Race in our 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 1, 2017.
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Scarecrows that look like the Peanuts Cartoon charaters
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
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Some of the glass pumpkins in the Glass Pumpkin Patch
Explore a dazzling collection of 4,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 11- 15, 2017. Sales begin ​October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
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Adults and children dressed up
Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. October 29, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.)
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Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Sunday, December 25, 2016. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination closed.
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Photo of child with a Siberian husky
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum,
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Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Fridays, May 5 or June 2, or Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Join us for a campout designed especially for families! Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children’s Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun at The Morton Arboretum! Friday, June 16 through Saturday June 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
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Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram ride adventure through the Arboretum! The first Wednesday of each Month, April 5 Through October 4, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
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Join us on the Acorn Express for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through The Morton Arboretum! Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (except April 28)
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Rent a self-guided family backpack that will enhance your visit to The Morton Arboretum. Daily, April through October, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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