Families

  • Science & S’mores Member Night

    Science & S’mores Member Night
    Members only event. Try science experiments, meet Arboretum scientists, watch cool tree science demonstrations, and enjoy s’mores around the campfire July 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Thornhill Education Center

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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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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Beginning June 22, 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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  • Family Explorers Backpack

    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, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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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  • Thursday Family Nights

    Thursday Family Nights
    Enjoy live music, games, and crafts after-hours Thursdays, June 14, through August 16, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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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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  • 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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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    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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  • 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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  • Vehicle-free biking

    Vehicle-free biking
    Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May through August 2018. Please note these exceptions: You will be sharing the road with cars due to special events on: August 3, 4, 18, and 19

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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, July, August, and October, 2018

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    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.

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  • Tree Pose Family Yoga

    Children are practicing yoga outside.
    Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses! Mondays, May through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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  • Arbor Evenings: Music and More

    Arbor Evenings: Music and More
    Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind with wine and a live concert outdoors on summer evenings. Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 2018.

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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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  • Summer Clearance Sale

    Summer Clearance Sale
    Save on home decor, jewelry, books, desktop, apparel, and more. July 27 through August 24, 2018

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  • Nature Play Date

    Rocks are painted with words, birds, flowers, and animals
    Join us for a play-date among the trees! We’ll hop on the Acorn Express Tram and head to one of the Arboretum’s Nature Play Spaces. Last Tuesday of each month, June through September, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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  • Acorn Express Adventures: Homeschool Journey

    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 4 Through October 3, (except July 4) 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

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  • Zen Gardening

    A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
    In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. Saturday, August 4 through Sunday, 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • The Art of Bonsai

    Display of several Bonsai displays
    See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 4 & 5, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Sensory Friendly Sundays

    Sensory Friendly Sundays
    Sensory Friendly Sundays offer the opportunity for families, with sensory needs, to experience a less crowded Children's Garden with minimal noise. First Sunday of May through October.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    A dog running the agility course
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on September 8, 2018, 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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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    Passport Europe Festival
    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. Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23, 2018.

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  • Nancy Neill Designs Trunk Show

    Nancy Neill Designs Trunk Show
    Shop for expertly made jewelry with whimsical themes for gifts or for yourself from by local designer Nancy Neill. Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Run for the trees at the 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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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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  • Trick or Trees

    Child painting a pumpkin
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 10 through 14, 2018

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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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  • 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

    Story time
    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

    A dog at 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
    Hunt for hidden gnomes throughout the garden and then create a keepsake gnome globe to take home. Weekends, November 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 today, November 11!

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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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  • 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. Thursday, December 20, or Friday, December 21, 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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  • 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

    A musher standing on the runners of a sled being pulled by 4 Siberian  huskies
    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

    One of the chocolate vendors engaging with the visitors
    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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  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • 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 22 through Saturday June 23, or July 20 through 21, or August 17 through 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a camp-out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 24 through Saturday August 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a camp–out designed especially for scouts at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, September 14 through Saturday September 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at The Morton Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. Fridays, June 1; July 13; August 31; or September 7, or Saturdays, May 26; June 16; July 28; August 11; or September 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Experience nature from a new angle through fun animal and tree yoga poses at The Morton Arboretum! . Mondays, May through September, 2018, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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