Kids

  • 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. Through Summer 2019.

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  • Gnome Hunt

    Gnome Hunt
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Little Trees Open House

    Little Trees Open House
    “Little Trees” is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old at The Morton Arboretum. Join us for our open house on Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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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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  • Enchanted Railroad Member Night

    Enchanted Railroad Member Night
    For Arboretum members only. Enjoy after-hours fun with the Enchanted Railroad. Friday, February 1, 2019.

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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 and Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Valentine for the Birds

    Valentine for the Birds
    Make a tasty treat to hang on the trees for our feathered friends. Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Use nature as your canvas in this hands-on, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 7,Tuesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Use nature as your canvas in this hands-on, sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, November 6, or Thursday, November 8, or Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Sundays, December 2, 2018 and January 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 9, 2018 and January 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. (Fall session is sold out) Two Sundays, December 2, 2018, and January 6, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Winter registration opens November 20, 2019) Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. (Fall session is SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 9, 2018, and January 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Winter Registration opens November 20, 2019) Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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