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. June 22, 2018 through summer of 2019.

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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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  • 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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  • Sizing up Nature

    Sizing up Nature
    From the smallest seed to the tallest tree, nature comes in all sizes. Discover some of nature’s giants as well as some of its tiniest parts too. Daily, July 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nature’s Instruments

    Nature’s Instruments
    Nature provides us with some of the very best musical instruments! Daily in August, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.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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  • Sensational Seeds

    A pile of seeds or beans.
    Examine seeds up close and learn about where they come from. Weekends in September 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 11 through February 18, 2019

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  • Investigate the lives of the fastest insect in the world. We will hike, splash and play in this sensory based program all about dragonflies at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday July 11, Thursday July 12, or Tuesday July 17, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Investigate the lives of the fastest insect in the world. We will hike, splash and play in this sensory based program all about dragonflies at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday July 10 or Wednesday July 18, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.
  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home at The Morton Arboretum! Four Tuesdays, September 4 through 25, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • The PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic will work with the children to create their own Bonsai. Frank will help each child style and wire a Shimpaku Juniper at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home at The Morton Arboretum! Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Dig in the dirt, wiggle like worms and investigate the world under our feet in this interactive, sensory based program. We’ll also take a short hike and listen to stories and play in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, August 8, Tuesday, August 14, or Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Dig in the dirt, wiggle like worms and investigate the world under our feet in this interactive, sensory based program. We’ll also take a short hike and listen to stories and play in the dirt at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday August 7, or Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • NEW! Observe, guess, test, and splash your way through science experiments in this fun-filled outdoor lab adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • NEW! Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • NEW! How do animals and plants grow up with roots, scales, or tails? Dive into the lifecycles of green creatures around the Arboretum and see them up close! Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through July 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs. Learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive while exploring The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, Dates and times vary starting June 18, 2018. Multiple sections.
  • Get ready for some boot-sloshin’ fun! Go fishing at the Arboretum. Play games, make crafts, and read stories about fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 9 through 13, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 9 through 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore the woodlands of the Arboretum and discover all the wild things at The Morton Arboretum. August 13 through 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 9 through 13, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece.Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals. Create your own fairy and, as a group, build a fairy village at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory at The Morton Arboretum.Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join “Ms. Frizzle” on her latest adventure. Learn about plants, water and bugs through hands-on experiments and hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 25 through 29, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dive into the slippery, slimy, scaly world of reptiles and amphibians. From tadpoles to snakes, salamanders to toads, find out what these cold-blooded creatures are all about at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 24 through 28 or August 7 through 11,12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 9 through 13, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension. Learn about different artists’ techniques and create your own nature-related artwork to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Animals are experts at hide and seek. Use your skills to uncover patterns in nature and see how well you can camouflage in the woods at The Morton Arboretum. (SOLD OUT) Monday through Friday, July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Put on your gardening gloves and get ready to dig in the dirt. Examine flowers up close with microscopes, watch seeds germinate and decorate flower pots at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 9 through 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Rev up for a week of wet, hydrodynamic explorations! Slosh buckets and dip nets into Arboretum lakes to examine water-loving insects and plants. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Walk in the wild parts of the Arboretum and explore nature. Discover the differences between bees and wasps, go bird watching, and hunt for animal footprints. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 25 through 29, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, Dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple morning and afternoon sections.
  • Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 4, 2018. Multiple full day sections.
  • Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Search for fairies hidden in the forest. Explore the trees and plants that fairies care for at The Morton Arboretum. (CANCELED) Monday through Friday, July 23 through 27, 2018, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Spend the week getting wet! Wallow through wetlands to collect water samples, play games, and conduct experiments at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum.Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15; June 25 through 29; July 16 through 20, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What has six legs and no uncles? An ant! Explore the zany world of insects as you dig, sweep, and dip your way through the insect world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rock out with an in-depth study of glaciers, soils, fossils, and rocks at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, dates and times vary starting June 11, 2018. Multiple morning or afternoon sections.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy hands-on investigations of all things aquatic. Experiment with water and its properties, trudge through the wetlands to gather water samples, and use scientific equipment to inspect plants and animals that call ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes home at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15 or July 9 through 13 or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • NEW! Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Explore the world of environmental science as you run experiments, explore environments, and investigate ways to save the world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • With the forest as the stage, act out the drama (or comedy) of the natural world. Explore the history of the Arboretum, the natural drama of animal survival, and create a tree-mendous performance. Monday through Friday, July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Capture the movements of nature from falling leaves to crawling caterpillars and make a moving story out of the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday June 11 through 15, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or August 6 through 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 4 through 8, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Just a spoonful of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15, or July 9 through 13, or July 30 through August 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands of Illinois. Learn how to remove these invasive species and develop ways to prevent their return at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Uncover alien species that have invaded the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands of Illinois. Learn how to remove these invasive species and develop ways to prevent their return at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22, or July 16 through 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 25 through 29, or July 23 through 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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.
  • 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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