Kids

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Investigate harvest time favorites in this hands-on sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, October 9, Thursday, October 11, or Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, December 2, 2018, and January 6, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 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.

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