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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 2017 through March 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A child making mud pies in the Mud Kitchen
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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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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Child making a snow angel
Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily November 2017 through March 2018, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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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 2017 through March 2018, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
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St Nick arriving at The Morton Arboretum
Make this holiday season special by joining us in the Thornhill Mansion for an elegant family supper. Thursday, December 21, or Friday, December 22, 2017
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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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The Morton Salt railroad car and the Hub Group railroad car.
Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13 - February 19, 2018
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 7, 2018.
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Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays November 2017 through March, 2018, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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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. Two Sundays, December 3 and January 7, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treats as we celebrate the holidays with a tea party at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., or 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
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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 3 and January 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or December 10 and January 14, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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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. Two Sundays, December 10 and January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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