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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
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The phases of a solar eclipe
August 20, 2017, 12:00-2:00 p.m. and August 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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A squirrel origami sculpture made out of metal
Dozens of large-scale metal sculptures based on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will engage you on paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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A couple sitting outside,  in lawn chairs, sipping a glass of wine
Wednesday is the new Friday! Unwind after work with live music and drinks on warm summer evenings in Arbor Court. Wednesdays, June 7 through August 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Families sitting on the grass listening to live music
Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours. Thursdays, June 15, through August 24, 2017 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Children listening to a story
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun. Fridays, April 7 through October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
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A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
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The Sterling Morton Library
On the second Thursday of every month, Morton Arboretum members enjoy a morning of community, connectivity, and spirited book discussion.
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A German dance trio
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. September 23-24, 2017, at The Morton Arboretum.
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Two women are working on a Japanese style floral arrangement called Ikebana.
Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Trick or Trees
Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Some of the glass pumpkins in the Glass Pumpkin Patch
Explore a dazzling collection of 4,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs in mesmerizing colors, shapes, and sizes. At The Morton Arboretum, October 11- 15, 2017. Sales begin ​October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
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Two adults sitting on chairs under a colorful tree
Sample ciders and seasonal beers in the midst of rich fall color at the Cider and Ale Festival on October 21, 2017
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4 adults dressed in clothes circa 1970s
Enjoy interactive dinner theatre with a mystery to solve. Don’t forget your detective hat. October 26 or 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
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Artist demonstrates linoleum block printing for an engaged group of observers.
Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists.Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Paul Galbraith with his guitar
Join us for intimate classical concerts and friendly receptions at the historic Thornhill Education Center. You will see, hear, and feel the music! Select Sundays, November, 2917 through March, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.
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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
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. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.) Tickets on sale Monday, October 2, 2017
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Adults wearing Santa hats mingling and laughing
Celebrate the holidays with an open bar, cookie decorating, carol-oke, visit with Santa and more! Thursday, December 14, 2017.
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