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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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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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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 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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Kids sitting on a blanket outside watching a movie
Join us on Saturday, July 8, 2017 for a summer movie night featuring "Kubo and the Two Strings", an epic action-adventure set in Japan.
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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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Sumo wrestlers wrestling each other
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
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Display of several Bonsai displays
See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 5 & 6, 2017. 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
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Adults standing in front of a clubhouse that says "No grown-ups allowed"
Get in touch with your inner child at Grown-Up Play Date in the Children’s Garden on August 18, 2017
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Guests browsing near a tent where exhibitors are located
Sip wine and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. August 19 and 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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Samples of colorful Japanese textured paper.
Make colorful, textured paper using eastern fibers in this Japanese papermaking workshop.Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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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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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Trick or Trees
Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October, 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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Black and white photo of Thornhill
Enjoy interactive dinner theatre with a mystery to solve. Don’t forget your detective hat. Save the date, October 19 or 26, 2017
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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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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.)
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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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