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Children's Garden

Music and art are often inspired by nature; a relationship the Arboretum cherishes and cultivates. Find what inspires you with one of our entertaining events:

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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The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The spruce tree in the foreground has a triangular shape.
If you look around nature, you will find that it comes in a variety of shapes. Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems. Daily in June, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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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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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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Finger prints are used to create colorful flowers.
Flowers grow in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. Look around at all of the flowers in the Children’s Garden and find your favorite to finger paint. Daily in July, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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Stack a colorful paper, completed origami folded items, hands holding a piece of yellow paper and folding it.
Play games and make crafts inspired by Japanese culture. July 8 & 9, 2017
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A squirrel is sitting on a tree branch.
What has four legs, fur and fancies trees? Find out about some of the fascinating animals that live at the Arboretum and make a mask to take home. Daily in August, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
Celebrate Asian culture at the Destination Asia Festival. In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. August 5 through 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Child looking through a spyglass at plants in a container
Come celebrate the Children’s Garden’s 12th birthday with a bee-utiful event! September 9 & 10 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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