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:

  • Family Explorers Backpack

    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, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Mud Painting

    Two hands are in the mud.
    Dirty hands…just what we’re looking for. Join us for some fun with mud. Daily in June, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Thursday Family Nights

    Kids dancing while a performer sings and plays the guitar
    Enjoy live music, games, and crafts after-hours Thursdays, June 14, through August 16, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • Garden Story Time

    Children are listening to a story in the Children's Garden
    Gather in the Children’s Garden for story time and fun. Fridays, June through October, 2018 11:00 a.m.

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  • Sensory Friendly Sundays

    Children playing on the rocks near a stream
    Sensory Friendly Sundays offer the opportunity for families, with sensory needs, to experience a less crowded Children's Garden with minimal noise. First Sunday of May through October.

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  • Sizing up Nature

    A variety of pine cones and seeds or dried fruits in different sizes.
    From the smallest seed to the tallest tree, nature comes in all sizes. Discover some of nature’s giants as well as some of its tiniest parts too. Daily, July 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Big and Little Play

    a regular size version of Jenga and an extra large size version of Jenga on a table.
    Come out to the garden for a day of play! We’ll have games and toys of all sizes for children all ages! Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Zen Gardening

    A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
    In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. Saturday, August 4 through Sunday, 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Sensational Seeds

    A pile of seeds or beans.
    Examine seeds up close and learn about where they come from. Weekends in September 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

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  • Trick or Trees

    Child painting a pumpkin
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October and Monday, October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day), 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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