Thursday Family Nights


  • Kids dancing while a performer sings and plays the guitar
  • Families sitting on the grass listening to live music
  • Families playing and dancing to live music
  • Families dancing and playing

Schedule and Location

Thursdays, June 14 through August 16, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Children's Garden

Bring the family for kid-friendly after-hours entertainment with music and more. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden  and the Maze Garden

2018 Performer Schedule

June 14          Miss Jamie's Farm
June 21          Wendy & DB - Family Pride Night
June 28          Animal Farm
July 5              Todd Downing - Choose Kindness Night
July 12            Little Miss Ann
July 19            Super Stolie & Mariachi Matters - Bilingual Sing-Along 
July 26            Miss Jamie's Farm
August 2        Scribble Monster - Sensory Exploration Night
August 9        Duke Otherwise
August 16      Zak Morgan - Art and Nature Night

Join us for our special additional programming nights! 

Family Pride Night, June 21
Featured Performer: Wendy & DB
Families are built on love, and The Morton Arboretum welcomes them all. Join us for a memorable evening of outdoor games, crafts, music, and more to celebrate the importance of families, including LGBTQ homes.

Choose Kindness Night, July 5
Featured Performer: Todd Downing 
Join us for a night of kindness and enjoy a fun anti-bullying musical set. Look around and see how you can also be kind to nature.

Bilingual Sing-along, July 19
Featured Performer: Super Stolie & Mariachi Matters
¡Hola, amigos! Did you know the Arboretum collaborates with scientists around the world, including Costa Rica and Mexico? Help celebrate our international connections with an evening of crafts, games, and music featuring a bilingual English-Spanish mix of new and traditional canciones (songs). Learn more about a local group, Mariachi Matters, and hear a lively performance from a youth mariachi band!

Sensory Exploration Night, August 2
Featured Performer: Scribble Monster 
Explore the 5 senses during our sensory exploration night. Learn about all the ways to experience nature through touch, smell, sight, hearing, and even taste!

Art and Nature Night, August 16
Featured Performer: Zak Morgan
Get inspired by the natural world to create artwork. Explore how to use leaves and more to create a masterpiece of your own!

Concessions will be available at the Ginkgo Cafe in the Visitor Center until 7:30 p.m. during this event.

Fees and Admission

Free for members
Nonmembers:  Enjoy $5 Arboretum admission after 4:30 p.m.

Registration Information

No registration required. 


The Morton Arboretum thanks the sponsor of the 2018 Thursday Family Nights 

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