Thursday Family Nights


  • Families gather on the grass sitting on picnic blankets
  • 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

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

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

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


2018 Performer Schedule

Jun-14       Miss Jamie's Farm
Jun-21       Wendy & DB - Family Pride Night
Jun-28       Animal Farm
Jul-5          Todd Downing - Choose Kindness Night
Jul-12        Little Miss Ann
Jul-19        Super Stolie - Bilingual Sing-a-long 
Jul-26        Miss Jamie's Farm
Aug-2        Scribble Monster - Sensory Night
Aug-9        Duke Otherwise
Aug-16      Zak Morgan


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-a-Long, July 19
Featured Performer: Super Stolie
¡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). 

Sensory Night, August 2
Featured Performer: Scribble Monster 
Explore all senses during our sensory night. Learn about all the ways to experience nature through all five senses!

Fees and Admission

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

Registration Information

No registration required.