LISLE, IL (June 20, 2013) – Treat the family to a night out during Thursday Family Nights at The Morton Arboretum.  From July 11 to August 15, families can enjoy extended playtime and music from some of the area’s top children’s bands.  
From 5 to 8 p.m., families can munch on kid-friendly fare, investigate our David Rogers’ Big Bugs and Tree House Tales exhibitions and explore our award-winning Children’s Garden. Afterward, grab a spot on the lawn for some family-friendly music.  Admission on Family Nights will be steeply discounted to $5 a person after 4:30 p.m.
The Thursday Family Nights musical lineup includes:
  • July 11: Jodi Koplin 
    A top children’s performer in the Chicagoland area, Jodi performs a wide range of styles, including rock & roll, calypso, boogie and blues.
  • July 18: Radio Rock
    Featuring popular radio chartbusters presented in a high-energy, positive-themed show, kids are encouraged to sing, dance and interact.
  • July 25: Super Stolie
    Rebecca Stoelinga’s original songs are so catchy, kids of all ages are drawn to the tunes and positive messages. Dance and freeze, hop and balance, and finish it all off with a ‘Rockstar Jump’ and a high five.
  • August 1: Zak Morgan
    Grammy nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike.
  • August 8: Duke Otherwise
    This zany show features clever and thoughtfully composed original songs, wild dancing, and storytelling with an offbeat sense of humor.
  • August 15: Little Nashville
    Little Nashville is an award-winning, high-energy musical group that features an entertaining and educational mix of today’s Country music with contagious lyrics that children of all ages will enjoy!
“Thursday Family Nights are a great way for the whole family to play, dance and laugh together under a canopy of trees,” said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. “Families get to experience our amazing four-acre Children’s Garden plus our special exhibits during twilight, casting a whole new light on those experiences. And our live concerts will keep the whole family entertained.”
Thursday Family Nights are open to all and free with admission.
Wheaton Eye Clinic is the 2013 Presenting Sponsor for Thursday Family Nights.
About The Morton Arboretum 
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include tree-focused events, activities and services for adults, children, professionals and communities. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves 34,000 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at www.mortonarb.org.