At The Morton Arboretum, imagination lives, curiosity grows, and kids flourish in the Children’s Garden. Splash through secret streams, climb colossal acorns, and slide down giant tree roots all day long. Explore, learn, and play among trees and the natural world.
The Children's Garden includes two main garden areas: Backyard Discovery Gardens and Adventure Woods, linked by a Central Plaza. The three areas incorporate ten themed gardens, each with engaging and interactive activities that children will find irresistible.
Central Plaza is the entrance to the garden and serves as a space for orientation, gathering, public events and making connections to other areas of the Children's Garden.
- Kids' Tree Walk and Tree Finder Grove
Backyard Discovery Gardens
Backyard Discovery Gardens present familiar things that children might recognize in their own backyard, in a way that encourages deeper exploration.
- Curiosity Garden
- Bloom, Zoom, & Sprout
- Every Which Way
- Windmill Garden
Adventure Woods present the world beyond the backyard and show how the trees and plants in the Children's Garden reflect those of the Arboretum at large and the rest of the natural world.
- Wonder Pond
- Under the Trees
- Grotto and Secret Stream
- Grassy Meadow
- Evergreen Walk and Lookout
Children’s Garden Programs
Our garden grows curiosity. A trip to the Children's Garden will spark your child's curiosity and imagination about trees and the natural world. See a list of activities and programs that visitors of all ages will enjoy.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the Children's Garden.
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. November 21- January 4
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. January 5-February 28
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March-October
Extended hours on Thursday evenings until 6 p.m., May-September
Even though the Backyard Discovery Garden is hibernating for the winter, there is still a lot to do in the Children's Garden this season! Hunt for gnomes, join in Cool Kids Winter Play, and explore and play in Adventure Woods!
NOTE: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 3 p.m., and Christmas Day
Severe weather may close the Children's Garden temporarily.
The tadpoles we get each spring in the Children's Garden are American Toads. This is a natural occurrence and their arrival depends on the temperature of the water.