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Children's Garden

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.

Children's Garden map

Download a copy ofthe Children's Garden map

 

Central Plaza

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. learn more

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. learn more

Curiosity Garden
Bloom, Zoom, & Sprout
Every Which Way
Windmill Garden
 

Adventure Woods

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. learn more

Wonder Pond
Under the Trees
Grotto and Secret Stream
Grassy Meadow
Evergreen Walk and Lookout
 

Hours

March through October
9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. daily
Thursdays, open until 6:00 p.m.
Members only: Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

November through February
Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Closed during severe weather.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while visiting the Children's Garden.


Kid and Family Programs

Drop-in nature activities at the Children's Garden are just the beginning of The Morton Arboretum's educational programs to get the entire family hooked on science, nature, and trees. LEARN MORE

 

Grown Up Play Date

September 3, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Members $40/nonmembers: $50
Get in touch with your inner child and celebrate at our first-ever Grown Up Play Date in the Children’s Garden. Enjoy games like a bag toss, giant Jenga, scented bubbles, coloring, LEGO® brick play and more! Feast on foods that bring you back to your childhood, such as mac and cheese bites, tater tots, grilled cheese and tomato soup and even s’mores! At the cash bar, attendees can select from an array of beverages including specialty cocktails flavored to taste like favorite kid treats. For adults 21 and over. learn more

 

Tadpoles

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.