VISIT & explore

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 at The Morton ArboretumChildren's Garden at The Morton Arboretum


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.

  1. 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.

  1. Curiosity Garden
  2. Bloom, Zoom, & Sprout
  3. Every Which Way
  4. 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.

  1. Wonder Pond
  2. Under the Trees
  3. Grotto and Secret Stream
  4. Grassy Meadow
  5. Evergreen Walk and Lookout



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.

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. Learn More

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


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.

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