Families

  • Gnome Hunt

    Gnome Hunt
    Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily through March 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Member Appreciation Month

    Member Appreciation Month
    Members enjoy the following benefits during the month of February. Thank you for your support!

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  • Troll Hunt

    Troll Hunt
    Journey through our far-reaching forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Through summer 2019.

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  • Valentine for the Birds

    Valentine for the Birds
    Make a tasty treat to hang on the trees for our feathered friends. Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. Through Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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  • Sensory Friendly Times at Enchanted Railroad

    Sensory Friendly Times at Enchanted Railroad
    Since some children may be overstimulated by the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad. Special times have been created to accommodate these families.

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  • Troll Archives

    Troll Archives
    Find a one-of-a-kind book related to the trolls you are hunting in the Sterling Morton Library. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday

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  • Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit

    Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
    Come learn about the gifts that the world's endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. Daily, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

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  • Nature Play Spaces

    Nature Play Spaces
    Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play spaces, Mud Kitchen near Parking Lot 20 and Word Garden near Parking Lot 13. Daily, weather permitting, 7:00 a.m. to sunset

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  • Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant

    Breakfast In The Ginkgo Restaurant
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Morton Arboretum in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant! Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00-10:45 a.m.

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  • Winter Play

    Winter Play
    Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily through March 2019, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.

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  • Gnome Globes

    Gnome Globes
    After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, gnome globe of your own. Weekends, November 2018 through February 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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  • Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental

    Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rental
    When there is four inches or more of snow on the ground at The Morton Arboretum, trails are available to cross-country ski or snowshoe. The rental season runs December through March, 2019.

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  • Arbor Reading Adventures

    Arbor Reading Adventures
    Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! Best for ages 2-6 with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays through March 2019, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Dog Admission Day

    Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend for Dog Admission Days on March 2 and November 2 from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

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  • Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Exhibit of Natural History Art

    Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) Exhibit of Natural History Art
    Enjoy more than 150 works of art celebrating nature and see demonstrations by the artists. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Breakfast with the Bunny

    Breakfast with the Bunny
    Hop on over for tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. Friday, April 19, or Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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  • Easter Brunch

    Easter Brunch
    Celebrate Easter with your loved ones while savoring a delicious meal and the breathtaking view of Meadow Lake. Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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  • Arbor Day Tree Planting

    Arbor Day Tree Planting
    Bring the children to meet Curious George, hear Curious George Plants a Tree, and join in a tree planting. Friday, April 26, 2019.

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  • Sensory Friendly Sundays

    Sensory Friendly Sundays
    Experience a less crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise, suited to families with sensory needs. First Sunday of the month, May through October, 2019 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

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  • Tails on the Trails

    Tails on the Trails
    Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 4 and September 7, 2019. a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!

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  • Mother’s Day Brunch

    Mother’s Day Brunch
    Celebrate Mom with a fabulous brunch against the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Sunday, May 12, 2019. Tickets on sale March 19, 2019.

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  • Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney

    Nature ConnectsⓇ: Art with LEGOⓇ bricks by Sean Kenney
    Calling all LEGO® fans! Nature Connects is back by popular demand, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15

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  • Arbor Evenings

    Arbor Evenings
    The performance on Wednesday, June 5 through August 28, 2019

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  • Thursday Family Nights

    Thursday Family Nights
    Enjoy live music, games, and crafts after-hours Thursdays, June 13, through August 15, 2019 at The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees. Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, 2019 Included in Arboretum admission.

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  • Scarecrow Trail

    Scarecrow Trail
    Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2019. 7:00 a.m-sunset

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  • Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Glass Pumpkin Patch
    Explore a dazzling collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs. Save the date, October 9 through 13, 2019

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  • Veterans Day-Veterans Free

    Veterans Day-Veterans Free
    All veterans free November 11 and 12!

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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Happy Holidays - Free Admission
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Tuesday, December 25, 2018. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Learn about birds and decorate a wooden birdhouse to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 23, or Sunday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Join us on a family-friendly syrup stroll through the woods to explore the history of maple tapping at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 16, or Sunday, March 17, 2019, times vary.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.

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