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  • Annual Bulb Sale

    Annual Bulb Sale
    Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more.

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  • Acorn Express Tram Tours

    Acorn Express Tram Tours
    Hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty narrated by one of our expert guides.

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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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  • 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. On view now through June 2020.

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  • Family Explorers Backpack

    Family Explorers Backpack
    Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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  • Acorn Express Adventures

    Acorn Express Adventures
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October, 2019, (except June 26) times vary.

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  • Garden Story Time

    Garden Story Time
    Gather in the Children’s Garden for story time and fun. Fridays, April through October, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

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  • Bike Rentals

    Bike Rentals
    Rent a bike to explore the Arboretum on nine miles of paved roads.

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  • Fall Color Guided Walk

    Fall Color Guided Walk
    Take a walk with a docent and experience wonderful fall color.

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  • Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum

    Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum
    Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature! All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and up to 1.5 miles in hiking distance. Select weekends in October 2019

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  • Trick or Trees

    Trick or Trees
    Kids, enjoy games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. Weekends in October and Columbus day at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in October 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Boo Breakfast

    Boo Breakfast
    Join us for BOO Breakfast, complete with visits from favorite characters. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, October 27th 2019.

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  • Winter Play

    Winter Play
    Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily November 2019 through March 2020, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.

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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 2020, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

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  • Gnome Hunt

    Gnome Hunt
    Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily November 2019 through March 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Dog Admission Day

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

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  • Veteran's Day - Veterans Free

    Veteran's Day - Veterans Free
    All veterans free on Monday, November 11!

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  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
    An interactive light show filled with dazzling, vivid projections on trees that respond to your touch and voice. See trees in a different light November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

    Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy FREE admission at The Morton Arboretum. All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Thursday, November 28, 2019

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  • Breakfast with Santa

    Breakfast with Santa
    Enjoy a special breakfast in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa! Dates include December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23, 2019

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  • Supper with St. Nick

    Supper with St. Nick
    Make this holiday season special by joining us in the Thornhill Mansion for an elegant family supper. December 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2019

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  • Enchanted Railroad

    Enchanted Railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020.

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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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  • Husky Heroes

    Husky Heroes
    Join us on January 25 and 26, 2020 to see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Chocolate Weekend Member Night

    Chocolate Weekend Member Night
    For Arboretum members only: Enjoy exclusive shopping hours and a beverage on Friday, February 7

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  • Chocolate Weekend

    Chocolate Weekend
    Discover chocolate’s deeply rooted tree history as you taste and shop for treats! Shop, sample, and celebrate chocolate indoors. February, 8 and 9, 2020

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  • Put gratitude at the center of your table as you use natural materials to craft a centerpiece for the feast at The Morton Arboretum! Saturday, November 16, or Sunday November 17, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Opt outside and explore what happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, November 29, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Hike in nature and learn how stories about gingerbread people relate to woodland animals. Explore gingerbread spices then decorate a keepsake, light-up, chipboard gingerbread house with natural materials to take home. Saturday, December 14 or Sunday December 15, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the sun as you explore the wintery scene along the trails on this fun filled, guided family hike at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Please check our Calendar of events for more youth and family programs.

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