Kids

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Last Call for Winter!

    Last Call for Winter!
    Celebrate the arrival of Spring with games, art and play in the Children's Garden at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday March 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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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! Wednesdays and Fridays, April through October, 2019, times vary.

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  • Arbor Day Tree Planting and Story Time

    Arbor Day Tree Planting and Story Time
    Bring the children to meet Curious George, hear Curious George Plants a Tree, and join in a tree planting. Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

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  • Arbor Weekend Celebration

    Arbor Weekend Celebration
    Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden all weekend long! Friday, April 26–Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11 a.m.–4 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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  • Happy Holidays - Free Admission

    Happy Holidays - Free Admission
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Wednesday, December 25, 2019. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed. Please leave pets at home.

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  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 17, and April 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Explore clouds, sunshine, rain and...trees in this sensory-based program all about weather at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday March 12, or Thursday March 14, or Wednesday March 20, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Explore clouds, sunshine, rain and...trees in this sensory-based program all about weather at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday March 13, or Tuesday March 19, or Thursday March 21, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. Two Sundays, April 7 and April 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Explore The Morton Arboretum’s unique flora and fauna and discover why some species need to be protected. Three days: Tuesday April 9 through Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs at The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekdays starting Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Young explorers will hike, play, listen to stories, and engage in science and art in these hands-on sensory-based programs. Select Weekdays starting Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. Three days: Tuesday, April 23 through Thursday April 25, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Two Sundays, May 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and September 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, May 7 through 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., or Four Tuesdays, May 7 through 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Join us for this four-week outdoor adventure in the garden. Each day we will play, hike, read stories, and make a nature-related craft at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 9 through 30, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or Four Thursdays, May 9 through 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn what it takes to be a good citizen in the world. Compare the rights we have in the United States with the rights of two other countries. (SOLD OUT)Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The next class starts May 21, 2019, registration will open February 19, 2019.
  • How much do you know about your national government? In this merit badge class, held at The Morton Arboretum, explore the three branches of our national government. Two Wednesdays, May 22 and June 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration opens February 19, 2019
  • How much do you know about government where you live? Just as ecosystems within The Morton Arboretum are a complex web, you live in a complex web of government units. (SOLD OUT) Two Sundays, February 3 and March 3, 2019, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Spring registration opens February 19, 2019 for the May 23 class.
  • Explore your artistic roots! Touch, explore, play, and paint with all the parts of a plant and discover what each part does at the Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 8 through 12, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Some animals dig, some fly, and some swim! Join this adventure in animal movements as we explore how animals move around the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • How do animals and plants grow up with roots, scales, or tails? Dive into the life cycles of green creatures around the Arboretum and see them up close! Monday through Friday, June 24 through 28, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Get ready for some boot-sloshin’ fun! Go fishing at the Arboretum. Play games, make crafts, and read stories about fish at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through June 14, or July 15 through July 19,2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Have you ever been as hungry as a caterpillar? Enter the whimsical world of Eric Carle as his characters come to life through stories, games, and crafts at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • How do tadpoles turn into frogs? How do turtles grow up? Together we’ll uncover fun facts, search for croaking frogs and basking turtles, play games, make crafts, and meet live turtles at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 8 through July 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Put on your artist hat. Paint and sculpt squishy frogs, textured turtles, and slippery fish.Learn about these wetland critters and develop artistic skill at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 24 through 28, or Aug 12 through Aug 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Let your imagination run wild as you discover what you can create with leaves at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through June 21, or August 5 through Aug 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Travel back to the dinosaur age! Discover different dinosaurs; learn what they ate, where they lived, and the trees that grew when dinosaurs were alive at the Morton arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. or July 15 through July 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Where are the wild things hiding in the Arboretum? Hunt for wildlife as you explore the woodlands and discover the animals that live within. What type of wild thing would the woods inspire you to be? Monday through Friday, June 24 through June 28, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Build, play, dig, and discover all the things that love mud! Take time to explore life underground and what it takes to make a home in the mud, while playing muddy games, doing muddy crafts, and becoming a muddy scientist at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through June 14, or, July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through July 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore nature through the eyes of a scientist. Catapult seeds, make sun prints, and experiment with leaves as you use the outdoors as your laboratory at The Morton Arboretum! Monday through Friday, June 3 through June 7, or June 17 through June 21, or July 22 through July 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Are fairies hidden in the forest? Discover woodland plants and animals, create your own fairy, and work together to build a fairy village at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 24 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Gear up for a daytime camping excursion! Learn how to pitch a tent, fish, and make s’mores. Enjoy nature games, hikes, and songs at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, or, August 5 through August 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What would it take to be a bird? Soar into the fascinating life of birds as you listen for bird calls, scout out nests, and make a bird feeder to attract your own backyard birds at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 15 through July 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • How strong is a spider’s web? How do bats hunt? How fast is a hummingbird? Use your knowledge of nature’s super powers to create your own superhero, play games, and look at real animal “powers” close up at the Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through June 14, or July 29 through Aug 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or July 8 through July 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Water your curiosity! With a microscope get an up close look at seeds, leaves, and flowers. Sprout seeds, decorate a flower pot, and explore the gardens of the Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 24 through 28, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Birds sing, crickets chirp, and frogs chorus out in the woods. Experiment with the science of sound and build your own nature-based instruments to play at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or June 24 through June 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit, Nature Connects, and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through June 21, or July 15 through July 19, or Aug 12 through Aug 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Become a mini Monet! Explore the Arboretum for artistic inspiration and use impressionist techniques to create a masterpiece. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Make your own fishing pole and let’s go fishing. Enjoy stories, games, and fishing trips to the Arboretum’s best spots at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Design and build forts inspired by trees. Study trees up close and uncover their unique characteristics. Build a mini tree fort village as a group. Each child takes home their own mini tree fort at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7; June 17 through 21; July 8 through 12; or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7; or July 8 through 12; or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon; or June 17 through 21, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • What makes a snake scale tough and a feather light? Take a microscopic look at scales, feathers, shells, and more as you discover what animal adaptations are all about at the Morton arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon, or June 24 through 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Have you ever wondered WHY? Find out as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Delve into why leaves change color, where rainbows come from, how fireflies glow, and other scientific mysteries at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Stretch, squish, and squoosh some slime as you discover how plants and animals use slime, try out some recipes for slime, and put your slime to the test at ?The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or July 15 through 19, or August 5 through August 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you solve the case of the missing acorn or the mystery of the toppled tree? Put your sleuthing skills to good use as you learn signs that animals leave behind and become a woodland detective at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or August 5 through August 9, 2019, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 24 through 28 or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Create masterpieces daily to showcase in an end-of-the-week art show at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through June 14, or July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Get outside and explore! Set off on a different adventure each day as you explore geocaching, letterboxing, survival skills, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14; June 24 through 28; July 15 through 19; July 29 through August 2; or August 12 through August 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit, Nature Connects, and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or June 24 through 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Can you survive in the great outdoors? Explore native woodlands and wetlands, and gain the skills needed to survive in these ecosystems at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, or June 24 through 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What does a tree have to say? Solve the case of the felled foliage as you examine tree rings, visit the Herbarium to view trees of the past and present, and discover the unique things trees have to tell us at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Who is really in charge of defending the Earth? Explore the world of environmental science as you run experiments, explore environments, and investigate ways to save the world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or July 15 through 19, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What does it take to make an Arboretum run? Take a behind the scenes look at careers at the Arboretum and experience what it takes to become a Champion of Trees at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 8 through 12, or July 29 through August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What can you accomplish when you take on an eco-challenge? Build your leadership skills as you take on team building and STEM challenges in this camp, while exploring the natural world. at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 24 through 28, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 3 through 7, 2019, or July 15 through 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Just a spoonful of nature makes a happier and healthier you! Try out some natural ways to work towards a healthy body and mind, including nature walks, yoga, journaling, coloring, and much more as we take time for wellness at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 24 through 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class at The Morton Arboretum. Participants must bring their own digital camera Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or August 5 through 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? Capture the movements of nature from falling leaves to crawling caterpillars and make a moving story out of the natural world at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 17 through 21, or July 22 through 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • From intricate birds nests to astounding beaver dams, animals are engineering all around us. Take a closer look at the construction techniques used in the animal kingdom and take on wild STEM building challenges at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, July 15 through 19, or August 12 through August 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Engineer your way through challenges as you learn how nature stacks up around you. Spend time exploring our latest art exhibit, Nature Connects, and build your own art from natural materials at The Morton Arboreum. Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, or July 8 through 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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