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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Little Trees Open House

    Little Trees Open House
    “Little Trees” is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old at The Morton Arboretum. Join us for our open house on Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:00 to 7:30 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 Sunday, February 2, 2020.

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  • Valentine for the Birds

    Valentine for the Birds
    Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine's Weekend in the Children’s Garden! Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Spring Fun!

    Spring Fun!
    Celebrate the arrival of Spring with games, art and play. Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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  • Trees around the World

    Trees around the World
    Did you know the Morton Arboretum has trees from around the world? Explore unique trees from around the globe and how different cultures celebrate trees.. Daily in April, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 or Fridays, April through October 2020, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., or Tuesdays, June through October 2020, 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

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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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  • Feathered Families

    Feathered Families
    Spring is full of nesting, tweeting feathered friends! Discover the world of eggs, baby birds and their parents in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity. Daily in May 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Human+Nature

    Human+Nature

    Human+Nature

    Opening June 12, 2020

    The Morton Arboretum’s next major exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), will highlight the deep connections between people and trees.

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  • Destination Asia Festival

    Destination Asia Festival
    Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees. Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, 2020 Included in Arboretum admission.

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  • Passport Europe Festival

    Passport Europe Festival
    Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with visits to our European tree collections, plus culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and much more. Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, 2020.

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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 2020 - January 2021.

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  • Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, January 21 through February 11, 2020, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees. Four Thursdays, January 23 through February 13, 2020, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join us in the Children’s Garden for this interactive gnome-themed story and baking hour. We’ll use forest ingredients to prepare a treat for ourselves and our forest friends at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, February 1, 2020.
  • 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. All sections are SOLD OUT. Two Sundays, December 15 and January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 2 and March 1, 2020, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. Sunday, February 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Investigate nature up close in this 2-week Winter discovery program. Search for signs of animals and how life adapts to changing seasons, then continue your hands-on explorations while you warm up with hot chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Two Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, 2020, 9:30 to 11:00 a.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. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., or Tuesday, March 10, Monday, March 16, or Thursday, March 26, 2020, 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. Thursday March 12, Wednesday March 18, or Tuesday March 24, 2020, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 15, and April 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 15 through 19, or July 20 through 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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