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Parties at The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden create lasting impressions

Birthday girl celebrating with cupcakes in the Children's Garden
June 17, 2019

For families looking for an outdoor, “unplugged” venue to host their next family event or children’s party, the newly renovated upper deck of the Children’s Garden picnic area at The Morton Arboretum is the perfect spot.

Available now through October, the Children’s Garden can be reserved for parties of up to 50 people and includes:

  • Free admission to The Morton Arboretum for all guests (children and adults).
  • Reserved party space in the picnic area for two hours (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • Party tickets to enclose with invitations.

“Children are often consumed with screens and video games, and a party in our Children’s Garden is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion and the outdoors,”  said Jeremy Joslin, director of education at The Morton Arboretum. “The Children’s Garden has created many memorable birthdays for families and guests of all ages and we are always finding new ways to enhance the experience for our youngest visitors.”

The cost for a basic party rental on a weekend and holiday is $325 for members and $400 for nonmembers.  Weekday rentals are $265 for members and $325 for nonmembers. Party hosts may use Arboretum catering or bring their own food.  

The Morton Arboretum also offers the following add-ons to basic party packages for an additional fee:

Themed Activities

A 30-minute themed activity and a take-home craft led by a Children’s Garden staff member. The cost for additional activities is $100 and themes include:

  • Enchanted Garden—Discover all of the different seeds that can be grown in a garden. Children are encouraged to plant a seed and start a garden.
  • Bug Bash—Engage in an insect investigation using a magnifier and explore the world of our six-legged friends.
  • Party Animals—Learn about local wildlife by seeing and touching real animal artifacts. Create an adventure bag to use  for exploration.

Garden Party Favor Bags

Souvenir party favor bags are available with all rentals for an additional cost of $5.50 per bag.

For more information or to book a party at the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum, please visit mortonarb.org