Kids

  • LEGO® Brick Play

    LEGO® Brick Play
    What will nature inspire you to build? Play and create LEGO® masterpieces in this self-guided hands-on discovery activity. Available daily, May through September, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gardens Galore

    Gardens Galore
    Have you ever gardened with rocks or watched a tomato plant grow upside down? Check out all of the different and unique ways that you can plant a garden at home. Available daily in July, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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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 will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance. Select Weekends in July, August, and October 2019

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  • Lego Extravaganza

    Lego Extravaganza
    Build and create a LEGO® masterpiece with a LEGO® master builder at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 2019, noon to 3:00 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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  • 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 21, and Sunday, September 22, 2019.

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  • Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

    Fall Color 5K Run & Walk
    Satisfy your inner champion on our scenic, rolling course through the crisp autumn air at our 16th annual Fall Color 5K Run and Walk at The Morton Arboretum.

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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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  • 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
  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Tuesdays, September 3 through 24, 2019, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Each day we will hike, read stories, and play in this 4–week sensory based outdoor adventure. Adults will also receive tips to continue exploration at home! Four Thursdays, September 5 through 26, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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