Kids

  • Children and adults looking at the model railroad
    Watch an intricate railroad travel through a wonderland at a child-friendly level. January 13 - February 19, 2018
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  • A small gnome hangs from a tree
    Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden? Daily November 2017 through March 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • The Vanishing Acts exhibit with a light dusting of snow.
    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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  • Child making a snow angel
    Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun! Daily November 2017 through March 2018, in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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  • Story time
    Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! Best for ages 2-6 with adult. Wednesdays and Fridays November 2017 through March 2018, 11:00-11:45 a.m.
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  • A model train racing around in indoor track
    For Arboretum members only. Enjoy after-hours fun with the Enchanted Railroad. Friday, February 2, 2018. 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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  • A dog at Dog Admission Day
    Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturdays, February 3, March 3, and November 3, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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  • Children watching a miniature model train wind through magnificent scenery
    Since some children may be over-stimulated by all of the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad, we are setting aside special times to accommodate these families this year: February 3, 4, and 6. Times vary.
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  • A star shaped treat for birds is hanging on a tree.
    Make a tasty treat to hang on the trees for our feathered friends. Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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  • Children running around in the snow.
    Celebrate the last days of winter with games, art and play. Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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  • A tree made out of paper towel rolls, bottle caps and Popsicle sticks
    Use natural and recycled materials to build your own nature keepsake to take home at the Morton Arboretum. Daily April and May, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • A family is riding the Acorn Express Adventure Tram.
    Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Wednesdays and Fridays, April-October, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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  • A large tree cookie has smaller tree cookies on top that spell out we love trees.
    Discover some of the wonderful products that trees give us at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends in April, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • The Acorn Express open-air Tram
    Beginning weekends in mid-April, 2018 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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  • Photo of children dressed like a tree
    On April 27, 2018 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 27, 2018.
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  • A drawing of a fairy with pine needle wings and pine cone top.a
    Did you know that fairies live in the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum? Come and celebrate garden fairies on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday May 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
    Save the date for our 15th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 14, 2018.
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  • Snowy larches around Meadow Lake
    Enjoy free admission on Christmas Day at The Morton Arboretum! Monday, December 25, 2017. Buildings, Children’s Garden, and Illumination are closed.
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  • Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesdays or Fridays, January through March, 2018, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
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  • Join us for this 4-week outdoor adventure among the trees at The Morton Arboretum.Four Tuesdays, January 9 through 30, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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  • 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, December 3 and January 7, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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  • 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, December 10 and January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or Two Sundays, February 4 and March 4, 2018, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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  • We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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  • We’ll take a hike, sing songs, listen to stories and even sample some treats in this sensory-based program all about the trees that give us chocolate at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, February 14, or Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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  • Explore the geology at The Morton Arboretum while earning your merit badge. (CANCELED) Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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  • Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, March 7, or Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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  • Hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, March 6, or Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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  • Earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum and learn all about geocaching. Two Sundays, March 18, and April 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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