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Dancin' Sprouts

The Swingset

Wednesday, July 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sean and Karen are a husband and wife musical group who have released a CD of original music, Moodswings. The duo blends vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and the Everly Brothers, delivered in an original, heartfelt style. Last summer, they placed second out of more than 200 contestants in a suburban Chicago talent competition.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

Dancin' Sprouts

Wendy & DB

Wednesday, June 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The original songs of Wendy & DB help children discover the world around them through music. Their songs teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and kids are encouraged to join in and shout out answers to questions in the songs. Wendy & DB also introduce kids to instruments including maracas and bells.

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

Nature Nights: Woodland Walk

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Discover what makes a habitat, search for signs of woodland animals, and examine plants found in the woods.

Saturdays, May 30 or June 6, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Giant oak trees, trillium, and deer all call the woods their home. You and your child will discover what makes a habitat, search for signs of woodland animals, examine plants found in the woods, and take home a woodland plant.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jun 06 2015 .
Sat, 05/30/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 06/06/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Nature’s Music

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Explore Evening Island to learn how insects and animals use this “music” to communicate and create a musical instrument out of natural materials.

Saturdays, June 20 or July 11, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

The chirp of crickets, the honk of geese, and a frog’s song are all examples of nature’s music. Explore Evening Island to learn how insects and animals use this “music” to communicate, create a musical instrument out of natural materials, and take home a plant that will help you make music at home.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 3 weeks every Saturday until Sat Jul 11 2015 .
Sat, 06/20/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 07/11/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Seed Scatter

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Learn how and why seeds need to scatter and make a seed bomb so you can scatter your own seeds.

Saturday, August 15 or September 5, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Seeds can’t walk, but they sure can get around! Hitchhiking, exploding, and parachuting are just a few ways that plants spread their seeds. Learn how and why seeds need to scatter, make a seed bomb so you can scatter your own seeds, and take home a plant with an interesting dispersal method.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 3 weeks every Saturday until Sat Sep 05 2015 .
Sat, 08/15/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 09/05/2015 - 17:00 to 19:30
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School Day-off Camp

Your child might have a day off of school, but it is a day “on” at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Become a Garden Plus member today and enjoy a special discount.

Your child might have a day off of school, but it is a day “on” at the Garden! Children will participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities.

Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine, and conservation.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015

Repeats every month on January, April on the first Monday and on the third Monday until Mon Apr 06 2015 except Mon Jan 05 2015.
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:30 to 15:00
Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
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Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus

This event is sold out.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Monday, December 22, 2014

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Advance: member/nonmember: $15/$17
Day-of: member/nonmember: $18/$20
Children 2 and under are free
Standard parking fees apply

Ticket price includes hot chocolate and cookies, a visit with Mrs. Claus, and access to the Wonderland Express exhibition.

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:00 to 12:00
2014 - 13:00

HallowFest

A Garden of Good…and Evil
Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion

October 24 & 25, 2015
Saturday: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 18:00 to 20:30

Weekend Family Class: Three Sisters

Hear the story of the Three Sisters (corn, bean & squash), create a delicious dried bean soup jar to enjoy at home and investigate why popcorn pops and taste the results!

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Hear the story of the Three Sisters (corn, bean & squash), create a delicious dried bean soup jar to enjoy at home and investigate why popcorn pops and taste the results!

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Papermaking with Plants

Plants help make products we use every day — like paper. Learn the process of turning plants and old paper scraps into paper.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Plants help make products we use every day — like paper. Learn the process of turning plants and old paper scraps into paper. Make sheets of textured, scented, and colored handmade paper.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 09:30 to 11:00
2015 - 13:00
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