For Families

Breakfast with Santa

Visit with Santa and see Wonderland Express!

Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 2014
8:30 a.m.
,  9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.

Buy tickets

Adult: member/nonmember: $30/$35
Child (3-12 yrs): member/nonmember: $22/$27
Children 2 and under are free.

Ticket price includes parking, a buffet meal, a visit with Santa, and exclusive access to Wonderland Express.

Repeats every day until Sun Dec 14 2014 .
Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:30
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:30
2014 - 09:30
2014 - 10:30

Wonderland Express

Exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, and through mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks.

November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Repeats every day until Sun Jan 04 2015 except Thu Dec 25 2014.
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 11/29/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 11/30/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/07/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/28/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 01/02/2015 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:00 to 18:00

Trains, Tricks & Treats

Enjoy a frightfully good time in the Model Railroad Garden!

Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, 2014
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adults: $6
Seniors: $5
Children (3–12 yrs): $4
Children (2 and under): Free
Members save $1

Families are invited to come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the Model Railroad Garden to celebrate Halloween and the end of the railroad's season at Trains, Tricks & Treats.

Repeats every day until Sun Oct 19 2014 .
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:00 to 17:00
Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00 to 17:00

HallowFest

Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Garden!

October 25 & 26, 2014
Saturday: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 7:30 p.m.

More information

Celebrate Halloween, if you dare, at the Garden! Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in the Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills this year including Mysterious Magic with Dracula, a live show-and-tell of creepy, crawly creatures and then get in the Halloween spirit with Face Painting festivities!

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 16:00 to 19:30
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Sukkot Family Activities

Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot with arts and crafts activities to decorate the sukkah.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot! Families are invited to help decorate the branch-covered sukkah, which will be on display from October 9 through 15 at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. These activities are provided by the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. 

Click here for more information on the Sukkah display.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Kids of all ages can celebrate summer by making a paper fan, kite, and more!

Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsuri) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, enjoy traditional folktales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer — make fish prints (gyotaku), create a paper fan (uchiwa), design a kite, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 17 2014 .
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00
Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00

Kite Festival

Enjoy soaring, stunt-kite performances set to music.

Saturday and Sunday
August 9 and 10, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kite-Flying Performances and Kite-Making Workshops

In the meadow west of Evening Island, enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois.

Repeats every day until Sun Aug 10 2014 .
Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:00 to 15:00
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:00 to 15:00
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Dancin' Sprouts

Leonardo and the Makin' Waves Band

Wednesday, July 30
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This Parents' Choice Award-winning family musician performs original songs and traditional favorites that entertain, educate, and empower audiences of all ages and abilities. The high-energy, interactive concert is a celebration of possibilities. With fun props and a colorful set, this concert is a pep rally, rock 'n' roll show, and beach party all on one stage.

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

Dancin' Sprouts

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Wednesday, June 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies, Chicago’s favorite family band, makes super-rockin’, positive music at family-friendly volumes. Their repertoire includes originals and classic tunes, bridging genres from swing to rock to samba. Be prepared for memorable sing-alongs, thumping rhythms, and a high-energy call and response!

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

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