For Families

Fall Bulb Festival

Enjoy family activities and shop from more than 200 varieties of daffodils, tulips, alliums, and other specialty bulbs.

Welcome fall, think spring!
Year after year, one of the most popular family days at the Garden!

Friday, October 10, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preview bulb shopping for members only

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

PHOTO: Hay maze

 

Repeats every day until Sun Oct 12 2014 .
Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:00 to 16:00

Father's Day Canoe Adventure

Take Dad for a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

PHOTO: Young girl lying on the grass, lifting her paddle in the air.

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 15, 2014, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1  p.m. SOLD OUT

To register for Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m., please call (847) 835-6801

Repeats every day until Sun Jun 15 2014 .
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 09:00 to 10:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:00 to 10:00
2014 - 11:00
2014 - 13:00

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-In Activities

Join us for fun and hands-on aquatic and conservation-themed activities.

Wednesday, June 4, noon - 4 p.m.
Kleinman Family Cove

Enjoy fun, hands-on activities for families and children. Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00 to 16:00
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Dancin' Sprouts

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Wednesday, August 6
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Karen K & the Jitterbugs is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning group that plays rock and pop music the whole family loves! Join Karen K in her Bug Out, the imaginary fort in her backyard, and her friends the Jitterbugs: Bumble (guitar), Stink Bug (drums), Hop (bass), and sidekick and best friend, Lightning Bug (everything else).

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

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: Harvest Hike

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Experience the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in the fall and see what happens in a garden at the end of the growing season.

Saturdays, September 6 or 20, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in the fall and see what happens in a garden at the end of the growing season. You and your child will explore the garden to find unique plants used for food, discuss composting plant material and fall clean-up, and even plant and harvest some veggies to take home.

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

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Sep 20 2014 .
Sat, 09/06/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Leaping Lepidoptera!

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, visit the Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition, and look for moths and butterflies at the Garden.

Saturdays, August 2 (SOLD OUT) or 16, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Butterflies and moths may look very similar, but there are several differences. Learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, visit the Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition, and look for moths and butterflies at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Then create a Lepidoptera haven to invite butterflies and moths to your yard.

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

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Aug 16 2014 .
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Seed Safari

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Experience what it is like to be a plant hunter during this expedition around the Garden.

Saturdays, July 5 or 19, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

From packing for your trip to identifying the mystery plant, you and your family will experience what it is like to be a plant hunter during this expedition around the Garden. At the end of the night, pot up the mystery plant for your botanical collection at home and share stories of your adventures while eating s’mores around the campfire.

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

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Jul 19 2014 .
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
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