For Families

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.

Check back this summer for the 2015/2016 schedule.

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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Weekend Family Class: Pizza Gardens

Sample some of the different plants used to flavor pizza, learn to mix and knead pizza dough, and plant a special Italian herb garden to make tasty pizza treats at home!

Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Sample some of the different plants used to flavor pizza, learn to mix and knead pizza dough, and plant a special Italian herb garden to make tasty pizza treats at home!

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Play with Plants

Design toys from all different kinds of plant parts! Explore seeds and use them to make an ancient board game, and examine leaves from corn and turn them into people or animals.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Design toys from all different kinds of plant parts! Explore seeds and use them to make an ancient board game, and examine leaves from corn and turn them into people or animals.

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Dancin' Sprouts

The Dreamtree Shakers

Wednesday, July 29
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Dreamtree Shakers are a Chicago-based band of musicians and educators making music for kids and families. The live show can feature up to eight people when in full force and includes creative movement and visuals. You can expect joyful harmony and lyrics that don't condescend. Our goal is to make music that parents and kids can enjoy together.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:30 to 19:30

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