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Nature Nights: Sensory Stroll

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Taste, touch, smell, see and listen—use all five of your senses as we explore the Sensory Garden.

Saturdays, June 11 or 25, 2016
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Taste, touch, smell, see and listen— use all five of your senses as we explore the Sensory Garden, experience a food tasting, and practice strengthening our weaker senses. Pot up a sensory plant of your own to enjoy at home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Jun 25 2016 .
Sat, 06/11/2016 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 06/25/2016 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Explore the collection of sculptures hidden throughout the Garden and create your own sculpture using natural materials.

Saturdays, August 6 or 20, 2016
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Plants and nature often inspire artists. Explore the collection of sculptures hidden throughout the Garden, create your own sculpture using natural materials, and pot up a sculptural plant to take home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Aug 20 2016 .
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 08/20/2016 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Harvest Hootenanny

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening here! Gather fresh ingredients from the garden then use them to prepare a healthy appetizer to enjoy by the campfire.

Saturday, September 3, 2016
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Come celebrate the harvest! Gather fresh ingredients from the garden then use them to prepare a healthy appetizer to enjoy by the campfire. Pot up an edible, cool season plant to take home. *Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 3 weeks every Saturday until Sat Sep 05 2015 .
Sat, 09/03/2016 - 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.

Monday, October 12, 2015
Fall Festival

Monday, January 18, 2016
Presidential Plants

Friday, February 12, 2016
Valentines & Violas

Children will participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities.

Repeats every month on January on the third Monday until Fri Feb 12 2016 . Also includes Fri Feb 12 2016.
Mon, 10/12/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
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Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus

Kids love visiting with Mrs. Claus—not to mention the hot chocolate and cookies!

Monday, December 19, 2016
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, 12/19/2016 - 11:00 to 12:00
2016 - 13:00

HallowFest

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

October 22 & 23, 2016
Saturday: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 7 p.m.
Regenstein Center

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 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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