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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, 2015 (FULL) 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.

Saturdays
August 15, 2015 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!

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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.

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 21, 2015
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, 12/21/2015 - 11:00 to 12:00
2015 - 13:00

HallowFest

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

October 24 & 25, 2015
Saturday: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Regenstein Center

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Sat, 10/24/2015 - 17:30 to 21:30

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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