For Families

School Day Off Camp

Children in grades K-5 will participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities.

Martin Luther King, jr. Day Off
January 20, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

It is a day “on” at the Garden! Programming connects the Garden to a range of themes including art, nature, and conservation. 


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 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 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 Garden!

A Garden of Good...and Evil

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

Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 17:30 to 21:00

Weekend Family Class: Bathroom Botanicals

Create your own soap using plant materials for the color, scent, and texture; mix up a batch of all-natural lip balm and concoct a bag of tub tea using dried flowers and herbs.

Sunday, November 17
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Discover the story behind soap making, from its stinky homemade beginnings to flower-scented mass-production. Create your own soap using plant materials for the color, scent, and texture; mix up a batch of all-natural lip balm and concoct a bag of tub tea using dried flowers and herbs.

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 09:30 to 11:00
2013 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Worm Worlds

Find out how these wiggling creatures turn garbage into rich compost that some people call “black gold” and explore different types of worms and their habitats.

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

Find out how these wiggling creatures turn garbage into rich compost that some people call “black gold” and explore different types of worms and their habitats. All participating children will take home a composting bin containing live worms.

*Please note: This class has an additional $5 materials fee.

Sat, 11/02/2013 - 09:30 to 11:00
2013 - 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!

Sunday, October 20
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!

Sun, 10/20/2013 - 09:30 to 11:00
2013 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Tropical Terrarium

Learn about what a plant needs to grow and thrive. Then you’ll make your own tropical terrarium to bring home.

Sunday, March 16
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

New! Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s three Greenhouses, and learn about what a plant needs to grow and thrive. Then you’ll make your own tropical terrarium to bring home.

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Dancin' Sprouts

Super Stolie & The Rockstars

Wednesday, August 20
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join Rebecca Stoelinga, a Deerfield native, for an engaging, high-energy show for the entire family. Super Stolie encourages children to embrace their own uniqueness by singing, dancing, hopping, balancing, and trying an awesome rock star jump! Super Stolie's captivating show will engage kids of all ages, getting the whole family to sing along and skip away with tunes in their heads and positive messages!

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

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