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Little Diggers

Programs give 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds the opportunity to explore nature with caregivers.

We’ll learn about fruits and vegetables, discover animals, experience the changing seasons, and more! Each class begins with an interactive group period, followed by time for children to try a variety of hands-on activities. All classes include a plant potting activity and a walk outdoors or in the Greenhouses (weather permitting).

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Select Thursday, Friday, or Saturday mornings.

Repeats every day until Sat Jan 09 2016 .
Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:30 to 10:30
Fri, 01/08/2016 - 09:30 to 10:30
Sat, 01/09/2016 - 09:30 to 10:30
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Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony.

Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

10:30 a.m.: members of the Urasenke Chicago Association: tea ceremony
11:30 a.m.: Michael Gould: shakuhachi flute
12:30 p.m.: Anne Shimojima: traditonal storytelling 
1:30 p.m.: Chicago Koto Group: koto harp

Repeats every day until Sun May 22 2016 .
Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:00 to 14:00
Sun, 05/22/2016 - 10:00 to 14:00

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, or try other hands-on activities.

Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku, making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, or watching a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden.

Schedule

12 – 2 p.m. Pam Martinez: Interactive Suminagashi Demonstration
1 p.m. Anne Shimojima: Traditonal Storytelling 
2 p.m. Chicago Koto Group: Koto Harp

Repeats every day until Sun Mar 20 2016 .
Sat, 03/19/2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 03/20/2016 - 11:00 to 16:00

ScreenBreak Family Drop-in Program

Stop by for hands-on, nature-themed fun! Geared toward 2- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver.

Wednesday & Friday, March 9 & 11, 2016
9 – 11 a.m.
Lenhardt Library

Stop by for hands-on, nature-themed fun. Activities are geared toward children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. No registration is required. Parking is free from March 6 to 12, 2016, for those families with a ScreenBreak button, wristband, or card. This program is offered in collaboration with the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood’s ScreenBreak. For information about ScreenBreak activities at other locations, visit theallianceforec.org.

Repeats every 2 days until Fri Mar 11 2016 .
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 09:00 to 11:00
Fri, 03/11/2016 - 09:00 to 11:00

Tu B’Shevat

A variety of fun, educational drop-in activities will focus on the joy trees bring to the world.

Sunday, January 26
1 – 4 p.m

In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees, special free family activities will be offered in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. A variety of fun, educational drop-in activities will focus on the joy trees bring to the world. Families can explore trees in the Greenhouses; plant a seedling to take home; enjoy a reading corner filled with books about trees and Tu B’Shevat; and more. Activities will be held in the Regenstein Center.

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 13:00 to 16:00

Camp CBG Begins

Camp CBG provides exciting and enriching learning experiences for your child, with programs for children ages 2 to 15.

June 17 – August 16

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Camp CBG provides exciting and enriching learning experiences for your child, with programs for children ages 2 to 15. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers weeklong camps each summer with morning, afternoon, and all-day options (including before- after-camp care) from June 17 through August 16. All camps include nature exploration, inquiry-based activities, games, hands-on projects, and planting.

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 09:30
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Spring Break Camp

Children engage in exciting indoor and outdoor activities while exploring the Chicago Botanic Garden as it begins to bloom.

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

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Apr 01 2016 .
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Mon, 03/28/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Tue, 03/29/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Thu, 03/31/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:30 to 15:00
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Winter Break Camp

Children engage in exciting indoor and outdoor activities while exploring the Garden as it takes a long winter's nap!

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Children can engage in exciting hands-on indoor and outdoor activities while discovering the Garden in winter. They’ll investigate weather, explore seasonal adaptations of plants and animals, enjoy a visit to our Wonderland Express holiday exhibition, and dabble in art.

Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday until Wed Dec 30 2015 .
Mon, 12/21/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Tue, 12/22/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Wed, 12/23/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Mon, 12/28/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Tue, 12/29/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
Wed, 12/30/2015 - 09:30 to 15:00
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