For Families

Dancin' Sprouts

The Swingset

Wednesday, July 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sean and Karen are a husband and wife musical group who have released a CD of original music, Moodswings. The duo blends vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and the Everly Brothers, delivered in an original, heartfelt style. Last summer, they placed second out of more than 200 contestants in a suburban Chicago talent competition.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

Dancin' Sprouts

Wendy & DB

Wednesday, June 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The original songs of Wendy & DB help children discover the world around them through music. Their songs teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and kids are encouraged to join in and shout out answers to questions in the songs. Wendy & DB also introduce kids to instruments including maracas and bells.

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

Nature Nights: Harvest Hike

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Experience the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in the fall and see what happens in a garden at the end of the growing season.

Saturdays, September 6 (SOLD OUT) or 20, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in the fall and see what happens in a garden at the end of the growing season. You and your child will explore the garden to find unique plants used for food, discuss composting plant material and fall clean-up, and even plant and harvest some veggies to take home.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Sep 20 2014 .
Sat, 09/06/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Leaping Lepidoptera!

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, visit the Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition, and look for moths and butterflies at the Garden.

Saturdays, August 2 (SOLD OUT) or 16, 2014 (SOLD OUT)
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Butterflies and moths may look very similar, but there are several differences. Learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, visit the Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition, and look for moths and butterflies at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Then create a Lepidoptera haven to invite butterflies and moths to your yard.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Aug 16 2014 .
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
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Nature Nights: Seed Safari

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Experience what it is like to be a plant hunter during this expedition around the Garden.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 (SOLD OUT)
5 – 7:30 p.m.

From packing for your trip to identifying the mystery plant, you and your family will experience what it is like to be a plant hunter during this expedition around the Garden. At the end of the night, pot up the mystery plant for your botanical collection at home and share stories of your adventures while eating s’mores around the campfire.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Repeats every 2 weeks every Saturday until Sat Jul 19 2014 .
Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:00 to 19:30
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 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 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.

Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015

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

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 Chicago Botanic Garden!

Regenstein Center and McGinley Pavilion

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

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

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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