For Families

Dancin' Sprouts

Zak Morgan

Wednesday, August 21
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With a background in children’s literature and a Grammy nomination for his children's music, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his live performances. His songs share an exuberant celebration of wordplay and humorous storytelling. He aims to inspire his listeners to enjoy learning for its own sake while providing nonstop entertainment with catchy music and lyrics that make all ages hoot with delight.

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 17:30 to 19:30

Dancin' Sprouts

Little Miss Ann

Wednesday, August 27
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This interactive kids' concert will feature the upbeat folk rock music of Little Miss Ann, a mother and Old Town School of Folk Music instructor. The readers of Time Out Chicago voted her one of Chicago's Most Influential Kids’ Musicians. Little Miss Ann and her band deliver a performance packed with rich vocals, unique instrumentation, and positive messages.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:30 to 19:30

Dancin' Sprouts

Laura Doherty - canceled due to severe weather

Canceled due to severe weather
Wednesday, June 12

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Laura Doherty will acoustically rock your kid's world with her breezy folk-pop tunes for the whole family, using Chicago as her inspiration. Her treasured “Chicago Hot Dog” song and “El Train” song have become highly requested kid classics at her shows!

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 17:30 to 19:30

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 Sep 13 2014 .
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:30 to 10:30
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:30 to 10:30
Sat, 09/13/2014 - 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 17, and Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls' Day and Boys' Day—design a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Repeats every day until Sun May 18 2014 .
Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00 to 14:00

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend

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

Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March 23, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate spring by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, plus try other hands-on activities like a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy a tea ceremony demonstration, traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden.

  • 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 23 2014 .
Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:00 to 16:00

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

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