Summer Scheduling Series: Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden


Summer is all about spending time outdoors and The Morton Arboretum and Chicago Botanic Garden are both great places to do just that.

The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden are perfect spots for an any-day adventure. Pack some lunches, slather on some sunscreen, and see where the day takes you. However, both places also offer special programming and events throughout the summer that might make your visit even better. Here are some upcoming highlights.

Morton Arboretum.
You definitely want to begin any visit here in the
Children's Garden. This place is amazing -- there is so much for kids
to do. Before you schedule your excursion, take a look at the events
and programming calendar
to see what's going on. Highlights include
daily mud painting in the month of June, children's hikes every
Wednesday, and periodic Fairy Garden Parties (my 6 year-old daughter
would absolutely love this). You can also catch Justin Roberts or
Ralph's World in concert. And that's really just a small sampling of all
that is going on here this summer. I am telling you, this place is
awesome. Put it on your must-do list.

Chicago Botanic
This beautiful spot is another wonderful (and in my view,
underutilized) resource for Chicago families. And they have great
programming too. I am particularly excited about the Dancin'
Sprouts program
. During the early evenings, little garden-goers can
gather to dance and enjoy live music. Picnicking will be allowed on the
esplanade during these events. I think that we are going to head up to
see Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans when they perform on July 7th. The Nature Nights
program allows families with kids age 4 and up to explore the Garden at
night. And as always, visitors can take advantage of the drop-in
activities in the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden
and the Japanese
Garden Family Sundays

I've decided to make this post the finale in the Summer Scheduling Series for now-- but don't worry, I've got lots more of where this came from.

Have a great Memorial Day and then check back here next week because I have exciting news for those of you who are looking for even more ideas for summer fun in and around Chicago.

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