Thursday Family Nights at The Morton Arboretum {Lisle}

The Morton Arboretum Children's Garden
© H. Garvey | | 2015

Head out to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle through the end of August to enjoy a beautiful evening in the whimsical Children’s Garden. Thursday nights are Family Night during the summer at the arboretum, with live music, food for purchase, and after-hours entertainment. In celebration of Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney, there will be an inspiring and plentiful selection of LEGO® bricks for kids to build with, too.

morton arboretumThe Children’s Garden features sprawling landscapes, playground, streams and ponds (splashing encouraged!), walking paths, climbing features, and tree houses to create endless opportunities for curiosity and discovery. The two main garden areas, Backyard Discovery Gardens and Adventure Woods, are joined by Central Plaza, which is the hub of Family Nights. There is much to see for kids outside The Children’s Garden, too–even a train ride! The arboretum is worth the trip anytime for families, but the Nature Connects® exhibit and Family Night makes this an outing you must squeeze in before school starts.

image via download a map for your visit here
image via
download a map for your visit here

Remaining Family Nights for 2015 are August 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The park offers a discounted admission of $5 after 4:30 p.m. Regular admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for kids, and kids 1 and under are free. Parking is always free, and the arboretum offers free, year-round admission to active-duty service men and women with a valid ID.

Tips for a great visit to The Morton Arboretum:

  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray!
  • Review the arboretum’s website to plan your visit–there are many special events scheduled for the summer and so much to see.
  • Download The Morton Arboretum’s app on your iPhone, or stop in the Visitor’s Center to pick up a map to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
  • Dress for outdoor play and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Allow plenty of time to spend here, with little ones it may take a while to see the arboretum.
  • The Children’s Garden has many water features including a small creek that kids can play in, bring a change of clothes!

Have you been to The Morton Arboretum? What are your favorite features?

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
630-968-0074 | [email protected]
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Open 365 Days a year at 7 a.m. and closes around sunset
Visitor’s Center open May through October: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(check website for seasonal changes to schedule)

About Holly Garvey 92 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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