Arbor Day celebrations for Chicago families

Arbor Day falls on the last Friday in April and there’s no better place to celebrate than the Morton Arboretum. Fortunately, the trees don’t mind sharing their big day with frogs that are part of Ribbit! The Exhibit, which features 19 whimsical displays of five- to seven-foot-tall metal frogs behaving like humans. All events take place at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle unless noted.

Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free

Friday, April 29

There’s a “Tree-rific Kids’ Costume Contest” at 10:30 a.m. in, appropriately enough, Arbor Court. And thank goodness that the good folks at the Arboretum appreciate a simple, minimalist approach, saying that a simple green T-shirt, brown or gray  bottoms and a green hat will do the trick, though more elaborate costumes are more than welcome.

Children’s Garden Celebration

Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

My family loves scavenger hunts, so we’re excited that this celebration involves a hunt for five unique trees, as well as a chance to investigate tree cookies and plant tree seeds.

Arbor Day Pop-Up Celebration in Daley Plaza

Friday, April 29

Can’t make it to Lisle? No worries! The Arboretum is coming to Chicago! The Arbor Day Pop-Up Celebration will take place in Daley Plaza. How cool to see the living billboard made up of hundreds of live plants in the same space as the Picasso sculpture!

Arbor Day Plant Sale

Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1

Have you ever wanted an “Expert Genius” to be wandering around, offering you advice on how best to handle a certain aspect of your life? Such help exists in at least one area. At the Morton Arboretum Arbor Day Plant Sale, “Expert Plant Geniuses” will happily provide horticultural help by answering questions, offering ideas and guiding you to the perfect plants. If you’re wondering what plants will grow best this year, these brilliant folks have the answer. The plants available for sale are a specially chosen variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs and more that will grow best in our region.

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