Children's Garden

Children’s Garden Rentals

Celebrate a special child in your life
in the Arboretum’s award-winning Children’s Garden. 

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Make a lasting impression with an event held in the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum.

The upper deck of the Children’s Garden picnic area can be reserved for gatherings of up to 50 people from April through October.

The entire Children’s Garden can be reserved for private evening events of up to 75 people on select Fridays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Please note that some dates and times may not be available due to holidays or other public programming in the Garden.

All rental packages include admission to the Arboretum for your guests. An optional, self-guided party activity option may become available later in 2022. Hosts may bring and serve their own food at the gathering, but please note that there is no refrigeration, dishwashing, or storage available on-site.

Rental Package options are:

Mornings (April though October)

  • Children’s Garden Picnic Area
  • 50 guests
  • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Afternoons (April though October)

  • Children’s Garden Picnic Area
  • 50 guests
  • 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Evenings (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

  • Exclusive use of entire Children’s Garden
  • 75 guests
  • Fridays and Sundays only
  • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

You may arrive 45 minutes early to set up your space.

Please fill out this form to start to plan your gathering in the Children’s Garden. A member of the Children’s Garden staff will contact you shortly to answer any questions and confirm availability.

Rental Fees

Mornings (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and afternoons (2:00–4:00 p.m.), April through October. Includes admission to the Arboretum for up to 50 guests and exclusive use of the upper deck of the picnic shelter.

  • Weekends and holidays: $325 member, $400 guest
  • Weekdays: $265 member, $325 guest

Friday and Sunday evenings (5:30–7:30 p.m.), Memorial Day through Labor Day. Includes admission to the Arboretum for up to 75 guests and exclusive use of the Children’s Garden.

  • $500 member, $600 guest