Family Activities

 

Family Activities

The Arnold Arboretum is a free, safe environment to experience the wonder of nature with children. Explore the Arboretum with a variety of self-guided family activities. Sign up to receive family event notices.

Family Explorations Family Exploration
Join a family walk to experience the sights and sounds of the Arnold Arboretum on May 7 and May 21 in tours geared toward children ages four to twelve. Walks are free and led by Arboretum staff or volunteers. Explore and enjoy the natural world in tours like Life on the Wild Side on May 21st, or Ten Trees Kids Love on June 18th (registration requested). Adults may bring a maximum of three children. More information »
Syringa x chinesis 'Lilac Sunday' Tree of the Month
In May, look for the many kinds of lilacs in the landscape. The Arnold Arboretum has plants that bloom from late April, peaking in May, and continuing into June. Check out our Tree of the Month, Syringa x chinesis ‘Lilac Sunday’ [pdf]
Discovery Packs Discovery Packs
Check out the Arboretum’s free Discovery Packs, supported by a gift from the Arnold Arboretum Committee. Be part of the Explorer’s Club and go on an adventure in the Arboretum. Living Museum or Science Lab backpacks can be borrowed from the Visitor Center and are suitable for families with kids over the age of three. more »
Wildlife Bingo Wildlife Bingo
The Arboretum is a great place to observe wildlife. Check out the wildlife image galleries, then print Wildlife Bingo [pdf] cards and search for critters in the landscape. As you find each item on your bingo card, cross off the square. The first person to cross off four in a row, wins! Remember, please do not disturb plants or wildlife when you visit.
Arboretum Interpreters Arboretum Interpreters
On weekend days in May, June, September, and October, look for Arboretum Interpreters in the landscape. These friendly and enthusiastic volunteers will help you find your way to Arboretum destinations, tell stories about fascinating plants, and highlight the Arboretum’s work as a research institution and living museum.
Photo Hunt Photo Hunt
A new twist on the scavenger hunt. Grab your digital camera or cell phone camera and start the photo hunt! Caregivers can download the instruction guide plus maps for your kids.
Adventures in the Explorers Garden Adventures in the Explorers Garden
Are you ready for an adventure? Find out why the Arboretum collects plants from around the globe. When you see the mobile tour logo, dial in for an adventure. Print the tour brochure [pdf] or download the podcast and start traveling! The tour begins on Bussey Hill Road at the Explorers Garden. Download a printable map [pdf] of the Arboretum.