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.

Free Fun Fridays Free Fun Fridays!
Come to the Arnold Arboretum on July 24, 2015 and enjoy FREE activities from 10am to 3pm, part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program. Enjoy free activities like nature walks, water coloring, reading nook, pollination bingo, story board walk, and more. For more information, email or call 617.384.5209.
Silk tree Tree of the Month
Silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) bears fragrant flowers with pink, thread-like stamens throughout the month of July. Check out our Tree-of-the-Month [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.