Springtime at the Children’s Adventure Garden

With the dawn of spring comes the thirst for outdoor adventure! If you have kids, finding a place for them to unleash their pent-up energy that’s enjoyable for the entire family can be quite a conundrum. Let the Dallas Arboretum’s Children’s Adventure Garden come to your rescue! The Arboretum has beaucoup activities planned this season, so let the springtime adventure begin!

Foster your child’s love of all things literary at story time at the Moody Oasis.  The Little Adventure Activities, will surely use up some of your little one’s extra springtime energy. If that’s not enough, take a Walk on the Wildside, traverse the switchbacks and follow tracks left behind by friends.

If your little one’s interests are more culinary than literary, make sure you stop by the Children’s Adventure Garden for the Incredible Edible You Are What You Eat presentation. There, they’ll learn about edible plants, flowers and more. It may even get your kids excited about salads and the super food kale!

Visit the Exploration Center and go on an adventure and travel like a seed. We’ll float, fly, and get carried away like a Seed on the Move lab. After that, make sure you’re at the OmniGlobe Theater at 2:30PM weekdays for some super-fun shows that will entertain as well as educate. The lineup includes a wide array of topics such as “Out of This World,” “Shakin’ and Quakin’ in My Boots,” “Pangea,” “Quest for Life in Our Solar System” and “Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Typhoons.”

If you have a child who is 8 to 14 years old, he/she could have the opportunity to select next year’s adventures! The Arboretum’s Adventure Ambassadors Program offers children who love connecting with nature the opportunity to develop their leadership skills while participating in Arboretum activities and engaging with the community. FInd out more about the program here.

And the Arboretum’s got even more adventures planned—you just have to stop by and experience them all yourself!

Mark your calendar for Earth Day Celebration on April 18.

Before you set out for the Dallas Arboretum, remember to purchase your parking online. You save money, $8 versus $15, and you have the opportunity to park in our new parking garage, which is much closer to theChildren’s Garden than the main lot. That way you and your family can save your energy for all those exciting activities!

Say Hello to Dallas Blooms 2015!

Spring is getting closer, folks, and that means thousands of blooms will soon awaken after a frosty slumber. The Dallas Arboretum celebrates this season every year with more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs on brilliant display at Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans, February 28 through April 12. The Arboretum also has lots of fun activities and discounts to mark the opening of the Southwest’s biggest flower show.

Opening day offers an array of activities, including live Texas music and the re-openings of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and The Lay Family Garden. There will also be a volunteer information breakfast, which is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can get involved and become an Arboretum volunteer.

Make sure you take advantage of the discounts offered during this time: $8 parking is available online; There’s a 20% discount available on select Texas-themed items, including Texas candy, hats, coasters, glasses, pillows, toys and more at the Hoffman Family Gift Store, from February 27 until March 1.

Sunday, March 1, features more live Texas music. Plus, the Arboretum honors one of the most beloved children’s authors of all times with its Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. A different Dr. Seuss classic will be read from 10AM until 4PM throughout the gardens. Oh, the places you’ll go!

Members can enjoy the early-morning walk through the gardens, starting at 7AM through the end of October, giving you access to the garden for two hours prior to opening at 9AM. Don’t want to miss out? Don’t worry, sign up to become a member today!

Join us for Texas-themed topiaries, entertainment, 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs and Lone Star State fun during Dallas Blooms through April 12. And remember to purchase $8 discount online parking before you go. See you soon!



Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans Opens: 

Dallas Blooms is open from February 28 through April 12.

The Gerald Jones, a banjo and mandolin player in the garden from 10AM to 2PM.

Cafe on the Green: Warm up with Texas Street Tacos, Big Ol’ Bowl of Texas Chili, Sliced Brisket, Frito Chile Pie, Warm Pecan Pie Bread Pudding and more. The restaurant serves this special menu for Dallas Blooms from 9AM to 5PM.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Reopens. See the activities page for more information on events: 

10 a.m. – Story Time (Moody Oasis)

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – Seeds on the Move (Exploration Center Plant Lab)

11:30 a.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)

12:30 p.m. – Pollination Station (Moody Oasis)

1:30 p.m. – Camouflaged Creatures (Habitats)

2 p.m. – Wetland Wonders (Texas Native Wetlands)

2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)

3:30 p.m. – You Are What You Eat (Incredible Edible)

4 p.m. – Nestled Nests (Habitats)

The Lay Family Garden reopens:

Join us as the Lay Family Garden reopens, providing guests a newly interpreted two-acre garden to visit at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Renamed and reinterpreted, the Lay Family Garden preserves original iconic elements, such as the waterwalls fountain.  It also features a larger pond, a new grotto and waterfall, and beautiful new horticultural accents.

Volunteer Information Breakfast from 10-11:30AM in Rosine Hall: 

Come out and enjoy light breakfast while learning more about how you can volunteer in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Bring your friends! All are welcome.



Dallas Blooms:

Rhett Butler plays guitar in the garden from 1PM to 4PM.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration :

Join us for a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration. We will be reading a different Dr. Seuss book each hour from 10AM to 4PM throughout the gardens. Separate admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden is required to participate in the readings in the Children’s Adventure Garden.

10AM – Oh the Places You’ll Go! / ¡Oh, cúan lejos llegarás! – The Moody Oasis in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

11AM – Horton Hears a Who – Plants are Alive in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

12PM. – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Indian Courtyard

1PM – Cat in the Hat – DeGolyer Pergola

2PM – Green Eggs and Ham – Incredible Edible Garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

3PM – The Lorax – Habitats in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

4PM – Hop on Pop – The Lay Family Garden



Friday, February 27; Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1: The Hoffman Family Gift store will offer a 20% discount on select Texas items, including Texas candy, hats, coasters, glasses, pillows, toys and more. No additional discounts allowed.

Through March 1: Take advantage of $5 general admission and get an early Dallas Blooms sneak peek in the garden.

Ongoing: Discounted $8 parking online if purchased before your arrival to The Dallas Arboretum.


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