Visit the Dallas Arboretum for Labor Day Weekend Festivities

The best part about summer coming to an end is Labor Day, a three-day weekend to help cushion the blow of having to go back to school and to tide everyone over until Thanksgiving hits. In celebration of this extended weekend, the Dallas Arboretum has plenty of events and discounts for the entire family to keep them smiling until November gets here.

Kick off the long weekend with our first Fall Cool Thursdays Concert, featuring The Doobie Brother’s tribute band, China Grove, Thursday, September 3, from 7 – 9PM. Enjoy songs that span the many decades and styles of the legendary California group, like “Long Train Runnin” and “Takin’ it to the Streets.” We’ll have food trucks on site for those hungry dancers, and allow attendees to pack their own picnic baskets, coolers and blankets for the show.

In the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, the Moody Oasis is the place to “bee” from9AM to noon on Saturday, September 5. Your family can explore the inner workings of a honeybee hive with Scott the Beekeeper and find answers to questions such as, “Why do honeybees make honey, and why are they so important?” Guests will also be invited to create and design a special hands-on project with the Home Depot team at 10AMon Sunday, September 6. For a complete list of Labor Day events and times, visit the Children’s Adventure Garden activities page.

One of the many floral displays on view in the main garden is the Crepe Myrtle Allee, whose delicate crimson petals will be cascading down during the first weeks of September. As summer comes to a close, bright spots of marigolds, dahlias and black-eyed susans appear throughout the garden, creating the quintessential setting for an afternoon picnic and, according to Forbes Travel Guide, one of “The Best Ways to Do Dallas Outdoors.”

We’re bringing the Texas Storybook Flower Village to life! Guests are invited to the shady Pecan Grove from 10AM to 2PMMonday, September 7, for special activities, including a petting zoo, live music and a red, white and blue stroller parade with special prizes awarded. Music by John Lefler and Camille Cortinas, a favorite during our first Garden Gigs, will play guitar under the shade of Pecan Grove from 11AM to 12:30PMAnd don’t forget to stop by the Terrace Café, where you can cool down with free popsicles

All this Labor Day fun comes at a discount, too! From September 4 to 7, admission to the Dallas Arboretum is discounted to $5 per person, including admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Tickets can only be purchased at the gate to receive this special offer. Discounted parking is also available for $8 when purchased in advance online.


Visit the Arboretum for Time Warner Cable Day August 15

Put the fun back in learning at Time Warner Cable Day, from 9AM to 2PM Saturday, August 15, at the Dallas Arboretum. This hands-on event includes activities designed to stretch young imaginations, including:

  • Creating illusions of motion by making thaumatropes
  • Conducting experiments to understand light absorption, reflection and transmission
  • Identifying flowers and leaves through leaf-rubbing experiments
  • Matching biofacts to the correct animal

Plus, a talented face painter will be onsite to give little ones a whimsical makeover.

The event takes place inside air-conditioned Rosine Hall and is part of the Dallas Arboretum August Dollar Days, when general admission is $1 and admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $2 for the entire month.

Time Warner Cable’s August Dollar Days at the Arboretum are part of its “Connect a Million Minds” initiative that launched in 2009 to support science- and nature-based activities. These STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities challenge children to explore their intellectual interests in innovative ways. According to the Connect a Million Minds website:

“America’s ability to use technology and innovation to solve problems has been the foundation for our nation’s quality of life, security and prosperity, yet as recent studies have shown, the decline in young people’s interest, especially among underrepresented youth, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers threatens that foundation.”

To address this “inspiration gap,” TWC has committed time and resources to entice more students to participate in STEM education. As of May 2014, TWC and its partners have connected more than a million students to STEM opportunities and continue to offer quality learning opportunities.

The Arboretum is proud to be a part of this initiative and invites you and your family to join us for this educational and fun event. Don’t forget to purchase your discounted parking online before visiting for just $8. See you Saturday!

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