Family bonding at the Arboretum

With the recent emergence of spring, the time has come to leave behind the dreary winter weather and head outdoors. But make sure to bring your little ones with you. In addition to the beautiful gardens, there are activities for families to enjoy Mondays, Tuesdays and every day, really.

Mommy and Me Mondays are a fantastic way for moms and their kiddos to get a little bonding time while taking in the Arboretum’s natural beauty. The group meets Mondays from 10AM to 2PM in the Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. Activities include a petting zoo, face painting, nature art and Kindermusik classes.

Tiny Tot Tuesdays provide another day to enjoy some mommy-kid time. You’ll find many of the same activities from Monday, including face painting, a petting zoo, nature art and Kindermusik. You can join in the fun at Pecan Grove. Make sure to bring your camera along to snap some photos of your little ones! 

After enjoying the festivities, head over to the 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden to take advantage of the age-specific galleries, beautiful views and innovative displays where you and your kids can learn about life and earth sciences through interactive exhibits.

Both Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays are free with general admission and will run every Monday and Tuesday throughApril 15. In case of rain or inclement weather, check the website or Facebook page the morning of to see if the events will be moved indoors.

The Arboretum hosts family-friendly activities every day of the week. They include:

Experiments and Mysteries: Exploration Center – Plant Lab

Through April 20: weekdays at 10AM, 1PM and 3PM; weekends at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM and 2:30PM

Children can analyze two different milk samples to decide which milk comes from an animal and which comes from a plant. Kids can also take part in a new CSI-inspired mystery, which teaches deductive reasoning. Experiments are complimentary with admission to the Children’s Garden.

Nature Puppet Show

Through April 20 (weather permitting): weekends at 10AM, 11AM, 2AM and 3PM

Children’s Garden guests are invited to watch the puppet show How Stumpy Got His Name. The nature puppet show stars Stump the Tree and several animal friends. The play is appropriate for children third-grade and younger, though all are welcome.

Learn About Birds

Through April 20

Look through the scopes on the Oasis and the Energy Tower to see the migrating birds on White Rock Lake. Visit the 9,100-square-foot Exploration Center to watch “See the Unseen,” a spin browser that captures details of a hummingbird in flight, pollen on a bat and more. Discover what birds are lurking through the Wildlife Blind in the Texas Native Wetlands. Identify various birdcalls and bird and animal tracks along the Dripping Springs Trail. 

Exciting and educational programs are also available throughout 2014 as part of the Year of the Children’s Garden initiative. Presented by respected professionals in the field of nature and chaired by exceptional community leaders, these custom events and programs highlight the unique educational offerings of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

The Joy of Science presented by University of Texas at Dallas: Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Saturday, April 12: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Science professors and students will invade the Children’s Garden on April 12 to bring the Joy of Science to life. Look for a Physics Circus as well as activities in Geosciences, Robotics, Biology, Neurosciences, Chemistry and STEM. The Joy of Science program is free of charge to paid guests of the Children’s Garden.

You can call the Arboretum at 214-515-6500 for any additional information. Admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden is an additional charge.