Break from your regular after-school routine or Saturday morning outdoor stroll with baby and toddler in tow and head to The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The 8-acre garden takes learning about the environment and STEAM-related topics (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) from the textbooks to interactive, outdoor activities.
The garden is home to 17 galleries, 150 interactive exhibits, an acre of Texas native wetlands, a plant petting zoo (yes, kids get to touch and feel the plants as they learn about photosynthesis) a 6-foot-tall OmniGlobe in the Exploration Center where kids can learn about weather patterns from around the world and much more—plan to spend a whole day exploring the garden. (You may even want to come back another weekend to continue perusing). Watch your kids climb up a tree trunk (stairs are built inside the tree for easy access) and look over the garden from the top of the tree house, explore the wind energy exhibit for another bird’s eye view of the garden and perform experiments in the plant lab—the activities in this garden are quite endless.
The Children’s Garden anniversary coincides with the debut of the Arboretum’s yearly Autumn at the Arboretum celebration, through November 21. This year, the theme is Adventures in Neverland, where your kids will truly get a glimpse of Neverland. The Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is set up with scenes from the movie: Tinkerbell’s home, the iconic pirate ship, Wendy’s London home and the Lost Boys’ hideout.
The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas and is open daily from 9am–5pm. Keep an eye on the Arboretum’s website for upcoming family-friendly events throughout the month.