The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is a STEAM-focused, hands-on learning laboratory with programming and exhibits for children of all ages.

Special Events

Holiday Hunt for Santa’s Helpers (All ages can participate!)

November 24– December 24, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Explore the Children’s Adventure Garden and look out for Santa’s helpers, like a frog on a log, a deer right here, a fox in the rocks, a squirrel on a whirl, an owl on a towel, or a bobcat in a hat. Take a picture with four of Santa’s helpers and then bring pictures to the Exploration Center to redeem a prize

Saturdays & Sundays, December 9-10, 16-17

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Craft Corner: Holiday Style Stop by the Exploration Center and create a holiday craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your creation will surely bring joy to those around you. Exploration Center
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Let it Snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Join us as we explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions. Exploration Center
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Reindeer Games Ready, set,… Go! Take part in our reindeer games this holiday season! Moody Oasis
3:30 p.m. Igloo Engineering The frigid, Arctic tundra, it is important for Inuit hunters to keep warm, so they build homes..MADE OF SNOW!!! What!?!! Join us to discuss how this works and create your own igloo. Exploration Center

December 11-15

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Letter-Writing to Santa Make sure Santa knows what you want for Christmas! Come to our letter-writing workshop to write your letter to Santa. You’ll receive special paper, pens, stickers; everything you would need to catch Santa’s attention. We may even have some of Santa’s helpers stop by with some inside tips! Exploration Center
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Let It Snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Join us as we explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions. explore. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Not a Creature was Stirring Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Habitats
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
3:30 p.m. Tracks in the Snow Come be a detective and find out who left their tracks behind. Will you be able to track the trails? Walk on the Wildside

December 18-22

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Letter-Writing to Santa Make sure Santa knows what you want for Christmas! Come to our letter-writing workshop to write your letter to Santa. You’ll receive special paper, pens, stickers; everything you would need to catch Santa’s attention. We may even have some of Santa’s helpers stop by with some inside tips! Exploration Center
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Let It Snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Join us as we explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions. explore. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. There's No Flakes like Snowflakes "No two snowflakes are alike." Is this really true? Join us for the science behind snowflakes. Kaleidoscope
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
3:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Come explore and design with everyday shapes to create a winter wonderland masterpiece. Kaleidoscope

The Dallas Arboretum is CLOSED December 25. Happy Holidays. See you on the 26th.

December 26-29

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Letter-Writing to Santa Make sure Santa knows what you want for Christmas! Come to our letter-writing workshop to write your letter to Santa. You’ll receive special paper, pens, stickers; everything you would need to catch Santa’s attention. We may even have some of Santa’s helpers stop by with some inside tips! Exploration Center
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. PLANT LAB EXTRAVAGANZA A new Lab every day of the week. See below for schedule. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Sensational Snowmen Have you ever wondered how winter storms form? How do we get ice or snow to appear? Learn all about winter weather and create your very own snowman! Create an endothermic reaction and have fun with our version of snow! Incredible Edible
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
3:30 p.m. O Christmas Tree One of the holiday’s favorite activities is picking out the Christmas tree. Come learn about the different Christmas tree species grown in Texas. Incredible Edible

December 26-29 - Plant Lab Extravaganza

Labs begin daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. in the Exploration Center.

Time Activity Description Location
Tuesday, December 26 Plant Lab: Strawberry DNA Did you know that DNA is in all living things? Including the food we eat? Come extract DNA from fruit and learn why it is important for a scientist to study DNA. Exploration Center
Wednesday, December 27 Plant Lab: How Sweet It Is? If you were a bee, which flowers would be your favorite? Make a hypothesis, use a refractometer to test nectars, and analyze your results. Exploration Center
Thursday, December 28 Plant Lab: Elephant's Toothpaste This chemical reaction has us bubbling with excitement! Take part in this classic experiment to create your own Elephant Toothpaste. Exploration Center
Friday, December 29 Plant Lab: Liquid of Life Join us as we study an amazing liquid that we normally don’t take time to think about, water. We are going to explore some of the properties of water that make life on Earth possible. Come do some hands on experiments that demonstrate how wonderful water really is. Exploration Center

Saturday & Sunday, December 23-24

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Craft Corner: Holiday Style Stop by the Exploration Center and create a holiday craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your creation will surely bring joy to those around you. Exploration Center
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Let it Snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Join us as we explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions. Exploration Center
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. 12 Days of Christmas Bring your little ones to learn about the shapes they see in the winter landscape and create a landscape of your own. Exploration Center
4:00 p.m. 11 Pipers Piping Music is a beautiful part of the holiday season. Come learn the science behind what makes the sweet sound of carols. Exploration Center

Saturday & Sunday, December 23-24

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. Exploration Center
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Let it Snow Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Join us as we explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions. Exploration Center
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Without heaters or coats how do plants and animals survive the cold months of winter? Find the answer to this question as we explore the methods of cold weather survival mastered by plants and animals. Exploration Center
4:00 p.m. Fireworks In A Jar Bring some science to your New Year in our colorful experiment! Exploration Center

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