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Additional opportunities for children

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes school groups, families and other children's organizations to enjoy our beautiful and educational gardens.

Learn about the Children's Adventure Garden

For more information on available children's programming outside of school, please click the links below.

Family Overnights Click for More

Fall 2016 dates: September 23, 24 and 30 | October 1, 7, 8, 21 and 22

Spring 2017 dates: March 17, 18 and 31 | April 1, 28, and 29 | May 12 | June 2, 3, 16, 23 and 24

6:00pm-9:00am

$55 per person ($50 members)


Arboretum Family Overnights will allow family groups an unprecedented experience in the Children’s Adventure Garden: overnight access. Visitors will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and create seed bombs to take home with them. A light snack and continental breakfast are included. 


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Group Overnights Click for More

Fall 2016 dates: Oct 14 & 15 / Nov 4 & 5

Spring 2017 dates: March 24 & 25 / April 7, 8, 21, & 22 / May 5, 6, 19, 20 / June 9 & 10

6:00pm-9:00 am

$55 per person ($50 members)

Arboretum Group Overnights are perfect opportunity to explore the Arboretum at a time that no one else can – at night! Groups will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and create seed bombs to take home with them. A light snack and continental breakfast are included.

Groups that wish to bring their own content can also be accommodated.


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Growing Up Wild Click for More

Growing Up WILD! at the Dallas Arboretum


$50 ($40 members) per pair for one session

$190 ($150 members) per pair for entire season (4 sessions)

$550 ($450 members) per pair for entire year (12 sessions)

3-5 year old with one guardian

Price includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission

We believe a young child’s connection to nature is essential and our Growing Up WILD! at the Dallas Arboretum programs are sure to engage you just as much as your youngster. Join us as we discover nature through hands-on explorations, stories, song and dance, crafts and even a themed snack. Each program also includes fun things parents, guardians and children can do together at home after the class.

Purchase a single class up to an entire year – the choice is yours, but you’ll have a WILD time learning together!

Fall 2016 series


Sign up for the entire Fall season

9/26/16 First Impressions

Children combine movement and math to show how they think and feel about animals.

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10/10/16 Looking at Leaves

Children practice their observation skills by comparing leaves.

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10/24/16 What’s Wild?

Children engage in stories comparing the lives of a wild and a tame animal, then sort animals into categories.

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11/7/16 Terrific Turkeys

Children learn about wild turkeys.

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Winter 2016 series


Sign up for the entire Winter season

1/9/17 Wildlife is Everywhere

Children make observations and understand that wildlife is all around us.

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1/23/17 Hiding in Plain Sight

Children play a game of hide and seek to learn about important adaptations in many wild animals.

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2/6/17 Tracks!

Children explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.

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2/20/17 Who Lives in a Tree?

Children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them “home.”

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Spring 2017 series


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3/20/17 Seed Need

Children explore seeds as food for people and animals and learn how animals spread seeds.

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4/3/17 Bird Beak Buffet

Children learn about the special functions of bird beaks.

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4/17/17 Owl Pellets

Children dissect an owl pellet and learn what owls eat.

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5/1/17 Aqua Charades

Children explore the importance of water for people, animals and plants.

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Programs are held rain or shine.

Please contact the Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578 or by email at education@dallasarboretum.org with questions.

Fall Homeschool Day Click for More

Fall Homeschool Day: Children’s Garden Adventure

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$12 per child and Adult - K - 12 Grade

Price includes Children's Adventure Garden admission and parking


Join us for self-paced exploration of the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden during a morning tailored just for Homeschool families. Discover our outdoor learning galleries with Dallas Arboretum education staff. Investigate the connection between science, math and art, gain a new understanding of alternative energy sources and transfer of energy and explore different kinds of plant and animal life cycles.


Register early and sign up to participate in 30-minute special programs just for homeschool families (space is limited). In our OmniGlobe Theater, watch as the sphere transforms into NASA maps of the planets to discover what makes each planet unique. In Texas Native Wetlands, conduct an experiment to find what is living in the water and how these organisms help us determine if there is pollution.


Students will create and take home their very own terrarium, too.

Includes admission to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens all day!


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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Click for More

We are pleased to offer reduced admission to the entire Garden, including the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

Group Rates

Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person

Adults: $10 per person

Parking: $8 discounted parking ​available online

A minimum of 10 tickets must be purchased to receive this rate

To make a reservation and secure these rates, call 214.515.6540 at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please have your troop number and credit card ready when calling.



Badge-Earning Programs for Girl Scouts

Spring dates:  April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21

Fall dates: October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 12 and November 19

One two-hour program beginning at either 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Minimum of 8 scouts are required for the program. Cost is $20 per each scout.


Brownie

Bugs

Painting

Household Elf


Cadette

Trees


Junior

Flowers

Gardener

Drawing

Children's Camps Click for More

Plan the perfect activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable adventure!

Learn More About Children's Camps



What do parents say about camps at the Arboretum?

“I thought this camp was perfect, and the counselors were terrific!” Parent of a 9-year-old boy


“Thank you so much for having these camps. Our family loves the Arboretum camps and the kids look forward to it every year! We will continue coming!” Parent of a 7-year-old boy


“My daughter has attended camps at the Arboretum since she was 5 – we love your camps!” Parent of an 8-year-old girl


“My child loved every minute of camp. Keep up the great job!” Parent of a 4-year-old girl

“I feel very safe dropping my children off to camp” Parent of 5 & 6-year old girls


Great Contributors Click for More

$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free | $15 per additional adult

3rd – 8th Grade


Price includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission

Bring your student group to explore our special exhibition, Great Contributors, in the Main Garden. This one-hour Arboretum educator-led program focuses on the lives and times of eight historic figures, including Shakespeare, Lincoln, and the Wright Brothers – all artfully cast in bronze and placed throughout the garden. Each student will receive an interactive exhibit guide and will explore the art, culture, and history of the notable figures, their contemporaries, and Dallas during their day. Scholarships are available for this program and transportation funds are available upon request.


To make a reservation please contact the Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578 or by email at education@dallasarboretum.org.

Programs for Children During Festivals Click for More

​During Autumn at the Arboretum and Dallas Blooms, parents can bring their children to Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays for face painting, music, petting zoos and other seasonal fun. Family Fun Fridays offers the same exciting programming during Summer at the Arboretum. 

Learn more about Seasonal Festivals


Children's Adventure Garden Activities Click for More