Family Education Programs

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes families and young learners of all varieties to come and enjoy our beautiful and educational gardens.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden doesn’t just offer educational programming during the school day! Our out-of-school options include summer camps, family and group overnights and a variety of scout programs. We also offer programming for homeschool families during the school day.

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

Family Overnights

Family Overnights

April 21, 2018
May 5, 2018

$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. Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center.

View the Overnights FAQ

Register for Family Overnights

Click Here for Group Overnights.

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Family Night Owls

April 7 and May 19, 2018

Families with children ages 5-12
6:00pm-10 pm
$35 per person ($30 members)

Family Night Owls are perfect opportunity to explore the Arboretum at a time that no one else can – at night! Families will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike. A light snack is included. We are happy to host you child’s birthday party!

Register for Family Night Owls

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Sensory Friendly Family Day | November 5

Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day
November 5, 2017 | 8-11am
$5 per person
Includes Main Garden access only

Join us for a very special Autumn at the Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 8-11am. The Dallas Arboretum education staff will be joined by Dr. Tina Fletcher, EdD, OTR, of Texas Woman’s University School of Occupational Therapy and her team of occupational therapy students.

This specifically designed, “go at your own pace” exploration program will be held outdoors in the Lakeside Exhibit area, located behind the Jonsson Color Garden, to give participants a chance to enjoy and interact with nature. A sensory room facilitated by occupational therapy students from Texas Woman’s University, will be located inside our classrooms at the Visitor Education Pavilion in the Main Garden (Gate 1). Activities will include a multi-sensory exploration of pumpkins, photo scavenger hunt, nature obstacle course, and autumn inspired art activities. After your program, explore the Pumpkin Village and the beautiful garden displays throughout the Main garden. This special event does not include access to the Children’s Adventure Garden, but admission can be purchased at any ticket booth for $3. Check in for this event will be from 8:00-10:00am.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes November 3, 2017. No fee for Dallas Arboretum members.

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Children's Adventure Garden Activities

Programs for Children During Festivals

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

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