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Children's Adventure Garden Activities

Special Events

Craft Corner: Holiday Style

Weekdays, November 28-December 24, 9-11 a.m., Exploration Center

Stop by the Exploration Center every weekday and create a holiday nature craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your child’s creation will surely bring joy to those around you.

Select Children’s Adventure Garden activities may be relocated, rescheduled or canceled due to weather conditions beyond our control. For the most up-to-date information, please check with a staff member in the Children’s Adventure Garden.


Daily Programs

Week of December 5 - 9

Time Title Location Description
9:00 a.m. Craft Corner: Holiday Style Exploration Center Stop by the Exploration Center every weekday from 9a-11am and create a holiday craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your creating will surely bring joy to those around you.
10:00 a.m. Little Adventurers Activities First Adventure Are you ready for winter wonders? So are we! Join us for a winter adventure with stories, singing, and science.
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Starchy Night Exploration Center Plant Lab Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this Children’s Adventure Garden Plant Lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with shockingly sticky results!
12:00 p.m. The Weather Outside is Frightful Earth Cycles Have you ever wondered how meteorologists can tell us how many inches of snow, sleet, or freezing rain we might get during the storm.
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Omniglobe Theater We won't need the night to see these stars oh so bright. Join us in the exploration center for a glance into outer space.
4:00 p.m. Tracks in the Snow Walk on the Wildside Come be a detective and find out who left their tracks behind. Will you be able to track the trails?

Weekened of December 10 - 11

Time Title Location Description
10:00 a.m. Storytime First Adventure Join us as we get in the holiday spirit with fun and interactive stories, dance with jingle bells, and make ornament crafts! You won't want to miss the fun!
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Starchy Night Exploration Center Plant Lab Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this Children’s Adventure Garden Plant Lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with shockingly sticky results!
12:00 p.m. Letter Writing to Santa Moody Oasis 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 to catch Santa's attention. We may even have some of Santa's helpers stop by with some inside tips!
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night Omniglobe Theater We won't need the night to see these stars oh so bright. Join us in the exploration center for a glance into outer space.
4:00 p.m. Do you see what I see? Kaleidoscope Pergola Holiday cheer travels in waves. Find out for yourself how the motion of commotion travels.

Week of December 12 - 16

Time Title Location Description
9:00 a.m. Craft Corner: Holiday Style Exploration Center Stop by the Exploration Center every weekday from 9a-11am and create a holiday craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your creating will surely bring joy to those around you.
10:00 a.m. Little Adventurer Activities First Adventure Are you ready for winter wonders? So are we! Join us for a winter adventure with stories, singing, and science.
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Starchy Night Exploration Center Plant Lab Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this Children’s Adventure Garden Plant Lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with shockingly sticky results!
12:00 p.m. 12 Days of Christmas in Texas Moody Oasis Join us for a classic tale with a Texas twist. Will you recognize some of the great things we see in Texas?
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons Omniglobe Theater These incredibly powerful and destructive forces of nature affect the lives of people living all over the world. Enter into our Omni Globe Theater to see past natural disasters and learn about all three.
4:00 p.m. Winter Around the World Earth Cycles In six countries, winter is celebrated for a few days or over a series of months. Can you guess where some of these festivals occur at first glance?

Weekend of December 17 - 18

Time Title Location Description
10:00 a.m. Storytime First Adventure Join us as we get in the holiday spirit with fun and interactive stories, dance with jingle bells, and make ornament crafts! You won't want to miss the fun!
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Starchy Night Exploration Center Plant Lab Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this Children’s Adventure Garden Plant Lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with shockingly sticky results!
12:00 p.m. Letter Writing to Santa Earth Cycles Meet our staff by the Weather Station in Earth Cycles. What is the current temperature? What do the clouds tell us? Why is weather so hard to predict? Learn how to read the weather.
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons Omniglobe Theater These incredibly powerful and destructive forces of nature affect the lives of people living all over the world. Enter into our Omni Globe Theater to see past natural disasters and learn about all three.
4:00 p.m. There's No Flakes like Snowflakes Kaleidoscope "No two snowflakes are alike." Is this really true? Join us for the science behind snowflakes.

Week of December 19 - 24

Time Title Location Description
9:00 a.m. Craft Corner: Holiday Style Exploration Center Stop by the Exploration Center every weekday from 9a-11am and create a holiday craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your creating will surely bring joy to those around you.
10:00 a.m. Little Adventurer Activities First Adventure Are you ready for winter wonders? So are we! Join us for a winter adventure with stories, singing, and science.
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: Starchy Night Exploration Center Plant Lab Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this Children’s Adventure Garden Plant Lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a Non-Newtonian Fluid with shockingly sticky results!
12:00 p.m. History of the Gingerbread Man Incredible Edible Some treats are too sweet to not know their history. Can you run, run as fast as you can, to hear about the beginnning of the gingerbread man.
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons Omniglobe Theater These incredibly powerful and destructive forces of nature affect the lives of people living all over the world. Enter into our Omni Globe Theater to see past natural disasters and learn about all three.
4:00 p.m. Not a Creature was Stirring Habitats 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.

Closed for Christmas-Enjoy your Holiday

December 26 - 30 is our End of Year Extravaganza Week, with new Plant Lab programming everyday.

December 26-31

Time Title Location Description
10:00 a.m. Little Adventurers Activities Exploration Center Are you ready for winter wonders? So are we! Join us for a winter adventure with stories, singing, and science.
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Plant Lab: New Every Day Exploration Center Plant Lab Monday: Liquid of Life | Tuesday: How Sweet It Is | Wednesday: Elephant Toothpaste | Thursday: Strawberry DNA | Friday: Cabbage Juice Chemistry | Saturday: Monster Molecule Mist
12:00 p.m. It's Electrifying Exploration Center Electrical energy is part of our everyday lives at home, at work, and at school. Come and explore how electric circuits are needed to transfer energy into light, movement, or sound.
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Sweater Weather Omniglobe Theater What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to sweaters while others don't? Join us for as we answer these questions and many more.
4:00 p.m. A Bird's Dellight Exploration Center Explore the habitat for birds and give your creative muscles a workout. Try making your own bird feeder.

Plant Labs - 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Every Day in the Exploration Center

Date Lab Description
Monday, 12/26 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 with us that demonstrate how wonderful water really is.
Tuesday, 12/27 Plant Lab: How Sweet It Is Do bees and butterflies have favorite flowers? Make a hypothesis, use a refractometer to test nectars and analyze your results.
Wednesday, 12/28 Plant Lab: Elephant Toothpaste Join us in the Plant Lab as we explore chemical formulas and chemical reactions. Don't forget to bring your elephants!
Thursday, 12/29 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.
Friday, 12/30 Plant Lab: Cabbage Juice Chemistry Did you know red cabbage juice is an excellent pH indicator? Find out how it works in our Plant Lab.
Friday, 12/31 Plant Lab: Monster Molecule Mist Cook up your own monster molecule mist in the Exploration Center Plant Lab to make a putrid potion of magical matter that shifts from a solid into a gas (leveraging the chemical “magic” of dry ice).

Special Events

Gettin' TECH-y with the TECH Truck

December 22, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Moody Oasis)

Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack! Join the TECH Truck staff from the Perot Museum in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a hands-on experience where the only limit to creating is your brain!


Hydroponic LED Growth Chamber Exhibit

on loan from Farmer Tyler through the end of the year

Be sure to visit the new Hydroponic LED Growth Chamber Exhibit in the Exploration Center. Learn about hydroponics and the benefits it can have regarding water conservation and land preservation when growing food and plants.