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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

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Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

We are delighted to be able to aid in teaching life and Earth science to school children, teachers and families through the experience of a connection to nature. Come experience the wonder!

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Daily Programs | Activities | Explore the Garden |
Video Overview | Accolades | Email Signup

Admission Pricing to the Children’s Garden

Regular Admission$3
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Daily Programs | Activities | Explore the Garden | Video Overview | Accolades | E-mail Signup

Programs in the Children’s Adventure Garden

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Walne Family Discovery Lab

Every day at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

The Walne Family Discovery Lab is a unique, in-depth opportunity to experience hands-on STEM learning in the Exploration Center. Stop by the counter and try your hand at daily experiments and explorations led by an experienced Arboretum educator. With multiple chances to learn each day and rotating experiments every week, there’s always something new to learn. Please note that the Walne Family Discovery Lab is for ages 6 & up.

Summer Themes

May 31-Jun. 6: Bio Bounce – Learn about rubber and make a take-home toy surprise out of plant products.
Jun. 7-13: pH Flower Power – Flowers come in so many colors! Discover its cause in this floral lab.
Jun. 14-20: Catalyst Catastrophe – Learn about catalysts and chemical changes as we cause a catastrophe in the garden.
Jun. 21-27: Mixture of Solutions – Discover the differences between mixtures and solutions as we combine plant products to create sculpture dough.
Jun. 28-Jul. 2: Sand Science – Study the shifting sands of the world as we learn about beaches across the country.
Jul. 3-4: Sublimation of Independence – Join us in making an amazing mixture of magical matter that shifts from a solid into a gas. Celebrate the Sublimation of Independence!
Jul. 5-11: Fantastic Fungi – Have fun dissecting fungi while we learn about its essential role in nature and the relationship between it and plants.
Jul. 12-18: Synthesize This – Do you eat rocks? No? Explore how rocks and plants can be synthesized to make some of your favorite snacks.
Jul. 19-25: The Power of Money – Discover how to generate electricity using the coins that could be in your pocket.
Jul. 26-Aug. 1: Floating in the Ocean – Imagine yourself swimming at the beach as we learn what makes ocean water different from the water in lakes.
Aug. 2-8: Lenses of Light – Learn how to bend and bounce light as we experiment with reflection and refraction in a garden.
Aug. 9-15: Rockin’ Science – Break down the earth before your very eyes with the help of acid. Learn hands on how acid rain affects the ground beneath us and the plants around us.
Aug. 16-22: Seeds on the Move – Go on an adventure and travel like a seed. We’ll float, fly and get carried away like seeds.

STEM Stops

Every day at 11am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm

STEM Stops are your chance to stop and experience in-depth science and STEM learning in the Children’s Adventure Garden! Join facilitators throughout various galleries as they share fun experiments and real scientific specimens for you to explore that relate to topic of each gallery. STEM Stops are “come-n-go,” so each experience is guided by YOU and your discovery journey.

Pop-Up Themes

Want to celebrate special and quirky holidays in style? Stop by the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for one-day-only hands-on learning, crafts, and experiments these dates!

June 8: World Oceans Day – Learn about the wide variety of ocean animals as well as what you can do to help keep our oceans healthy.
June 17: National Eat Your Vegetables Day – Join us in the Incredible Edible gallery for hands-on learning about healthy eating and the science behind vegetables.
June 21: National Selfie Day, Summer Solstice and World Day of Music – Explore the music of nature found in the garden and celebrate with a Summer Solstice Selfie. Post your pic on social media and grab a prize in the Exploration Center.
June 30: International Asteroid Day and Social Media Day – Check out OmniGlobe programs running all day as well as see real asteroid and meteor artifacts. Post a selfie and collect a prize in the Exploration Center.
July 8: National Video Game Day – Stop by the Exploration Center to try out new earth and life science video games, explore the over 100 touch screen games in the garden, or check out the Children’s Adventure Garden’s first at-home video game!
July 14: Shark Awareness Day – Did you know that sharks actually live in the coastal waters of Texas? Learn all about them and more with hands-on activities and crafts.
July 18: National Ice Cream Day – Celebrate National Ice Cream day with liquid nitrogen ice cream as we learn about the physical properties of matter.
July 25: Christmas in July – Get festive and fun as we bring out the holidays to beat the heat! Enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, snow science experiments, and learn how to make winter holiday candles.
August 3: National Watermelon Day – Grab a slice and get learning! Try hands-on experiments related to watermelons and take home your own seeds to grow your own.
August 19: National Aviation Day – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s both! Enjoy National Aviation Day where we explore principles of lift, drag, aerodynamics and more as they relate to planes and flying animals.
August 21: National Senior Citizens Day – Learning is for everyone, and we want to offer that to some special friends! Seniors can grab a free cup of coffee and enjoy a special morning from 8-9am with early entry to the Children’s Adventure Garden just for Senior Citizens and their families. There are hands-on activities from 8-11am designed for these lifelong explorers and multi-generational learning.
August 31: World Distance Learning Day – Join us in-person or from home as we celebrate World Distance Learning Day with special activities and guest speakers from all across DFW and beyond.

OmniGlobe

Every day at 9:30am, 11:30am & 2:30pm

The OmniGlobe is an “out of this world” experience in the Exploration Center you’ll have to see to believe! This six-foot sphere is illuminated by two projectors inside which can create expansive images of planets, the Sun, and even the Earth’s weather patterns, ocean currents and so much more. Take a break indoors and enjoy this eye-opening educational journey daily.

The Glade Puppet Show

Weekdays at 10:30am
Weekends at 10:30am & 11:30am

The Glade Puppet Show is a fun, interactive performance designed for learners ages 7 and under. Explore grade level appropriate topics such as seasons, metamorphosis, habitats and more as you meet Arboretum Andy and their crew of furry friends from around the Children’s Adventure Garden.

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Live Science Show

Weekends at 1pm & 3pm

The Live Science Show will blow you away – literally! Join us in Incredible Edible as presenters share exciting STEM experiments and performances about everything from physics to chemistry and beyond. Designed for elementary to adult, your entire family will enjoy this show stopping adventure.

Special Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Learn More about Earth Day

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    In honor of Earth Day, enjoy a weekend in nature at the Dallas Arboretum on April 24 with hands-on, outdoor activities.
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    Earth Day

    Saturday, April 24 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
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    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, May 29 at
  • Learn More about SmART Science

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    This summer from May 29–July 31, grab an activity sheet to help you discover hidden art throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden!
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    SmART Science

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  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Sunday, May 30 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
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    Kelley Family Days

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  • Learn More about Plant-palooza

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Explore the wonderful world of living things at Plant-palooza! Learn all about botany with family-friendly, hands-on experiments.
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    Plant-palooza

    Saturday, June 12 at
  • Learn More about Plant-palooza

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Explore the wonderful world of living things at Plant-palooza! Learn all about botany with family-friendly, hands-on experiments.
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    Plant-palooza

    Sunday, June 13 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

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  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, July 3 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Sunday, July 4 at
  • Learn More about Beat the Heat

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Summer heat got you beat? Join us for super “cool” science this July in the Children’s Adventure Garden.
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    Beat the Heat

    Saturday, July 10 at
  • Learn More about Beat the Heat

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Summer heat got you beat? Join us for super “cool” science this July in the Children’s Adventure Garden.
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    Beat the Heat

    Sunday, July 11 at
  • Learn More about Animal Adventures

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Get wild & wacky exploring the awesome world of animals! Learn about the real animal habitats and have a “roaring” good time.
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    Animal Adventures

    Saturday, August 7 at
  • Learn More about Animal Adventures

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Get wild & wacky exploring the awesome world of animals! Learn about the real animal habitats and have a “roaring” good time.
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    Animal Adventures

    Sunday, August 8 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, September 4 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Sunday, September 5 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Monday, September 6 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, October 2 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Sunday, October 3 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
    More Details about Kelley Family Days

    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, December 4 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Garden

    Through a generous gift from the Kelley Family, complimentary admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will be offered on select dates.
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    Kelley Family Days

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Learn more about the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Daily Programming is designed to inspire young minds to explore a world of educational adventure!

 

Other Accolades

  • Thea Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement as a Science/Discovery Garden.
  • Certified as a Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.
  • A certified Monarch Waystation
  • A Texas Aquatic Science certified field site

The Dallas Arboretum’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is a truly spectacular addition to this community—brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed. Kids of all ages will have an engaging and entertaining experience, all while learning more about the wonders of our planet.

– Boyd Matson, Host, National Geographic Weekend

I’m excited about the hands-on learning experience that the next generation of geologists and engineers will have in the Energy Learning Center. Challenging young minds is the way we will adapt to the future energy demands.

– Dr. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University

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With so many paths to take, visiting the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is one of the most intriguing ways in all of Dallas to spend a day outdoors with children.