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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
Family + Adventure Garden MembersFREE

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Membership benefits include free visits to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Explore memberships


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Daily Programs | Activities | Explore the Garden | Video Overview | Accolades | E-mail Signup

Programs in the Children’s Adventure Garden

Indoor area with chairs

Walne Family Discovery Lab

Every day at 11am, 2pm & 3pm

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.

Upcoming Themes

Sep. 25-Oct. 1: Wiggly Worms – Do you like to eat worms? Come to the Lab to learn how to make an edible wiggly worm.
Oct. 2-8: Great Flying Grasshoppers – Create a flying grasshopper and see how high your grasshopper can jump.
Oct. 9-15: Magnetic Monarchs – Everyone is attracted to butterflies. Join us in the lab to learn how Monarchs use the power of magnetism during migration to and from Mexico.
Oct. 16-18 & Oct. 21-22: Animatronic Insects – Learn about how insects us camouflage for protection, then create an animatronic camouflaged insect with electronics.
Oct. 20: Natural Inks – Discover how ink can be made from natural products and create an Arboretum inspired artwork using your ink.
Oct. 23-31: Spider Slime – Celebrate Halloween insect style as you learn how to create your own awesome spider slime!

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.

Upcoming Themes

Starting Sep. 18 until Oct. 31:
Moody Oasis Mornings at 10am
Texas Native Wetlands at 1:30pm
Exploration Center Plaza at 3:30pm

Sep. 25-Oct. 1
10am: Bee Dance
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Critters
3:30pm: Worm Investigation

Sep. 29
10am: Bean to Cup
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Pollination Partners
3:30pm: Special Scents

Oct. 2-8
10am: Bug Investigations
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Critters
3:30pm: Bug Moves

Oct. 9-15
10am: Monarch Migration
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Critters
3:30pm: Pollinator Bingo

Oct. 16-22
10am: Bug Camouflage
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Critters
3:30pm: Dragonflies and Damselflies, Oh My!

Oct. 23-31
10am: Wonders of Webs
1:30pm: Texas Native Wetland Critters
3:30pm: Walk like a Tarantula

OmniGlobe

Every day at 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 midday cool-off break and join us at 11:30am daily for OmniOutlook, featuring current weather or space events.

Daily at 2:30pm

Sep. 25-Oct. 1
Out to Sea

Oct. 2-8
Starry Night

Oct. 9-15
Shakin’ & Quakin’ in My Boots

Oct. 16-22
Which Biome is My Home?

Oct. 23-29
Worlds Beyond My Sun

Oct. 30-Nov. 5
Tour the Solar System

The Glade Puppet Story Time

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.

Upcoming Themes

Sep. 25-Oct. 1
Ten Little Caterpillars book by author Bill Martin Jr 

Oct. 2-8
The Ant and the Grasshopper book by Rebecca Emberly and Ed Emberly 

Oct. 9-15
Waiting for Wings book by Lois Ehlert 

Oct. 16-22
Some Bugs book by Angela DiTerlizzi

Oct. 23-31
The Very Busy Spider book by Eric Carle

children outdoors spinning an interactive food wheel

Live Science Show

Weekends • Times and locations vary

Join us weekends during Bugtopia for up-close bug investigations, monarch tagging and special guests connected to the theme of each week.

Sep. 25 & 26
Sensational Silkworms
Exploration Center at 1pm & 2pm

Oct. 2, 3, 9 & 10
Butterfly Encounters
12pm & 2pm
Learn about the incredible migration of the monarch butterfly and explore other species of butterflies at the Moody Oasis with Texas Master Naturalists and Melissa Singleton with US Fish & Wildlife.

Oct. 16, 17, 23 & 24
Honey Bees with TheBeeRescue.com
Exploration Center Plaza at 1pm & 3pm

Special Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Learn More about Children’s Adventure Garden Trick or Treating

    Located at Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden

    Children’s Adventure Garden Trick or Treating with select galleries open. Come in costume for Trick or Treat stations, a spooky maze tour, special mad scientist lab, and so much more!

    Adults: Please do not wear masks.

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    Children’s Adventure Garden Trick or Treating

    Friday, October 29 at
  • Learn More about Wiggle Week

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Explore creatures that wiggle and squirm from worms and caterpillars to dancing bees.
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    Wiggle Week

    Saturday, September 25 at
  • Learn More about Leaps and Bounds

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Investigate how bugs move, walk, crawl or leap to find their food and evade predators.
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    Leaps and Bounds

    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.
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    Kelley Family Days

    Saturday, December 4 at
  • Learn More about Butterfly Encounters

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Learn about the incredible migration of the monarch butterfly and explore other species of butterflies at the Moody Oasis at 12pm & 2pm.
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    Butterfly Encounters

    Saturday, October 2 at
  • Learn More about Fantastic Fluttering Insects

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Join us as we explore the fantastic, fluttering butterfly, and take part in Monarch tagging on the incredible Moody Oasis.
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    Fantastic Fluttering Insects

    Saturday, October 9 at
  • Learn More about Camouflage and Take Cover!

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Investigate how and why bugs camouflage, and learn about the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies.
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    Camouflage and Take Cover!

    Thursday, October 21 at
  • Learn More about Honey Bees

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Learn about honey bees from local bee rescue experts at thebeerescue.com. Explore the equipment they use to keep and rescue honey bees.
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    Honey Bees

    Saturday, October 23 at
  • Learn More about Awesome Arachnids

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    In celebration of Halloween, investigate the world of spiders and scorpions during this creepy week.
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    Awesome Arachnids

    Saturday, October 23 at
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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.