Rory Meyers, a beloved, generous and long-standing board member of the Arboretum, recently passed away. To learn more and make a tribute in honor of her, please click here.

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!

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed for preventive maintenance January 1–February 19. During that time, be on the lookout for fun pop-up events in the Main Garden!

On this page:

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

The Children’s Adventure Garden is closed for preventive maintenance January 1–February 19.

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

On this page:

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

Programs in the Children’s Adventure Garden

When the Children’s Adventure Garden reopens, here’s an idea of some of the great activities you can expect!

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Walne Family Discovery Lab

Every day at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

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.

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.


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 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.


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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Start Your Adventure Here

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.