8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will re-open for the year on February 24!


Regular Admission$3
Family + Adventure Garden MembersFREE

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Programs in the Children’s Adventure Garden

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Walne Family Discovery Lab

Exploration Center

Monday – Friday: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, & 3:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, & 3:30pm

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.

Lab Schedule
2/24-2/25 Stomp Rockets
2/26-3/3 Sauce or Solid: Oobleck
3/4-3/10 Build a Bird
3/11-3/17 Fantastic Fungi
3/18-3/24 Whooting Owl Pellets
3/25-4/1 Natural Egg Dye
4/2-4/8 Layers of the Earth
4/9-4/14 Bio-Bounce
4/15-4/21 Worm Investigation
4/22-4/28 Seed Dispersal Lab
4/29-5/5 Paper Animatronics: Dancing Astronauts
5/6-5/12 Galaxy Slime
5/13-5/19 Alka-Seltzer Pop Rockets
5/20-5/27 Fizzy Dino Lab
5/28-6/2 Walking on Water



Exploration Center

Monday – Friday: 2:30pm & 4:oopm
Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am, 2:30pm, & 4:00pm

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. 

Little Adventurers Activities

Storytime: Weekdays at 10:30am
Location: First Adventure

Puppet Show: Weekends at 10:30am & 1:30pm
Location: The Glade

Join us during the week for storytime, where we explore seasonal and thematic storybooks.  During this 10-15 minute program, our tiniest guests (0-5years) will explore concepts related to nature, science, and holidays. On the weekends, join us for Puppet Shows in The Glade, where we will join some garden critters as they share their experiences in the natural world around us.

STEM Stops

Monday – Friday: 1:30pm (STEM Stop A) & 3:00pm (STEM Stop B)
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am (STEM Stop A) & 1:00pm (STEM Stop B)

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 the topic of each gallery. STEM Stops are “come-n-go,” so each experience is guided by YOU and your discovery journey.


2/24-2/25 Celestial Phenomena (A) or It’s Just a Phase (B)
2/26-3/3 Cranium Clues with a Dr. Seuss Spin (A) or A Cat in a Hat: Stack Challenge (B)
3/4-3/17 Camouflage Creatures (A) or Bird Beak Buffet (B)
3/18-4/1 Super Sensors (A) or On the Move (B)
4/2-4/8 It’s Just a Phase (A) or Celestial Phenomena (B)
4/9-4/19 Compost Stew (A) or Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (B)
4/20-4/28 Life Cycle of a Tree (A) or Waggle Dance (B)
4/29-5/5 Solar System Walk (A) or Telescopic View (B)
5/6-5/12 Are You My Mother? (A) or Saving Stellaluna (B)
5/13-5/27 Dino Dig (A) or What Teeth Tell Us (B)

Special Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Learn More about Eclipse Hype with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

    Eclipse Hype with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

    Saturday, February 24 at
  • Learn More about Eclipse Weekend Space EXPO

    Eclipse Weekend Space EXPO

    Saturday, April 6 at
  • Learn More about Eclipse Weekend Space EXPO

    Eclipse Weekend Space EXPO

    Sunday, April 7 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.