Due to weather, tonight's members-only Family Night has been rescheduled to August 6. Tickets for the August event will be emailed tomorrow, July 18.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Calling All Adventurers!

It’s time to embark on a journey through the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Step into a world of wonder, where curiosity knows no bounds. Explore interactive exhibits, whimsical gardens, and hands-on STEM activities that spark imagination and delight. It’s an educational experience disguised as pure fun.


Admission

Enhance your Dallas Arboretum experience by exploring the Children’s Adventure Garden. Admission is available as a $3 add-on to general garden admission.

Kelley Family Days: Thanks to a gift from the William G. Kelley Family, guests paying for general garden admission will also receive free entrance to the Children’s Adventure Garden on select days.

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


Programs in the Children’s Adventure Garden

Indoor area with chairs

Walne Family Discovery Lab

Exploration Center

11:00am, 12:30pm, & 2:00pm

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.

Schedule

7/1-7/7 “I-scream, U-scream” Ice Cream Lab
7/8-7/14 Tree Ring Research
7/15-7/21 Plant Life Cycle
7/22-7/28 Natural Ink Dye
7/29-8/4 Paper Animatronics: Garden Critters
8/5-8/11 Pepper Palooza Dissection
8/12-8/18 Strawberry DNA
8/19-8/25 Catalyst Catastrophe

OmniGlobe

Exploration Center

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. 

July – Water Wise
August – Supercontinents

Little Adventurers Activities

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

Puppet Show: Weekends at 10:30am
Location: The Glade

Presented by: Primrose Schools in Dallas – Fort Worth

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

STEM Stop A: 10am – 12pm
STEM Stop B: 1 – 3pm

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.

7/1-7/14 Turning Turbines (A) | Tree Talk Walk (B)
7/15-8/4 Tree Bark Art (A) | Tree Cookies (B)
8/5-9/1 The Science of Spiciness (A) | The Life Cycle of a Pepper (B)

Leveled Up Adventures

Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm
Exploration Center Discovery Lab
Join us weekly for members-only STEM activities led by Arboretum staff. Each week will feature a Leveled-up Lab, STEM Stop or Nature Walk. Each participation earns points toward the leaderboard. Leveled Adventure Rankings can give you access to special Children’s Adventure Garden events. (Parents required to attend.)

 

 

 

 

Special Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

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    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, August 31 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

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    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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    Sunday, September 1 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

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    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 2 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Adventure 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 14 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Adventure 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 15 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

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    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

    Friday, November 8 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Adventure 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, November 9 at
  • Learn More about Kelley Family Days

    Located at Children’s Adventure 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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All Children’s Garden Events

 

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

Sponsors

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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.