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.
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 break and join us at 11:00am daily for OmniOutlook, featuring current weather or space events.
11am • OmniOutlook – Current Weather and Space Events
2:30pm • OmniGlobe Presentation
Little Adventurers Activities
See Children’s Adventure Garden maps for exact locations and times.
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.
Storytime Location: First Adventure Weekdays at 10:30am
9/18-22 The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers 9/25-29 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 10/2-6 Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons 10/9-11 Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. 10/12-15* Totality by Jeff Bennett 10/16-20 Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horáček 10/23-26 Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert 10/27-31 Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell 11/1-5 The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
*Note: This storytime is Thursday-Sunday in Habitats Nest.
Puppet Show Weekends • 10:30 & 11:30am • The Glade
9/30-10/1 Finding My Way Home: Join a turtle, a toad and a butterfly as they find their way to the right habitat to call home. 10/7-8 The Purpose of Pollinating: What is a pollinator? How can they help the Apple Tree spread seeds? Find out! 10/21-22 Marvelous Metamorphosis: Join Olivia as she discovers that some critters go through metamorphosis!
Daily at 12pm, 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 the topic of each gallery. STEM Stops are “come-n-go,” so each experience is guided by YOU and your discovery journey.
Sounds of the Garden September 18 – October 1 Exploration Center 12pm DIY Kazoos 1:30pm Boomwhackers 3:30pm Coding: Musical Fruit
Monarch Madness October 2 – 11 and October 16 – 26 The Moody Oasis 12pm, 1:30pm & 3:30pm Monarchs on the Move: Monarch Tagging
Halloweekend October 27 – 31 Exploration Center Plaza 12pm Bats and Boos 1:30pm Creepy Crawlies 3:30pm Pumpkin Party
The Children’s Garden encompasses several galleries, each designed to be age-specific, but not age-restrictive.
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Learn more about the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
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