The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places to relax and admire the scenery. I love that the Arboretum hosts many events throughout the year that are not just for adults, but for the whole family. With Summer time here and kids out of school, the Arboretum is the perfect place to bring them to not only enjoy the outdoors but learn while they are there.
Listed below are family friendly events the Dallas Arboretum is hosting this Summer. If you can’t make it to these events, don’t forget about the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden!
Stories in the Flower Village:
Mondays – June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuckered out from Toad Fountain? Hear tall tales spun under the shade of the flower houses for our little readers on Monday mornings in the Pecan Grove.
Debbie Leland Book Reading and Signing
Sunday, June 7 | 1-3 p.m.
Debbie Leland reads selections of The Jalapeño Man, a most spicy tale. An elementary school librarian from College Station, she has authored several children’s books, all with a recognizable southwest flavor.
Golden Hour at the Dallas Arboretum
Wednesdays, June 10 and Wednesday, June 24
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$10 non-members, $8 members
For these two evenings in June, the Dallas Arboretum opens its doors at special pricing to allow the community to capture those ‘golden hour’ photos in the showcase gardens. Intended for personal photography and portraiture, the garden is open for a limited window to allow for bridal portraits, family photos, and hobby photographers. Commercial shoots are not allowed during this time and are encouraged to book through the Special Events Department.
Family Fun Fridays:
June 5, 12, 19 & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plan the family’s summertime adventures at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July in the Pecan Grove. Join other families for kid-friendly activities that include face painting, a petting zoo and music for the little ones in the shady Pecan Grove-topped off with a cool spray of water in the Toad Fountains!
WFAA Family First Day in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, June 13 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Puppet shows, hands-on outdoor science experiments (in conjunction with Texas A&M University), collaborative tessellation assembly, and scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with the Dallas Junior Players) round out a family-centered day anchored by a special presentation with WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields at the OmniGlobe. For this day, admission to the RMCAG and main garden is $8 at the gate only with $8 parking available for advance purchase online. Hot dogs are just $2.
Father’s Day Weekend Concert:
Multilingual Balladeer Frank Obregon on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Saturday, June 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Enjoy an eclectic spectrum of music from Tony Bennett to Nat King Cole, and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Sinatra. Relax with dad (on a lawn he doesn’t tend!), sip his favorite beverage, and maybe take a twirl around the stage!
Sunday, June 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Children, grandchildren and their dads and granddads are invited to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a craft activity—constructing and painting flower pots and bird houses—hosted by Home Depot. First come, first served.
Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Bring the superman in the family to the Arboretum to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. On Father’s Day, Rosine is open for a come-and-go, blankets welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart. Each short is approximately 10 minutes. There is no additional cost with paid entry to the garden, and popcorn and snacks are available onsite.
Sunday, June 21, 1pm-3pm
Bring the superman in your life to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. The hall will be open for a come-and-go, blankets welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Each short film is approximately 10 minutes. Popcorn and snacks included.
Thursday, July 2
Gates 6 p.m.
Concert 7:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this last concert of the spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concert Series (tickets are required). Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, views of White Rock Lake and the lush rolling lawn while listening to the patriotic songs of the Dallas Winds. The evening promises to be a night to remember.
Fourth of July Weekend Activities
Friday, July 3-Monday, July 6
Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, active and retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and everyone will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.
Friday, July 24
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a full-grounds musical event open to the general public. Local artists/musicians Salim Nourallah, John Lefler, Camille Cortinas and Sudie perform intimate sets at sundown in several gardens. Food trucks and BYOB round out a community event with tickets starting at $7 with parking included.
June and July
Plan the perfect summer activity for your child. Campers will discover and explore the mysteries and forces of nature. Discover that nature really rocks at the Dallas Arboretum. Pre-K to 8th. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit the website. Summer Camps are presented by Time Warner Cable.
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