One of the best things about moving home to Dallas is being able to take my girls to some of the places that I loved growing up. The Dallas Arboretum has been on the to do list for the last couple of months since the Dallas Blooms festival started in February. I am happy to say that yesterday we finally made it, just in time for one of the last day of Dallas Blooms.
It was every bit as beautiful as I remember. There were tulips galore. The Children’s Adventure Garden just opened last year. It is a sort of outdoor interactive science museum for kids.
This is where we started our self-guided tour. Most of the stuff I found to be appropriate for older kids, but we found plenty for the preschool set too.
We checked out the goods in the Incredible Edible Garden.
And the rocks in the geology exhibit.
There was area just for tots, which was our favorite! Kaya explored hidden tunnels,
And met some curious creatures.
We found puddles for splashing and even got swept away in a wind tunnel. We might have spent an entire day here in the children’s garden, but our tummies were grumbling, so we took a break to grab a quick bite.
Spinach Salad with goat cheese for me.
And an eyerolling tounge waggingly good PBJ sandwich for the girls.
Then it was off to explore the main gardens.
A place so zen even the statues are practicing asanas.
We dropped our shoes too and got in on the action.
We had plenty of room to run around and even got a couple of shots of the baby to be.
Only eight more weeks before she makes her appearance!
Each pathway seemed to lead to another enchanting spot.
We even spotted some of the parks wildlife.
And made ourselves at home in a human sized bird nest. I saved perhaps the best for last. A splash in the spitting toads.
Before there was a children’s garden this is what I remember playing in at the Arboretum.
Seeing their joy made my month.
And I hope theirs too. We left completely soaked and blissed out. Minda enjoyed it so much she asked on the way home if we could come back the next day. It was the perfect way to celebrate spring. If you are from the area, I cannot recommend this place enough for both young and old.