Children & Family

6 Reasons to get your family excited about spring at the Dallas Arboretum

While the floral displays are the main highlight, you'll be pleasantly surprised by all the spring festivities happening at the gardens.

Cidonie Richards
Posted on Mar 6, 2019

There's no better way to welcome the spring season than to venture to arguably the best green space in Dallas and one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the country.

1. Entice your senses at the Dallas Blooms display

Dallas Blooms is now open through April 7. With over 66 acres of gardens, 100 varieties of spring bulbs, 500,000 blooms bursting in color, and 150 blooming cherry trees, the flowers at the gardens will transform your senses into a seeing, breathing and smelling wonderland. Stroll through the many garden displays which make up the urban oasis, and marvel at the largest display of tulips in a public garden outside of Holland. The 3,000 azaleas that bloom along with the Japanese cherry trees offer the perfect vibrant color backdrop for family photos and the all-important selfie shots. This year's theme is "Life's A Picnic" and you can see the theme depicted throughout the garden with a larger-than-life, picnic scene topiary comprised of a stunning 40'x40' picnic blanket, a vase of flowers, a picnic basket with pie and a giant picnic ant that kids will love.

2. Get your outdoor music fix

When the weather is warm, and the sun is shining, there's something special about enjoying an outdoor concert surrounded by the breathtaking gardens in spring. The live music concert series on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn will run every Saturday and Sunday between Feb. 23 and April 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. Bring a picnic rug, let the kids play on the grass and have a great afternoon of live music.

Photo credit: Dallas Arboretum

3. Let the kids explore in the Children's Adventure Garden

The nationally acclaimed 8-acre Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden has recently reopened featuring 17 indoor and outdoor galleries, 150 interactive science games and an abundance of themed adventures throughout the Dallas Blooms festival. Check out the vast array of activities for kids including, "Girl Powered Weekend", "Going Green for St. Patrick's Day", "Wild Weather Weekend" and others leading up to "EGG-stravaganza" for Easter weekend in April.

4. Watch a picnic-inspired film

Each week the gardens is showcasing one of the best picnic scenes shown in a film to go along with the Dallas Blooms theme. The festival begins with the 1955 film, "Picnic," and continues with films such as, "To Catch a Thief", "Out of Africa", "Up" and many more to enjoy. Food specials that coincide with each week's "picnic" film will also be offered at restaurant locations throughout the garden.

5. Dine at the Annual Food & Wine Festival

The whole family will love the chance to experience this year's three-day celebration of food and wine during the Dallas Blooms Festival from March 21 – 23. Be sure to grab your tickets early as they sell out fast for this event. For kids who want to channel their inner foodie, they can also sign up for the interactive young chef cooking class presented by Young Chef Academy of Frisco on March 10. 

Photo credit: Dallas Arboretum

6. Enjoy special junior activities with mom

While the flowers are blooming, moms and kinder kids can spend some fun time together with the "Mommy and Me Mondays" and "Tiny Tot Tuesdays" special activity programs. Running from Feb. 25 – April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., moms can bring a picnic with the kiddos and enjoy children's activities including face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Country Critters Petting Zoo and Kindermusik at noon.