Children & Family

4 Can't-Miss Spring Happenings at the Dallas Arboretum

Schedule some time outdoors to take in the sights and sounds of spring at the botanical garden.

Angela Roe
Posted on Mar 10, 2020

Dallas Blooms is here! One of the city's most beautiful locations welcomes visitors to its spring festival from now until April 12. The Arboretum boasts more than 100 different kinds of spring bulbs and half a million blooms across its 66 acres. Not sweltering hot like summer or breezy like Texas winters, it's the perfect time of year to take family photos, picnic, or enjoy a romantic date at the gardens. Themed the "Sounds of Spring," Dallas Blooms features various music genres weekly and stunning musical topiaries as part of the festival. Here are some of the most exciting events during Dallas Blooms:

  1. Musical Scavenger Hunt Thursdays (March 5-April 9) - Grab some friends and explore the entire garden grounds (while listening to some delightful tunes) with a scavenger hunt. On Thursdays only, pick up scavenger hunt instructions from the information booth, and head out on an Arboretum adventure!
  2. Kelley Family Days (March 20-22) - Thanks to a donation from the William G. Kelley Family, Arboretum visitors will receive free admission into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden over these three days (as long as you pay main garden admission or have a membership). Filled with opportunities for hands-on earth science learning and packed with activities for kids (including water features and plant labs), this is a great offer for families this spring!
  3. Couples Night Out: Scardello Cheese & Wine Tasting Class (April 2) - Dallas natives know about the iconic artisan cheese shop, Scardello. Join shop owner and cheese connoisseur Rich Rogers at the Arboretum's A Tasteful Place for a couples class. Participants will enjoy eight Italian cheeses and four wines while learning the basics of pairing. It'll be educational and tasty.
  4. Easter Weekend (April 10-12) - Catch performances by children's singer/songwriter Eddie Coker on Good Friday, a petting zoo, and the Emerald City party band over the holiday weekend. Snap photos among the gorgeous tulips and azaleas with loved ones while wearing your finest Easter outfits - no filter needed.

Other events this spring include Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays for little ones. Additionally, celebrate Wine Down Wednesdays at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook, where you can sip beverages from the Checkered Past Winery.

The Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn will highlight a different musical act each weekend of Dallas Blooms; you can find the acts here. And for foodies, check out the Chef-Tastic Cooking Series, where chefs (including The Corn Dog Guy and One Great Vegan) perform a cooking demonstration and allow guests to sample the dish.

For the full list of Dallas Blooms events and activities, click here.