Planning on being in Dallas during spring or for Easter weekend? Want to find a fun place to take your kids to explore and even meet the Easter Bunny? Head on down to Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, where fantasy comes to life!
This year's Easter weekend festivities kick off with a Friday children's concert, featuring the popular children's entertainer Eddie Coker. On Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., your kids can get their photos taken with a live bunny rabbit, enjoy face paintings and explore the annual petting zoo. They'll have so much fun they may take a break from eating their Easter egg candy!
Spring blooms — Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Well-behaved kiddos and their parents can also enjoy a delicious Easter brunch at the onsite Restaurant DeGolver at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Seatings on Sunday, April 20, 2014, occur at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Some of their brunch menu offerings include Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Quiche Lorraine, Chicken and Waffles, Creme Brulee French Toast and Slow Baked Prime Rib. Leave room for the mimosas and bellinis! Reservations for Easter brunch are required.
After you've met the Easter Bunny and had brunch, spend time strolling around the beautiful grounds, taking in all the sights and smells from seasonal tulips and crape myrtle trees.
You can also plan ahead and make a reservation for your child to visit the new Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. This amazing outdoor facility is an eight-acre garden that features indoor and outdoor stations with educational (and exciting!) science themes.
Your kids can stroll through the grass tunnel, meander along the boardwalk, explore wetlands, walk under a tree canopy and have an adventure exploring under a waterfall. In the indoor section, there's a mini 3-D theater and a soil and plant lab designed for young scientists.
No matter what you and your family enjoy - whether you are music lovers, future scientists, foodies or those who simply enjoy "smelling the roses," Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has everything you'd want to have a perfect Easter weekend. It's typically beautiful, pleasant spring weather in Dallas this time of year, so you'll want to be outside!
Buy your tickets and make your reservations now. This is a very popular annual event that will get filled up quickly. Adult tickets cost $15, senior tickets (65 and older) cost $12, youth tickets (ages 3-12) cost $10 and children two and under get in free.
The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden costs an additional $2 per child, and parking is $10 (though you can buy it online beforehand for only $5).