I love the Dallas Arboretum. Not only for the endless acres of blooming color and immaculate landscaping but also for the wonderful lengths in which the Dallas Arboretum goes to in order to make the grounds fun and educational for the entire family.
Through December 31st, families can visit the Small Houses of Great Artists exhibits scattered throughout the Arboretum. These are enchanting little houses that represent the homes and works of well-known artists such as Monet, Picasso, VanGogh, Seurat, and O’Keeffe. There are guided tours available but we enjoyed exploring the homes on our own at our own pace. The kids loved that they could walk through the small houses and interact with the significant features in them and not have to worry about hearing the words, “Don’t touch”!
She Is Dallas Info: The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Hours of operation are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm every day with additional hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 “ 10. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Small Houses exhibit is included in the regular admission price. Admission is Adults (13-64) $15.00, Seniors (65+) $12.00, Children (3-12) $9.00, under age 3 Free. Onsite self parking is $10.00. For more information, please call 214-515-6500 or visit the Dallas Arboretum website. You can also follow Dallas Arboretum on Facebook or Dallas Arboretum Twitter.
Vincent Van Gogh’s “sunflower house” is a lot of fun. My son recognized paintings and told me about them as he climbed Vincent’s bed. My daughter pretended to paint the portrait of VanGogh’s bedroom.
Monet’s house is adorable! My children were fascinated with the bridge over the pond of water lilies, just like in Monet’s famous painting with the same name.
I loved that outside each house, there is a storybook to tell you about the Great Artist, when they were born, their style of painting, and more details about their life and works. We read the storybooks to the kids at each stop and they enjoyed talking about the artists throughout our visit.
When you go, be sure to take the kids to the Pablo Picasso house. I’m not sure why but my kids just couldn’t stop running through all the arches and passageways. They had a blast.