Spring Break in Dallas: Texas Discovery Gardens

It’s Spring Break in Dallas.  What will you do with the kids?

Shake off those winter blues and take the kids to Texas Discovery Gardens where they can watch a butterfly emerge from a cocoon, see a real tarantula, or just explore in the beautiful gardens.  There are even special activities each day during Spring Break.  Don’t miss it!

Texas Discovery Gardens

 

She Is Dallas Info: Texas Discovery Gardens is located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Fair Park, Dallas.   You can download a map of the gardens before you go.  They are open daily from 10:00 – 5:00.   The costs are $8 Adults,  $6 Seniors (60+),  $4 Children (3-11),  Free for under 3.  Each Tuesday, the gardens are open for free (butterfly house admission is regular admission).  For more information, please call 214-428-7476 or visit the Texas Discovery Gardens  website.  You can also visit Texas Discovery Gardens  on Facebook  or TXDiscoveryGard on Twitter.

The Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium was the highlight of our trip.  My son loved looking at the live snake and tarantula while my daughter was giggly over the Roly Poly bugs on display.

snake at Texas Discovery Gardens

 

But their favorite part was the butterflies.  The butterfly house is warm and tropical which is just the way butterflies like it.  There were many different species flying all around us as we walked through both levels.  My son made up a scavenger hunt by using the identification card we were given and circling each type of butterfly he could identify.

butterfly scavenger hunt at Texas Discovery Gardens

 

We had several butterflies land on us and we watched a butterfly emerge from its cocoon.  Make sure you are there at noon and you can hear a brief talk about butterflies and watch the newly emerged butterflies released into the butterfly house.

butterfly house collage

 

Outside the gardens were delightful.  My children just loved running through the open spaces.  But they also explored the sculptures, visited the herb garden and the butterfly garden, and of course, played around the ponds and water fountain.

gardens collage for Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas

 

For this week of Spring Break, your kids can enjoy special activities each day, free with their paid admission.  For each activity listed below, the activity starts on the hour and lasts about 30 minutes. Please make sure you arrive at the activity site a little before the hour, so you don’t miss anything. Crafts are come-and-go between 11 am and 3:30 pm.

Monday, March 11, 2013: Marvelous Monarch Monday!  

11 am “ Life Cycle Hunt

1 pm “ Caterpillar Races

2 pm “ Storytime “ Monarch of Aster Way  with our friends at Reading Partners!

3 pm “ They Gotta Go to Mexico

Craft #1 “ Dot Art Butterfly

Craft #2 “ Monarch Ring

Craft #3 “ Caterpillar to Butterfly

Tuesday, March 12, 2013:  Green is for Me!

11 am “ Recycled Paper Making

1 pm “ 1,2,3 Recycle with Me!

2 pm “ Storytime “ “Recycle Every Day” with our friends at Reading Partners!

3 pm “ Solar S ™mores

Craft #1 “ Egg-streme Bugs

Craft #2 “ Compost in a Bag

Craft #3 “ Play-Dryer Clay

Wednesday, March 13, 2013: Wacky Water Wednesday

All day: Meet the folks at Cease the Grease!

11 am “ Bubbles!

1 pm “ Wandering Water

2 pm “ Storytime with our friends at Reading Partners!

3 pm “ Drip & Drop's Puppet Show

Craft #1 – Paper Porthole

Craft #2 “ Bluster the Cloud

Craft #3 “ Hold a Cloud

Thursday, March 14, 2013:  Garden in the City

All day: enjoy seed crafts with Nasly Duarte of Seeds to Love!

11 am “ Senses Walk

1 pm “ Eating Seeds

2 pm “ Storytime – “In the Small, Small Pond” with our friends at Reading Partners!

3 pm “ Compost & Children

Craft #1 “ Bottle Terrariums

Craft #2 “ Seed Balls

Craft #3 “ Tin Can Herbs

Friday, March 15, 2013:  Fins, Feathers, Fur & Flight Friday!

All day: meet our North Texas Master Naturalists!

11 am “ Fins!

1 pm “ Five Fun Feathered & Furry Friends

2 pm “ Storytime “ “The Gardener” with our friends at Reading Partners!

3 pm “ Flight (Insects & Butterflies)

Craft #1 “ Baggy Bugs

Craft #2 “ Bird-noculars

Craft #3 “ Tissue Paper Fish

As you can see, there is lots of fun to be had this week at Texas Discovery Gardens!  So make plans to visit this week and enjoy this beautiful weather as you learn a little about nature.

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