Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

October is here and the temperatures are finally cooler.  Fall is in the air!

There are lots of pumpkin patches around the Dallas-Fort Worth area at this time of year but our favorite place to visit is the Dallas Arboretum.  

The Arboretum has continued their Texas theme through all of their exhibits this year.  This Texas state mosaic is the perfect fit in their Autumn display.

The Dallas Arboretum is more than just a pumpkin patch.  There are fun things for kids to do and explore and of course, wagons to climb on!

With signs of fall all around, the Arboretum is truly the best place to snap those seasonal family portraits!

My little hams even come up with their own pumpkin poses.

There are an amazing 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash to be seen!  Many of them form adorable buildings in the Pumpkin Village.

We visited the Post Office where we saw these crazy wanted posters!  My kids loved this!

My favorite building was the Sheriff's Office and Jail.  It is made of beautiful Indian Corn!  Each of the buildings have a description posted near it that teaches a little about Texas history.

Somehow my hooligans ended up in the jail house!  But they made a quick escape out the back of the jail and through the hay bale maze.

My son was even inspired to be the photographer for a while.  I love his pictures!

He even had his little sister pose in the carriage for these great shots!

Do you see why I love to take pictures at the Arboretum?  You can't help but take great pictures in such a beautiful place!

I had to steal my camera back to get this shot.

There is a wonderful display that show names of uniquely shaped pumpkins and gourds that is very educational.  My daughter just enjoyed playing with the little gourds and she even found one that looked just like a swan!

My kids rarely stand still and quiet for this long but they do make for some cute scarecrows!

I hope you can take advantage of some of these great discounts and bring your whole family out to enjoy the Arboretum:

$1 off General Garden Admission presented by Tom Thumb:
September 19 - November 25
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum. Discounted tickets are available for purchase at area Tom Thumb locations.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays:
September 23 - November 25
Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays:
September 24 - November19
General admission tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

September 24, October 22 & November 5, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Presented by C.C. Young, these days feature special activities for the senior community.

State Fair Ticket Holder Discount:
September 28 - October 29 (Mondays - Thursdays Only)
Present an admission ticket stub from the 2015 State Fair of Texas and receive $2 off admission, Mondays through Thursdays.

Red River Shoot Out Week:
October 5 - 9
Wear Texas or OU gear and receive $5 off general admission.

Family Fun Weekend Discount:
October 24 - 25
Fun for the whole family, adults dressed in costumes pay children's admission prices.

Dallas Food Bank Discount:
November 2 - 6
Each can of food brought in is $1 off general admission, up to $5 off. All food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

Veterans Day Discount:
November 11
Any veterans, active duty and first responders with identification receive free admission on Veterans Day. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.

Reduced Price Parking:
If purchased in advance online, parking is reduced to $8. 

Free Admission for Teachers & Educators:
Complimentary admission to the main garden and Children's Adventure Garden is available to teachers and educators with a valid picture ID at the ticket booth. Educators can also purchase a Dallas Arboretum membership and receive a 10% discount for the first year with their valid ID.

Group Ticket Discount:
Guests receive a reduced price for general garden admission when 15 or more tickets are purchased in one transaction. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact or 214-515-6520. 

About the Dallas Arboretum:  The Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas.  Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day).  Regular admissions prices are $15 for adults, $12 seniors, $10 children age 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.  Parking is $15 or you can get a discount online for just $8.  Memberships are available as well as the great discounts listed above.  For more information, please visit the Dallas Arboretum website or follow them on Facebook at Dallas Arboretum or Twitter @dallasarboretum

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of School 2015

The school day was half over today when I realized that I hadn't taken our traditional "First Day of School" pictures.  Sometimes we take the picture on the couch while they are in their pajamas, because sometimes that is our homeschool uniform for the day (because we can!).  But today they were all dressed and wanted to take the pictures outside.

Rachel is 6 years old and starting 1st grade.

Nicholas is 11 years old and starting 6th grade.  Middle School!!!

Look how big they are!  Wow, what awesome kids they are.  I am one blessed mama to be able to stay home and help them learn about the wonderful world God has blessed us with.  There is no better job in the world!