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Texas Discovery Gardens: Make Fair Day Extra Kid-Friendly This Year

This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens. All opinions are 100% our own!

Doesn’t the State Fair of Texas make you feel like it’s finally, officially fall in Dallas? As far as fall touchstones go, I think it’s at the top of my list. This year the Fair runs from September 29 – October 22, and Texas Discovery Gardens has a bunch of new activities to incorporate into your Fair trip. Check out the schedule below for your planning pleasure. You’ll already be on the property, so take advantage!

Pro tip: If you can make it to the Fair on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, you’ll have fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and easy access to all of the rides, food, and exhibits.

Texas Discovery Gardens State Fair 2017

STATE FAIR 2017 TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS SCHEDULE

DAILY
Monarch Tagging
Learn how citizen scientists (love that term) capture, tag, and release monarchs, helping biologists track their migration patterns. Audience members get to help the entomologist tag and release monarchs! 10:30am 3pm on the front lawn

Butterfly Basics!
This is their new Toddler Talk Time, a 10-15 minute presentation geared toward young children and their families. 11am inside the Butterfly House

Critter Encounter
Families get to meet different spiders, insects, and snakes up close and out of their enclosures! 2pm in the lobby

Butterfly Release 
12pm inside the Butterfly House

SPECIAL EVENTS
Snake Feeding
2:30pm
in the Snakes of Texas Exhibit on Thursdays

NOLA Snoballs will have a stand on site during the Fair’s run if you need a cool treat.

Hey parents, got a couple special presentations for you, too!
The Art of Ikebana
11:30am
inside the Classroom October 5 and 12 by the Dallas Ikebana International Chapter

Container Gardens 101
1pm
inside the Classroom October 5 by the Dallas County Master Gardeners Association

Easy Gardening with Native Plants
1pm
inside the Classroom October 8 by the Dallas County Master Gardeners Association

ONGOING EXHIBITS
Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arranging (by the Dallas Ikebana International Chapter)
Tropical Butterfly House
Snakes of Texas Exhibit
Ask a Dallas County Master Gardener Help Desk

Even more pro tips: State Fair admission and parking are required to visit Texas Discovery Gardens during the Fair, since they are on the Fairgrounds. Texas Discovery Garden members receive a voucher good for up to 6 people for one free weekday Fair admission during the Fair (excluding Columbus Day). Very cool.

EXTENDED HOURS AND HALF-PRICE RATES DURING THE FAIR!
Open daily at 10 am, last ticket sold at 6 pm 
Admission for non-members: $4/adults, $3/ages 60+ and $2/ages 3-11

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