A few months ago, Mr. Not Martha picked up a Groupon for admission for two to the Dallas Arboretum. We hadn’t been in ages, and it was Fall, so we thought it would be fun to take Tiny one afternoon. After that trip, we decided to become members, because well, it’s just about perfect.
Why? Well, for one, it meant that we could go whenever we wanted. Free parking, free admission. And the lush lawns are perfect for crawlers and early walkers to explore unfettered. We knew that joining would be well worth it.
This month is Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum. While it’s usually a madhouse for the event on the weekends, during the week it’s not too bad at all. And, as an added piece of awesomeness, they offer kids activities on both Mondays and Tuesdays the entire month of March and the first week of April until 2 p.m. each day. Face painting, a small petting zoo, cute little playhouses to look at, plus Kindermusik at noon. All that, and you can picnic, which makes the outing completely fiscally awesome.
So Tuesday, we went after Tiny’s nap. We got there right at noon, and found our piece of grass and sat down for a picnic and some music, along with some exploring of the grounds. And the wheels of strollers (someone is fixated on wheels). To my complete surprise, Tiny also sat still for some face painting (he was a puppy!). He also tried to hug a goat. In all fairness, I think the goat looked like it wanted a hug.
Even if you do not have a membership, the kids activities are free with admission. I know we’ll be back several times this month, just because it’s a great way for him to burn off some energy and do something different.
What are some of your favorite cheap kiddo haunts?