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Guests can enjoy strolling through the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and surrounding displays featuring 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and breathtaking fall color throughout the 66-acre garden. Themed "The Adventures in Neverland," the Pumpkin Village takes guests on a journey through Neverland in the Pecan Grove. 

Guests can enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the garden, live music, face painting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and live appearances from "The Adventures in Neverland" characters all weekend long.

This is a free program encouraging creative play outside without screens or cords. This is a time for children and their parents to use their imaginations. Families can build a fort out of bamboo, make a tree cookie bridge, create a bamboo car, and so much more. All play items will be provided.

A new season of monthly star parties in association with Fort Worth Astronomical Society is in full swing. Stargazers, skywatchers, astronomers, kids, grownups, singles, couples, groups, all ages welcome. No dogs, please. Free.

August Highlights

Guest speakers include: Dr. Dotty Woodson, Water Resources Program Specialist at Texas A&M University; Steven Chamblee, Horticulturist at Chandor Gardens and Contributing Editor/Writer at Neil Sperry's Gardens Magazine.

Featuring unique vendors, kid-friendly activities and educational booths.

Free wildflower seed packets courtesy of Justin Seed to the first 400 guests.

Free.

Explore nature at night! Activities will include games, crafts, owl pellet dissection and making s'mores by the campfire. Encounter live animals and glow-in-the-dark geology. $14. Registration required.

Info: olivernaturepark@mansfieldtexas.gov.

Dallas Arboretum offers $2 admission, $5 parking and $2 to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden during August.

Close encounters of the Martian kind are coming, beginning with the waning hours of Mon., July 30, leading into the best view of the Red Planet at 2:51 a.m. on July 31. For a few hours, Mars will be only 35.78 million miles from Earth.

That perspective won’t come again, by telescope or the naked eye, until Aug. 28, 2287 – almost 270 years from now. (Stargazers had a slightly closer look at Mars in the late summer of 2003.)

Join us for a Georgia O’Keeffe inspired oil pastel drawing course taught by Adam Werner. This class will feature special instruction on composition and color blending. Seed starting will be taught by Katie Toon and students will get a chance to start their own fall blooming seeds from Woodbine Flower Farm. Specialty Stir Crazy treats will be provided, along with all drawing supplies. Children ages 5-13 will excel at this fun and creative class.

Learn to identify birds living in the area by listening to their vocalizations and looking at photographs. Feel free to bring your personal birding pictures for the class to practice identifying birds. $5 (with paid admission).

Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterist Society, shares his fascination with butterflies, beginning at Texas Discovery Gardens and ending with a caravan to his butterfly farm south of Dallas. This is your chance to explore on a behind-the-scenes tour! 

$30.

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