Every year, the Dallas Arboretum transforms into an Autumn wonderland featuring over 90,000 squash, pumpkins and gourds! It is truly one of the most spectacular sights, and is always at the top of my Fall to-do list! This year's theme is "Pumpkins, Squash, and Gourds, Oh My!" based on the beloved book and movie, The Wizard of Oz. Set among the amazing pumpkin houses, this year's display in Pumpkin Village includes several themed vignettes along the yellow brick road like "Autie Em's House," "Muchkinland," "Emerald Castle," and "Scarecrow's Garden." With most local school's closed for Columbus Day, also known as Fair Day here in Texas, we decided to take the girls to the arboretum to check out all of the wonderful displays!
This year for Columbus Day, the arboretum had a few special features including face painting, a petting zoo, and a concert in the park with Eddie Coker! We decided to get there early, but due to it being a holiday, the park was packed with families eager to participate in the day's festivities!
We spent a while playing among the pumpkins. There were so many people attempting to get staged Fall photos, but we focused more on play! Both girls loved running back and forth across the bridge and examining all of the pumpkin houses!
We worked our way over to where the petting zoo and face painting were taking place. The line for face painting was very long, and we didn't think the girls would sit still long enough for it, so we skipped that event and headed over to the animals. This was Stella's favorite activity! She loved petting the baby goats, sheep, chickens, and bunny! She also got to feed a donkey which she thoroughly enjoyed!
The weather was warm, so we were ready to take a break! We decided to pack lunches and eat them on the hill while enjoying the concert! Both girls love to dance, and so it was the perfect afternoon picnic environment!! After dancing and eating, our girls were ready for a nap, so we pack up and headed home!
It was a great afternoon of fun! Click the link more information about Autumn at the Arboretum!