Mess Wright


The Lab at Lakewood, in partnership with Garden Cafe, is proud to be a stop on this year's "A Peep at the Coops" urban chicken coop tour.

Proceeds from this annual event provide science enrichment and equipment to kids at Stonewall Jackson Elementary for their learning garden.

The Stonewall Gardens project is entirely supported by the community, and The Lab is thrilled to offer our support.



That's why, this year, we will be having an Open House just for "peepers." 



Sunshine Moving In, Spring 2012


Begin the tour at Stonewall Gardens this Sunday, May 5 (event takes place from 11:00am - 5:00pm), pay $ 5.00 for your map, and enjoy food trucks, demonstrations and shopping in their marketplace.

When you make your way over to Junius Street, you can hang at Garden Cafe for a bit, shop at Little Bean, and stop into The Lab at Lakewood for some hands-on animal science and fluffy, yellow cotton candy (make it yourself, if you dare).

We will also be offering two additional spots in each of our Sold Out Summer Camps  (Sunday only!) as well as special discounts on the four camps that have not sold to capacity yet.

Hope to see you in East Dallas this weekend for this special event!




More fun things you can do:

Run through the garden!

Run through the garden and play in the park!


Learn about Insect Life Cycles with our live insects.


Cook some fresh eggs in a solar oven.

Mess Wright

Here's a look at next week's Spring Break Program at The Lab at Lakewood. The morning session is sold out; we can take a few more campers in the afternoon session. If you know someone who wants to attend thr re-run of camp the week of March 25th, have them give us a call: 214-901-4280.



Morning Session: Animals LIVE!  9:00am – 12:30pm

Afternoon Session: Cooking is Science 1:30pm-5:00pm



MorningIn the Forest: Animal Tracks and Mold Making, Scat replicas, Begin Birds of Prey, Trail mix prep, Weasels and small mammals, too

AfternoonHot & Cold: Kona Ice Truck Tour, Carbonation, Popcorn & Cotton Candy



MorningNocturnal Creatures: Continue Birds of Prey, Owl Pellet Dissection, Bats, Iron and Paint Conducts Bat House Building Project, Bat House decorating

AfternoonPlucked from the Garden: Chicken Coop Tour, Baby Chick and Chicken Care, Garden Treat preparation by Mark Wootton inside the Garden Café



MorningInsects and Garden Pests: Slugs, Texas Worm Ranch bins, Edible Insects, Texas Honeybee Guild presentation, life cycles.

AfternoonCoffee and Tea: Making Bubble Tea, Visit and presentation by Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, “Worm Tea” and compost discussion, time permitting



MorningReptiles and Amphibians: Hands-On with all (both turtles, dragon, snake, both frogs) snake craft, live feedings

Afternoon –  Health Food: Paul Quinn produce, planting, The Garden Lady visits, picking and drying herbs with Dale Wootton, organic drink making bar



MorningAnimal Camp Wrap-Up: other animals, including chickens

AfternoonChemistry in the Kitchen with Chad Houser/Café Momentum; Melissa to demonstrate “Edible Polymers”, kids to make solutions, etc.

 (**subject to change without notice)

Mess Wright

Summer Camps 2013       Choose from 12 week-long Science camps.
The perfect Summer Break diversion for your budding science geek!
June 3-7         ECO CAMP  – From Oil Spill simulations to powering towns with Solar Energy to real plastics and paper Recycling projects, this camp sends the message that kids can make a difference.
June 10-14       ANIMALS: LIVE! - Explore habitats, behavior and history of your favorite friends. Campers will get hands-on with insects, reptiles and small mammals. We will also make animal track molds and build bat houses.
June 17-21       CHEMISTRY KIDS – Get mad about molecules! Slime, Dry Ice, and chemical reactions galore. Camp includes lots of cool take-home items, too, like tie-dyed t-shirts, waves in a bottle, and fun polymers.
June 24 -28     LET’S GET PHYSICAL!  - Rockets, and Bridges, and Air, oh my! This camp will combine physical science and engineering. Great for math geeks, too!  Campers are encouraged to bring Nerf toys for daily play.
July 1-3           SPLASH WEEK – Cool off with all things water! Campers can bring along a swimsuit for a few days of outdoor experiments and plain old “fun in the sun.”  We will work together to make giant bubbles!
July 8-12        SCI: Science Camp Investigates – We’ll be collecting evidence, learning how our bodies and brains work and finding out how best to “crack the case.” This camp is great for kids who love spy techniques.  
July 15-19       CHEMISTRY KIDS – Get mad about molecules! Slime, Dry Ice, and chemical reactions galore. Camp includes lots of cool take-home items, too, like tie-dyed t-shirts, waves in a bottle, and fun polymers.
July 22-26       RYLIE’S CAMP – Inspired by Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks, campers will make a Water Balloon Catapault, Sugar Cube Castle, hand-made “flippers”, giant Vitruvian selves and more!
July 29-Aug 2  SCIENCE OF MAGIC – Explosions! Illusions! Tricks! Campers will learn to perform several  magic tricks, then they will learn the science behind the "magic."                                                     
Aug 5-Aug 9    BEST OF CAMP – The Lab Rats’ favorite days of each camp – all in one week! Experience chemistry, physics, art and more. Great take-home items, too.
Aug 12-16        SPECIAL FX - Lights, Camera, Action! This camp focuses on the special effects of movies, videos and some of your favorite games and cartoons. Campers will invent an original piece using knowledge gained.
Aug 19-23        COOKING IS SCIENCE – Campers will pluck veggies and herbs from the garden to prepare meals and snacks. Special appearances by local chefs and food artisans, heat up this fun camp.
Reserve your spot today! Limited availability.           Camps run daily 9:30am – 2:00pm.  
All camps are $ 250.00 for the week. (Please inquire if you need extended day.)      Snacks provided. 
Campers should bring a lunch each day.     Programming best suited for 5-12 years of age. 
For more information, or to register, call or email:
The Lab at Lakewood        5304 Junius Street, Dallas, Tx 75214



Mess Wright

We are so grateful to Leslie Minora at Dallas Morning News for a great article about The Lab at Lakewood. Please pick-up a copy of the newspaper today, and check out the Metro section.

If you miss it, the story can be read here.

Please share this article with a friend!

Mess Wright


The Lab at Lakewood Announces

2013 Spring Break Programming


Registration Begins

Wednesday, January 23


Spring Break Camp is our most popular kids camp every year. 2013 will feature a Morning Session, an Afternoon Session, and finally, a Full-Day Option. The Lab is also running Spring Camp twice this year to accommodate all Dallas school children during their holiday. Registration begins Wednesday, January 23, 2013. It will end when all 24 spots are taken.

Morning Session: Animals LIVE!

This session will explore habitats, behaviors and history of critters of all types. Campers will get hands-on with insects, reptiles and small mammals. Camp also features fun activities like animal track mold-making, owl pellet dissection, bat house building, chicken raising and so much more! Special appearances by Texas Honeybee Guild, Stew Cockrell of Iron and Paint and the Texas Worm Ranch worms. Kids will spend one hour a day in an “Outdoor Classroom” which includes a greenhouse, chicken coop, giant compost bin and green space. ($ 200.00)

Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15      9:00am - 12:30pm


Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29      9:00am - 12:30pm



Afternoon Session: Cooking is Science!

This camp is bound to bring out a child’s “inner chef” and enhance tiny green thumbs. Campers will be plucking veggies and herbs from Dale Wootton’s garden and learning the chemistry behind some of their favorite snacks. Campers will also construct solar ovens, harvest produce, tour the Big D Kona Ice trucks, make boba teas, and more. Part of the camp will take place in the Garden Cafe. Special appearances by Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, “Garden Lady” Andrea Bithell of Oak Cliff Organics, and of course, a special snack planted, plcked and prepared by chef Mark Wootton. ($ 200.00)

Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15      1:30pm - 5:00pm


Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29      1:30pm - 5:00pm





Please call The Lab at 214-901-4280 or email to register. Full-day program is $425.00 and requires pre-approval by Melissa Wright and a sack lunch.  

Camp is appropriate for school-aged kids. Visit for more about The Lab.


Mess Wright

Open House, "Meet The Lab Rats"

This Sunday, December 2     11:00am - 3:00pm

at The Lab at Lakewood     5304 Junius Street

Come by for coffee, cocoa and coupons! Meet all of our Lab Rats, old ones and new ones and hear about their personal interests as well as their favorite Lab programs. We will give away a few coupons for Spring and Summer programs, too!

This month's craft is a favorite from DaVinci Camp:FLIPPERS! The potato gun will be launching some homemade parachutes in the park. And of course, there will be slime and snow.

While we typically do not charge for Open Houses, we are asking for $ 5.00 per guest or $ 10.00 per family at the door. We recently suffered some theft, and we need to replace some of our equipment. You can read more about the recent break-in on Melissa's blog.

Mess Wright

Join us this Friday, November 16 for

Parents Night Out!

"An Evening of Chemistry"

6:00pm - 9:00pm

This evening will feature Lab Camp favorites like slime-making, dry ice experiments and more. Campers get to experience these activities and others at their own pace. Kid-friendly dinner included!

$ 65.00 per child.

Please call now to reserve your spot, we cannot take credit cards the night of the event, only cash or check. We would love to see you all!

Mess Wright

Hello, friends!

I miss you all so much. I am thrilled about the upcoming holiday camps because I will see your babies' sweet faces; lucky me!

Our focus this weekend, however, will be on our booth at the Lakewood Home Festival Market. This is the one time a year that we peddle Slime, Water Buddy beads and absorbent "Snow" prepackaged for at-home-play. 

The Lakewood Home Festival is a great opportunity to "Shop Local"; we hope to see you there!

-Mess Wright


Mess Wright

A giant THANK YOU to everyone who came out this past Saturday to play with us during our Cardboard Challenge! We raised $ 100.00 for the Imagination Foundation, an awesome charity that fosters creativity and entrepreneurialism in children. We were amazed at some of the creations made from cardboard and plastic containers that would have ended up in the trash. We'll be posting photos taken by our friend, Carissa to The Lab's Facebook page this week.


Our Sunday was busy, too, as the Lab Rats were on hand to entertain the families who participated in Community Partners of Dallas' Change is Good event. Alex and Connor were most excited about the Storm Trooper, go figure!


Don't forget about our new after-school classes, occurring most Wednesdays this school year. The Lab's website has been recently updated, so you can see the dates and prices for these as well as our Fall and Winter Camp offering.

And if you can't see us for awhile, please know that we miss you. And please consider making something from "trash" this week. I am still amazed at the extent to which the moms and dads at our PLAY event were excited to help their babies with their creations. It reminded me why I started The Lab in the first place - to engage in safe, smart, restriction-free exploration. As much as I have done this for my kids and for yours, I must admit that I am having fun everyday in The Lab. Thank you all for understanding us and for your continued support! ~Mess Wright

Mess Wright

PLAY in Dallas

This Saturday, October 6   2:00pm - 5:00pm

Beautiful weather is here, and we're ready to play! Join us as we host Dallas' only Cardboard Challenge event, benefitting the Imagination Foundation.

The Lab at Lakewood is proud to sponsor an afternoon of free play this Saturday afternoon inspired by Caine's Arcade. Come out to Junius Street, enjoy healthy snacks and use your imagination to construct anything you desire from cardboard pieces.

The Lab will supply tape, markers and paint. Please bring clean cardboard and plastic containers. Let's turn trash into treasure together. Minimum donation of $10.00 per family suggested but not required. Profits to benefit Imagination Foundation.

We will also be presenting information on The Lab's new "PLAY" component, coming in 2013.

See below for a link to the Caine's Arcade/Cardboard Challenge video.


Columbus Day Explorer Camp

Monday, October 8  6:00pm - 8:30pm

An evening of adventure for your young explorer: we'll be making s'mores under the starlight. Campers will canvas the Garden in a fun outdoor scavenger hunt. With the help of flashlights, blacklights and lasers, we'll discover smart science prizes for take-home. Doors open at 5:30 ($50; call or email us to reserve your spot.)


For more information on Caine's Arcade, the Cardboard Challenge and Imagination Foundation, visit