When I realized I couldn’t attend the media preview evening for the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, I was so disappointed. I knew it was going to be fantastic! Realizing I could send someone in my place, I was so excited when my friend, Jess, offered to go in my place. This is her review of the new Children’s Adveture Garden. Thanks so much, Jess! Now take it away…
A favorite in my spare time is to be outside with beautiful plants and flowers. Another of my top favorites is anything science… I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to this. And my most favorite thing in my life right now is spending time with my sweet kids. So when Jamie asked me to attend the media preview of this garden in her place, I was so excited because this meant I got to mix all three together! I think the science part was most surprising. I was not expecting the amazing amount of information that we were going to learn.
Located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum is one of the top leading display gardens in the country set among 66 acres at 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, Texas.
The Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden is designed specifically to address state and national education standards in the life, earth, and environmental science.
So a bit of history about this garden….. It took 17 years to design and create the idea for this amazing place and two years to build it. It is a part of the Dallas Arboretum but a display garden that is separate and geared toward children, specifically. The garden covers approximately eight acres and they have used every inch remarkably! I was amazed right away at the design and layout of the place… Everything from cascading waterfalls, a two-story tree house with cargo nets to jump and play on, caves, a replica of Texas wet lands, an amazing bridge, and millions of things to touch!
Each of the seventeen galleries is geared at a specific part of science with brief but informative written information posted for each area. But the real learning part comes from the hands on, sensory, or tactile learning. Each area is interactive with the children. They can create energy with wind, sun and water in the Pure Energy gallery. The Skywalk is a bridge that has many of the native trees of Texas that children can see up close and personal. What a better way to learn about the trees in our neighborhood!
In the Earth Cycle gallery children learn about the weather, fossils, caves, solar system, and even how to tell time with the sun! One of the highlights of the garden is the interactive globe they have in the exploration center that is one of ten in the world!
My kids had a blast touching and feeling and playing with each interactive activity. I have to admit, my 8 year old could give me more facts and info after this two-hour visit than any museum or field trip! That part won me over quickly.
My favorite gallery was the Plants are Alive gallery, which was mimicked after the all time favorite movie…Honey I Shrunk the Kids! Everything was much larger than real life and so much easier to understand the life of a plant than the pinto beans we grew in school!
And my little guy’s favorite gallery was the First Adventure gallery! The sandbox was a hit, along with the plants he was actually able to “pet” and the beautiful metal larger than life butterfly!
Honestly, there was so much and we barely cracked the surface in our two hours there. We plan to go back and dig much deeper into this fun place! A small word of advice for those of you planning on going with small children, wagons are not allowed for safety reason, but strollers are. It is a lot of walking so little guys might peter out on you, but if you have a small/umbrella stroller, that would be the way to go since there are a lot of stairs to climb! They have beautiful trails to walk along so that a large stroller or wheelchair will do just fine, as well!
Grand opening is September 21, 2013. Please visit http://dallasarboretum.org for information and tickets. They will sell timed tickets so buying in advance is definitely recommended!