Tonight we were invited to a media preview night at the new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. The garden doesn’t officially open until the 21st, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to check it out in advance. Fair warning: I’m about to inundate you with pics. There were 17 indoor/outdoor galleries with 150 interactive exhibits over 8 acres, so… a lot of cool stuff to see.
The kids had an absolute blast (and completely passed out as soon as we got home = score 1 for the adventure garden). We started at the First Adventure area, which is geared towards the baby/toddler bracket. They would have been thrilled just to spend the entire evening there, playing with the wheelie bugs, digging in the sand and splashing around in the “river.”
We eventually dragged them out of the little kid’s area. Jack loved the Plants are Alive gallery. He assembled giant plants and then did a scavenger hunt for various plant parts- roots, stems, etc.
He was also a big fan of the giant kaleidoscope:
And the Pure Energy area… obviously, what kid doesn’t love playing in water?? He also loved shooting Brian with the air cannon in the wind energy section.
Not only is the children’s garden fun and educational, but it’s also extremely well thought-out. The gallery areas are pretty well contained so that it was easy to keep an eye on both kids. I also appreciated the misters and shaded spots. Oh, and it’s GORGEOUS. Check out the lake views.
Not a bad way to spend an evening! I predict that the children’s garden is going to be a HUGE hit once it officially opens, so get your tickets as soon as possible. Word is that you will have to reserve a “timed” ticket (like at the Perot Museum) in order to prevent overcrowding… meaning that you can’t visit the Arboretum and then expect to just pop on over to the children’s garden. Also, non-members AND members will be required to pay an additional fee of $3 per person to enter the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden, though apparently members will be sent a number of free passes based upon their membership level. Children’s garden hours will be 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
(Just checked the website and it looks like the timed tickets are available already- go get ‘em!)