Later this month, the Dallas Arboretum will open the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden to the public. My family got a sneak peek at the 8-acre interactive garden situated on the shores of White Rock Lake, and I can already tell you this will be a favorite destination for children in Dallas.
The garden features 17 different indoor and outdoor galleries focused on teaching life, earth and environmental sciences. It’s honestly one of the coolest educational facilities I’ve seen. Andrew loved it and I can’t wait to take visitors to experience it for themselves.
First Adventure was our first stop, and our favorite exhibit. Designed for children under 5 years, it offers everything your toddler or preschooler would want. There’s a sandbox, play house, slide, and water features, along with a miniature garden for your littles to explore. Be prepared for them to get wet, though. Bring swim diapers or swim trunks, as children with normal diapers are not allowed to play in the water features.
Kaleidoscope is another exhibit you can’t miss. The centerpiece — a giant kaleidoscope — integrates science, math and art together in mesmerizing patterns that will fascinate your child.
Another toddler favorite was the Texas Skywalk — an elevated walk through the trees with a tree trampoline that will allow your child to soar to even greater heights.
Pure Energy is a fun exhibit where children can investigate the powers of wind, sun and water to create energy. My son loved using the water cannons to hit targets and splashing in the water as it flowed through the dams and wheels.
There are many other exhibits to explore, including Amazing Secret Garden, Orchard and Vineyard, Incredible Edible Garden and the Exploration Center.
Ready to plan your visit? Here are a few things you need to know before you go:
- The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden opens Sept. 21, 2013.
- Admission to the children’s garden is an additional $3 fee with admission the Dallas Arboretum.
- Timed tickets are required to prevent overcrowding. You can purchase advanced tickets in-person or online.
- Only strollers and wheelchairs are permitted in the children’s garden. No wagons are allowed.
- Be prepared for your children to play in water. Bring swim diapers or a swimsuit for your child.
- Make sure you are prepared for the outdoor weather. Most of the galleries are outside, so if it’s hot out, make sure you bring sunscreen and water. If it’s cold out, bundle up!
Have you been to the Dallas Arboretum? Are you excited for the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden to open?