To say “They never had stuff like this when I was a kid!” would be an understatement. The coolest, most informative, über-interactive children’s garden anywhere on this planet begins welcoming visitors, young and young at heart, today.
Where? The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, of course!
Known for their over-the-top seasonal displays (Autumn at the Arboretum starts today too) and educational programming, the arboretum’s $62 million Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will not disappoint. If you allow at least 2 1/2 hours to visit this museum without walls, you still won’t be able to see it all. The sprawling 8-acre interactive garden is a unique blend of innovative technology, more than 150 interactive exhibits, and natural elements that teach pollination, energy, photosynthesis, and more.
This horticultural haven is designed specifically to address state and national curriculum standards in life and earth sciences. Traverse the 240-foot treetop Texas Skywalk, navigate the Texas Native Wetlands, or take a break and enjoy views of White Rock Lake from atop the Moody Oasis. There are also great picnic facilities, so pack some snacks.
Budding meteorologists will want to check out the Exploration Center, which is equipped with an OmniGlobe. One of 50 in the world, the OmniGlobe allows interactive animations to demonstrate real-time weather with an eight-second delay, ecosystems, climate-related images, atmospheric changes, and the solar system. If your kids are eight or younger, don’t miss exploring “Plants are Alive.”
Admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will require a timed ticket, which is intended to prevent overcrowding and enhance enjoyment for guests. To buy tickets and learn more, visit their site.