Dallas Arboretum Adventures into a Children’s Garden

ChildrenGardenMy family was invited to preview the newest addition to the Dallas Arboretum, the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is an 8-acre wonderland that just might be the best kids destination in the area. The garden, which opens to the public on Saturday, September 21, is an expansive tract just east of the main arboretum grounds that contains 17 galleries with more than 150 interactive exhibits. Once you get past the main entry plaza — and if you have young kids, good luck with that, as its dancing fountain is a natural attraction — choosing what to see next can be a bit challenging.EntryPlazaEvery area in the garden is geared toward education, so no matter where you start, you’ll find something to stimulate a child’s brain in one way or another. The main garden at the arboretum highlights the beauty of nature, while the children’s garden showcases the processes that make those beautiful things. What’s really impressive is that education and fun go hand-in-hand with every step in the children’s garden. Your could visit the First Adventure, a toddlers paradise featuring streams, plant shaped like bees and a huge wooden ant.FirstAdventure Or, You could explore the Amazing Secret Garden, a maze with engaging rewards along the way in order to find the secret garden. BEWARE: It may take some bribery to get the kids to leave this area. 😉 AmazingSecretGardenMay I suggest bringing special treats and enjoying them at the Incredible Edible Garden, just above the Amazing Secret Garden. Or, you could head straight to the T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy area, where you can learn about water, solar and wind power through addictive hands-on exhibits.PureEnergy Or, you could go indoors to the Exploration Center with OmniGlobe, a huge building with multiple interactive science experiment stations.ExperimentThe entire garden is so extensive and so detailed that it would take hours, if not days, to properly explore everything it has to offer. Grab your tickets today, or why not consider becoming a member of the Dallas Arboretum and enjoy The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for only $3 per ticket at your family’s own leisure. By the way, make sure to say “HOWDY!” to Sprout and his friends when you visit. 🙂Sprout


  1. Juliette Coulter says:

    Jennifer~Thank you for coming to the preview and for writing such a lovely account of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

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