After 10 years in the making, the Dallas Arboretum broke ground last Monday on The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opening spring 2013. Familiar (and notable) faces filled the garden to celebrate the creation of this game-changing, North Texas gateway into strengthening science education for our children. Honorary Chairman, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dallas Mayor, Dwaine Caraway, spoke at the ceremony, sharing their support and excitement for what’s to come.
So what is to come? A 7-acre, science adventure garden and laboratory, created specifically for children and tailored to families, that will profoundly impact the education of young minds. The garden consists of 150 interactive exhibits and 16, primarily outdoor, “hands-on” classrooms, including The Incredible Edible Garden, The Wild Wetland Walk, Texas Skywalk and Pure Energy. Your kids won’t even know they’re learning while they partake in the many activities the garden has to offer, like taking an elevated walk through the tree canopy, investigating natural energy, hiking in the grass tunnels of the wetlands or experience the 31 best fruit-bearing trees for North Texas…just to list a few.
The Dallas Arboretum is already a favorite among Dallas area moms…including me. My son, Max, and my husband, Carmen, and I love spending a morning or an afternoon here – whether it’s exploring the colorful flowers during Dallas Blooms or wandering through a sea of orange at The Great Pumpkin Festival in the fall – this is one of our favorite ways to enjoy local nature, Dallas outdoors and time together. If you haven’t seen the Fairy Tale Castles exhibit, you must go check out this whimsical wonderland. Speaking from experience – you’ll be just as enamored with them as your kids. Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays are a great outing for moms and kids to interact together and have a ball with arts & crafts, face painting, a petting zoo and Kindermusik. Last but not least, be sure to check out an Eddie Coker concert…a favorite among kids and moms!
Clearly, you don’t need to wait until Spring 2013 to take the family to the Arboretum – there’s loads of fun to be had now! We might just see you there. And we’ll for sure see you at the opening of The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden in two years…it will no doubt spark the minds of many young, North Texas children…perhaps more so than any textbook could. I’m excited to show Max the amazing wonders of nature, science and energy. What better environment is there than a vast, interactive outdoor laboratory to show how fun and exciting learning can be!