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Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden

A snippet of the children's garden, from their current brochure
A snippet of the children’s garden, from their current brochure


Have you been to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society? Then get over there!

Late Afternoon Visit to the Children’s Garden

After we’d been to church and run a few errands, we wanted a way to enjoy the gorgeous Sunday afternoon, so we decided to visit an old favorite, DABS.  We actually arrived unaware it was opening weekend of the children’s garden, but we couldn’t miss the plethora of pumpkins.  We decided to take a tram for an overview of the gardens and discovered we’d happened onto the tail end of children’s garden’s opening festivities.

I was afraid we’d find ourselves overwhelmed with squealing kids, but it was late enough in the day that most of them had gone home.  The smattering still enjoying the children’s garden was just the right amount to let us see how much kids loved it, without feeling under siege.

Starting at the End

My husband being the contrarian that he is,wandered towards number 21 on the map when we left the entry plaza rather than The Cascades, which is indicated as your next stop.  Still the Incredible Edible Garden wasn’t a bad place to begin.  This really is a kid’s garden.  Everything begs for you to press it, touch it, feel it, spin it, climb on it, sit under it or do something to it and your reward is not only entertainment but learning experiences.

We meandered along the walks, visiting an overlook and enjoying misters in a gazebo. We peeked into the Exploration Center, but moved on along to the Plants are Alive Section.  Talk about alive, the exhibits were crawling with delighted kids and their parents. Touch was being used to learn all around me.  I observed parents discussing whether a mushroom was an animal, vegetable or mineral with a pair of enraptured little girls.  The energy level was almost exhausting.

Wandering further we found a giant kaleidoscope.  Children were fascinated and their parents had to drag them away.  We pretended we were just observing the kids, but eventually with no kids in line, we had a go at it.  No wonder they were so enthralled!  It was truly addicting.

Moving on we saw them closing up the puppet theater and found ourselves at the T.Boone Pickens Pure Energy area.  BRAVO!  The children loved it.  Squeals of laughter alerted us to the fact that the area could easily be called Pure Entertainment.  It’s been a long time since I saw so many handles to turn or so much water being manipulated – and if the kids were really lucky, some would splash out on them.  Of course, my big kid couldn’t resist his own turn at most of the exhibits.

With only a half hour left, we tried to take in as much of the rest of the garden as we could.  We trotted through the maze, wanting to see the dragons, but not allowing ourselves time to get lost.  And speaking of time, the human sundial is charming.  The kids were thrilled by it.

We strolled the Texas Skywalk and peeked into the Walk in the Clouds.  We longed to linger in the Moody Oasis, but it was time to head back to the car.  On the tram ride back to the main entrance we did pass the new Magnolia Garden I’d been looking forward to, but I hadn’t missed my opportunity to see it, because the water feature has been broken almost since it opened.

Speaking of broken, there were a few items in the children’s garden that were already not operating.  Not major things.  A joystick on one of the solar energy activities was missing and the pendulum was gone from from a display in one of the kaleidoscope activities.  The garden might be for kids, but it’s apparently not totally kid-proof.  Come to think of it, what is?

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