What kid wouldn’t love making a rain storm? Climbing high in a tree house? Exploring an edible garden? Right inside big, bustling Dallas are 8 beautiful wooded acres of gardens overlooking a tranquil lake that is a must stop for families visiting Big D where kids can do all these and more. At the Rory Myers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum children can connect with nature and experience it hands on in a beautiful setting all while learning and having fun!
When the Dallas Arboretum invited us to visit, we were so excited because we had been to the Gardens in October but only experienced a fraction of it partly because there is so much to do with over 150 kid friendly activities and also because we were there to visit the incredible pumpkin display. (You should totally visit in the fall.) This time we spent the entire day hiking, playing, experimenting and learning.
The Incredible Edible Garden is a fun hands on way for kids to learn where the fruits and vegetables they eat come from. There are edible herbs and vegetables and examples of foods like cereals that get their start in the garden. There are also hands on activities like what does the inside of the vegetables look like.
A short walk from The Incredible Edible Garden is one of the highlights in a garden that’s pretty incredible from start to finish. The Texas Skywalk lets kids feel like they are walking in the treetops. The walk offers a bird’s eye view of the trees and ends at a hollow tree they can climb in.
Just off The Texas Skywalk is one of the kids’ favorite stops at The Adventure Garden, the T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy. Here the kids can witness the energy from water, the sun with very cool solar powered toys or the wind. This stop is also a fun way to cool off with water cannons and other fun water play.
At almost every stop in The Adventure Gardens, there is an opportunity to get hands on with what they are learning. My son especially enjoyed learning about the Life Cycle of a Plant through a stamp craft that he got to take home.
We visited the Adventure Gardens on a Wednesday and had so much fun at Weather Wednesday in First Adventure. This bright, whimsical place is perfect for younger children where they can smell, build, crawl and splash. Everything is designed to explore and play on. For Weather Wednesday the kids heard a fun story about the wind and learned how the wind can carry things like bubbles.
The Petroglyph Walk was a great way for the kids to see what these Native American carvings would look like in person and learn how they were used to communicate important messages. Last week in Arkansas the kids saw some in a rock overhang and they knew exactly what they were thanks to our visit to The Petroglyph Walk.
In the Earth Cycles stop the kids got to learn about weather and erosion and their effects on our planet. There are illustrations of fossils where they will learn about different time periods. They also got to do an experiment to make it rain!
There are also several gardens and trails to explore with beautiful plants and flowers with informational markers to learn what they are and also about the animals that coexist with and depend on them.
We spent the whole day exploring the Children’s Adventure Gardens. They have a great café on site, but you can also bring a picnic lunch. The kids loved it and I loved that they were learning while they were having fun. These exhibits were some of our favorites but there are many more that you will have to experience for yourself. The Children’s Adventure Gardens is something we could visit again and again because there is so much to do and so many programs offered you could have a different adventure every time!