Arboretum for Children

While at the Dallas Arboretum in October, we walked through the children’s area for the first time.  Actually, we mistakenly thought the pumpkin houses were located there.

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is 8 acres of gardens and educational areas for children.  It’s extremely well done, and I know this blog doesn’t do it justice.  I succumbed to heat and exhaustion by the time we got to this area.  Sometime in the future, we’ll make this a priority viewing.  But it would be difficult to miss their seasonal and special exhibits, so we’ll see.

childarboretumcThe entrance gates hold the promise of a wonderful garden.  Since there is an extra fee for the children’s gardens, there is a separate entrance into it.  But most people seemed to come from the general area and just paid a small additional cost.  It seemed like a costly day for a young family.  Guess that’s true for any entertainment sites for children today.

childarboretum1One small, secluded space was designated for small children.  Nature was enlarged to become objects to climb on.

childarboretum2Whimsical creatures caught my attention.

childarboretum3The acorns and other wooden looking items appeared to be carved from real wood with natural cracking, but they are molded resin.

childarboretum4Just before I snapped this shot, a small girl climbed off his back.

childarboretum7This huge nest is about 8 feet across and is sturdy enough for a unique playhouse.

This particular area was actually my favorite; maybe because we went there first.

childarboretum5The orange and yellow spinners on poles could be operated from a walkway.

childarboretum8Here the water is being sprayed at the cups of one.  As it spins, it squirts out water and activates other movements.

childarboretum6Hands on area allowed children to manipulate different gadgets with a focus on learning.

childarboretumaThis American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa dichotoma) bush has rosy pink berries.  It’s native to the southeastern US.  In Texas, it grows mostly in the eastern section where there are piney woods and lots of shade and acidic soil.  But I’ve seen a few in central Texas.childarboretumbThe berries range from pink to red-purple.  They require shade.  My yard is mostly full sun, so I just admire them when I see them in public gardens.

childarboretum9To exit, we walked through many other interesting sections.  Maybe next time I’ll do a better job of capturing  the whole garden.

So many great places to visit not too far away.  The number of books I plan to read, and the number of places I want to visit is endless.  Just not enough time.

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”  Unknown

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