If you asked me what to do with toddlers in Dallas 5 years ago, I would have given the generic answer of the zoo. Fast forward to 2013, and Dallas is a bustling town for toddlers (and adults too!) The newest attraction that I love telling people about is the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden. It is an addition to the Dallas Arboretum (requires a separate entrance fee, read below for ticket information.)
A few weeks ago, Izaiah and I were invited to tour the children’s garden. To be honest, it sounded like a cool place, but it was over 100 degrees outside and Izaiah hadn’t had a nap. We went anyway, and I am so glad we did. Whenever you are in the Dallas area, put the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden on your checklist of things to do with toddlers in Dallas.
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The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is located in Dallas, TX. There are 17 indoor/outdoor galleries all created just for kids (but adults will enjoy too!)
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Binoculars to check out the gardens, wildlife and view - hung at the perfect height for kids to access.
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Through out the gardens there are hidden features made just for kids. This is a chime, you spin and it makes a fun tune.
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Immediately after you walk in the children's garden, there is a fountain for playing. We waited until the end of our adventure before we let Izaiah get wet. He had the time of his life running through the fountains.
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Izaiah ran around the gardens with this grin on his face. I guess you can say he loved it.
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Features like this hollowed tree exhibit are throughout the garden. Everything is set up to be toddler friendly.
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This giant wooden ant was too cool! As soon as Izaiah saw this thing, he knew he had to ride it.
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The Rory Meyers Children Garden is right on White Rock Lake. If you are familiar with Dallas, you know that this city is not known for its natural beauty. Sure, everything is big here and we have a lovely cityscape, but we lack trees, we have plenty of concrete, there are no mountains anywhere near, it's just not something we are known for. All that said, the views from his garden are breathtaking. You will forget you are in the middle of a large city.
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One of Izaiah's favorite features was the secret garden. Hedges form a maze with hidden features throughout the area. Watch your kid here, they don't want to leave!
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Despite the 100 degree heat, the gardens are home to plenty of shaded areas and misters!
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In the T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy area, kids get a hands-on learning experience with how energy is generated. Here Izaiah is playing with a solar panel.
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Here is another feature in the T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy area. There are numerous water activities that teach kids the power of water. To Izaiah, this area was a massive water table. Getting him to leave this area caused a massive melt down.
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Isn't this adorable? It's a tree made out of solar panels.
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The Walk in the Clouds was my favorite feature in the gardens. You go inside a fake tree and climb a spiral staircase. When you get to the top, you look out upon all of the gardens, the downtown area of Dallas and gorgeous White Rock Lake. As if the view wasn't enough, there are nets that create a "bounce house in the air." It's like you are hanging above the gardens, but of course it's a children's garden so bouncing is encouraged!
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The water guns squirt various targets in the pond. Huge water gun = happy boy.
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The Cascades feature a waterfall you can walk under! Izaiah loved trying to jump in the pond, thankfully he didn't succeed!
Dallas Fun for Toddlers!
Izaiah had a blast running down the pathways to and from each exhibit. I never worried about his safety and he talked about the gardens non-stop for the days following our visit.
The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden features over 150 interactive exhibits and 17 galleries specifically designed for kids! From animated characters in the garden to the 9,100 square foot indoor exploration center, you and your child will be amazed.
Before You Go, a Few Things to Know….
- No wagons are allowed, but you can bring strollers!
- Tickets must be bought ahead of time, see information below.
- Expect your kids to get wet, so if you are planning on going to the Dallas Arboretum as well, bring an extra set of clothes.
- Bring water and snacks, your kid will be running and playing hard.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Grab a map at the front entrance, this garden has tons to offer – plus it helps to know where the bathroom is when adventuring with toddlers.
Children Garden Ticket Information
The Children’s Garden is an add-on to the Dallas Arboretum tickets. To make sure you have the best experience at the gardens, tickets are timed, so should be purchased ahead of time. This limits the crowds, letting your family enjoy your adventure without it being so crowded. Listed below is the total ticket price for both attractions:
$18.00 for Adult
$15.00 for Senior (65+)
$13.00 for Child 3-12
Free for Child under 3 (Free)
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