Children’s Adventure Garden another educational gem for Dallas

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden opened Saturday September 21st as on of Dallas’ top children’s educational centers.  The 17 themed galleries and 150 interactive exhibits operate on the premise that learning is best retained when concepts are explained in terms children can understand, kids can interact, play and work with a concept, so the children can make real-world connections. The commitment to science education makes this facility outstanding, not to mention its architecture, design and attention to detail.

Eight years ago when fundraising began, the phase one goal was $44 million. The final cost was $62 million. The exhbits are high-tech and highly interactive, such as the $150,000,  5-foot-wide, 5-foot-high OmniGlobe. Visitors can see real-time maps around the world of incidents such as wildfires or sea ice, historical images of events such as Hurricane Sandy, or the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Pangea. Of the five such globes in Texas, only two are located outside of a university.

The garden will also employ 20 teaches, 6 of whom will be full-time. They will be in the exhibits explaining concepts, and reaching out to DISD schools. Docents and volunteers will also help watch children and encourage “garden etiquette”  in the 8 acre park.

The children’s garden will be open 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week. Tickets for the children’s garden will be issued for specific times to prevent overcrowding. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at dallasarboretum.org or in person at Dallas Arboretum ticketing booths, when available.

Admission includes entrance to the Arboretum plus an additional $3 for entry to the Children’s Garden. Adults $15, Seniors over 65 $12 and children ages 3-12 $10.

Source: Dallas Morning News, September 19, 2013.
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