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The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden encompasses several galleries. Each are designed to be age-specific but not age-restrictive, so all ages are welcome in every area of the garden. Over 150 interactive exhibits are in place, including a 500-linear-foot trail, adventure bridge, 30-foot tree snag, canopy walk, 9, 100-square-foot indoor Exploration Center, fascinating plant and soil labs, solvable CSI mysteries, a state-of-the-art OmniGlobe, and so much more.
There will also be other surprises in store when you visit. Costumed characters may appear in the garden to tell you about life in their unique habitats. Maybe a nature play will be showing in our puppet theater, located in The Glade. There could be live science demonstrations in any one of our 17 galleries. And if you love computer games, you can look forward to a new series of programming every six months. See if you can play every game during your many visits to this special place, designed with kids' interests in mind. Find out more:
The Moody Oasis
While it’s a great place to take a break, this rooftop garden retreat also provides an important function: it insulates the building below and reduces our overall energy consumption.
When you’re relaxing at The Moody Oasis, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of White Rock Lake. Be sure to look through the scopes at the many historic buildings and houses across the lake. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that calls White Rock Lake home.
The Texas Skywalk
This is your special garden. We know you like to run, touch, smell, build, climb, crawl, splash and jump. You can do all of this in First Adventure. How many parts does the ant have? Do other insects have the same number of parts? Why does the bird’s foot look different from the opossum’s foot? Can you find their tracks along the sandbox wall? What animals besides chickens hatch from eggs? This garden presents lots of questions and provides lots of answers.
Plants Are Alive
You know people are alive, but did you know that plants are alive and have parts that must work together to keep the plant well? Just like you have different body parts, plants have body parts; and every part does something special to help the plant survive. Today you get to enter a world of giant plants to see how all the parts work. You may build a big flower puzzle, make your own growing plant pictures, or see how water moves thorough a healthy plant. Real plant parts sometimes look different, but they all work much the same way.
The Kaleidoscope gallery uses
color, light, and structure to demonstrate how nature influences art and
architecture. There are patterns in nature that we can use to create art and solve math equations. You will find these patterns in
sand, water and landscapes here, but will be challenged to use them in new and unique ways. Discover
tessellations, fractals, and patterns and create your own artistic designs on
our touch screens.
Puppet Theatre in The Glade
For ages people have enjoyed stories told live on stage. Our puppet theater will engage guests with song, dramatic characters and tales inspired by happenings in nature. The Glade is a natural space ripe for taking a seat and becoming part of the stories presented by our actors, puppeteers, and celebrity guests. Take a seat and join the show!
T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy
Here you will witness the transformation of water, solar and wind energy into electricity. Use interactive wind models and a variety of turbines to determine which machines are the most effective. Test wind speed using fun anemometers and step inside our wind machine to feel its power. Archimedes’ screw and other machines will teach about harnessing the power of water.
Texas Native Wetlands
Did you know that wetlands clean the water, provide habitats for many plants and animals, and help control flooding? They are a great resource for our state. The plants in our wetlands are all native Texas wetland plants. This gallery gives you the opportunity to walk on boardwalks through grass tunnels and see the plants and animals that make up large parts of our great state.
Walk In The Clouds
A sort of “bounce house in the air,” our very special, 32-foot fabricated tree lends itself to “sky-walking" suspended over the trail below. Walk in the Clouds allows kids to scurry about in safe, canopy netting. Pretend to be a squirrel or raccoon: crawl, walk, or jump around the nets while enjoying a view of the ground below. Brave the trees the way small animals do and feel the thrill of life high in the sky.
Welcome to Habitats. Here you will see how plants and animals live and thrive together in a woodland ecosystem. Walk the woodland trails and you will see that habitats provide shelter, space, food and water to the plants and animals that live there. As you pass the signs for habitat needs, look around at all of the models and exhibits that show how people, plants and animals interact and how they adapt to changing environments. They might change their behavior or develop a new skill like climbing. The way they look might change over time. For instance: a change in their coloring could help them blend into their environment and avoid becoming prey.
Exploration Center & Plaza
Our guests will learn so much from the interactive technology and special programs inside the Exploration Center, including teacher-led chemistry and biology labs.
This innovative indoor space features a plant lab, smart tables, soil specimen workstations, CSI mysteries to solve and the signature OmniGlobe.
Located in the Globe Theatre, the five-foot-tall OmniGlobe is one of five in Texas and is the largest in the state. A touch-screen transforms the sphere into a high-tech model of the planets. View everything from weather events to population density on this striking machine!
Learn all about the forces that affect our ever-changing planet. Earth’s geology, weather and its place in space are all explored here. Inset in the pavement is a geologic timeline that tells the time periods from the prehistoric to today. You will also see illustrations of the fossils of organisms that lived during each of those time periods. Use a sundial, explore a cave or visit a station that simulates erosion. Get hands-on with your planet!
As you enter the Living Cycles Learning Gallery, the first thing you notice are the words inscribed in the stone pathway describing the life cycle of a plant. As you walk the circle, you will learn about how plants grow. Sit and enjoy some beautiful photography showing the fascinating life cycles of insects, birds and plants. Walk through the pollination zone to learn all of the ways flowers have adapted to attract pollinators and their pollinators have adapted to reach the nectar inside flowers.
Walk On The Wild Side
The Amazing Secret Garden
Follow a circular maze through winding paths of tall bushes. Read cardinal directions, find cryptic clues and peek through periscopes in order to figure out which way to go to in this secret garden. You'll encounter whisper tubes, hedge scopes, a floating granite ball and dance chimes along your path. The castle’s flag is in the middle of the garden, but beware of the dragon's breath as you pass through a row of menacing statues. You may even find some paths have changed since you began your adventure.
Orchard & Vineyard
Vines have evolved to climb toward the life-giving sun. The vines in this garden are planted on posts and run along cables that support their growth. Look closely at the trees, vines and bushes around you. Are any of the plants flowering? Did you know those flowers will eventually become fruit? Enjoy witnessing the entire life cycle of climbing and food-producing plants here!
The Incredible Edible Garden
Everything that is alive must eat, but the choices we make about what we eat are the difference between being strong and healthy or being weak and ill. From ancient times to today, man has gotten food from plants. Did you have cereal at breakfast today? It came from a plant. Bananas and fruit juice come from plants, too. Bread is most often made from a plant called wheat. The vegetables on your plate and your chocolate dessert were grown for you to eat. Stroll through The Incredible Edible Garden and learn about the value plants provide to our health.