The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is a STEAM-focused, hands-on learning laboratory with programming and exhibits for children of all ages.

Featured Activities in March - S-T-E-A-M Weeks

Mondays - S in STEAM Science

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. First Adventure
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Because of an Acorn Wander in the Habitat's forest to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning. Habitats
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Sweater Weather What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to wear sweaters while others don't? Join us as we answer these questions and many more. Omniglobe Room
3:30 p.m. Feathered Friends If only we could all jump into the air and soar like birds, our feathered friends. Observations in The Texas Native Wetlands will open your eyes in wonder as we explore the natural world of birds. Texas Native Wetlands

Tuesdays - T in Steam Technology

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. First Adventure
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Tech in Nature We have more than 160 games to play in our garden! Participate in a Micro-Plant demonstration to collect your punch card. Complete the 10 games indicated on your card and receive a Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden tool to magnify your future adventures. Plants Are Alive
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Sweater Weather What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to wear sweaters while others don't? Join us as we answer these questions and many more. Omniglobe Room
3:30 p.m. A World In a Drop of Water Within everydrop of pond water lurks an invisible world, alive with an amazing variety of microscopic animals. Join us for a technology focused adventure. Texas Native Wetlands

Wednesdays - E in STEAM Engineering

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. First Adventure
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Eco-Engineering Looking for a natural, eco-friendly and semi-old way to tell time? If so, you'll love engineering citrus into currents. Join us to learn more. Orchard and Vineyard
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Sweater Weather What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to wear sweaters while others don't? Join us as we answer these questions and many more. Omniglobe Room
3:30 p.m. Natural Design Learn about biomimicry and how engineers often imitate nature in the design of innovative new products. Scientists join us as we test an invention inspired by nature. Pure Energy


Thursdays - A in STEAM Art

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. First Adventure
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. Fibonacci Fundamentals Nature is full of amazing patterns and connections. Come learn how we can connect math, nature and art. Kaleidoscope
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Sweater Weather What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to wear sweaters while others don't? Join us as we answer these questions and many more. Omniglobe Room
3:30 p.m. Fish on' You will explore the life of fish and their habitat, then have the opportunity to create a drawing of a fish. After our program, you are encouraged to submit your creations in the State-Fish Art Contest by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Texas Native Wetlands


Fridays-M in STEAM Math

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Little Adventure Activities Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more. First Adventure
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
12:00 p.m. The Golden Spiral Join us as we explore a growing pattern in nature and create an art piece of your very own. Kaleidoscope
2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe: Sweater Weather What causes the seasons and why do some people in parts of the world need to wear sweaters while others don't? Join us as we answer these questions and many more. Omniglobe Room
3:30 p.m. Symmetrical Sights Come and explore natural designs. Something special in the Kaleidoscope gallery could catch your eye. Kaleidoscope

Special Events Weekends

Wild Weather Weekend - March 25 & 26

Time Activity Description Location
10:00 a.m. Storytime Featuring The Little Cloud by Eric Carle Join us for a story adventure to observe and classify the clouds we see with a handy-dandy tool you'll create. First Adventure
11:00 a.m. (Saturday ONLY) Wild Weather Forecasts with Colleen Coyle, WFAA 8 Meteorologist Have you ever wanted to be a Meterologist? Meet Colleen Coyle and learn about it! Exploration Center & Earth Cycles
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Amazing Race Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race. Exploration Center
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. OmniGlobe Presentation: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons These incredibly powerful and destructive forces of nature affect the lives of people living all over the world. Enter into our Omni Globe Theater to see past natural disasters and learn about all three. Omniglobe Room
4:00 p.m. Storm Chasing Winds Storm chasing is a fascinating hobby. But how do they know where a storm will go? Come make your own anemometer and learn about some tools meteorologist and storm chasers use to understand weather. Pure Energy

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Seasonal Programming

Blast from the Past: The Science of Vintage Toys
Exploration Center Nature Wall

Old Red Museum to showcase a variety of America’s favorite toys dating from, or popular during, the 1950s and 1960s.

The 1950s space race was reflected in popular culture icons sporting futuristic motifs, from “boomerang” pattern Formica and atomic-inspired lighting to the rocket-shaped tailfins on a 1959 Cadillac. In the toy aisles, children could find a number of items that piqued their curiosity about science and medicine including chemistry sets and plastic anatomical models of the Invisible Man and Woman. Gyroscopes taught us about gravity and balance. The much sought after Microscope kits were equipped with slides and tweezers to look at specimens, while some came complete with dozens of mounted insect wings and prairie grasses. Though often considered entertainment for the entire family, home movie projectors were advertised adjacent to the toy section, where shortened clips of popular cartoons could be purchased for as little as $1.45. Living room projectionists and narrators may have been an inspiration to our rich tradition of American filmmakers.

All of the toys selected for our exhibition, as with most of those lining store shelves today, can readily serve to demonstrate the science topics children learn in the elementary classroom.

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