Favorite Places: Rory Meyers Children’s Garden

Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Since moving to the DFW area several years ago, the Dallas Arboretum has been one of my favorite local places to visit. Last fall, they opened the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and now it’s one of Jason and Jenna’s favorites too. The garden is science-focused, with each of the indoor and outdoor stations featuring interactive activities around common themes, like energy, space and geology. We visited this weekend and arrived just after opening. We had the entire park nearly to ourselves!

Here are (more than just) a few of my favorite pictures – the gardens are so beautiful it’s hard to narrow down all of the photos I took.
Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

 

Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Favorite Places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

 

Camp Cinderella: Part 2

Camp Cinderella: Activities for a princess-inspired camping party

When Jenna first suggested a camping and Cinderella themed party, I immediately loved the idea. I wasn’t exactly sure how to pull it off, but I knew it would be fun to try. Jenna had a few requests – like wanting to dress up like princesses and wanting to make necklaces - so that was my starting point and I added on from there.

Here’s what a day at Camp Cinderella turned out to be:

Camp Cinderella: Activities and Ideas for a Princess Camping Birthday Party

When guests arrived, they entered into the ‘costume area where they could gear up with all of the necessary clothing and equipment for the day (capes, tutus, sunglasses, tiaras, etc.).

Camp Cinderella: Costume Station for a Princess Camping Party

After getting dressed up, the guests moved out to the backyard where they could choose from our ‘camp activities.’

Camp Cinderella: Activities for a Princess Camping Themed Birthday Party

Camp activities included:

  • Archery – we had a couple of sets of the Brave archery bow and arrows and a hula hoop hanging from a tree to serve as the target.
  • Horse Riding – it doesn’t get much better than a pink pony with lots of sparkles galloping through your yard.
  • Necklace-Making
  • Sword Fighting
  • S’mores – see Part 1 for the camp menu
  • Tent “Clean-Up” – I purchased these castle tents and then decided at the last minute to add a few toy brooms so that the kids could clean their castles, just as Cinderella was required to do before going to the ball.
  • Camp Photos - I purchased a frame at Michaels, spray painted it Cinderella blue and suspended it from the ceiling using pink tulle. I added some tulle along the wall behind it for an easy photo opp set-up.

Camp Cinderella: Activities for a princess-inspired camping party

I think the highlight, at least for Jenna, was definitely the horse. There’s something pretty magical about a sparkly pink pony wandering around in your yard.

Camp Cinderella: A Princess-Inspired Camping Birthday Party

Camp Cinderella: A Sparkly Pink Pony

For details about the camp food, see Camp Cinderella: Part 1.

 

Camp Cinderella: Part 1

Camp Cinderella birthday party theme.

My daughter requested a “Cinderella and Camping” party to celebrate her 6th birthday. It was an interesting mix of princess girliness with outdoorsy fun, and Jenna and I had a great time thinking up ways to combine the themes. In the end, our backyard was filled with girls in tutus, boys wielding swords, a bonfire and a glittery pink horse. I’m hoping we look back on this one as the year mom nailed it! Happy Birthday, Jenna!

Today I’m sharing our camp menu:

Enchanted Trail Mix
Create your own trail mix bar for a princess camp party

We set up a create-your-own-trail-mix bar for party guests to assemble their own camping snack. The bar included:

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Granola
  • Chocolate-covered almonds
  • Cranberries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Pink, blue and white M&Ms
Cinderella S’mores
cinderella s'mores for a princess camping party

No camping adventure would be complete without s’mores! Despite 80 degrees temperatures, all of our campers were up for sitting around a camp fire, roasting pink and white marshmallows and making traditional s’mores. I purchased these extra long roasting skewers to keep everyone a good distance from the heat.

Cake and Princess Punch

menu for a princess camping party

After making a practice cake a few weeks ago and experimenting with marshmallow fondant and natural dyes, I ended up purchasing two cakes and decorating them myself with pre-made fondant. For drinks, we served strawberry lemonade (aka Princess Punch).

 

Birthday Inspiration: Camp Cinderella

 

Birthday Party inspiration for my daughter's "Cinderella Camping" themed party.

Jenna loves planning her birthday parties, and this year’s celebration of turning 6 is no exception. She suggested a “Cinderella Camping” party, and I’ve had a great time thinking up ways to merge two seemingly opposite ends of the party theme spectrum. I won’t go into detail now but the mood board above gives quite a few clues. Will there be a pink-maned horse? Yes, yes there will. More pics after the party!

Image sources: Garland / Toy binoculars / Tiara / Pink Bow and Arrow Set / Castle Tent / Tutu