Savage Gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I love sharing about various events that take place at San Antonio Botanical Garden. We have had a family membership since we relocated to the Alamo City in 2011, and we have been so pleased with events, exhibits, classes available to adults as well as children, and educational material available on their website. We always try to make it for the opening events for exhibits because the Garden puts a lot of time and effort into planning activities and crafts to kick things off.

This weekend Savage Gardens opened here, and there were opening day activities scheduled Saturday 10:00 – 2:00. The exhibit itself includes several species of carnivorous plants, such as Venus Flytrap, Sundew and various types of Pitcher plants. There are several artistic structures erected throughout the Conservatory, where the exhibit is located. In addition, there are several education stations set up, covering the different insects that carnivorous plants consume, and the various methods in which they trap their prey.

For the opening event, there was a Monster Plant obstacle course set up for the children, which was a hit! There was a Venus Flytrap puppet craft, Carnivorous Plants mind puzzles,and an opportunity to plant a sundew to take home.

Chipotle was on hand providing free lunch, along with very nice plant activity guides for children. Admission included tickets for paletas as well, very welcome in the middle of the heat currently baking the city.

The family had an awesome time, and we went home with our potted sundew, as well as a Venus Flytrap we purchased from the gift shop. Kyri is quite enamored with her new “pet” Flytrap and is waiting anxiously for it to capture its first meal.

Even though the opening event is over, the Savage Gardens exhibit itself runs from June 29th through December 1st, 2013.

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Spring Break at San Antonio Botanical Gardens

We are huge fans of the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) – we love participating in their seasonal exhibits, homeschool classes and various activities offered during the year.

This week was Spring Break for our area, and SABOT had various Spring Break themed activities planned for kids. Each day from 10-2 there were crafts and activities available for kids.

We went with a few homeschool families and had a blast! Our kids made crafty leis, learned about Japanese sand Zen gardens, went “fishing” for shells, made colored sand art, and even played in a HUGE mountain of sand that was brought in for the week. There was also an amazing sand sculpture on display – the artist worked during the course of the week and sculpted the front of the Alamo as well as a caterpillar on some cactus.

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Dinosaur Stampede at San Antonio Botanical Garden

We are big fans of San Antonio Botanical Garden – we love visiting, seeing the exhibits they offer during the year, and taking advantage of the wonderful homeschool classes they offer.

This fall, there is a wonderful exhibit – Dinosaur Stampede,which runs from September 1st through December 31st 2012. Large dinosaur models are located throughout the Garden. For more information, check out the brochure on SABOT’s website.

We visited the Garden this Saturday (September 1st) for the opening day activities. There were plenty of games, crafts and educational material for children as well as the whole family. Kyri had a blast decorating a dinosaur mask and a pair of T. Rex feet. She loved the dinosaur obstacle course and didn’t get caught once in the tar pit! We were able to see plenty of fossilized wood and coprolite (that’s fossilized poop…) and Kyri even got a small piece of fossilized wood to take hom for her collection.

We managed, even with all the activities, to make it around the Garden and check out all most of  the dinosaurs on display. As I went through our pictures and matched them to the exhibit guide I realized a couple that we missed – we somehow managed to miss the Tropical room and their dino inhabitants! Luckily we will be back in two weeks and will be sure to visit all of the dinosaurs again. All I can say is, with prehistoric millipedes being several feet long (somehow I missed a pictures of these scary beasts!), I am really glad we weren’t around back then!

San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a curriculum guide for the exhibit. We didn’t use this for our initial visit since it was the opening day, but we are planning an upcoming visit with our homeschool group, so we will be utilizing some of the educational material provided before our next visit.

This was a girls day – just Kyri and I went, and we left the boys at home for the day. While I think Ender and Daddy would have had fun, it was awesome spending the day with just Kyri – she loved the undivided attention from Mom. When you spend all day with your children, it is definitely important to make time for this individual attention.

Allosaurus and babies.
Dimetrodon.
Giant cockroaches – enough said.
A Nile crocodile.
Meganeura – a giant dragonfly.
Parasaurolophus
Pterogotus.
The carnivorous Sordes.
Having a great time in the Conservatory.
The Dino Extinction obstacle course – the horsetail forest.
Watch for lava!
Don’t get stuck in the tarpits!
Fossils from Canyon Lake Gorge.
Discovering salt dough “fossils.”
Double cocunuts found on the Seychelles Islands.
Fun dino rubbings.
Kyri’s dino feet!
Playing Dino Bingo.
Kyri gets her face painted with a Hello Kitty mask. She was so happy!
We had a great day together!
Posing for mom.