RIVER LEGACY LIVING SCIENCE CENTER
Am I crazy? I’m dragging my kids and my friends to a place I’ve never been before to spend time in the outdoors in the heat of the summer in Arlington! This morning, I told my son that it’s “adventure day,” which, like usual, means we’re headed on a hike! He knows we are about to hit a trail.
He loves spending time outdoors because not only does it burn a little hole in his bottomless energy pit, but it also means we’ll spend time doing one of his very favorite activities: skipping rocks! What is it with little boys and throwing rocks in the water? OK, it is actually pretty satisfying when you make a big splash or get a few good skips, but still…that kid could spend hours making ripples!
We start our adventure by entering a nice, air-conditioned learning facility, complete with a gift shop and exhibits of local reptiles…and tarantulas. We grab a map and listen to a staff member talk about all the animal life that’s been spotted in the area recently — including a pregnant beaver! The staff member advises our small children to be quiet on the trail if they want to better their chances of seeing animals. The three boys under the age of five agree to stay quiet and I laugh to myself, because I’m fully aware that their investment in whispering will last about 12 seconds. And I’m correct.
We head out on the trails and are pleasantly surprised with the amount of shade that is offered by all the greenery. We realize the grounds are actually pretty small, which makes this place great for children and families. We cross a bridge and look for turtles. We let the boys jump on and off the log stools. We hike around all the trails and down closer to the water when we finally spot it: a little dirty rocky bay, meeting up with the shallow water’s edge, perfect for rock throwing.
We put on some bug spray and start scouting out the best rocks. The boys’ hands are all dirty and the combination of rocks and water puts them all in some sort of trance. My son has really developed his rock-skipping abilities within the last few months and is excited to show his friends. We all agree that this was a great way to spend the morning. It’s 10:00 AM in DFW, and it turns out that I’m not all that crazy after all!