The grass climb at Houston Arboretum's Nature Playscape. 

We know, we know. We’re always talking about how much we love the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, but beyond the goat landscaping services, the arborgator, the revamped Ravine Trail, and a master plan that’s restoring the native prairie/savanna/woodland origins of this greenspace (buh-bye, invasive species) and providing new educational programming and experiences, there’s yet another reason to adore it: The brand-new Nature Playscape.

Kids young and maybe even tween-ish will get a kick out of the new "natural" playground, which made its debut in May, generously supported by The Powell Foundation, W.T. and Louise J. Moran Foundation, and Phillips 66, with an additional in-kind contribution from ACT Pipe & Supply. 

Spider webbin' in the Houston Arboretum.

There's a “grass climb" for children who wish to step into the shoes of prairie insects, a lumber yard (i.e., fallen log fun time), a stump scramble, balancing bridge, and a large spider web (eek!). Tamer areas abound as well—a wetland walk, shady grove, and water garden among them. Plus, there’s a “toddler territory” where little ones can seek flower fun and sand box activities when not having various little meltdowns. 

The area is fenced, but parental supervision is required. Also, please don’t bring pets.

The Nature Playscape is now open from 7 a.m. to dusk and available for private birthday party rentals. That being said, it will be closed regularly for rentals on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so call the front desk (713-861-8433) to confirm if it’s open before you visit.

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