CHA CHA Austin Botanical Gardens

7 Oct

I know I have posted about this before, but Missy Mack participates in this history and art program that her former pre school teacher started as a non-profit. It is such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Austin. Usually we go places I have never been so it is just as educational for the parents.

Sunday, we had beautiful weather and we headed to the Austin Botanical Gardens to see how art can be in the design of a garden. This garden was built as a gift by Mr. Taniguchi, who built it on a 3 acre piece of land in 18 months with only a part time assistant. It is Japanese inspired and very beautiful with lots of twists and turns. The ponds are meant to spell out AUSTIN by their shape as an aerial view. The kids loved all the ponds, fish, bridges and the tea house. There is also a dinosaur park portion of the gardens because dinosaurs stomped around Austin long ago.

It started with a game of tag.

And our beautiful city

The Walk Over the Moon bridge because it will reflect the moon in the pond at night.


The tea garden

These pictures would have turned out great if the tree branches were a tiny bit shorter.


Missy Mack has Mr. Tim, the Art Director, wrapped around her finger. He is the father of boys so he doesn’t know how they roll.

Example #1:

All the kids were doing this:

Missy Mack was doing this:

When it was time to go, she boo-hooed that she didn’t get to run around the pit. Ms. Becca and I said, ‘sad choices, you chose to walk around when it was time to run and now it’s time to go, sorry.’ Mr. Tim, said, ‘We will wait for you to run around the pit one time. Go quick.’


Example #2:

The whole gang was taking this picture:


Missy Mack was whining about being thirsty and saying that she didn’t want to be in the picture. When all the kids got up to move on, Missy Mack started crying because she wasn’t in the picture. Mr. Tim made all the kids come back so Missy Mack could be in the picture.


Here’s the dinosaur part. They tried to make this portion of the garden look as if Austin might have looked during the dinosaurs. The tracks were discovered in 1992.


There is a house there from 1838. It is tiny. The family who lived there had 8 children. That means 10 people in this tiny house. There would be death if it were my family. This house has been moved many times around Texas. The logs are numbered so it could be put back together correctly. It is the best put together log cabin in the United States.

There is also a school house and a butterfly garden but not any pictures.

Then there was the art part. The kids made chalk pictures of things they saw in the garden.

Ms. Becca has a great vision for CHA CHA Explorers and I am so hopeful it comes to pass.





One Response to “CHA CHA Austin Botanical Gardens”

  1. Cindy October 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    As I have said before – an awesome group Missy Mack is part of! Sucker – we use that term all of the time for people Bia and Chatty coerce into doing what they want – namely their grandparents!

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