My Big Backyard is the sort of place that I (and probably my parents) wish had existed when I was a kid.
My Big Backyard is the Memphis Botanic Garden’s newest addition, a 2.5 acre children’s area that’s part garden and part playground. And yes, it being there is like hanging out in the backyard of your childhood dreams.
The designers thought of everything – there’s a row of themed playhouses, tree houses that are accessible to all (via giant ramps), musical instruments, a wading stream, swings, a puppet theater, and a rack of hula hoops that are perfect for using in the open field at the center of the garden.
It’s a seriously beautiful place. A path runs through My Big Backyard, but you don’t have to stick to it. There are hundreds of plants and flowers, some of them bent into sculptures or teased into shapes that kids can climb into. The garden also features the work of more than 20 local artists and sculptors.
The feature that seemed to to be the biggest hit with kids when I visited the garden was the thunderstorm. Every 30 minutes, a mini-downpour of rain falls from the edge of the pavilion roof accompanied by low thunder rumbles.
My Big Backyard is appropriate for people of all ages – there’s a separate play area for smaller children and plenty of things that families can do together. If you need a break, there’s a large “house” with indoor activities, bathrooms and concessions. Admission to My Big Backyard is included with regular admission to the Botanic Gardens.
If you want to see more of the yard before you go, check out this photo gallery.
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117