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Travis Elementary School Park & Dino Greyson | Monday Rendezvous

January 14, 2019

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Travis Elementary School Park & Dino Greyson | Monday Rendezvous

January 14, 2019

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Okay, okay. From the title of this post you’re already thinking I’ve gone a little crazy. I know- it feels a bit scattered and not necessarily related since Grey isn’t in school yet. Stick with me Houston folks- it’s a good one!

This past week has been a fun one. Today is Teylor’s first day of school to complete his pre-requisites before applying to Texas Chiropractic College! So obviously I’m so excited for him- it’s a whole different world going to school full time versus being active duty military.

It goes without saying this past week we made sure to have some fun before all the crazy starts! We’ve spent plenty of time together doing Greyson’s favorite thing- watching Dino Dana (thanks Amazon Prime), playing with his dinosaurs, and talking about all the different features of dinosaurs. Grey has quickly earned the nicknames Dino Greyson and Paleontologist Grey.

Travis Elementary School Park

When Teylor and I were out scouting locations in the Houston Heights for an upcoming branding session we noticed a huge dinosaur display in a park. Probably not a real fossil, but looked pretty darn close! Obviously Tey and I had to take Grey and it was a BIG hit! Side note- Tey comes location scouting with me for two reasons. One, it’s fun! We seriously have a blast. Two, safety. Can you imagine me looking at areas beyond the road while driving?! Scary!

The “dinosaur park” as we have now appropriately nicknamed it is a part of the Houston SPARK School Park Program. The program turns school parks into community parks! During the day the Travis Elementary School park is reserved for students while in the evenings and on weekends it’s open to the community to enjoy.

The Travis SPARK Park

A big goal of the program is to create more parks within Houston, of course, but also provide parks that are more than just green space. SPARK parks are educational in multiple ways. The parks are an extension of the classroom and as such have an outdoor teaching component.

The Travis Elementary School Park is educational in so many ways! Of course it has a field for kids to run and play and adults to exercise, but it also has the dinosaur fossil to spark imagination as well as artwork. Grey was fascinated by the massive mural that was a collage of different dinosaurs. He stood for quite a while naming them (again, Paleontologist Grey).

Going along with the art education there is a space for kids to draw on a wall with chalk! Of course we weren’t prepared since we stumbled upon the SPARK park, but next time Tey and I will bring some.

What’s extra neat about this particular park? The children came up with the theme! They asked the students to draw what they wanted in the park and kids of all ages drew different dinosaurs- so they had a winner. Go here to read that story.

Overall it was one of the best parks we’ve been to in America! There were kids of all ages playing as well as adults exercising. It felt there was an area for every age group. We will definitely be going back again!

Dino Grey at Travis Elementary School Park

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Okay, okay. From the title of this post you’re already thinking I’ve gone a little crazy. I know- it feels a bit scattered and not necessarily related since Grey isn’t in school yet. Stick with me Houston folks- it’s a good one!

This past week has been a fun one. Today is Teylor’s first day of school to complete his pre-requisites before applying to Texas Chiropractic College! So obviously I’m so excited for him- it’s a whole different world going to school full time versus being active duty military.

It goes without saying this past week we made sure to have some fun before all the crazy starts! We’ve spent plenty of time together doing Greyson’s favorite thing- watching Dino Dana (thanks Amazon Prime), playing with his dinosaurs, and talking about all the different features of dinosaurs. Grey has quickly earned the nicknames Dino Greyson and Paleontologist Grey.

Travis Elementary School Park

When Teylor and I were out scouting locations in the Houston Heights for an upcoming branding session we noticed a huge dinosaur display in a park. Probably not a real fossil, but looked pretty darn close! Obviously Tey and I had to take Grey and it was a BIG hit! Side note- Tey comes location scouting with me for two reasons. One, it’s fun! We seriously have a blast. Two, safety. Can you imagine me looking at areas beyond the road while driving?! Scary!

The “dinosaur park” as we have now appropriately nicknamed it is a part of the Houston SPARK School Park Program. The program turns school parks into community parks! During the day the Travis Elementary School park is reserved for students while in the evenings and on weekends it’s open to the community to enjoy.

The Travis SPARK Park

A big goal of the program is to create more parks within Houston, of course, but also provide parks that are more than just green space. SPARK parks are educational in multiple ways. The parks are an extension of the classroom and as such have an outdoor teaching component.

The Travis Elementary School Park is educational in so many ways! Of course it has a field for kids to run and play and adults to exercise, but it also has the dinosaur fossil to spark imagination as well as artwork. Grey was fascinated by the massive mural that was a collage of different dinosaurs. He stood for quite a while naming them (again, Paleontologist Grey).

Going along with the art education there is a space for kids to draw on a wall with chalk! Of course we weren’t prepared since we stumbled upon the SPARK park, but next time Tey and I will bring some.

What’s extra neat about this particular park? The children came up with the theme! They asked the students to draw what they wanted in the park and kids of all ages drew different dinosaurs- so they had a winner. Go here to read that story.

Overall it was one of the best parks we’ve been to in America! There were kids of all ages playing as well as adults exercising. It felt there was an area for every age group. We will definitely be going back again!

Dino Grey at Travis Elementary School Park

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