Monday, November 30, 2009

And Then...

After the Arboretum, we ventured into downtown Dallas to see the Neiman Marcus tree and holiday windows. I had read about this year's special feature -- tunnels for kids to crawl through that go right through the windows! How fun!
I thought it would be a mad-house and I was prepared to wait in line... not so. No line at all.

Here is the entrance.
The theme is "innovations in energy." The window designers invited elementary school kids to predict how we will generate energy in the future. Then they chose some of the particularly creative ideas and designed windows around them. Highlights included flying elephants, grape-stomping monkeys and a dance room...
There are cameras inside the tubes so you can watch your kids coming and going. Here you can see Benjamin in the tube at the top and then two different views of him on the two monitors.
The actual Christmas tree is made from hundreds and hundreds of children's books.
After Christmas, the tree will be dismantled and the books will be distributed to needy kids. All around awesome.

3 comments:

Gerrie said...

Seems kind of down to earth for Needless Markup!! I love that book tree.

Lizzie said...

That looks like so much fun... my boys would love it. What a great idea for a Christmas tree and it looks so good.

Tonya Littmann said...

That book tree is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.