Royal pumpkin sculptures at Gartenschau Kaiserslautern
In the spring and summer, Gartenschau Kaiserslautern — or the “Dino Park,” as it is more fondly known — is a haven for parents and little ones, alike.
Children can run freely across the wide expanses of green grass, moving at their own pace between the huge sand box, towering slides, water pumps, swings and wooden castle and pirate ship play structures. In the meantime, Mom and Dad are able to relax while keeping watch from the Biergarten or a nearby lounge chair.
A small soccer field, skate park and putt-putt golf course are on-site, as well, to ensure fun for the whole family.
All season long, bright blossoms bloom, adding color, beauty and fragrance to the park. Meanwhile, giant, life-like sculptures of dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures peek out from behind the trees, as if wandering through the grounds in herds. Children can pretend they are explorers from long ago, observing the mammals and reptiles in their natural habitats.
Every fall, the colossal dinosaurs are joined by whimsical pumpkin sculptures. This year, artists worked around a “Royal” theme to bring favorite fairy-tale scenes, historical figures and icons to life.
The Frog Prince, a pair of jousting knights, Robin Hood, a huge chessboard and even The King — Mr. Hunka-Hunka-Burnin’-Love — have all been recreated with 40,000 colorful gourds.
The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31, and entry fees include access to the LEGO exhibit that is currently on display. Make sure to bring your own sand toys, snacks, cash for purchases at the Biergarten, a picnic blanket and 2 euros in coins for parking.
For more information, including current admission prices, visit Gartenschau Kaiserslautern on the web. Children up to age 5 are free.