When I first learned that we had to take children to a cemetery I thought it was strange and scary. Most of the children think the same when we tell them. Skip the explanation as to why you want them to go “see dead people” and jump straight into a world full of history, heroism and pride. Kids are naturally curious and if you take the time to explain what they are seeing they will understand what’s beyond the graves.
Did you know you can visit the LBJ Ranch since 2007? You can get there in less than two hours by taking Highway 290 west. It is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm so plan to stay the whole day. There are picnic areas and many sites along the way. We enjoy visiting the Johnson’s ranch house and taking pictures with their owners! There are two visitors centers and many interactive exhibits that will keep you interested for hours. Even just walking around the wildflowers is a great experience.
The LBJ Museum and Library is a fun and interactive way to engage children with their history. This enormous building is located in the grounds of UT, next to I35. The exhibits are located in the first, second and tenth floor. Most of them are permanent but they have a few temporary ones that we have loved. The rest of the floors are reserved for the library section.
A short video or a walk around show the most important events of LBJ's life and legacy. In the first floor you can also feel the Johnson treatment by taking a picture.