Imaginations will blossom with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden expansion

. - A multi-million dollar expansion at a popular Midlands attraction has reached another phase. At 9AM on Thursday new adventures will bloom at Riverbanks Botanical Garden with the opening of Waterfall Junction. Imaginations are going to blossom

at the garden oasis.

The debut of Waterfall Junction completes phase two of Destination Riverbanks—the Zoo's $36-million expansion and development project. Waterfall Junction is a three-acre garden oasis that encourages children of all ages to explore and care

for the natural world. Guests will discover a fountain of fun around every corner. Pop in and out of rabbit holes, unearth a life-size replica of T-Rex, frolic between giant tree houses and kid-sized play houses, splash around and under a 25-foot cascading

waterfall, and run or relax on a grassy meadow. In addition, programs designed to inspire budding imaginations will take root in the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Learning Center and Amphitheater.

"We are thrilled to finally offer this extraordinary experience to our members and guests," said Satch Krantz, president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "Both kids and their parents and grandparents will be amazed by the size and

scope of Riverbanks' newest attraction that will provide hours of entertainment and enhanced educational opportunities."

Admission to Waterfall Junction is free with paid general admission to the Zoo and Garden.