Do you dig it? New Katy adventure park will let kids operate construction equipment

New Katy amusement park will let kids operate construction equipment
New Katy amusement park will let kids operate construction equipment (Dig World)

Can you dig it? At Katy’s new amusement park Dig World, the answer is an emphatic “Yes, yes, you can” -- well, almost at least.

The construction-themed adventure park located next to Katy Mills Mall is still under construction itself. Park developers anticipate opening Dig World sometime in the coming months. Once open, the 3.5-acre establishment will offer the young and the young at heart (Yes, fellow adults, that means you) the opportunity to man powerful earth movers, including excavators and skid steers.

In a release announcing the park’s imminent arrival, founders Jacob Robinson and Rick Bennett said they were thrilled to offer Houston-area families a rumbling-good time.

“We want to create memorable experiences for families that last a lifetime as well as educate the next generation about construction and all the possibilities that surround that industry,” said Robinson in a statement.

Aside from the park’s main draw, its heavy machinery, Dig World will also have a playground, a gem-mining station, UTV’s, a turf field with yard games, and various other attractions.

Dig World partnered with the Texas A&M University Department of Construction Science, which will provide educational materials for the park.

“The Department of Construction Science is excited to partner with Dig World to create an educational partnership, where future generations can experience and learn about the dynamic construction industry,” said Dr. Patrick Suermann, Professor and Department Head.

Park developers will share construction updates and grand opening information online at digworldtx.com.

Want to book a birthday, field trip or event far, far in advance? Contact the park’s event coordinators at info@digworldtx.com.

Dig World founders Robinson and Bennett intend to open additional park locations throughout the country over the next two years.

Extreme Sandbox, another construction-themed concept, operates in Sachse, a Texas town north of Dallas. The 10-acre park bills itself as an “extreme adventure company focused on giving you the ultimate experience.”

Geared toward both adults and children ages 10 and up, experiences on offer here include equipment demonstrations, opportunities to operate heavy construction equipment and car-crushing -- though this particular activity isn’t thoroughly explained on the park’s website, it seems somewhat self-explanatory.

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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.